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Awards / Prix

CSA Award Winners / Détentaires des prix de la SCS

The Canadian Sociological Association is proud to announce our award recipients for 2015.   They will be honoured at our Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, June 3 at the University of Ottawa.  Photos from the event and more information about the recipients will be posted here later in June.

2015 CSA-SCS Award recipients Full Story 

Angus Reid Practitioner/Applied Sociology Award: Dr. Sally Lindsay, Bloorview Research Institute 

Best Student Paper:  Judy Beglaubter, University of Toronto

Balancing the Scales: Negotiating Fathers’ Parental Leave Use

CRS Best Article Award: William Carroll, University of Victoria

Discipline, Field, Nexus: Re-Visioning Sociology. CRS 50:01, 2013

Early Investigator Award: Md Saidul Islam, Nanyang Technological University

John Porter Tradition of Excellence Award: Abdolmohammad Kazemipur, University of Lethbridge

The Muslim Question in Canada:  A Story of Segmented Integration. 2014, UBC Press. 

Outstanding Contribution Award: Monica Boyd, University of Toronto

For further information on the CSA awards, including nomination procedures, selection committees, and calls for nomination, click on the following links.

Pour de plus amples informations à propos des prix décernés par la SCS, incluant les critères d'égibilités, les comités de sélection, et les appels de nomination, suivant les liens ci-dessous :



2015 Award Recipients

Photos courtesy of Jean-Sébastien Marier

Angus Reid Practitioner/Applied Sociology Award: Dr. Sally Lindsay, Bloorview Research Institute 

Sally Lindsay (C) receives her award from Linda Gerber (CSA President, L) and Tracey Adam (one of her nominators, R)

Congratulations to Sally Lindsay, the 2015 winner of the Angus Reid Practitioners / Applied Sociology Award which recognizes sociologists who undertake community action projects that bring social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to bear in addressing community-identified issues and concerns. Dr. Lindsay is a sociologist and researcher at the Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. Here she pursues a variety of research projects, including research on the challenges faced by youth with disabilities in the labour market. Sally and her research team not only carry out research to identify the challenges faced by youth with disabilities, but they have established programs to help youth overcome these challenges, and worked with employers to help them recognize the issues, and remove barriers to hiring youth with disabilities.

Through her research she is not only advancing sociological knowledge -- she has published scores of peer-reviewed journal articles while at Bloorview – but also using this knowledge to enhance employment inclusion for people with disabilities. As such she is an ideal choice for this award.


Best Student Paper:  Judy Beglaubter, University of Toronto for Balancing the Scales: Negotiating Fathers’ Parental Leave Use

Judy Beglaubter (L) receives her award from Terry Wotherspoon (CSA President Elect) and Linda Gerber (CSA President)

Members of the awards committee were very impressed with the high quality of scholarship displayed in the papers submitted for nomination, with several papers that could have been worthy of the award.

The recipient of the Best Student Paper Award is Judy Beglaubter, a Ph.D. candidate at University of Toronto. Her paper, “Balancing the Scales: Negotiating Fathers’ Parental Leave Use,” offers a detailed analysis of the ways in which parents negotiate terms and conditions related to options for parental leave. Her analysis is original in that it focuses on cases in which fathers were able to take paid leave. She substantiates this analysis by drawing upon interviews with several couples in order to understand the various factors that entered into the decision-making process. The paper advances understanding of parenting related issues by concentrating on the ways in which gender-based divisions of labour are negotiated and often reinforced in conjunction with several factors, including expectations about parenting, job status and other resources.

In addition, Matthew Sanscartier, an M.A. student at the University of Manitoba, is recognized for an Honourable Mention for his sophisticated analysis of changing forms of citizenship emerging in the context of welfare state reformation in his paper, “A Brave New Citizenry: Exploring Canadian Welfare Retrenchment through Changing Citizenship.”


CRS Best Article Award: William Carroll, University of Victoria for Discipline, Field, Nexus: Re-Visioning Sociology. CRS 50:01, 2013

William Carroll (L) receives his award from Tracey Adams (CRS Managing Editor, C) and Linda Gerber (CSA President, R)

The CRS/RCS Best Paper Award recognizes the author(s) of an article published in the Canadian Review of Sociology which makes an outstanding contribution to the advancement of sociological knowledge. The 2015 winner of the CRS Best Article Award is William K. Carroll for his 2013 article entitled “Discipline, Field, Nexus: Re-Visioning Sociology” (Vol. 50, No. 1).

In this article, Dr. Carroll argues that while some hold that the discipline of sociology is in crisis, we currently have the opportunity to revision sociology and move beyond our disciplinary limitations. Carroll argues that disciplinary divisions within social science lead to fragmented knowledge and both distort understanding of social life, and stifle social critique. Sociology is positioned at the nexus of contemporary social science and can be an important driver of positive social change. He recommends critical realism as a methodology to help us reach across disciplines and enhance our impact both on a scholarly and social level.

The selection committee described this research as “thoughtful, challenging, sophisticated, and ambitious, if controversial,” and selected it as this year’s winner of the CRS Best Paper Award.


