Professor Cary Wu earns sociology research award

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York University Assistant Professor Cary Wu has been recognized for significant research contributions by the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) with its Early Investigator Award.

Wu is one of two recipients of this award for 2023, which recognizes early career research “demonstrating high quality, theoretical rigour or methodological innovation, and future potential.”

Cary Wu, professor of sociology at York University
Cary Wu

Wu is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, with a research focus on political sociology ofhealthrace and ethnicity, and more. His research has appeared in highly regarded general as well as discipline-specific journals, such as Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Social Science Research, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Canadian Review of Sociology.

Wu also demonstrates a strong commitment to engaging in public sociology. He has published many opinion articles in The Washington Post, Toronto Star, Macleans, The Conversation, among others, and often shared his research with the public via national and international TV, radio and newspaper forums including NPR, CBC National News, and The Economist.

“He is an outstanding scholar who has made significant contributions to the sociology of trust, racism, health, and migration. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, he demonstrates how geographic and cultural contexts alter the effects of social capital on important social outcomes,” reads the CSA’s announcement. “He has published 30 peer-reviewed articles and a highly impressive record of external research grant success. Dr. Cary Wu has co-authored with students, earned teaching and research awards, engaged with diverse audiences and achieved international recognition.”

The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) annually presents several awards of recognition for scholarly work and contributions to the field of Canadian Sociology.  It aims to highlight achievements with awards to honour students, scholars in the early and advanced stages of their career, authors, as well as practitioners in the community.

Wu was the lead researcher on a recent study that found high inflation rates are leading to increased stress among certain sociodemographic groups and exacerbating inequalities in health across the United States. The study, “Assessment of sociodemographics and inflation-related stress in the US,” was published in the American Medical Association’s open access journal JAMA Network Open in May.