Sam is a sociologist specializing in the social aspects of technological change. She mixes private-sector consulting work with academic research and teaching. Primarily an ethnographer, Sam is founder and principal with Copernicus Consulting, a social research company that consults on digital and industrial product design, organizational change, and consumer culture. She is also adjunct professor in the graduate program of OCADU. She holds a PhD in sociology from York University.
Dr. Middleton holds a Canada Research Chair in Communication Technologies in the Information Society. Her research focuses on the development and use of new communication technologies, with specific interests in mobile devices and fixed and wireless broadband networks. She is also interested in how Canadians use (or don’t use) the internet in their daily lives.
Dr. Oturetken is an associate professor in the School of Information Technology Management. Prior to joining Ryerson in 2006, Ozgur was an assistant professor of management information systems at the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA) from 2000 to 2006 where he mainly taught courses in systems analysis and design and database design and management. Dr. Turetken’s major research interests are human computer interaction with an emphasis on information organization and presentation and decision support systems with an emphasis on modeling and decision analysis.
Jeffrey Butler holds a BA and MA in sociology from McGill University and is currently a PHD candidate (ABD) in sociology at York University. His areas of expertise are social stratification and inequality, sociology of education and qualitative research methods. His dissertation research combines ethnography and critical discourse analysis (CDA) to explore citizenship education in conservative Christian homeschools in the US. He is expected to defend his thesis in October 2011.
Sarah Rogers, Researcher
Sarah Rogers has a BA sociology and women’s studies, and an MA in sociology Ms. Rogers has passed her doctoral comprehensive examinations in feminist political economy and the sociology of work and labour, and is currently completing her PhD dissertation. Ms. Rogers has studied and practiced qualitative research methods in general, and feminist methodology in particular. In former roles, she has served as a researcher on a variety of projects for Dr. Mark Thomas, associate professor of sociology at York University and a well-known expert in researching labour market change in Canada. Ms. Rogers has completed literature reviews and prepared summary reports for Dr. Thomas. She has also taught the sociology of work and labour to hundreds of undergraduate students.
Ummaha Tul Hazra holds a Master of Management Science from Ryerson University majoring in Management of Technology and Innovation. She also holds a BBA and MBA in Accounting and Information Systems from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is currently a PhD candidate in Department of Information Systems at University of Cape Town. Her research concentrates on acceptance of mobile computing devices and the associated user experiences emphasizing social identity. She employs qualitative research methods in her research and focuses on textual self-reports by mobile device users.
Dana Svistovitch, Researcher
Dana Svistovitch has a BA in communication studies from the University of Calgary and is currently an MA candidate in communication and culture (technology in practice stream) at Ryerson and York Universities. Utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods, Dana’s previous research has examined the deployment of surveillance technology online, emotional labour in the retail industry, and the relationship between information technology and workplace communication.