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

  1. Apr. 12, 2019 Congratulations Rowland Robinson !!

    It is our pleasure to inform the Sociology and Legal Studies community that Rowland Robinson is the recipient of the Doctoral Thesis Completion Award!

  2. Apr. 12, 2019 Congratulations Katie Ford !!

    Katie Ford is the recipient of the 2018 Warren Ober Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student in the Faculty of Arts!!

  3. Apr. 2, 2019Suzan Ilcan received a research grant funded by the British Academy, with Dr Yasmine Shamma (PI, University of Reading) and Vicki Squire (CI, Warwick University).
    Dr. Suzan Ilcan

    Title: Lost and found?: a digital archive of testimonies of migration, displacement, and resettlement 

    Abstract: This project centres on the homes that have been lost and found by refugees of the recent Syrian crisis. Experiences of urban life are negotiated in particularly complex ways by refugees moving across regions and nations in pursuit of home. In these movements, they expand the dimensions of home.

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Meet our people

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Sarah Turnbull

Assistant Professor

PhD Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies (University of Toronto) 

MA Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies (University of Toronto)

BA (Simon Fraser University)