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October 20, 2017
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Dr. Dana Sawchuk

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.2306

Office Location: DAWB 5-130
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 until April 13th (then by appointment only)
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Academic Background
BA (Winnipeg); MA (Winnipeg); PhD (Toronto)

I joined the Department of Sociology in 2001.  My research focusses on various social justice issues and movements, often as they are related to religion (and especially Roman Catholicism) and/or aging. I am interested in the social and political implications of Catholic social teaching and liberation theologies. I am also interested in both official and popular expressions of Catholic thought and practice in relation to disabilities and to older adults and aging. My recent and current research focuses on representations of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in lay Catholic magazines and newspapers and on how older adults and the aging process are portrayed in the same types of lay print media.  Alongside these research pursuits, I am very interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and in experimenting with innovative ways to engage students in the undergraduate classroom.  I teach undergraduate courses on Introduction to Sociology (SY101), Sociology of Aging (SY216) and Social Movements (SY414), and a graduate seminar on Religion, Social Movements, and Social Justice (SY611).

Additional Information

Selected Publications

2009.  "The Raging Grannies: Defying Stereotypes and Embracing Aging through Activism." Journal of Women and Aging 21(3): 171-85.

2007. "Exploring Power and Gender Issues Emergent in an Institutional Workshop on Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct."  Dana Sawchuk with Thomas St. James O'Connor, Richard Walsh-Bowers, Christopher Ross, and Maria Hatzipantelis. Pastoral Psychology 55(4): 499-511.

2005.  "Horkheimer and Adorno on Social Change: Problems and Potential in Light of 'History from Below.'" Critical Sociology 31(4): 537-57.

2004. The Costa Rican Catholic Church, Social Justice, and the Rights of Workers, 1979-1996.  Editions SR. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press and Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion.

1997.  "The Catholic Church in the Nicaraguan Revolution: A Gramscian Analysis." Sociology of Religion 58(1): 39-51.

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