Sean Waite

Assistant Professor (Ph.D. McGill University)

Research Interests
Work, Labour Markets, Social Stratification & Wage Inequality
Contact Information
Ph: 709-864-4598
Office: A4056
Personal Profile

Dr. Waite’s primary research interests include work, labour markets, social stratification, and wage inequality. In particular, he is interested in how gender and sexual orientation influence human capital acquisition, labour market choices/constraints, and earnings. He was among the first researchers to identify a wage hierarchy by both gender and sexual orientation in the Canadian labour market. Sean is currently working collaboratively on a mixed method research project that explores the labour market experiences of Canada’s LGBTQ population ( This project combines quantitative data analysis, semi-structured interviews and an experimental audit study. Dr. Waite also studies the size and sources of the gender wage gap in Canada. He is particularly interested in labour market disadvantage for highly educated women who are working in highly paid occupations, such as law, medicine, and engineering. Dr. Waite has also taught classes on deviance, social control, and criminology. He has an interest in inequality within the criminal justice system and victimization.


Office Hours

Fridays 9:00 - 11:00am




Denier, Nicole and Sean Waite. Forthcoming. “Data and Discrimination: A Research Note on Sexual Orientation in the Canadian Labour Market.” at Canadian Journal of Population Studies.

Waite, Sean and Nicole Denier. 2016. “Self-employment among same-sex and opposite-sex couples in Canada.” at Canadian Review of Sociology. 53(2): 1-33.

Waite, Sean. 2015. “Does it really get better? A quasi-cohort analysis of sexual minority wage gaps in Canada.” Social Science Research 54: 113-130.

Waite, Sean and Nicole Denier. 2015. “Gay Pay for Straight Work: Mechanisms Generating Disadvantage.” Gender & Society 29(4): 561-588.

Waite, Sean and Nicole Denier. March 14, 2016. “There’s a wage hierarchy based on sexual orientation.” London School of Economics, Business Review.

Waite, Sean and Nicole Denier. July 1, 2015. “How your sexual orientation can affect how much you earn” The London School of Economics and Political Science Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy.

Waite, Sean and Nicole Denier. May 19, 2015. “Gay Pay for Straight Work” Gender & Society Blog.


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