Awards / Prix

The Canadian Sociological Association annually presents several awards of recognition for scholarly work and contributions to the field of Canadian Sociology.  Presentations are made at our Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony to be held as part of our Conference.

Angus Reid Applied Sociology Award

Best Student Paper Award

Canadian Review of Sociology Journal Best Article Award

Early Investigator Award

John Porter Tradition of Excellence Award

Outstanding Contribution Award

Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student Award

Outstanding Service Award  


2019 CSA Award Recipients*

Many thanks to Dr. John McLevey, Communications Officer 2016-2019 for providing images from the 2019 Annual Banquet and Award Ceremony.

* Some of our 2018 recipients attended this Ceremony to recieve their awards as the event was not held in that year. 

Learn more about the 2018 award recipients


Angus Reid Applied Sociology Awards / Prix des praticiens Angus Reid/de sociologie appliquée:


Practitioners: Dr. Becki Ross, University of British Columbia and Jamie Lee Hamilton

Image: Rima Wilkes, University of British Columbia (far left) and Catherine Corrigall-Brown, University of British Columbia (far right) present the award to Jamie Lee Hamilton (left) and Becki Ross (right)

The recipients are ideal for this award due to their long-standing commitment to honouring the lives and stories of sex workers through engagement in community dialogue around protecting the rights and dignity of this group. Their work has informed public dialogue, official police and government policy, and is the basis of a permanent memorial to sex workers who are victims of violence in Vancouver.

Their nominators noted that collaboration between Jamie Lee Hamilton and Becki Ross exemplifies how “public sociology allow us as practitioners to develop research agendas and questions that reflect the interests of those publics along with the field of sociology.”



Student: Alicia Clifford, University of Calgary

Image: Robert Henry, University of Calgary (left) presents the award to Alicia Clifford (right)


Alicia Clifford was selected by the University of Calgary's Department of Sociology to receive this award.  In addition to her community engaged research, Alicia excels academically holding a SSHRC scholarship and acting as President of the Sociology Graduate Student Caucus.

Her research project works on supporting Indigenous women within the carceral system and related programs.






Best Student Paper Award / Meilleur article étudiant  


 Dana Wray, University of Toronto

Image: Tina Fetner, CSA President  (left) presents the award to Dana Wray (right)

Can Paternity Leave Policy Change Father Involvement? Evidence from the Natural Experiment of Quebec.

While there has been much work on the increasing role of fathers in their children’s lives, and the stalled progress toward inequality in parenting between mothers and fathers, no research has been able to do what Dana Wray has accomplished with this paper. Wray uses the fathers’ leave policies in Quebec, which reserve some leave for fathers only – use it or lose it – as a natural experiment, comparing it to policies in the rest of Canada, where leave can be shared by mothers and fathers, to determine if this policy has an impact on fathers’ involvement in parenting. Using a quantitative analysis of time-use data in the Canadian General Social Survey, Wray examines father-child time. Her findings that the Quebec policy increases father’s time spent with full responsibility for their children, even as much as three years after they took the leave. However, but not necessarily affect their overall time spent with kids or their active interactions with them. Taken together, these findings make clear that policy interventions can have some effect, and it is instructive to sociological theories of gender and parenting, as it is an important contribution to policy discussions.


Honourable Mention:


Laila Omar, University of Toronto

Image: Neda Maghbouleh, University of Toronto (left) congratulates Laila Omar (centre) after receiving the award from Tina Fetner (right)

'I Just Dream of Things Being Stable': Exploring How Physical Displacement Affects Syrian Refugee Mothers' Perception of Time.

Omar uses qualitative interviews with Syrian refugees, all mothers, to examine the impact of forced migration on their conceptualization of the future in order to examine the temporal dimensions of forced migration. She argues that carrying the status of “refugeeness” shape perception of time, with mothers dealing with a scrambled timeline, and deliberately foreclosing their own timeline in order to focus on their children’s future in Canada. This work adds to our understanding of the cultural and social construction of time, poised to make a major contribution to sociological scholarship. The awards committee is delighted to designate Laila Omar’s paper with an honourable mention.



Canadian Review of Sociology Best Article Award / Prix du meilleur article de la revue canadienne de sociologie :


Dr. Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, University of California

Nevertheless they persisted: Gendered frameworks and socialization advantages in Indian professional service firms. Canadian Review of Sociology. 55(3):343-361

Dr. Ballakrishnen a socio-legal scholar who studies the intersections between law, globalization, and stratification in the global south from a feminist perspective. Her article addresses the different outcomes for women in professional fields outside the global north, highlighting the insufficiency of western theories to apply across cultural contexts.

Reviewers were impressed with Dr. Ballakrishnen’s work noting, among other things, that it was “well grounded in theory and previous research, had solid methodology, and…advanced our understanding of the persistence of gender inequality in the workplace,” a structural issue that is foundational in sociology. Congratulations Dr. Ballakrishnen!



