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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
September 26, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Bruce Arai

Dr. Bruce Arai

Dean, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.#2112
Fax: 519-746-2472
Office Location: RCE117


I have been at Laurier Brantford since July 2003, and I have become very fond of this campus, my colleagues and students, and the larger community of Brantford. The place is truly new, innovative and unique, and I am very happy to have been offered the opportunity to participate in the development of Laurier Brantford. Before coming here, I spent 8 years in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at the Waterloo campus.


  • Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Sociology, 1995       
  • M.A. University of New Brunswick, Sociology, 1990
  • B.A. University of Calgary, 1988

Research and Teaching Interests:

My research and teaching interests are generally in the areas of the sociology of work, health, education and environmental sociology. I also teach both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and unlike many of my students in these classes, I enjoy these courses immensely.

Selected Publications

Mertz, Dominik, Erin Y. Tjam, Jeff Poss, John P. Hirdes, Bruce Arai, Jennie Johnstone, Michaela Roberts, and J. Mark Loeb. (2011). "Prevalence and predictors of antibiotic use in community-based elderly in Ontario, Canada". Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 32(7): 710-713.

Tjam EY, Heckman GA, Smith S, Arai B, Hirdes J, Poss J, McKelvie RS (2011). "Predicting heartfailure mortality in frail seniors: Comparing the NYHA functional classification with the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI)2.0". International Journal of Cardiology Feb 1.

Dowler, K. and B. Arai (2008). "Stress, gender and policing: The impact of perceived gender discrimination on symptoms of stress." International Journal of Police Science and Management. 10(2):123-35.

Arai, B. (2007). "Re-organizing flexibility and the employment standards act in Ontario". Journal of Change Management. 7(1): 80-102.

Arai, B. (2001) "Science and Culture in the Environmental State: The Case of Reactor Shutdowns at Ontario Hydro". Organization and Environment, 14(3):290-305.

Arai, B. (2000) "Changing Motivations for Homeschooling in Canada". Canadian Journal of Education, 25(3): 204-17.