Welcome to Sociology and Legal Studies

Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo is a stimulating and expanding department, and consists of sociologists and socio-legal scholars engaging in innovative teaching styles and research programs.

Sociology is the study of social life and the social, economic, and political dynamics and dimensions of social relations and social change.

Legal studies is the study of law which is central to everything we do - how we carry on business, how we treat the environment, how we shape our governments and how we deal with other people.

This web site gives an overview of the teaching and research in sociology and legal studies at the University of Waterloo.

  1. July 7, 2017Canada 150 Research Chairs

    Canada 150 research chair positions

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  2. Apr. 4, 2017Congratulations Alumnus David Hoffman!

    Alumni David Hofmann has recently learned a fourth article has been accepted from the sandwich dissertation he did with the department (2016). This is a department first!

    The dissertation has 5 chapters – including the introduction and the conclusion. When he defended two chapters had already been published by Studies in Conflict and Terrorism ( a leading journal), and one was submitted to the Journal of Strategic Studies – it was later published in 2016.

  3. Apr. 4, 2017Allison Chenier selected as 2016 Warren Ober Award recipient

    Sociology's Allison Chenier has been awarded the 2016 Warren Ober Award for Outstanding Teaching by Graduate Students Within the Faculty of Arts.  

    The award recognizes the importance of teaching in the activity of the Faculty of Arts. The Faculty and the Department commend Allison on outstanding teaching, talent and dedication to her students and her discipline. 

    Congratulations, Allison and thank you for your contributions to the academic development of our undergraduate students. 

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Meet our people

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Rick Helmes-Hayes

Professor

PhD (Toronto)
MA (Queen's)
BA History (Queen's)

Research and teaching areas

Research

My major area of research is the history of Canadian social thought, especially the history of Canadian sociology.