Early Investigator Awards / Prix du jeune chercheur :



Dr. Jasmin Hristov, University of British Columbia

Image: Vivian Shall, University of Guelph (right) presents the award to Jasmin Hristov

Dr. Hristov received her PhD in Sociology from York University in 2013. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Sociology and Associate Member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan). Dr. Hristov demonstrates remarkable intellectual leadership and expertise in the areas of political and global sociology, development, conflict and human rights, and gender-based violence. The focus of her work is the Global South, mainly Latin America. The adjudication committee was highly impressed with Dr. Hristov’s research and publication record at this early stage of her career. She published two books, one with Ohio University Press in 2009 entitled Blood and Capital: The Para-militarization of Colombia, and the other with Pluto Press in 2014 entitled Para-militarism and Neo-liberalism: Violent Systems of Capital Accumulation in Colombia and Beyond. She has also published ten refereed articles and book chapters, most of them single authored, and is co-editing a book under contract with Routledge. In addition, she has given about 70 conference papers and invited talks. Dr. Hristov’s many accomplishments are noteworthy and the committee was particularly struck by her innovative theoretical contributions. Her accomplishments are even more remarkable considering the dangerous nature and context of her graduate and current research. That Dr. Hristov’s research is supported by SSHRC grants attests to the quality and significance of her work. She also received generous scholarships in support of her graduate studies. Dr. Hristov is making contributions to the CSA, having served as Chair of the Sociology of Development Research Cluster since 2016. The committee was also impressed with Dr. Hristov’s involvement as a public intellectual and as a community-engaged scholar.



Dr. Barry Eidlin, McGill University

Image: Vivian Shalla (right) presents the award to Barry Eidlin (left)

The CSA Research Advisory Subcommittee was tremendously impressed with Dr. Eidlin’s research and publication record at this early stage of his career. His diverse accomplishments and intellectual leadership stood out as particularly stellar. The subcommittee felt that contributions Dr. Eidlin is making to Canadian and international sociological scholarship in the areas of class, inequality, and power are remarkable. The prestigious awards that he has won attest to the exceptional calibre of his work. Those nominating Dr. Eidlin describe him as creative, analytically rigorous, and theoretically sophisticated. The Subcommittee was also impressed with his role as a public intellectual and a builder of the discipline.






John Porter Award / Prix du livre John Porter:

Books receiving this award typically exemplify outstanding sociology, reminding us how to capture the social world in its complexity, while also delivering the social world to the reader with what C Wright Mills called “lucid summations”. Regardless of your particular area of specialization, you will find in these books a calling to the craft of sociology as research and writing. That’s why they are important to read, and enjoy, and to celebrate.


Dr. Tracey L. Adams, Western University

Image: Patricia Cormack, St. Francis Xavier University (right) presents the award to Tracey L. Adams (left)

Regulating Professions: The Emergence of Professional Self- Regulation in Four Canadian Provinces, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018).

This 2019 award winning book analyzes the history of self-regulation of professions in Canada, as a long negotiation with state, and explores the emergence of professional self-regulation in four Canadian provinces from Confederation to the1940s. It argues that in some countries, self-regulated professions have been treated as outdated, elitist and restricting competition, while, in Canada self-regulation has proven to build and support important institutions.




Dr. Genevieve Zubrzycki, University of Michigan

 Image: Patricia Cormack (right) presents the award to Genevieve Zubrzycki (left)

Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec. (2016) University of Chicago Press

While a number of very good books were nominated and considered, the John Porter Award committee took into consideration the Porter Award criteria - relevance to Canadian society, strong theory and data, and accessibility to a lay audience.

Beheading the Saint met all these criteria as it traced the use of popular religious iconography and celebrations (notably St. Jean Baptiste Day) in Quebec as the province moved from a highly religious society to a secular one. Zubrzycki explains how Quebec has turned Catholic symbols into officially "non-religious" symbols of "heritage" while other religious symbols have been treated as threats to Quebec values. The book employs detailed historical and archival research and presents its argument in a clear and readable manner. It is accompanied by fascinating documents for to the reader to ponder.



Outstanding Service Award / Prix pour service remarquable:



Dr. Terry Wotherspoon, University of Saskatchewan

 Image: Tina Fetner (right) presents the award to Terry Wotherspoon (left)

Terry Wotherspoon has been selected by the Executive Committee of the Canadian Sociological Association to receive the 2018 Outstanding Service Award for his more than decade service to the Association. Dr. Wotherspoon was a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Review of Sociology from 2007 to 2010, Managing Editor of the CRS from 2010 to 2014, then President from 2014 to 2017. He has since represented the Association as a National Representative to the International Sociological Association.

Dr. Wotherspoon performed all of these roles with distinction and dedication. The Executive Committee extends its gratitude and appreciation for his contributions to the Association.





