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. Apr. 13, 2017Dr. John McLevey awarded $282,672. SSHRC Insight Grant

    Dr. John McLevey (co-investigator) has been awarded a new SSHRC Insight Grant for the project "Making sense of climate action: Understanding social mobilization to curb anthropogenic climate change through advances in social network analysis" in the amount of $282,672.

  2. Apr. 6, 2017Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme and team awarded $167,000.00 SSHRC IG 2017

    Assistant Professor Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, along with team members Paul Bramadat, University of Victoria (PI); Lynne Marks, University of Victoria (Co-R); Michael Wilkinson, Trinity Western University (Co-R), have won a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Insight Grant (SSHRC IG) in the amount of $167,000.00. 

  3. 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.

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Meet our people

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Jennifer R. Whitson

Assistant Professor

PhD Sociology (Carleton University)
MA Sociology (University of Alberta)
BA Criminology (University of Alberta)