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OISE professor and renowned sociologist Dorothy Smith appointed to the Order of Canada

June 27, 2019


One of Canada’s most highly regarded sociologists, OISE’s very own Dorothy E. Smith, has been named member of the Order of Canada.

The appointment, announced by Governor-General Julie Payette on Thursday, is one of country's highest civilian honours.

A professor emerita in the Department of Social Justice Education, Smith is being recognized for "extending the boundaries of traditional sociology to incorporate a feminist perspective, and for developing institutional ethnography."

Smith, who taught sociology at OISE for nearly 25 years until 2005, is credited with helping to bring feminist principles and perspectives to the field.

Recognized as the founder of the sociological sub-disciplines of feminist standpoint theory and institutional ethnology, she's authored several highly cited books including The Everyday World as Problematic: A Feminist Sociology and Conceptual Practices of Power: A Feminist Sociology of Knowledge.

“This is a well-deserved award for an OISE colleague who has made outstanding contributions to scholarship. We have always been extremely proud of her enormous accomplishments, and it is tremendous to see her extraordinary record recognized by this national honour,” said OISE Dean Glen Jones.

Smith is among 83 Canadians and 11 members of the University of Toronto community who will receive the Order of Canada this year, including Golden Globe-winning actor Donald Sutherland, who graduated from U of T in 1958, and professor Chaim Roifman, whose research led to the discovery of a rare congenital disorder and its genetic roots.


Watch the video above to learn more about Smith, her prolific career and work in the fight for women’s rights.



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