Research in Sociology encompasses an array of topics. Here at the U of S, faculty research areas include:

  • Citizenship, Immigration, Race, & Ethnicity
  • Crime & Justice
  • Health & Illness
  • Indigenous People & Societies
  • Development, Agriculture & Environment
  • Science, Education & Knowledge
  • Family & Religion

For more information on these topics, along with involved faculty members, please continue to explore the website.

The SRU was created in 1983 with a one time non-renewable grant of $500 from the Office of the VP Research. While the SRU's mandate has been to facilitate and support Department of Sociology faculty members' research and the dissemination of findings, the SRU has expanded its operations to provide technical and infrastructural research support and assistance to faculty members from other academic units and organizations.

The SRU provides essential infrastructural and technical support and assistance to faculty members. Through infrastructural and professional expertise, the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan provides a research supportive environment. Through SRU the Department provides dedicated office space, with five work stations, with specialty bibliographic and quantitative and qualitative data management and analysis software, in addition to a telephone survey capacity to support faculty research activities.

Faculty Research Areas

  • Brooks, Carolyn (PhD Saskatchewan 2009). Criminology; Social Control; Penology; Intimate Partner Violence; Youth Crime and Resilience.
  • Cheng, Hongming (PhD Simon Fraser 2004). Animal Assisted Interventions; Addictions; Criminalization; Healing; Health; Mental Health; Indigenous Wellbeing; Knowledge Mobilization; Women and Girls.
  • Dell, Colleen (PhD Carleton 2001). Health; Addictions; Animal Assisted Interventions; Knowledge Mobilization; Indigenous Wellbeing; Women and Girls.
  • Dickinson, Harley (PhD Lancaster 1984). Health and Health Care; Theory; Policy Analysis/Public Policy.
  • Elabor-Idemudia, Patience (PhD Toronto 1993). Development; Food Security; Gender; Human Trafficking; Migration Studies; Race Relations and Transnationalism.
  • Gertler, Michael (PhD Cornell 1993). Sociology of Agriculture; Rural Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Communities and Community Development; Development Sociology; Co-operatives and Commons Studies; Sociology of Knowledge.
  • Hansen, John (PhD Regina 2011). Indigenous Justice; Restorative Justice; Crime and Society; Indigenous Knowledge; Addictions Recovery and Healing.
  • Hwang, Monica (PhD British Columbia 2013). Racial and Ethnic Stratification; Immigration and Diversity; Political Sociology; Social Inequality; Social Capital; Education.
  • Kaye, Julie (PhD Saskatchewan 2013). Critical Criminology; Community Research and Organizing; Harm Reduction; Sex Work; Feminist and Indigenous Feminist Thought; Post-, Anti-, and Settler-Colonialisms; Colonized Gendered Violence; Human Trafficking; Women and Law; Systemic Inequalities.
  • Knudson, Sarah (PhD Toronto 2012). Families; Gender; Sexuality; Young Adults; Qualitative Research Methods.
  • Marie Lovrod (Ph.D., University of Calgary, Alberta) Feminist Theory; Queer Theory; Transnational Feminisms; Trauma and Resilience.
  • McLaughlin, Darrell (PhD New Brunswick 2000). Globalization; Social Justice; Social Change.
  • Poudrier, Jennifer (PhD Queens 2004). Health and Medicine; Indigenous Knowledge; Science Studies; Visual Research Methods.
  • Quinlan, Elizabeth (PhD Saskatchewan 2004). Work; Work Organization; Caring Labour; Arts-based Methods; Labour History; Participatory Research.
  • Samuelson, Les (PhD Alberta 1988). Criminology; Justice Policy; Globalization; Human Security and Terrorism.
  • Somerville, Kara (PhD Toronto 2006). Migration; International Migration; Transnationalism; Race/Ethnicity; Second Generation; Indo-Canadians; Immigrant Families.
  • Thompson, Scott (PhD University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.  2012) Surveillance; Governance; Law; Identity; Classification; Social Control; Technology; Colonialism, Race; Gender.
  • Wotherspoon, Terry (PhD Simon Fraser 1989). Aboriginal; Immigration; Inclusion; Indigenous; Inequality; Social Policy; Sociology of Education; Work and Labour Markets.
  • Wright, Laura (PhD Western Ontario 2015). Sociology of the Family; Social Demography; Transitions to Adulthood; Lifecourse and Aging; Health; Quantitative Methods.
  • Zong, Li (PhD Saskatchewan 1993). Race and Ethnic Relations; Immigration; Social Stratification; China Studies.

Crime & Justice Studies

While criminology focuses on understanding the origins of crime, both at the individual and social level, justice studies go beyond and focus on how the law comes to be applied to individuals and groups on the bases of social characteristics. The general field of justice studies, then, tries to understand how some people gain advantage through the justice system and how some suffer substantial disadvantage, not necessarily on the basis of their criminality but on the basis of social categories and social definitions. 

Researchers in this area are:

Health & Illness

Health research is fundamental to many recent local, national and international initiatives and our department focus will continue to place our faculty at the forefront of Health and Health Care Research. Many research areas combine to form different streams of Health, for example Health and Illness, Qualitative Research, Primary Health Care, Health and Health Care, Theory, Policy Analysis/Public Policy. Colleen Dell is the Research Chair in Substance Abuse. 

Researchers in this area include:


Citizen, Immigration, Race & Ethnicity

Internationally recognized for its work in the areas of Globalization, Immigration, and Integration and related areas and has a critical mass of faculty actively engaged in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. The Department has academic agreements with Xi'an Jiaotong University in China for graduate and undergraduate joint degree programs. Patience Elabor-Idemudia received a commendation and Plaque from the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Nigeria, Africa.

Researchers in this area include: