Lorna R Marsden


President emerita


Professor of Sociology and President emerita, York University (1997-2007). BA, UofT'68; PhD, Princeton'72. Taught primarily in fields of economic sociology , population,and study of Canada. Most recent book is Canadian Women and the Struggle for Equality: The Road to Gender Equality since 1867, OUP, 2012. Really likes to talk with students about their interests in her course on Canadian society

Social Movements
Women and Feminism

Princeton University, Sociology, 1972

While most active in her career her research lay in the field of population studies and economic sociology with a special emphasis on the lives of women in Canada.  At present, her research is in the organizational history of York University and she has persuaded the four other living presidents of York to write together about the period from 1972-2015 in a book being published by the University of Toronto Press entitled, Leading the Modern University (2016).  Her upcoming research will complete an earlier study of the Ontario Committee on the Status of Women, and will describe the work of the organization from 1971-86.


Leading the Modern University, UofToronto Press, Editor and author,forthcoming

Canadian Women and the Struggle for Equality, Oxford University Press, 2012

Lives of Their Own, the Individualization of Adult Women's Lives, Oxford UP, 1989 (with Charles Jones and Lorne Tepperman)

The Fragile Federation, Social Change in Canada, McGraw-Hill-Ryerson, 1979 (with E.B. Harvey)

and 33 chapters in books and 19 articles in referred journals.

Member of the Canadian Population Society

Member of the Panel for the Population Change and Life Course Strategic Knowledge Cluster, 2008-2015

Chair, Expert Panel on Women's Research Careers in Universities, Council of Academies, Ottawa, 2011-12

Chair, Ontario Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, 2015-2018

Senior Fellow (Continuing), Massey College

Trustee, the Gardiner Ceramic Museum, 2007-

Director, Roy Thomson/Massey Hall Corporation, 2007-2016

Fellow, McLaughlin College

Member, Order of Canada, 2006

Member, Order of Ontario, 2009

Member, Order of Merit (First-class), Federal Republic of German, 2007

Honorary Degrees from UNB, Queen's University, University of Winnipeg, University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University,  University of Victoria

YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, 2003

Golden Apple Award, FWTAO, 1998

Arbor Award, University of Toronto Alumni Association, 1992