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Alan Sears

Dr. Alan Sears

EducationBA (Carleton), MA (Carleton), PhD (Warwick, Sociology)
Phone416-979-5000 x554599

Areas of Expertise: 

sexuality; theory; social movements; work; education


Alan’s has written or co-written three books and a number of articles and chapters focussing on social change, inequality and ways of knowing. His academic research is connected to his activist engagements in movements for social justice. He is currently working on a book on sexual liberation beyond equality rights.

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  • SSH 100: Inquiry and Problem-Solving
  • SSH 500: Peer Learning Experience
  • SOC 472: Sociology of Work and Occupations
  • SOC 490: Capstone, Specializing Your Knowledge

Graduate Program Membership:

  • Communication & Culture
  • Policy Studies

Community & Professional Service:

Recent & Selected Publications:

Sears, A. and J. Cairns. 2015. A Good Book in Theory: Making Sense through Inquiry, external link (3rd ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Sears, A. 2014. The Next New Left: A History of the Future., external link Winnipeg: Fernwood Press.

Cairns, J. and A. Sears. 2012. The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century., external link Toronto: University of Toronto Press

Sears, A. 2003. Retooling the Mind Factory: Education in a Lean State., external link Toronto: University of Toronto Press.