Program Applicants

It is not necessary to find a supervisor at the time of application. MA students select their supervisor at the end of their first term in the program; PhD students select their supervisor in their first year of study. However, to ensure that there is someone in the department suitable to supervise you, we encourage you to explore the research of our faculty members listed on this page and note your interest in particular faculty members in your statement.

Current Students

Students in our MA program are expected to select a supervisor during their first term in the program.  Our PhDs are expected to have a supervisor by the end of their first year in the program.  To help you find a supervisor best suited to your proposed research, on this site you will find information about our faculty research, publications, and student supervision.  For a quick list of our faculty members' areas of research and supervision, see our Research Areas web page.

To serve as a PhD or MA supervisor, a faculty member must be a member of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, they must be approved to supervise at the appropriate level, and they must be a member of the main campus Sociology Department at Western.  All of the following Professors and Associate Professors may supervise at both the MA and PhD levels; PhD students should consult with our Graduate Chair about the availability of Assistant Professors to serve as PhD supervisors.

Teresa Abada, Associate Professor

Teresa Abada
  • Economic and social integration of children of immigrants
519-661-2111 x83690
SSC 5429
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

Tracey Adams, Professor
Chair, Department of Sociology

Tracey Adams
  • Professions, gender and work
  • Regulation of professions in Canada (alternate health professions)
519-661-2111 x85142
SSC 5328
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

Robert Andersen, Professor
Dean, Faculty of Social Science

Robert Andersen
  • Political sociology
  • Social stratification
  • Quantitative research methods and statistics
519-661-2111 ext. 84958
SSC 9438
office hours: by appointment
Dean's Profile

Dale Ballucci, Assistant Professor

Dale Ballucci
  • Administration of criminal justice
  • Legal regulation of children and youth
  • Sociology of law
519-661-2111 ext. 85140
SSC 5403
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

David Calnitsky, Assistant Professor

David Calnitsky
  • work
  • inequality
  • social theory
519-661-2111 ext. 81380
SSC 5402
office hours: Tues. 9:00-10:00 and by appointment
Faculty Profile

Kate H. Choi, Associate Professor

Kate Choi
  • Family demography
  • International migration
  • Social stratification
  • Quantitative methods
519-661-2111 x85115
SSC 5331
Faculty Profile

Ingrid Arnet Connidis, Professor

Ingrid Arnet Connidis
  • Family ties and aging
  • Centrality of gender to family life
  • Value of life course perspective and context in studying relationships
  • Policy implications of research results
SSC 5329
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

James Côté, Professor

James Côté
  • Youth studies
  • Sociology of education
  • Identity studies
SSC 5208
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

       Lorraine Davies, Associate Vice-Provost, Western University       

Lorraine Davies, Associate Professor
Associate Vice-Provost, School of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies

Lorraine Davies
  • Gender inequality
  • Stress and women’s health across the life course
  • The effects of interpersonal violence on women’s well-being
519-661-2111 x81335
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

Patrick Denice, Assistant Professor

Patrick Denice
  • stratification, race, and ethicity
  • sociology of education
  • labour markets
(519) 661-2111 ext. 85725
SSC 5407
office hours: Tues. 2:00-4:00
Faculty Profile

Michael Gardiner, Professor

Michael Gardiner
  • Theories of affect (especially boredom)
  • The everyday
  • Utopia
  • Dialogical social theory (the work of Mikhail Bakhtin in particular)
519-661-2111 x85139
SSC 5424
office hours: Thurs. 2:00-3:30, or by appointment
Faculty Profile

Michael Haan, Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Migration and Ethnic Relations
Director, Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at Western

Director, Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations

Michael Haan
  • Demography
  • Immigrant settlement
  • Labour market integration
  • Data development
519-661-2111 ext. 85110
SSC 5324
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

Anders Holm, Professor
Director, Director, Centre for Research in Social Inequality

Anders Holm
  • quantitative methods
  • social stratification
  • sociology of health
519-661-2111 ext. 85515
SSC 5327
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

Laura Huey, Professor

Laura Huey
  • Policing
  • Victimization
  • Trauma and resiliency
  • Research and policy
519-661-2111 x85151
SSC 5213
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

Wolfgang Lehmann, Associate Professor
Undergraduate Chair, Department of Sociology

Wolfgang Lehmann
  • Work
  • Education
  • Social inequality
  • The interplay between structural factors and individual agency in school-work transitions
519-661-2111 x85385
SSC 5430
office hours: Thurs 9:00-11:00, or by appointment
Faculty Profile

Rachel Margolis, Associate Professor

Rachel Margolis
  • Demography
  • Family
  • Health and Well-being
519-661-2111 x82850
SSC 5326
office hours: Tuesdays 11-noon
Faculty Profile

       Julie McMullin, Vice-Provost (International), Western University

Julie McMullin, Professor

Julie McMullin
  • How class, age, gender, ethnicity, and race, structure inequality in paid work and families
519-661-2111 x86409
On leave, serving as Vice-Provost (International)

Anabel Quan-Haase, Professor

Anabel Quan-Haase
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • The networked society
  • Social networks
  • New media and social change
519-661-2111 x86952
SSC 5413
On sabbatical
Faculty Profile

Scott Schaffer, Associate Professor

Scott Schaffer
  • Contemporary and global social theory
  • The sociology of development
  • Resistance movements
  • The interplay between sociological theory, social policy, and social change
519-661-2111 x85122
SSC 5411
office hours: Wed. 10am-12pm and 4:45-6pm
Faculty Profile

Kim Shuey, Associate Professor
Graduate Chair, Sociology

Kim Shuey
  • Health inequality across the life course
  • Work, health, and aging in the new economy
  • Nonstandard and precarious employment
519-661-2111 x85135
SSC 5426
office hours: by appointment
Faculty Profile

Sean Waite, Assistant Professor

Sean Waite
  • social inequality
  • LGBTQ and the labour market
  • criminology and deviance
519 661-2111 x87689
SSC 5401
office hours: Tues. 1:00-2:00 pm
Faculty Profile

Andrea Willson, Associate Professor

Andrea Willson
  • Social inequalities in health
  • Aging and the life course
  • Social inequality
519-661-2111 x85132
SSC 5423
Faculty Profile

Anna Zajacova, Associate Professor

Anna Zajacova
  • health inequalities
  • social epidemiology
  • lifecourse and aging
519-661-2111 x85123
SSC 5330
office hours: Mondays 10:00-12:00 and 4:30-5:30
Faculty Profile