Jeffrey Steven Denis
(Sociology, May 2011)
Thesis Title: Canadian Apartheid: Boundaries and Bridges in Aboriginal-White Relations
Committee: William Julius Wilson (Chair), Mary C. Waters, Michèle Lamont, Lawrence D. Bobo, and Frederic Wien (Dalhousie University)
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, and Associate Professor, Social Psychology Program, Department of Social Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
I am a settler Canadian of mixed European ancestry and an Associate Professor of Sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Dish with One Spoon territory). Broadly speaking, my research investigates the social processes that shape the well-being of historically marginalized communities and the strategies, alliances, policies, and practices that can bring about more just and sustainable societies. Born and raised in Toronto, I majored in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Toronto. My first foray into sociological research involved documenting the transformation and forced closure of the Wellesley Hospital, a major teaching hospital in Toronto that had been a leader in HIV treatment and innovative approaches to community participation in decision-making.