Inequality, Power, and Social Regulation

Faculty members in this area explore social inequality along multiple dimensions including class, race, ethnicity and immigration status, sexuality, and gender. They also examine the ways in which social institutions, social processes and social practices (included those related to crime, policing and surveillance) are infused with, and shaped by power. Examples of research in this area include studies of citizenship and identity, education and social inequality, the relationship between economic inequality and political attitudes in cross-national perspective, policing and terrorism studies, and income inequality and crime across nations.

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Faculty Experts in Inequality, Power, and Social Regulation

Tracey Adams, Professor

Tracey Adams
  • Professions, gender and work
  • Regulation of professions in Canada (alternate health professions)
519-661-2111 x85120
SSC 5328
On Sabbatical July 1, 2019-December 31, 2019
Faculty Profile

Anton Allahar, Professor Emeritus

Anton Allahar
  • Economic and political sociology of the Caribbean
  • Ideology, ethnicity, class and nationalism
519-661-2111 x85116
SSC 5206

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

James Côté, Professor Emeritus

James Côté
  • Youth studies
  • Sociology of education
  • Identity studies
SSC 5208
office hours: by appointment
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
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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, Professor
Acting 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 x85142
SSC 5316
office hours: Thurs 9:00-11:00, or by appointment
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       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)

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
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Jerry White, Professor Emeritus
Director, Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International)
Co-Director, Indigenous Health and Well-being Initiative
Director, IndigiLINK World Social Networking for Indigenous Scholars, Communities, Educators and Policy Makers

Jerry White
    Aboriginal Well-being
  • Social and Economic development of Indigenous peoples
  • Educational attainment of Indigenous peoples