Welcome to the Applied Sociology Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)

This research cluster is open to academics and practitioners, whether or not you are a member of the CSA. Please check out the About page for more about us and about applied sociology.

About the Applied Sociology Cluster

The Applied Sociology Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) was established in 2014 by co-chairs Marika Morris and Kristyn Frank. Since then we have grown from zero to over 60 members, organized five sessions at the 2015 CSA conference in Ottawa, started a list-serv, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/384663875014433/) and LinkedIn group (https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8162011).

The Applied Sociology Research Cluster is now co-chaired by Sara Cumming and Kristyn Frank. As of 2015, we also have a Grad Student Co-Chair Brittany Etmanski (see below for their bios). If you are interested in becoming involved in the leadership of this research cluster, please feel free to contact Sara, Kristyn, or Brittany.

Sara Cumming received her PhD in sociology from the University of Waterloo and is currently a professor of sociology at Sheridan College. Sara’s research interests focus primarily on inequality with a focus on gender and Canadian social policy.  She has completed studies examining social assistance, subsidized housing, subsidized childcare and Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Brittany Etmanski is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. Her areas of research interest include: Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches, the Sociology of Education and Work, School-to-Work transitions, Social Stratification & Inequality, and Social & Public Policy.

Kristyn Frank has a PhD in sociology from the University of Waterloo, and is a senior researcher in the Social Analysis and Modelling Division at Statistics Canada. Her work concentrates on the economic and social integration of immigrants and the labour market outcomes and skills of postsecondary graduates in Canada.