DEPE Speaker Series

Welcome to another year of the DEPE Lab Speaker Series!

Please find below the schedule for the upcoming presentations. All presentations are normally scheduled for an hour each. Due to COVID-19, all seminars in 2022-2023 will be held through zoom.

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Date and Time Presenter Title
Wednesday, January 18th, 2023

12:00 p.m. 

Per Engzell

UCL Social Research Institute

University College London

The Long-Run Effects of School Closures on Student Outcomes
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 

1:30 p.m.

Thurston (Thad) Domina

University of Chapel Hill, School of Education

Structuring Choice: School Segregation at the Intersection of Policy and Preferences
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

12:00 p.m.

Doug Downey

Department of Sociology

The Ohio State University

How Does Schooling Affect Inequality in Cognitive Skills? The View from Seasonal Comparison Research
Wednesday, February 15th, 2023

12:00 p.m.

Scott Davies

OISE, University of Toronto

Fatemeh Ameli

OISE, University of Toronto

A School is Born: An Organizational Ecology of Ontario Private Schools

Video recording here: DEPE Lab 02-15-23

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

12:00 p.m.

Reva Yunus 

Department of Education

University of York

‘Labour class’ children in Indian classrooms: theorizing urban poverty and schooling
Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

12:00 p.m. 

Adriano Souza Senkevics

Board of Educational Studies (DIRED)

National Institute of Educational Studies and Research Anísio Teixeira (INEP)

University of Brasília

Leveling down: impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the drop in learning in Brazilian elementary education
Wednesday, April 5th, 2023

1:30 PM

Sofya Malik

OISE, University of Toronto

A critical study of demographic data for organizational, district and system change.
Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

12:00 PM

David Diehl

Department of Human and Organizational Development

Vanderbilt University

Multicultural Education Across the Anglosphere: A Cross-National Analysis of Newspaper Framings
Wednesday, April 19th, 2023

 10:00 AM ET

Arthur Sakamoto

Department of Sociology

Hong Kong Baptist University

The Declining Significance of Education for Promoting Equality
Wednesday, April 26th, 2023 

10:30 AM ET

Duoduo Xu 

Department of Sociology

University of Hong Kong

School As the Second Home for Children: The Protective Factors of Parental Divorce in Chinese Middle Schools


Date and Time Presenter Title
Thursday, February 17th, 2022

12:00 p.m.

Jeanne Sinclair

Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Scott Davies

OISE, University of Toronto

Student achievement trajectories in Ontario: A preliminary look.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2022

12:00 p.m.

Ethan Fosse

Department of Sociology

University of Toronto

The intergenerational consequences of social mobility.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 

12:00 p.m.

Steven Brint

Department of Sociology

University of California, Riverside

Social justice and academic freedom: The views of scientists and engineers on diversity policies, anti-racism, and free speech.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

12:00 p.m.

David Zarifa

Department of Sociology

Nipissing University

Transfer pathways and postsecondary outcomes across regions of Ontario: Insights from statistics Canada’s Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 

12:00 p.m.

David Johnson

School of Business and Economics

Wilfrid Laurier University

Variation in high school grading: Evidence from Alberta, Canada
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 

12:00 p.m.

Amy Binder

Department of Sociology

University of California, San Diego

The conservative and progressive channels of student activism


Date and Time Presenter Title
Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

12:00 p.m.

Neil McLaughlin

Department of Sociology

McMaster University

Bernie’s Blinders on taxing elite private colleges:  What it means both for American politics and Canadian universities.
Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

11:00 a.m.

Mitchell Stevens

Graduate School of Education

Stanford University

Massive: How MOOCs changed the landscape of education research.
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 

12:00 p.m.

Dennis Condron

Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Oakland University

Schools as refractors: Comparing summertime and school-year skill inequality trajectories.
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

12:00 p.m.

Marc Stein

School of Education

Johns Hopkins University

Youth commuting and school disengagement.
Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 

12:00 p.m.

Dylan Reynolds

University of Guelph

Is there a transfer “Penalty” in Ontario PSE? Insights from the TDSB-ELMLP linkage.
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 

12:00 p.m.

Magdalena Janus & Eric Duku

Offord Centre

McMaster University

Learning about early child development from a population health perspective.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 

12:00 p.m.

