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Patrizia Albanese

Albanese, Patrizia


Professor and Associate Dean of Arts, Research & Graduate Studies


B.A. (King’s College, University of Western Ontario), M.A. (University of Toronto), Ph.D (University of Toronto, Sociology)




416-979-5000 ext 6526

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Research Interests:

Children & Childhood; Social/Family Policies; Youth; Families

Dr. Albanese is the president-elect of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is also chair of the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board and a past president of the Canadian Sociological Association. She is doing research and publishing in the areas of policies affecting children, youth and families, including on the well-being of youth in Canadian Forces families (with Dr. Deborah Harrison, UNB); and on how care is conceptualized in Canadian family policies (with Drs. Rachel Langford; Ryerson U; Kate Bezanson, Brock U.; and Susan Prentice, U. of Manitoba). She was interim chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology (2011-2012), interim director of the PhD in Policy Studies (2013), and interim director of Arts and Contemporary Studies (2016-2017). She is the 2018 recipient of the Canadian Sociological Association’s Outstanding Contribution Award.

Teaching Interests:

Research Methods; Children/Childhood and Youth; Families; Social Policies

Current Courses:

SSH 301:  Research Design and Qualitative Methods
SOC 504:  Children & Society

Selected Publications & Presentations:


Albanese, P., Tepperman, L., Alexander, E. (eds). Reading Sociology. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press.


Albanese, P. (ed.). Canadian Families Today. 4th ed. Oxford University Press.  


Northey, M., L. Tepperman, and P. Albanese. Making Sense in the Social Sciences: A Student’s Guide to Research and Writing. 7th ed. Oxford University Press.


Langford, R., Prentice, S., and Albanese, P. (eds). Caring for Children: Social Movements and Public Policy. UBC Press.


Tepperman, L. and P. Albanese (eds). Principles of Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. 4th ed. Oxford University Press.


Harrison, D., and P. Albanese. Growing Up in Armyville: Canada’s Military Families During the Afghanistan Mission. Wilfrid Laurier University Press.


Tepperman, L. and P. Albanese (eds). Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, 3th ed. Oxford University Press.


Beiser, M., Goodwill, A.; Albanese, P.; McShane, K.; Nowakowski, M. Predictors of immigrant children's mental health in Canada: selection, settlement contingencies, culture, or all of the above? Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. 49(5): 743-756.


Robson, K. Albanese, P. Harrison and Sanders, C. School Engagement among Youth in Canadian Forces Families: A Comparative Analysis. Alberta Journal of Educational Research. 59(3): 363-381.


Harrison, D. Albanese, P., Berman, R. Parent-adolescent relationships in military families affected by post-traumatic stress disorder. Canadian Social Work Review. 31(1): 85-107.


Albanese, P. M. Butryn, L. Hawkins & C. Manion. Across the Great Divide: Balancing Paid Work and Child Care in Neoliberal Times in Two Policy Jurisdictions in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. In Edited by Melinda Vandenbeld Giles (ed). Mothering in the Age of Neoliberalism. Toronto: Demeter Press (pp. 57-84)


Langford, R., Prentice, S., Albanese, P., Richardson, B., Summers, B. and Messina, B. Professionalization as an advocacy strategy: A content analysis of Canadian child care social movement organizations’ 2008 discursive resources. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development. 33(3): 1-16.


Albanese, P., M. Butryn, L. Hawkins & C. Manion. She Said, She Said: Some of the Missing Voices in Understanding Childcare Policies and Needs in Changing Rural Economies in Neo-Liberal Times. In Andrea O’Reilly (ed.). What do Mothers Need?: Motherhood Activists and Scholars Speak Out on Maternal Empowerment for the 21st Century. Toronto: Demeter Press. (p. 331-350).


Stark, S., Zahlan, N., Albanese, P. & Tepperman, L. Beyond description: Understanding gender differences in problem gambling. Journal of Behavioral Addictions 1(3): 123–134.


Harrison, D & Albanese, P. "The “Parentification” Phenomenon as Applied to Adolescents Living Through Parental Military Deployments." Canadian Journal of Family and Youth 4(1): 1-27.


Albanese, P. & Tanya Farr. “‘I’m Lucky’… To Have Found Child Care: Evoking Luck While Managing Child Care Needs in a Changing Economy.” International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies 1: 83-111.


Kwan-Lafond, D., D. Harrison & P. Albanese. “Parental military deployments and adolescents’ household work.” Studies in Political Economy 88: 161-188.


Rauhala, A., P. Albanese, C. Ferns, A. Haniff, D. Law & Lyndsay Macdonald. “Who Says What: Pre- and Post-Election Coverage and Sourcing of Child Care in Four Canadian Dailies.” Journal of Child and Family Studies. 21(1): 95-105.


D. Harrison, K. Robson, P. Albanese, C. Sanders, C. Newburn-Cook. “The Impact of Shared Location on the Mental Health of Military and Civilian Adolescents in a Community Affected by Frequent Deployments.” Armed Forces & Society 37(3): 550-60.