Dr. Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott

Assistant Professor (Ph.D. Northwestern University)

Research Interests
Space and Place, Time, Qualitative Methods, Symbolic Interaction, Northern Studies, Culture, Science and Technology Studies
Contact Information
Ph: 709 864 8677
Em: lvandenscott@mun.ca
Office: AA4067
Personal Profile

Dr. van den Scott began her academic career with an M.A. in Classics from Memorial University. Soon after graduating, she moved with her spouse to Nunavut, where she lived for five years. Eventually it became obvious to her that she could no longer deny her inner sociologist. With the guidance of the Inuit community in which she resided, she began to do sociological research in this hamlet. Gradually she noticed how differently walls were treated both among families in this community, and across other cultures she encountered in her travels. From here she began to develop a Sociology of Walls, building on the work of others who had researched architecture, buildings, and space and place. She found the generosity and compassion of the Inuit remarkable as they encouraged her work. She is currently working on a book which introduces a more formal Sociology of Walls, and examines the relationship of the Inuit of one hamlet to their housing and the spaces of their everyday lives. She finds this is intimately tied to identity performance. Van den Scott has also published on reality TV and has an interest in the Sociology of Time, as well as deep roots in Symbolic Interactionism.


Office Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:00


Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Treasurer

The Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE), Associate Board Member and Editor

The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Current Guest Editor for a Special Issue on Visual Ethnography


van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K. In Press. “Time to Defy: The Use of Temporal Spaces to Enact Resistance.” Oppression and Resistance: Structure, Agency, Transformation; Studies in Symbolic Interaction. 48:137-155.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K. 2017. “Collective Memory and Social Restructuring in the Case of Traditional Inuit Shamanism.” Symbolic Interaction. 40(1):83-100.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K., Carrie Sanders, Antony J. Puddephatt. 2017. “Reconceptualizing Users through Enriching Ethnography.” Pp. 501-527 in The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 4th Edition. Clark A. Miller, et al., eds. MIT Press.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K., and Deborah K. van den Hoonaard. 2016. “The Origins and Evolution of ‘Master Status.’” Pp. 173-192 in The Anthem Companion to Everett Hughes. Rick Helmes-Hays and Marco Santoro, eds. New York: Anthem Press.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K. 2016. “Mundane Technology in non-Western Contexts: Wall-as-Tool.” Pp. 33-53 in Sociology of Home: Belonging, Community and Place in the Canadian Context. Laura Suski, Joey Moore, and Gillian Anderson, eds. Canadian Scholars Press International.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K. 2015. “Graduate Ethics and Graduate Ethics Boards: Socialization of Contemporary Students by Ethics Boards.” Pp. 306-332 in The Ethics Rupture. Ann Hamilton and Will C. van den Hoonaard, eds. University of Toronto Press.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K., Clare Forstie, and Savina Balasubramanian. 2015. “Shining Stars, Blindsides, and “Real” Realities: Exit Rituals, Eulogy Work, and Allegories in Reality Television.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. 44(4): 417-449.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K. 2014. “Beyond the Time Crunch: New Directions in the Sociology of Time and Work.” Sociology Compass. 8(5):478-490.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K. 2012. “Science, Politics, and Identity in Northern Research Ethics Licensing.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. 7(1):28-36.

Fine, Gary Alan and Lisa-Jo K. van den Scott. 2011. “Wispy Communities: Transient Gathering and Imagined Micro-Communities.” American Behavioral Scientist. 55(10):1319-1335.

van den Scott, Lisa-Jo K. 2009. “Cancelled, Aborted, Late, Mechanical: The Vagaries of Air Travel in Arviat, Nunavut, Canada.” Pp. 211-226 in The Cultures of Alternative Mobilities: Routes Less Travelled. Phillip Vannini, ed. Surrey: Ashgate.


Department of Sociology

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