I earned my BA and MA degrees at Carleton University in Ottawa and my PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Having grown up in a bilingual neighbourhood, I was interested early on in the structuring of language use and language acquisition within and between language groups. Much of my research concerns the social and demographic processes that affect how people in multilingual families, neighbourhoods, and societies adapt to the constraints and opportunities in multilingual contexts.
I am currently investigating predictors of successful acquisition of a second language among Asian immigrants in North America. In addition, I am also uncovering the political, social and demographic processes that encourage immigrants in North America to marry native-born Americans and Canadians.
Research design, data collection, and data processing strategies used by sociologists. Topics include research values and ethics, reliability and validity, experimentation, survey research techniques, historical methods, field research, and content analysis. Prerequisite: SOC 210 or consent of instructor.Winter Term 2021
Individual study opportunity on topics for which no specific course is currently offered by the Department. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor and the Undergraduate Advisor.Winter Term 2021
Prerequisites: SOC 210 and 315 or equivalent. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in SOC 412 or 417. Not available for credit for students with credit in R SOC 415.Winter Term 2022