Outstanding Contribution Award / Contribution remarquable:


Dr. Agnes Calliste, St. Francis Xavier University

Image: Xiaobei Chen, Carleton University (right) accepts the award on behalf of Agnes Calliste from Tina Fetner (left)

Dr. Calliste passed away last year at the age of 74, after a long and rich career at St. Francis Xavier University. She was a faculty member there for 26 years, having retired in 2010.

Over those years, Dr. Calliste’s work was foundational to establishing a tradition of critical, intersectional analyses of race in Canada. Focusing especially on Caribbean immigration, Agnes Calliste foregrounded the experiences of Black/Caribbean workers in Canada. Working from the political economy tradition, Dr. Calliste illuminated complex hierarchies of race, class and gender in structures of imperialism, colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy, and captured the agency and resistance of Black Caribbean and African Canadians. Her work on immigration policy revealed gendered and racist assumptions embedded within the immigration system, channeling Caribbean women to physically dangerous and servile work. Her research is an important counter to the narrative of Canada’s self-awareness as a colour-blind, multicultural society.

The study of race, immigration and gender are now central concerns of sociology in Canada as elsewhere around the world. The insights that Agnes Calliste developed over her career contributed to setting this research agenda. It says something about how groundbreaking this work has been that we are only now recognizing her contributions nine years after her retirement and almost a year after her passing. I am delighted that we are doing so now, however. We have asked Xiaobei Chen of Carleton University, one of several supporters of Dr. Calliste’s nomination and President-elect of the CSA, to accept this award on her behalf.



Outstanding Service Award 2019 and Outstanding Contribution Award 2018:

Prix pour service remarquable et contribution remarquable :


Dr. Patrizia Albanese, Ryerson University

 Image: Myrna Dawson, University of Guelph (right) presents the awards to Patrizia Albanese (left)

I have the privilege tonight of presenting two awards to a special honouree – Dr. Patrizia Albanese, a professor of sociology at Ryerson University, who is being awarded the 2018 Outstanding Contribution Award AND the 2019 Outstanding Service Award – this is a first in the history of the CSA.

Dr. Albanese has made major disciplinary and transdisciplinary contributions through her empirical and theoretical research and study on the sociology of the family, sociology of children and youth, and the emerging field of the sociology of care. As one example, her longstanding work on Canadian childcare and childcare policy, which has reached multiple audiences, represents important sociological analyses of social, cultural and political institutions as well as social class and its meaning in this country. Many of you heard more about this work and its origins at the Outstanding Contribution Panel held earlier today.

Her research has appeared in wide-ranging and diverse forums, including important academic venues, but also in highly-accessible forms of knowledge dissemination which is so increasingly important in our world today. Indeed, recognizing the importance of sociological education, Dr. Albanese has focused significant efforts on producing important introductory sociological textbooks and reading collections that are crucial to educating the next generation of sociologists.

The reach and rate of Dr. Albanese’s dissemination is impressive, particularly given it evolved over a period of strong leadership demonstrated both for the CSA as well as for her own institution.

For example, since 2009, Dr. Albanese has served as Secretary, President, and Past-President of the CSA.

During this time, she has been an impressive ambassador, particularly through her role in leading the successful bid for the ISA World Congress and her continuing contributions in that regard. These efforts began in 2014 when she took up the position of Chair of the Local Organizing Committee – a position she held until last July 2018 when the wonderfully-successful ISA World Congress of Sociology was held in Toronto.

This event brought about 6,000 delegates from 120 countries to Canada and, once again, launched sociology in Canada on a global scale, providing crucial opportunities for networking and new collaborations. To do so, Dr. Albanese spent countless hours on planning, was tenacious in her efforts, also managing to deal with challenging tasks with enthusiasm and commitment which ensured the success of this event. Her ability to rally support from academic institutions, funders, and members kept the committee motivated through some very tough times.

The CSA, as a result, has a renewed respect among our global colleagues thanks largely to her leadership. Those who attended or heard about it know that it was hugely successful and well-received internationally. It will be a tough act to follow.

During this period, her contributions to her university, and her profession and beyond did not falter as she continued to focus her efforts on research ethics, curriculum and programming as well as student engagement, nationally and internationally. Indeed, after spending the past year as President-Elect of the Federation of the Social Sciences and Humanities, she has recently taken up her new President duties – no rest for Dr. Albanese yet!


Prix de la SCS

La société canadienne de sociologie décerne annuellement ses prix de reconnaissance pour des études savantes et la contribution à la sociologie canadienne.

Prix des praticiens Angus Reid/de sociologie appliquée

Meilleur article étudiant

Prix du meilleur article de la revue canadienne de sociologie (RCS)

Prix du jeune chercheur

Prix du livre John Porter

Contribution remarquable

Prix d’excellence des étudiants diplômés en sociologie

Prix pour service remarquable

Récipiendaires des prix de la SCS