Sean Waite, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., McGill University (Sociology)Full CV
B.A., King's University College, Western University
In the News
Video: How do gender and sexual orientation impact the labour market?
February 25, 2020 "Sexual orientation plays a part in pay gap." Western News
June 7, 2016 "Wage gap exists for LGBTQ Canadians, and current research doesn’t tell the full story" Yahoo News, Finance
March 23, 2016 "Are Gay Employees Paid Less Than Straight Ones?" Newsweek
June 17, 2015 "Unequal Pay: The Gay Wage Gap" The Atlantic
May 19, 2015 “Gay men in relationships make less money than straight men.” Global News
Sean Waite’s research explores how gender and sexual orientation shape human capital acquisition, occupation and industry choice and earnings in Canada. He is currently working on a collaborative project that combines quantitative, qualitative and experimental research methods to study the employment experiences and outcomes of Canada’s LGBTQ community. Sean also examines returns to higher education, with a particular interest in the labour market outcomes of Canada’s doctoral graduates.
Current Research Projects
Employment Discrimination and the Labour Market Experiences of Canada’s LGBTQ Population
Postgraduate employment, earnings, and the gender wage gap: An analysis of the labour market outcomes of Canada’s masters and doctoral graduates
Same-sex and opposite-sex coupling in Canada: How does selection into partnership impact sexual minority wage gaps
Gender differences in the early career earnings of university graduates: Evidence from Canada’s National Graduate Survey
Principal Investigator: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant (IG), Sexual orientation and the Canadian labour market: new data and new insights with Nicole Denier (co-investigator), Michael Haan (co-investigator), and Andrea Wilson (collaborator), $87,072. 2019-2022.
Principal Investigator: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant (IDG), Employment Discrimination and the Labour Market Experiences of Canada’s LGBTQ Population with Nicole Denier (collaborator), $71,000. 2017-2020
Principal Investigator: SSHRB Internal Seed Research Grant, What can survey and administrative data tell us about Canada's LGBT community? Where we stand and what the future holds. $20,578. 2018-2020
Collaborator: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Planning Grant, Partnership Development for Community-Based Research on LGBTQ Identity, Poverty and Health with Lori Ross (principal investigator), Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. $10,000. 2017.
June 4, 2019. “Signaling sexuality and gender? An LGBT audit study of employment discrimination in Canada” Sean Waite (presenter) and Nicole Denier at the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies (CAWLS) Session: LGBTQ workers and unions. Vancouver, British Columbia. June 4, 2019.
April 13, 2019. "Somewhere over the rainbow? An LGBT audit study of employment discrimination in Canada" Sean Waite (presenter) and Nicole Denier at the Population Association of American. Session: Minority Group Population Dynamics in Canada and the United States.
July 18, 2018 “Who gets hitched?: Documenting Selectivity into Partnership Among LGB and Heterosexual Canadians” Nicole Denier (presenter), Sean Waite and Vesna Pajovic at the International Sociological Association. Session: Demography of LGBTI Populations. Toronto Ontario.
May 30, 2018 presented “Documenting selectivity into partnership among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and heterosexual Canadians: Data, methods, and implications for sexual minority wage gap estimates” in Session 1.3: Labour Market of the Canadian Population Society Annual General Meeting, Regina
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(2020) “Lesbian, gay and bisexual earnings in the Canadian labour market: New evidence from the Canadian Community Health Survey” (with Vesna Pajovic and Nicole Denier) at Research in Social Stratification and Mobility.
(2019) "A systematic review and thematic synthesis of Canada’s LGBTQ2S+ employment, labour market and earnings literature” (with John Ecker and Lori Ross) PLOS One DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223372.
(2019) "Occupational demand, cumulative disadvantage, and gender differences in the early career earnings of university graduates: Evidence from Canada’s National Graduate Survey" (with Michael Smith) Canadian Journal of Sociology 44(2): 165-194.
(2019) "Sexual orientation at work: documenting and understanding inequality" (with Nicole Denier) Sociological Compass 13(4): 1-17.
(2019) "A research note on Canada’s LGBT data landscape: where we are and what the future holds" (with Nicole Denier) Canadian Review of Sociology 56(1): 93-117.
(2017) "Sexual orientation wage gaps across contexts: Evidence from Canada" (with Nicole Denier) Industrial Relations / Relations Industrielles 72(4): 734-762.
(2017) "Postgraduate Wage Premiums and the Gender Wage Gap in Canada" Canadian Journal of Higher Education 47(2):156-187.
(2017) "Gender differences in the earnings produced by middle range education: The case of Canadian ‘colleges’" (with Michael Smith and Claire Durand) Social Science Research 66: 140-153.
(2016) "Data and discrimination: A research note on sexual orientation in the Canadian labour market" (with Nicole Denier) Canadian Studies in Population 43(3-4): 264-71.
(2016) "Self-Employment among Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Couples in Canada" (with Nicole Denier) Canadian Review of Sociology 53(2): 143-175.
(2015) "Does it get better? A quasi-cohort analysis of sexual minority wage gaps" Social Science Research 54: 113-130.
(2015) "Gay Pay for Straight Work: Mechanisms Generating Disadvantage" (with Nicole Denier) Gender & Society 29(4): 561-588.
(2018). "Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Canadians are more likely than heterosexual to be the victims of violent crime". Report prepared for The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity.
(2018) "LGBTQ people’s experience of employment". 2018. Report prepared for the Canadian Coalition against LGBTQ2S+ Poverty (CCALP) Partnership Meeting.
(2018) "Gender Diverse Employees in the Public Sector: Results form the 2017 Public Service Employee Survey. Report prepared for The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity.
(2017) "What are the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ+) people that should be addressed by Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS)". A joint submission from the Canadian Coalition against LGBTQ+ Poverty (CCALP).
(2016) "From the Law Firm to the Lecture Hall" Sociology on the Rock 14: 2-4.
(2016) "There’s a wage hierarchy based on sexual orientation" (with Nicole Denier) LSE Business Review.
(2015) "How your sexual orientation can affect how much you earn" (with Nicole Denier) The London School of Economics and Political Science Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy.
(2015) "Gay Pay for Straight Work" (with Nicole Denier) Gender & Society Blog.
Katelyn Delania Mitri. 2018. “Does Higher Education Make a Difference? The Influence of Educational Attainment on Women’s and Men’s Employment Outcomes.” (MA Research Paper).
Rachel Fazzari. 2019. "Out of the Closet and into Sport: An Analysis of Openly Lesbian Athletes." (MA Research Paper).
Current Graduate Students
Shannon Mok, Western University. MA 2019-2020
Melissa Elliot, Western University. MA 2019-2020
Katelyn Delania Mitri, Western University. PhD 2018 – Present.
Vesna Pajovic, Western University. PhD joint supervision with Kim Shuey. 2018 - Present.