Research in the Department of Sociology

Faculty within the Department of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick concentrate on studying social structures, social relationships, and social change. We also focus on the changing nature of the discipline of Sociology itself. This emphasis recognizes that the past has given us a sound history of useful theoretical constructs and appropriate methodological designs and techniques. On-going research in the department reflects that a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research strategies is critical to our continued growth as a discipline and as a department. Our theoretic and methodological traditions are open to new epistemological perspectives where we explore new avenues for productive research and teaching.

Within the Department of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick, our shared avenues or pillars of research strength are the study of: multimedia and communication; family and domestic violence, as well as health, healthcare, and health policy. Our specializations in each of these areas maintain and augment the strengths of our undergraduate and graduate programs. Faculty members have affiliations with many of the research institutes at UNB including the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research, the Canadian Institute for Social Policy (CRISP), the NB Institute for Research, Data, and Training, and the National Research Council (NRC). In addition, faculty members working within each of these areas have established relationships with researchers in other departments and faculties at the University of New Brunswick and throughout the world. Moreover, each of these areas offers rich, new opportunities for the development of new relationships within the local, national, and international world of scholarship. Our research pillars carry the strength of our past and open the Department of Sociology to the new opportunities of tomorrow.

The faculty member areas of research specialization listed below provide prospective students with a sense of the range of topics on which Department members can most effectively supervise thesis work. You may access more detailed information on the interests and research experience of individual faculty members by clicking on any of the faculty names below.

Fredericton Faculty

  • Gary Bowden: Environmental sociology; cross cultural sociology; sociology of science and technology; sociology of the media and photography; sociology of organizations.
  • Dan Crouse: Environmental & social determinants of health, environmental justice, health and place, spatial analysis
  • Tia Dafnos:  Policing, security and pacification; racialization and colonialism; resistance, protest, and social movements.
  • Carmen Gill: The family, social policy, third sector studies, and violence against women.
  • Neeru Gupta: Population health; applied quantitative health systems and policy research; epidemiology of chronic disease and injury; social determinants of health; health inequalities.
  • Nick Hardy: Sociological Theory (contemporary and classical ), nuclear energy, environmental change.
  • David Hofmann: Terrorism and political violence; radicalization towards violence; charismatic authority; leadership; criminal and illicit networks; right-wing extremism & political activism; cults & new religious movements; mixed methods; social network analysis.
  • Catherine Holtmann:  Sociology of religion; gender; immigrants; domestic/intimate partner violence; mixed methods research; visual sociology.
  • Jacqueline Low: Health, health care and health policy; alternative and complementary therapy; chronic illness and disability; deviance and stigma management; sociology of the body; home care and home support; qualitative research methods; and symbolic interactionist theory.
  • Luc Thériault: Social policy and third sector studies; health care policy; social economy organizations involved in the delivery of human services, including co-operatives.
  • Lucia Tramonte: Quantitative analysis, socio-economic segregation; family resources; physical & mental health; children’s outcomes; anxiety and depression; comparative education; school achievement; longitudinal data; cross-sectional data; and multilevel modeling.

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Saint John Faculty

  • Lee Chalmers: Gender relations; sociology of work; research methods.
  • Chris Doran: Textual analysis, socio-legal studies, and historical sociology; ethnomethodology; critical theory.
  • Daniel Downes: Media and technology; information and society; history of communication technologies; cultural diversity; intellectual property and copyright.
  • Ricardo Duchesne: The making of western civilization.
  • Joe Galbo: Media studies and McLuhan studies; cultural studies: politics and culture, popular culture, and Canadian culture; critical theory.

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Adjunct Professors

  • Deborah Harrison: Feminist theory and symbolic interactionist theory; military families; qualitative research methods.
  • Baukje Miedema
  • Susan O’Donnell: Digital communications, the electronic public sphere, democratic citizen and social movements in the information society.
  • Andrew Reddick: Media and communications.
  • Dale Ballucci:  Administration of Criminal Justice; legal regulations of children and youth, Sociology of Law.
  • Michael Haan:  Demography; immigrant settlement; labour market integration; data development

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Honorary Research Associates

  • Elizabeth Cherry:  Culture and social movements and social movement analyses of contentious subcultures.
  • Matthew Hayes:  Residential and lifestyle migration of North Americans to Ecuador.
  • Gayle MacDonald:  Studying those who are considered "deviant" and the stigmatizing implcations of that designation.
  • Dan Crouse:  Intersection of health geography and environmental epidemiology.
  • William Randall:  Gerontology
  • Amanda Sloanwhite:  Measure time and space variations in mental health-related hospitalizations among youth; impact of hospital closures on access of care for patients.
  • Gulhanim Caliskan: Global Sociology
  • Kristi Allain:  Gender & Canadian Identity
  • Erin Fredericks: Transgender
  • Stephen McMullin: Sociology of Religion, Domestic Violence, Social Change

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Retired Faculty

  • Janet Burns: Social theory; cultural studies; modern and postmodern art forms.
  • Jennie Hornosty: Health and illness, sociological theory, sociology of women and gender.
  • Hugh Lautard: Sociology of work and leisure, occupations, population and demography.
  • Nancy Nason-Clark: Sociology of religion, research methods, sociology of gender, violence in the family; religion and violence.
  • Linda Neilson: Law, domestic violence, court systems.
  • David Rehorick (Professor Emeritus): Social phenomenology, gerontology, and narrative analysis.
  • Will van den Hoonaard (Professor Emeritus): Qualitative and ethnographic research, research ethics, the Baha'i community, world of mapmakers.
  • Lawrence J. Wisniewski: Sociology of aging, death, and dying, youth, deviant behaviour