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As members of Western’s Sociology Department, we strongly condemn structural racism and the recent violence against Black Americans, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We share in the collective grief, anger, and pain over these murders, and we stand in solidarity with the protests that have followed them. ... As sociologists, scholars, teachers, and people, we cannot stay silent. We are responsible for speaking out against racism and all other forms of oppression. Please read our commitments in the Department of Sociology Solidarity Statement.

Service Interruptions

Sociology Department service changes due to COVID-19

Mar. 18: As you know, courses will resume Wed. Mar. 19 online, and residences remain open. For other services, Western has transitioned to its required services mode. This means Sociology's staff will be working from home during regular business hours, and can be contacted by email.  See Sociology Current Contacts.

Media Buzz

June 23, 2020 "Grant sharpens student focus on aging Boomers" Western News

June 17, 2020 "Visible minorities make up 27% of London's COVID-19 cases" CBC News

June 11, 2020 "Montreal's poorest and most racially diverse neighbourhoods hit hardest by COVID-19, data analysis shows" CBC News

June 11, 2020 "Questions around systemic racism in policing show reluctance to engage in talks, change, says former officer" The Current

June 10, 2020 "Researchers unite to explore family leave nationwide" Mirage News

June 10, 2020 "Researchers unite to explore family leave nationwide" Western News

June 4, 2020 "2,000 COVID-19 cases missing from Toronto's map of hot spots" CBC News

June 3, 2020 audio"On The Line... With Janice Forsyth" CKSN

June 2, 2020 "How Black Canadians are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19" The Gazette

May 28, 2020 "Stress eating for two: we could be seeing the first signs of a pandemic baby boom" CBC News

May 27, 2020 zoom call people onscreen "The Pandemic Is Changing How We Use Technology To Communicate" Think Out Loud

May 20, 2020 "Data linking race and health predicts new COVID-19 hotspots" The Conversation

Apr. 28, 2020 "Should Cash Transfers Used as an Emergency Response Be Universal or Targeted?" Stanford Basic Income Lab

Apr. 27, 2020 "A Coronavirus Baby Boom: Myth or Reality?" Psychology Today

Apr. 26, 2020 "Ring, ring: Canadians are calling each other a lot more during COVID-19 pandemic, telecoms say" CBC News

Apr. 24, 2020 "I figli? Meglio averli tra i 35 e i 49 anni. La scoperta scientifica" Meteo Week

Apr. 24, 2020 "Pandemic exposes gaps between those with and without resources" St. Thomas Times-Journal

Apr. 22, 2020 "Western researchers earn SSHRC Insight Grants" Western News

Apr. 17, 2020 "Pandemic making Canada's economic future uncertain"

Apr. 16, 2020 "Experts: Pandemic making economic future uncertain" Western News

Apr. 4, 2020 "LFP LONGFORM: COVID-19 is 'a defining moment' that will change our culture in ways large and small . . . or not" London Free Press

Apr. 2, 2020 "Yoshida focuses on Creating Dialogues between the Community and the Academic" Western Social Science

Apr. 2, 2020 "Ramos translates Social Science to Help Communities" Wester Social Science

Mar. 27, 2020 "Social media has positive possibilities in pandemic" TechXplore

Mar. 27, 2020 "Basic Income in a Pandemic and Beyond" Jacobin

Mar. 26, 2020 "Social media has positive possibilities in pandemic" Western News

Mar. 18, 2020 audio "Episode 8: Lorna Ferguson" NIRO Knowledge

Mar. 12, 2020 "The Startling Inequality Gap That Emerges After Age 65" Kaiser Health News

Mar. 12, 2020 "Eight faculty honoured for teaching excellence" Western News

Feb. 25, 2020 "Canadian sports groups have policed themselves for too long and it isn’t making sports safer" The Conversation

Feb. 21, 2020 "Canada cannot dust off gender roles in home"

Feb. 19, 2020 audio "What's behind London's population growth?" London Morning

Feb. 18, 2020 "London population growth rate among fastest in Canada" CBC News

Feb. 17, 2020 audio "How often are people getting divorced in Canada?" London Morning

Feb. 13, 2020 "Canada's divorce is data revealing—and still murky"

Feb. 13, 2020 "Divorce data revealing – and still murky" Western News

Feb. 10, 2020 "In Conversation: Rachel Margolis on Divorce Trends in Canada" Vanier Institute

Jan. 24, 2020 "Policing partnership puts big data on patrol" Western News

Jan. 1, 2020 "What's in a name? Looking back at the top N.B. baby names of the past 40 years" CBC News

Nov. 5, 2019 "Honourees for 2019 Atlohsa Peace Awards unveiled" CTV News

Oct. 13, 2019 "Who is Canada's middle class?" CBC News

Oct. 12, 2019 "Forsyth book chronicles Indigenous sport, politics" Western News

Sept. 27, 2019 "Honourees for 2019 Atlohsa Peace Awards unveiled" CTV News

Sept. 10, 2019 "Western emerging generation among New College" Western News

Aug. 7, 2019 "Estudio asegura que tener hijos hace miserables a las parejas" Grupo Fórmula

Aug. 1, 2019 "Transgender Canadian cyclist wins key battle in human-rights complaint over policing of athlete gender" National Post

July 31, 2019 audio "What does 'middle class' really mean, anyway?" The Big Story

July 16, 2019 "What does it mean to be working class in Canada?" Macleans

July 7, 2019 "Alone: The decline of the family has unleashed an epidemic of loneliness" Jewish World Review

July 4, 2019 "The Future of Canadian Policing Is Turning Teachers Into Cops" Vice

June 28, 2019 audio "Dying For A Photo" Connecticut Public Radio

June 14, 2019 "First Things First: Kinship and the breakdown of the family" Times Free Press