FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Research Chairs & Awards

Research Chairs & Awards

Our research chairs are internationally recognized experts and leaders in their fields. Learn more about their work by clicking the below links to their faculty profiles.

Canada Research Chairs

Irene Botosaru

Irene Botosaru

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Applied Econometrics | Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Research involves: Econometrics; Longitudinal Data Analysis; Decision Making; Forecasting 

Megan Brickley

Megan Brickley

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

Research involves: Bioarchaeology; Biological Anthropology; Metabolic Diseases; Paleopathology  

Chelsea Gabel

Chelsea Gabel

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation Associate | Professor, Departments of Health, Aging & Society and Indigenous Studies

Research involves: Arts-based Research Methods; Digital Technology; Indigenous Knowledge; Indigenous Health and Well-Being; Intergenerational Communication 

Stephan McBride

Stephen McBride

Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Public Policy and Globalization | Professor and Graduate Chair, Department of Political Science

Research involves: Global Political Economy; Globalization; International Relations; Labour Issues; Public Policy; Social and Health Policy 

Marisa Young

Marisa Young

Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Mental Health and Work-Life Transitions | Associate Professor and Graduate Chair,  Department of Sociology

Research involves: Mental Health; Work/Family Conflict; Community and Social Determinant of Health; Social Inequality; Gender 

Research Chairs and Professorships

Michelle L. Dion

Michelle L. Dion

Senator Wm. McMaster Chair in Gender & Methodology | Professor, Department of Political Science

Research involves: Comparative political economy, comparative political behaviour, and research design and methodology.

Jim Dunn

Senator Wm McMaster Chair in Urban Health Equity | Professor, Director of McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments

Research involves: living communities as they undergo transformations, and explores how built environments affect the mental and physical health in neighbourhoods and communities

Judy Fudge

Judy Fudge

Professor, School of Labour Studies | LIUNA Enrico Henry Mancinelli Professor in Global Labour Issues

Research involves: Socio-legal approaches to work; Canadian labour law history; the nexus between immigration and labour regulation; precarious work, gender and labour law, care work and law; labour rights as human rights; comparative approaches to labour regulation; international and comparative equality law at work.

Anthea Innes

Professor, Department of Health, Aging & Society | Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health | Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging

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

Jeffrey S. Racine

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 | Associate Editor, Econometric Reviews

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.

Karen Robson

Karen Robson

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology | Ontario Research Chair in Educational Achievement and At-Risk Youth

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

Arthur Sweetman

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

Research involves: Health economics, labour economics, microeconometrics.

Liyakat Takim

Liyakat Takim

Professor, Department of Religious Studies | Sharjah Chair in Global Islam

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.

Vanessa Watts

Vanessa Watts

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Department of Indigenous Studies | Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies

Research involves: Gender, sexuality and education, Indigenous policy.

Faculty Research Awards