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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 1, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Participating Faculty

Field One: Health, Families, and Well-being
  • Jeffrey Aguinaldo, PhD (University of Toronto), Assistant Professor
  • Juanne Clarke, PhD (Waterloo), Professor of Sociology
  • Lauren Eisler, PhD (Saskatchewan), Associate Professor (Brantford Campus)
  • Rebecca Godderis, PhD (Calgary), Associate Professor (Brantford Campus)
  • Stacey Hannem, PhD (Carlton), Associate Professor (Brantford Campus)
  • Mihnea Panu, PhD (Birmingham), Associate Professor (On Sabbatical July 2013-June 2014)
  • Linda Quirke, PhD (McMaster University), Assistant Professor
  • Glenda Wall, PhD (Calgary), Associate Professor (On Sabbatical until June 30,2013)
  • Jasmin Zine, PhD (OISE), Associate Professor
Field Two: Internationalization, Migration, and Human Rights

Field One: Health, Families, and Well-being

Jeffrey Aguinaldo (Assistant Professor): Jeffrey joined the sociology department in 2008 after completing a BA and MA in Psychology and a PhD in Public Health with specialisation in social and behavioural sciences. He adopts sociological approaches to the analysis of public health and medicine. Using social constructionism, he interrogates the underlying assumptions of health, gender, race, and sexuality upon which public health and medical interventions are based and the ways these interventions might reinforce oppressive social relations. This necessarily includes an interest in the ways public health research has been used to justify social inequalities. Dr. Aguinaldo is a qualitative researcher and has a long-standing interest in discursive approaches to qualitative analysis. He utilises discourse analysis and discursive psychology in his research and has an emerging interest in conversation analysis. He has also worked within a multi-disciplinary research team consisting of a researchers situated across Southern Ontario. Utilising public health methodologies, these collaborations have resulted in a number of descriptive studies exploring the health concerns of gay men. These include sexual health, recreational substance use, harm reduction, and service provision.

Bruce Arai (Associate Professor, Brantford Campus): After teaching methods, statistics, and environmental sociology courses at the Waterloo campus for eight years, Bruce became Associate Dean at Laurier Brantford and is currently Acting Principal/Vice-President. His research interests are in the areas of environmental and economic sociology, and the sociology of education. He has recently published an article on employment flexibility in the Journal of Change Management.

Juanne Clarke (Professor): Juanne Clarke’s areas of interest include health and medical sociology as well as media studies. She has published books and articles on topics in these areas including the portrayal of cancer, heart disease, HIV/AIDS and depression in the mass print media; family-medical relationships in childhood cancer, the Canadian health care system as well as papers in both theory and methods in health sociology.

Lauren Eisler (Assistant Professor, Brantford Campus): Areas of research include: family violence; youth in the criminal justice system; victimization; abuse.

Rebecca Godderis (Assistant Professor, Brantford Campus): Rebecca's primary research interests are at the intersections of gender and sexuality, health and medicine, science and technology studies, and psychiatry and mental health. The majority of her research focuses on how assumptions about gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced through discourses of health and through the institution of medicine/health care. She is a qualitative researcher who applies Foucauldian, social constructionist, and feminist theories to her work. Specific topics she has examined include: the history of the concept of postpartum depression in North American psychiatry, the classification of postpartum depression as an illness in the DSM-IV, and constructions of women and childbirth on reality TV shows. Her newest research examines the creation of Canadian health care guidelines about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. She also has an interest in studies that examine health in relation to men and masculinities, and prison studies that explore the impact of prison on prisoners.

Stacey Hannem (Assistant Professor, Brantford Campus): Stacey Hannem teaches in the areas of contemporary and classical social theory, theories of deviance and qualitative research methods. Dr. Hannem’s primary research interests are in the area of stigma and marginality and her qualitative work focuses on the struggles faced by marginalized populations and families in crisis. Her first book, Stigma Revisited: Negotiations, Resistance, and the Implications of the Mark, edited with Chris Bruckert (University of Ottawa Press, 2011), is a collection of Canadian qualitative research on the various impacts of stigma for marginalized groups, combining symbolic interactionist and foucaudian theories to examine the intersections of interpersonal and structural stigma. She has done empirical work on families affected by the criminal justice system, sexual offending and family violence. Dr. Hannem’s current research projects examine families dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the national priorities of Canadian women.

Mihnea-Ion Panu (Associate Professor): Mihnea Panu studied medicine in Bucharest, public health in Oxford (UK) and sociology in Sussex (UK) and Birmingham (UK) (where he obtained his PhD). His areas of interest include sociology of health and illness, reproductive politics and social theory, with an emphasis on post-structuralist theories of power, truth, identity and governmentality. His 13 present research looks at the mutually formative relations between expert knowledge, subjectivity and the governing of reproduction in the US.

Linda Quirke (Assistant Professor): Dr. Quirke's areas of interest include: Parenting/Childrearing, Childhood Obesity, Organizational legitimacy, Education/Schooling, and Professions and Professionalization. Her present research examines childhood obesity, parents' choices around their children's nutrition/physical activity and physical education programs in schools. Dr. Quirke's recent projects have explored changes in parenting advice, and schools' responses to changes in childrearing.

