In Memoriam: Dr. Ann Denis

Feb 11 2019

We regret to share the sad news that Ann Denis (Ph.D. from London School of Economics) and Professor Emerita at the University of Ottawa) has recently passed. 

Dr. Denis was an integral and active member of the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) for decades serving within the Executive Committee as President (1996), on the Status of Women Subcommittee, and as representative to the International Sociological Association. Dr. Denis deservingly received the Outstanding Service Award from the Association in 1999. She along with friend and colleague, Dr. Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, established CSA’s Feminist Sociology Research Cluster as well as the Inter-disciplinary feminist sessions at Congress. She continued her tireless efforts coordinating Conference sessions until her passing. She will be deeply missed this year and in years to come, both within the CSA and with the other organizations and communities she supported such as the CRIAW/ ICREF (the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women).

Dr. Denis was a also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Sociological Association (2006–10), its Vice-President, Research (2002–2006) as well as the research committees on Women, Gender, and Society. (RC32) and Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05).   

The Association extends its condolences to Ann’s family, many friends, and colleagues and plans to honour her contributions to the Association. Additional details will be available once confirmed.


The University of Ottawa has shared the following message:

José López, Ph.D.
Directeur/ Chair, École d’études sociologiques et anthropologiques/ School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies

It is with profound sadness that we have learnt of the death of our dear colleague Ann Denis on February the 5th at the age of 74: our deepest condolences to family, friends and colleagues. Ann Denis was professor emerita at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies since her retirement in 2009 Ann arrived at the University of Ottawa in 1973  , and contributed enormously by teaching and mentoring countless cohorts of students. Collegial, and engaged in the administrative life of the university, she was Chair of the School on more than one occasion. Despite retirement, Ann remained active in the life of the School until her very last days.

 Her research and publications focused on power relations within and between societies, particularly on the intersection of gender, ethnicity/race, and class with work, Internet use and education in Canada and the Commonwealth Caribbean, women (and men) studying engineering at university, and on intersectionality within feminisms. She participated generously on the editorial boards and/or executives of several national and international scholarly associations in sociology, ethnic relations and on women/gender, and remained an active member of the associations. She also continued to be active in the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, including on its United Nations Committee and in its research activities.

 A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019, 2:00pm at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Avenue, Ottawa, ON K2A 4A1


Décès d’Ann Denis

 C’est avec une profonde tristesse que nous avons appris du décès de notre chère collègue Ann Denis le 5 février à l’âge de 74 ans : toutes nos condoléances à sa famille, et ses amis et collègues. Ann Denis était professeure émérite à l'École d'études sociologiques et anthropologiques depuis sa retraite en 2009. Ann est arrivée à l'Université d'Ottawa en 1973 et a énormément contribué à l’enseignement et au mentorat d’innombrables cohortes d’étudiant-e-s. Collégiale et engagée dans la vie administrative de l'université, elle a été directrice de l'école à plus d'une occasion. Malgré sa retraite, Ann est restée active dans la vie de l’École jusqu’à ses tout derniers jours.

Ses recherches et ses publications portaient sur les relations de pouvoir au sein des sociétés et entre elles, en particulier sur le croisement du genre, de l'ethnie / race et de la classe avec le travail, l'utilisation d'Internet et l'éducation au Canada et dans les Caraïbes du Commonwealth, des femmes (et des hommes) étudiant-e-s en génie à l'université, et sur l'intersectionnalité au sein des féminismes. Elle a donné généreusement de son temps aux comités de rédaction et / ou aux comités exécutifs de plusieurs associations savantes nationales et internationales en sociologie, relations ethniques et femmes / genre, et est resté un membre actif de ces associations. Elle a également continué à être active à l'Institut canadien de recherche pour la promotion de la femme, notamment au sein de son comité des Nations Unies et de ses activités de recherche.

Un service commémoratif aura lieu le dimanche 3 mars 2019 à 14 h, à la First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30, avenue Cleary, Ottawa, ON K2A 4A1.



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