I am a social theorist, urbanist and cultural sociologist (PhD York; MA, BA UCC, Ireland). My research gathers an eclectic set of substantive interests grounded in a normative commitment to solidarity. I’m especially interested in social sites and scenes where strangers mingle, where solidarity is passively produced, tenuously assumed, or threatened with dissolution. I am currently completing work on the RIEL (Researching Incivilities in Everyday Life) project funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. My new research project, the Sociable Cites Project (funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant 2018-2021, with Co-Investigator Prof. Liinamaa), develops the concept of ‘soft solidarity’ to understand how solidarity manifests (or not) through ordinary encounters between strangers in mundane settings like park benches, playgrounds, ice rinks, dog parks, street fairs, and public transit.
For 2018-2019 I am a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. I am active in the Canadian Sociology Association’s Social Theory Research Cluster, where I co-founded the Symposium for Early Career Theorists (SECT). I am also a co-founder and active member of the Canadian Network for Critical Sociology (see Horgan 2017a), and serve on the Board of the Sociological Theory Research Committee of the International Sociological Association.
If you’re a graduate student interested in cultural sociology, social theory, solidarity, ethnography, documentary film, housing, destigmatization, or urban sociology, please feel free to drop me a line. Students I work with do research in many different subfields, and tend to share an interest in qualitative methods, meaning-centred analysis, and an appreciation for the practical value of social theory.