Early Investigator Award: Md Saidul Islam, Nanyang Technological University

Md Islam (C) receives his award from Linda Gerber (CSA President, L) and Sylvia Fuller (Chair, Research Advisory Subcommittee, R)

Dr. Islam, a Canadian sociologist, received his PhD. from York University in 2008, and joined Nanyang Technological University the next year. His research productivity has been absolutely outstanding, with two sole-authored books (and another under contract), 14 peer reviewed journal articles (including a co-authored publication in Science, one of the most influential publications across disciplines and articles in the top environmental Sociology journals), and 18 books and commissioned papers. More importantly, the quality of his research is exceptional. His research bridges the sociology of development, globalization, and environment, making important contributions to each. Dr. Islam’s first book, published by Routledge, Development, Power and the Environment: Neoliberal Paradox in the Age of Vulnerability presents seven case studies of critical global sustainability challenges such as food regimes, climate change, and disaster vulnerability, offering a new framework of a “double risk” Society for the global South. Offering a trenchant critique of the neoliberal paradox and development as a historical project of power, it concludes by presenting alternative pathways to sustainable development. His second book, published by the University of Toronto Press, Confronting the Blue Revolution: Industrial Aquaculture and Sustainability in the Global South, is a fascinating study of the global shrimp commodity chain linking sites in the global South (Bangladesh, Malaysia, China, and Indonesia) to the global North.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork, it draws out the critical role of new forms of neoliberal environmental governance in shaping (in part through silences and omissions) not only environmental change, but also labour patterns and gender relations. It is first rate work that will no doubt have a lasting impact on his field, and that has important implications for all of us as citizens and consumers.


John Porter Tradition of Excellence Award: Abdolmohammad Kazemipur, University of Lethbridge for "The Muslim Question in Canada:  A Story of Segmented Integration'. 2014, UBC Press. 

Abdie Kazemipur receives his award from Linda Gerber (CSA President, R)

The Porter Prize Committee is pleased to present this year's award to Dr. Abdolmohammad Kazemipur, for his book The Muslim Question in Canada: A Story of Segmented Integration. The book examines complex questions about the relationship between Muslim minorities and mainstream populations in western liberal democracies, using a multi-method approach. Members of the Porter committee commended the book for providing a finely grained, and accessible, sociological analysis that sheds new insights on the Muslim community in Canada. Reflecting the Porter tradition, the book tackles important questions about social and economic inequality, exclusion, and integration, offering relevant insights to current scholarship and public debate.


Outstanding Contribution Award: Monica Boyd, University of Toronto

Monica Boyd (L) receives her award from Terry Wotherspoon (CSA President Elect) and Linda Gerber (CSA President, R)

Dr. Monica Boyd has an exemplary record of contributions to the discipline both in Canada and internationally. She began her scholarly career in Canada, at Carleton University, following completion of her Ph.D. and M.A at Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. She left Canada for a brief period to hold a Distinguished Professor of Sociology chair at Florida State University before returning in 2001 to take on her current position as Professor of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Immigration, Inequality and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

Her research on social mobility, immigration, labour market inequality, gender, and other forms of social inequality has had a powerful impact both in Canada and internationally – in fact, it is difficult to imagine these fields without her contributions, so central has her work been for the development of the literature in many of these areas. She has been highly dedicated to the establishment of the discipline in Canada, but she has been equally committed to link Canadian sociology with developments relevant to the discipline in the United States and other national contexts.

Her work has been groundbreaking in many respects. Her first major project involved the analysis of gender in relation to immigrant occupational attainment as part the influential collaborative project with John Porter and other scholars. Her work over the course of subsequent inquiry has advanced significantly our capacity to understand the lives and pathways of immigrants, their families, and their social networks in ways in much greater depth than was typically offered through conventional analyses. In her letters of nomination she is cited as “an agenda setter” whose “impact goes well beyond honours, publication and citation counts,” although her record is significant with respect to each of these measures. She has produced well over 100 refereed journal articles and book chapters, five books and monographs, and has been recognized through several notable distinctions including election to the Royal Society of Canada. She has also been appointed as visiting scholar and has held other prestigious positions at numerous institutions including Harvard and University of California – Irvine. In recognition of her expertise in several fields, including statistics, demographic analysis, immigration policy, and analysis of other social issues, she has been invited to serve on high level committees and in consultative roles for government agencies in Canada and the United States, as well as with other agencies such as the United Nations. She is also highly regarded as a featured and keynote speaker, with invitations to present at several high profile public events as well as academic and policy-related conferences in Canada, the US and other nations.

In addition to the remarkable and original contributions she has demonstrated through her own work, she has produced a distinguished body of work and publications through collaboration with others. She is well regarded for her generosity and dedicated service in helping to establish the careers of others in sociology and related disciplines. Among the numerous graduate and undergraduate students with whom she has worked as supervisor and mentor, many have moved on to establish careers as outstanding scholars and practitioners in relevant fields.

As well as all of the other things that productive scholars do, Monica also has an exceptional record of service to the discipline and to other scholarly and professional organizations. She has served terms as President of Academy II (Social Sciences) of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Population Society, along with many other high level positions with various major organizations, along with service on editorial boards and advisory committees. The extraordinary nature of these contributions is highlighted in one of the letters supporting her nomination where it is observed that, “Nobody in the history of Canadian sociology has demonstrated such exemplary professional citizenship as Monica Boyd has.”

Monica is an especially deserving recipient of this award not only for only for her outstanding contributions to scholarship and scholarly service, but also in recognition of her dedicated support for the Canadian Sociological Association. Throughout her career she has remained highly committed to the organization, taking on several active roles including a term as President in order to ensure that the organization has been able to maintain the capacity to serve as a strong focal point for the discipline and its practitioners. A recent success that demonstrates her advocacy for Canadian sociology in a global context has been her role as one of the primary participants in the bid that eventually resulted in the selection of Toronto as the host city for the forthcoming conference of the International Sociological Association in 2018.

The terms of reference for this award are to honour scholars who have made significant contributions to Sociology in Canada in recognition of “exceptional scholarly merit.” In each of these respects and more, Monica Boyd’s record reveals her to be a particularly deserving recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award.