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. July 6, 2021Assistant Prof. Quinlan, Prof. Ilcan and Assistant Prof. Molnar Awarded SSHRC Insight Grants

    Assistant Prof. Andrea Quinlan, Prof. Suzan Ilcan and Assistant Prof. Adam Molnar have each been awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grants for their respective research projects.

  2. June 15, 2021Successful PhD Defences

    Congratulations to Kanika Samuels-Wortley, Rod Missaghian, and Katie Cook on their recent successful PhD defences! This is the culmination of much dedication and their successes deserve celebration.

    We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

  3. June 15, 2021PhD Research Assistant Position Available

    PhD Research Assistantship 
    Project: Understanding the Risks and Regulation of Workplace Surveillance in Canada’s Digital Economy  
    Duration: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022 

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