Tracy Vaillancourt

Faculty of Education

University of Ottawa

The impact of COVID on youth mental health.



Date and Time Presenter Title
Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

12 p.m.

Dr. Minahil Asim

PostDoc, OISE

University of Toronto

Local Governance of Schools – a Double-edged Sword?
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

1 p.m.

Dr. Wolfgang Lehmann

Department of Sociology

Western University

Social Class and Higher Education.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

10 a.m.

Dr. Eliot Weininger

Department of Sociology

SUNY Brockport

Structural constraints and the school choice strategies of black American middle-class parents.
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

12 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Hamlin

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

University of Oklahoma

Can a Positive School Climate Promote Student Attendance? Evidence From New York City.
Friday, April 16th, 2021

12 p.m.

Dr. Linda White

Political Science

University of Toronto



Date and Time Presenter Title
Thursday, December10th, 2020

12 p.m.

Dr. Danny Corral


University of Toronto

An introduction to the difference-in-differences research design in education research.
Thursday, November 26th, 2020

12 p.m.

Dr. Jonathan Horowitz

Department of Sociology

University of Toronto

Network Position and Academic Achievement in Middle School.



Date and Time Presenter Title
Monday, January 13th, 2020

11:30 a.m.

Dr. Angran Li,

Department of Sociology,

Zhejiang University

Family Contexts and Cognitive Skills and Noncognitive Outcomes in China
Monday, January 27th, 2020

12 p.m.

Dr. Frederick de Moll,

Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education,

Luxembourg University

New Styles of Parenting and the Transformation of Cultural Capital
Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

12 p.m.

Dr. Philip Oreopoulos,

Department of Economics,

University of Toronto

The Remarkable Unresponsiveness of College Students to Nudging and What We Can Learn from It
Thursday, January 30th, 2020

12 p.m.

Dr. Axel van den Berg,

Department of Sociology,

McGill University

‘Agency’: Do We Really Need It?
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 

12 p.m.

Dr. Ee-Seul Yoon,

Faculty of Education,

University of Manitoba

School Choice and the Polarization of Public Schools in a Global City: A Bourdieusian GIS Approach
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 

12 p.m.

Samantha Burns,

M.A. Student

OISE, University of Toronto

Experiments in Early Childhood Education and Care Policy: Does Information Make Parents “Better” Consumers of Care?
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 

11 a.m.

Xavier St. Denis and James Hemeon,


Center for Income and Socioeconomic Well-being Statistics (CISEWS), Statistics Canada

New Opportunities for Research on Inequality in Higher Education Using Integrated Data from LISA

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 

12 p.m.

Christine Corso,

Research Manager

People for Education

People for Education’s Annual Ontario School Survey: Trends in school resources since 1998


Date and Time Presenter Title
Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

11 a.m.

 Adriano Senkevics,

Ph.D. candidate,

University of Sao Paulo

Inequalities in Access to Higher Education in Brazil: First Results from a Panel Analysis
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

12 p.m.

 Gustavo Bruno de Paula,

Ph.D. candidate,

Federal University of Minas Gerais

Dropout from Higher Education Undergraduate Courses: An Analysis of the 2012 Entrants at the Brazilian Federal Universities
Monday, October 28th, 2019 

12 p.m.

 Pauline Proboeuf,

Ph.D. candidate,

Sciences Po Paris

From Parenting Practices to School Choices: French Parents Favouring Alternative Education
Monday, November 4th, 2019

12 p.m.

Dr. Scott Davies,

OISE, University of Toronto

Estimating Causal Effects of Summer Programs on Early Numeracy: A Canadian Multi-Site, Quasi-Experiment
Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 

12-1 p.m.

Prof. Mark S. Fox,

Professor of Industrial Engineering and Computer Science,

University of Toronto

The Role of Ontologies in Data Analytics
Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 

12-1 p.m.

Jill Furzer,

Ph.D. candidate,

Canadian Centre for Health Economics,University of Toronto

ADHD Misidentification: Causes and Mitigators
Monday, December 2nd, 2019 

1-2:30 p.m.

Karen Fung,


Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

Workshop: IEA’s IDB Analyzer