BIOGRAPHY: Pam has been chair of the Sociology Department since 2012, joining Ryerson in 2006 after holding a tenure-stream position for 15 years at McMaster University. In the course of her career, Pam has built a reputation for creativity, collegiality, transparency and vision. Her commitme...
BIOGRAPHY: Pam has been chair of the Sociology Department since 2012, joining Ryerson in 2006 after holding a tenure-stream position for 15 years at McMaster University. In the course of her career, Pam has built a reputation for creativity, collegiality, transparency and vision. Her commitment to issues of social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion are a reflection of her personal values and have profoundly shaped her scholarly interests.
Through roles in the broader community and the university, Pam has developed her leadership skills and administrative experience, serving as president of the Canadian Sociological Association, director on the national executive board of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, chair of the Department of Sociology and an elected faculty representative on the Ryerson University Board of Governors.
A distinguished researcher, Pam is committed to further nurturing and supporting a culture of research and social engagement in the Faculty of Arts. She currently serves on the executive committee and steering committee, and leads the Oral History Research Cluster for the Landscapes of Injustice Project, a multi-institutional, $5.5-million initiative funded in large part by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant. As a graduate student, she was supported by a Connaught Fellowship and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, has received a SSHRC Insight grant and for many years has served on numerous research-based adjudication committees including the Federal Status of Women External Committee to the Policy Research Fund and the Canada Research Chair College of Reviewers.
RESEARCH: Oral History, Memory, Women’s history in Canada, Racism and Racialization, Work and Labour, Working-class experience, Working-class history
Selected Academic Honours: 2007, Winner, Marion Dewar Prize in Canadian Women’s History/Le Prix Marion Dewar en histoire des femmes au Canada, The National Capital Committee on the Scholarship, Preservation and Dissemination of Women’s History; Honorable Mention, Hilda Neatby Award for Outstanding Paper in Women’s History, Canadian Historical Association.
Selected Research Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant, 2010 for “Gendered Livelihoods: Working-class women’s memories of making due in Canada, 1940-2010”; SSHRC SIG, 2010, “Gendered Livelihoods,” SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 1996, “The Gender Politics of the Second World War Internment and Resettlement of Japanese Canadians, 1935-1955.”
Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Contribution Award