Glendon professor earns York-Massey appointment

Sociology Professor Andrew Dawson has been awarded a York-Massey Visiting Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Dawson, a professor in Glendon’s Sociology Department, was awarded a York-Massey Visiting Scholarship. Two of his York University colleagues also received appointments:  Professor Richard Hornsey, at the Lassonde School of Engineering, has been offered the position of York-Massey Fellowship; while Professor Dayna Scott, of Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, was awarded a York-Massey Visiting Scholarship.  

“We are very pleased that Professors Hornsey, Dawson and Scott were awarded these honours,” says Rui Wang, Interim Vice-President Research & Innovation at York University. “The York-Massey Fellowships and Visiting Scholarships represent an important opportunity for our academics and researchers to expand their areas of scholarship and contribution to their various disciplines in a broader context,” he adds.

Dawson will use his sabbatical leave to complete his book manuscript, provisionally entitled The Political Culture-Violence Nexus: State Legitimacy and Homicide. The book will examine the relationship between state legitimacy and violence through an analysis of two pairs of matched historical case studies: Canada and the United States, and Jamaica and Barbados.

More specifically, the book will apply comparative historical methodological techniques to analyze long-term trends in violence from the mid- to late-eighteenth century to the twenty-first century. The overarching goal of this research is to compare similarities and differences in the historical homicide rate trajectories of each country to identify factors driving trend divergences.

Massey College is an independent college situated on the University of Toronto campus. The fellowship provides the selected faculty member with prime office space in the college for the academic year and the status of a full senior resident of the college, with all privileges enjoyed by senior Fellows. The title “York Fellow of Massey College” remains for life or while mutually agreeable.

Visiting scholars will have a study space in the college and access to all the same privileges as the Massey College senior Fellows. Membership in the Massey Alumni Association is granted to visiting scholars at the completion of their program.

 About Massey College
Massey College consists of junior Fellows, made up of graduate students; senior Fellows, consisting primarily of faculty; journalism Fellows; members of the Quadrangle Society (leaders in business, the legal profession and philanthropy); as well as visiting scholars and alumni, of whom an increasing number come from York University. The college offers an extraordinary experience by providing a community that allows all members to expand their horizons academically, socially and culturally.

The York-Massey Fellowship and York-Massey Visiting Scholarships were open to full-time faculty members planning to go on sabbatical or other leave during 2019-2020.

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