Glenda Wall (Associate Professor): Glenda Wall joined the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2000. She teaches family sociology and social research methods. Her research focuses on ideology and discourse in the area of family, and gender. Her current work includes an examination of cultural representations of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood in late 20th century child rearing advice, and an exploration of mother's experience with current cultural understandings of proper child-rearing.

Recent publications include:
-Wall, G. and S. Arnold. 2007. "How involved is involved fathering?: An exploration of the contemporary culture of fatherhood." Gender & Society 21(4).
-Wall, G. 2005. "Childhood and Child-Rearing." Pp 163 - 180 in Families: Changing Trends in Canada, 5th Edition, Maureen Baker (Ed.). Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
-Wall, G. 2004. "Is your child’s brain potential maximized? Mothering in an age of new brain research." Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal. 28(2)
-Wall, G. 2001. "Moral constructions of motherhood in breastfeeding discourse." Gender & Society.15(4).

Jasmin Zine (Associate Professor): Dr. Zine’s research and publications cover the broad areas of race, ethnicity and education (including research on race and student disengagement), inclusive schooling
14 and the education of Muslims in Canada (including the politics of religious identity in public schools, anti-Islamophobia education as well as gender, patriarchy and religious education) as well as Muslim women’s studies (focusing on Islamic feminism, the politics of veiling and gendered constructions in the ‘war on terror’). She has published several journal articles in these areas that appear in Race, Ethnicity and Education, The Cambridge Journal of Education, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Equity and Excellence in Education, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, The Muslim World Journal of Human Rights and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. In addition Dr. Zine has co-authored three books in the area of anti-racism education and inclusive schooling and has a forthcoming single authored book on Islamic schools in Canada. Dr. Zine has also co-edited a special issue of the international journal Intercultural Education entitled: Contested Imaginaries Reading Muslim Women and Muslim Women Reading Back: that deals with transnational feminist reading practices, pedagogy and ethical concerns related to the cultural and literary production of Muslim women. Her present research includes a qualitative study of Muslim youth and the politics of identity post 9/11 and she is also presently editing a Canadian Muslim Studies Anthology for University of British Columbia Press.

Field Two: Internationalization, Migration, and Human Rights

Joanne Benham Rennick (Associate Professor, Brantford Campus): Dr. Benham Rennick specializes in global social issues. Her work on institutions show that the late modern tendencies of reflexivity, subjectivization, and individualism have a striking effect on how people in the Global North understand themselves and their place in society. Her work on religious intolerance, religious violence and diversity highlight how global mobility and ethnocentrism impact human relations. Her publications are highly interdisciplinary and include government reports, scholarly articles, book chapters, an edited book and a monograph, as well as documentary radio and film productions. A list of publications can be found on the publications page.

Lamine Diallo (Associate Professor, Brantford Campus): Dr. Diallo comes from an interdisciplinary background. He completed a degree in Law and Management before doing a PhD in Sociology. His PhD in Sociology of Development focused on the impact of globalization on local institutions (Decentralized Cooperation). Dr. Diallo is involved in several capacity building programs in West Africa. His research interests are in the area of governance both at the global and local levels, and international development. Dr. Diallo contributed to the development of the Leadership program at Laurier Brantford where he teaches International Organizations, NGOs and 21st Century issues. His recent publications include issues relative to social inclusion of African and Aboriginal communities and university/community partnerships.

Peter Eglin (Professor): Dr. Eglin is taken up with the question of what is distinctive about the university as a social institution both in real and ideal terms. He approaches the question in three ways: ethnographically with the aid of ethnomethodology, conversation analysis and membership categorization analysis – what is it that observably-reportably goes on within the walls of universities? conceptually – what is it to engage in inquiry that is free, truthful, critical, enlightened, educational? morally/politically-economically – what is the moral opportunity cost of the neoliberal university? For examples of the first see his “What Do We Do Wednesday? On Beginning the Class as University-Specific Work” (Canadian Review of Sociology 2009), methodologically foreshadowed in his books Talk and Taxonomy (1980), Culture in Action (1997) and The Montreal Massacre (2003), the last two with Stephen Hester. For examples of the third see his book Intellectual Citizenship and the Problem of Incarnation (2012).

Thomas Fleming (Professor, Brantford Campus): Dr. Thomas Fleming (Associate Professor, Criminology) has published a number of books in the field of criminology including The New Criminologies in Canada: State, Crime and Control; Down and Out in Canada: Homeless Canadians; Serial and Mass Murder; Post Critical Criminology; Youth Injustice; and The Canadian Criminal Justice System (with Ken Dowler and Subhas Ramcharan). He has published over 30 articles and chapters on police investigation of serial murder; civil liberties; prison conditions, aboriginal land claims, youth crime, and the media’s portrayal of crime. He is President of The Canadian Society of Criminology. Dr. Fleming is currently writing a book on serial murderers, and a new book on homelessness.

