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Ailsa Craig

Dr. Ailsa Craig - Department of Sociology, Memorial UniversityAssociate Professor (Ph.D. New York University)


Sociological Specialties/Areas of Interest

  • Cultural sociology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Theory
  • Inequality

Dr. Craig has conducted research on poets and poetry communities in New York and Toronto.

In addition to addressing field-specific questions and concerns regarding contemporary poets' lives and contexts, her research on poets and poetry communities contributes to larger questions about passionate dedication to central life activities and thereby provides a critique of more rationalist approaches to understanding the creation and maintenance of commitment.

Dr. Craig's critical reviews have appeared in Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Contemporary Sociology, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Sexuality & Culture.

She is a Fulbright Scholar and has been interviewed about her research for Weekend America (National Public Radio in the United States) and by Quill & Quire Magazine.

While at New York University she received the Dean's Award for outstanding teaching.

She teaches courses in the sociology of sexuality, social theory, social research methods, and culture.

Dr. Craig has also served as an assistant editor for Sociological Forum.

Selected Publications

  • "Sustainability, Reciprocity and the Shared Good(s) of Poetry" Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society. Vol. 37.
  • "Practicing Poetry: A Career Without a Job." In Craig Calhoun and Richard Sennett (Eds.) Practicing Culture. Oxford: Routledge.
  • Review of "Sex and Borders: Gender, National Identity, and Prostitution Policy in Thailand," Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews.
  • "Extending the Promise: Critical Reflexivity and Cross-cultural Theorization. A review of The Ethnological Imagination: A Cross-Cultural Critique of Modernity by Fuyuki Kurasawa," Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, No. 15.