Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto
My research and teaching interests fall into three broad areas: health/medical, work/stratification, and the sociology of religion. I’m currently engaged in a large, national longitudinal study of work, stress, and health among Canadians. This project investigates the social causes and health consequences of stress in the lives of Canadian adults and the ways that these processes change over time. Five waves of data collection (with interviews spaced 2 years apart) will occur from 2011 until 2019. The aim is to replicate and extend a national study of workers in the United States that I completed in 2010. In conjunction with the large national survey, I’m also conducting an in-depth qualitative study of Canadians in dual-earner couples with children at home to explore the meaning and nature of the work-family interface--and the stressors and resources in these contexts.
One key component of my research on work and health--using both quantitative and qualitative methods-- seeks to investigate the stressors associated with higher status positions and activities in the workplace. I’ve referred to this as the “stress of higher status".
The gig economy is quickly becoming a central part of Canadian life. The jobs arent just limited to Uber and Skip the Dishes. Grocery stores, laundries and more are banking on a new workforce that will accept jobs on a...