Timothy Gawley (Associate Professor, Brantford Campus): Tim Gawley is a professor at Laurier Brantford. His main teaching areas include research methods and evaluation research in support of Laurier Brantford’s multidisciplinary Contemporary Studies, Criminology and Leadership programs. His current interests are symbolic interactionism and qualitative research, the study of everyday life and the sociology of occupations and professions. His most recent publications appear in Sex Roles, Symbolic Interaction, Qualitative Sociology Review and the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. He has also conducted research for various social services agencies in Southwestern Ontario.

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann (Professor): Dr. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Global Studies and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from McGill University (1976), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her teaching and research interests include international human rights, women's rights, gay and lesbian rights, globalization, comparative genocide studies, retrospective justice, and state-induced famine. Dr. Howard-Hassmann is the author or editor of nine books, including most recently Economic Rights in Canada and the United States (2006); The Age of Apology: Facing up to the Past (2007), Reparations to Africa (2008), and Can Globalization Promote Human Rights? (2010). She established and remains editor of a website on political apologies, which can be visited at

Nikolaos Liodakis (Associate Professor): Dr. Nikolaos Liodakis specializes in quantitative methods, social inequality, multiculturalism, and the interconnections of class, gender, ‘race’/ethnicity. He is also interested in political economy and political sociology, research methods, and critical realist epistemology. Dr. Liodakis’ research focuses on the analysis of class, gender and nativity earnings differentials within selected ethnic and "visible" groups in Canada, using Canadian Census data. He has shown that the class and gender earnings differentials within ethnic and “visible” groups are greater than the minor earnings differentials among them.

Lucy Luccisano (Associate Professor): Dr. Luccisano teaches and writes in the areas of social inequality, poverty alleviation and gender in Mexico, and Canada. She has published articles comparing community kitchens in Canada, Mexico and Peru. These articles have appeared in a number of book collections. Recent publications, focusing on social welfare reform, regulation, subjectivity and citizenship have appeared in the Journal of Poverty and in the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and as a chapter in a forthcoming book. Her current research focus involves a comparison of public, social provision programs and citizenship in Mexico, Canada and the United States.

Garry Potter (Associate Professor): Dr. Potter’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of classical and contemporary social theory, as well as the philosophy of social science. He is the author of The Bet: Truth in Science, Literature and Everyday Knowledges (Ashgate, 1999), The Philosophy of Social Science: New Perspectives (Prentice Hall, 2000) and co-editor of After Postmodernism: An Introduction to Critical Realism (Athlone, 2001). Two new books of his are expected to come out in the near future. Inequality and the Institutional Production of Knowledge deals with the relationship between power and knowledge and Dystopia: The Present and Future Human Condition takes stock of a catalogue of grim problems facing humanity today and offers a worrying prognosis for the near future.

Carrie B. Sanders (Assistant Professor): Dr. Sanders' theoretical specialties reside in symbolic interactionism, social constructionism, and science and technology studies (specifically the social shaping of technology).  Her substantive areas of interest are in policing (specifically on police technologies, crime mapping and social control), emergency response (i.e., intersecting work processes and information sharing among police, fire and emergency medical services) and social problems.  She is a qualitative researcher with an interest in researching and writing about data collection and analysis strategies.  She is very interested in working with students who have an interest in any of these theoretical or substantive areas.

Dana Sawchuk (Associate Professor): Dana Sawchuk completed her PhD in 2001 at the University of Toronto’s interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Religion. She is a specialist in the sociology of religion and the sociology of social movements. Dr. Sawchuk is interested in the relationship between religion, politics, and social change (particularly in Latin America). She is the author of The Costa Rican Catholic Church, Social Justice, and the Rights of Workers, 1979-1996, and articles in journals such as Sociology of Religion, Critical Sociology, and the Journal of Women & Aging. Dr. Sawchuk’s current research focuses on older women and political activism in Canada and the United States.

Edward Shizha (Assistant Professor, Brantford Campus): Dr. Edward Shizha has a substantial academic background in sociology of education. His teaching and research interests are in contemporary social problems and education including issues on social constructivism and knowledge, globalization and development, postcolonialism, and Indigenous education in Africa. He has also taught courses on introduction to sociology, social inequality, social theory, contemporary social problems and social research methods. His research is embedded in qualitative methodology. Recently, Edward has been focusing on researching and writing on indigenous knowledges in the global context and in science curriculum in Zimbabwe in particular. He has published articles that have appeared in a number of journals including International Education Journal, Australian Journal of Indigenous Education, AlterNative, Alberta Journal of Educational Research and Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education, and book chapters have been published in Education and Social Development: Global Issues and Analysis (2008), Global Perspectives on Adult Education (2008), African Education and Globalization: Critical Perspectives (2006) and Issues in African Education: Sociological Perspectives (2005). A co-edited book, Indigenous Knowledge and Learning in Asia and Africa: Perspectives on Development, Education and Culture is due for publication by Palgrave Mcmillan in 2010.

Jasmin Zine (Associate Professor): (Please see profile in previous section)