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Research Chairs

The McMaster Faculty of Social Sciences currently boasts 16 researchers who hold a Research Chair.

Canada Research Chairs

Megan Brickley

Professor | Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Bioarchaeology of Human Disease

Department of Anthropology

Research involves: Exploring health and nutrition in past populations through bone research as seen through a bioarchaeological lens.

Stephen McBride

Professor | Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization

Department of Political Science

Research involves: Looking at areas such as economic, social, labour market, and trade and investment issues and at how transnational governance can affect the sovereignty of countries.

Katherine Cuff

Professor | Canada Research Chair in Public Economic Theory | Editor, FinanzArchiv/Public Finance Analysis | Managing Editor of Canadian Journal of Economics | McMaster University Scholar

Department of Economics

Research involves: A rigorous theoretical analysis of topics—including taxation, rent control, minimum wage and health care— key to a sound public economy.

Chelsea Gabel

Assistant Professor | Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation

Departments of Health, Aging & Society and Indigenous Studies

Research involves: Exploring the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples, particularly Indigenous elders and youth that are influenced by changes to traditional Indigenous knowledge and other interconnected health, social, economic, and political processes.

Hendrik Poinar

Professor | Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Paleogenomics | Acting Dept Chair (

Department of Anthropology

Research involves: The use of chemical and molecular techniques to elucidate the state of preservation within forensic, archeological and paleontological remains to address anthropological questions, such as the identification of pathogens responsible for past pandemics.

Ontario Research Chairs

Karen Robson

Associate Professor | Ontario Research Chair in Educational Achievement and At-Risk Youth

Department of Sociology

Research involves: Investigating postsecondary transitions of students and how race, class, gender, and special education needs impact upon the transition to postsecondary students in Toronto.

Arthur Sweetman

Professor | Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources | Co-Editor of Canadian Journal of Economics

Department of Economics

Research involves: Health economics, labour economics, microeconometrics.

Additional Research Chairs and Professorships

Amanda Grenier

(Health, Aging & Society), B.S.W. (Windsor), M.S.W., Ph.D. (McGill)

Professor | Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health | Chair of Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging

Department of Health, Aging & Society

Research involves: The interface of public policies, organizational practices, and older people's lived experience.

Wayne Lewchuk

(Labour Studies), B.A., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Professor | LIUNA Enrico Henry Mancinelli Professor in Global Labour Issues

School of Labour Studies and Department of Economics

Research involves: Labour markets, precarious employment and health, occupational health and safety in Ontario, labour and free trade, economic history, work organization and the quality of working life.

Dawn Martin-Hill

Associate Professor | Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies

Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology

Research involves: Indigenous knowledge & cultural conservation, Indigenous women, traditional medicine and health and the contemporary practice of Indigenous traditionalism.

Greig Mordue

Associate Professor | Arcelor Mittal Dofasco Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Policy

Department of Economics

Research involves: The development on manufacturing policy in Canada.

Jeffrey S. Racine

Professor, Department of Economics | Professor, Graduate Program in Statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics | Senator William McMaster Chair in Econometrics | Fellow of Journal of Econometrics | Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Econometrics | Associate Editor, Econometric Reviews | Associate Editor, Journal of Econometric Methods

Department of Economics

Research involves: Nonparametric estimation and inference, cross-validatory model selection, frequentist model averaging, nonparametric instrumental methods, and entropy-based measures of dependence and their statistical underpinnings.

Liyakat Takim

Professor | Sharjah Chair in Global Islam

Department of Religious Studies and Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition

Research involves: Reformation in the Islamic world, the treatment of women in Islamic law, Islam in America, the indigenization of the Muslim community in America, dialogue in post-911 America, war and peace in the Islamic tradition, Islamic law, Islamic biographical literature, the charisma of the holy man and shrine culture, and Islamic mystical traditions.