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Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies


Pamela Sugiman

Department of Sociology
416-979-5000, ext. 2602
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Research Interests

Gender studies
Women's history in Canada
The history of Japanese Canadians: oral history, memory, labour, work, and racialization

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Toronto (Connaught Fellow), 1992
M.A. Sociology, University of Toronto, 1984
B.A. Sociology, University of Toronto, (with distinction), 1982

Selected Publications

Sugiman, Pamela. "`Life is Sweet': Vulnerability and Composure in the Wartime Narratives of Japanese Canadians," Journal of Canadian Studies, 43(1): forthcoming in 2009.

Sugiman, Pamela.(2007) "`A Million Hearts from Here': Japanese Canadian Mothers and Daughters and the Lessons of War," Journal of American Ethnic History, Summer Issue: 50-68.

Sugiman, Pamela.(2007) "Days You Remember: Japanese Canadian Women and the Violations of Internment." In Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed and Nazilla Khanlo (eds.), Not Born a Refugee Woman. How Refugee Women Reclaim their Identities in Research, Education, Policy and Creativity. New York: Berghahn Books, pp.113-134.

Sugiman, Pamela.(2006) "These Feelings that Fill My Heart': Japanese Canadian Women's Memories of Internment," Oral History, (34)2: 69-84.

Sugiman, Pamela. (2006) "The Unmaking of a Transnational Community: Japanese Canadian Families in Wartime Canada." In Lloyd Wong and Victor Satzewich (eds.), Negotiating Borders and Belonging: Transnational Identities and Practices in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press, pp. 52-68.

Sugiman, Pamela. (2004) "Passing Time, Moving Memories: Interpreting Wartime Narratives of Japanese Canadian Women," Histoire Sociale/Social History, 36(73):51-79.

Sugiman, Pamela. (2004) "Memories of Internment: Narrating the Life Stories of Japanese Canadian Women," Canadian Journal of Sociology 29(3):359-88.

Sugiman, Pamela. (2003) "Understanding Silence: Finding Meaning in the Oral Testimonies of Nisei Women in Canada." In Changing Japanese Identities in Multicultural Canada. Selected Conference Proceedings. Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, pp. 353-63.

Sugiman, Pamela. (2001) "Privilege and Oppression: The Configuration of Race, Gender, and Class in Southern Ontario Auto Plants, 1939 to 1949." Labour Le Travail, 47 (Spring):83-113.

Fox, Bonnie and Pamela Sugiman.(1999) "Flexible Work, Flexible Workers: The Restructuring of Clerical Work in a Large Telecommunications Company," Studies in Political Economy, 60, Autumn, 59-84.

Sugiman, Pamela H. (1994) Labour's Dilemma: The Gender Politics of Auto Workers in Canada, 1937-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (second printing in 1997).

Sugiman, Pamela H. (1993) "Unionism and Feminism in the Canadian Auto Workers Union (1965-92). In Women Challenging Unions. Linda Briskin and Patricia McDermott (eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 172-88.

Sugiman, Pamela. (1992) "`That Wall's Comin' Down': Gendered Strategies of Worker Resistance in the UAW Canadian Region (1963-1970)." Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1-27.

Sugiman, Pamela and Harry K. Nishio, (1983) "Socialization and Cultural Duality Among Aging Japanese Canadians," Canadian Ethnic Studies, Vol. 15, No. 3: 17-35.

Sugiman, Pamela. (1982) "The Sales Clerks: Worker Discontent and Obstacles to its Collective Expression." Atlantis, Vol. 8, No. 1, 13-33.

Courses Taught

Titles of Major Research Papers previously supervised in ISS program

Titles of Major Research Papers previously engaged as Second Reader in ISS program

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