Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science
Jerry White

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Jerry P. White, Professor, Department of Sociology

Director, Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International)
Full CV Co-Director, Indigenous Health and Well-being Initiative
Director, IndigiLINK World Social Networking for Indigenous Scholars, Communities, Educators and Policy Makers

 

  • Bio

  • Teaching

  • Publications

  • Research

Biographical Information

Ph.D. Sociology, McMaster University
M.A. Sociology, McMaster University
B.A. Hons Political Science and Economics, University of Saskatchewan

Brief Bio

Jerry White is currently Professor of Sociology, Director of the Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International) and Editor-in-Chief of the International Indigenous Policy Journal.

As a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Sociology he has held many posts at the University of Western Ontario including Acting Director of First Nation Studies, Senior Advisor to the Vice President and the Senate at Western. Jerry currently serves on the Western’s Board of Governors and sits as President for Board of the Museum of Ontario Archeology. Over his career he has served on many public inquiries and Provincial boards including being the founding co-Chair of the Ontario Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council.

Dr. White has won numerous teaching awards including the Pleva Professorship and has authored, co-authored and/or edited 22 books.

 

Teaching Awards

2001 Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Western Ontario

1998-99 Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Western Ontario, Bank of Nova Scotia, Alumni Association and The University Students Council

Thesis Supervision

Supervisory Status:  MA, PhD

PhD Theses

Currently co-supervising (with Brent Debasige) Andrew Judge, Faculty of Education PhD in progress: Traditional Knowledge

Currently supervising Melissa Jackson, PhD Sociology in progress: Inter-generational Trauma in Indigenous Communities

Currently co-supervising (with Joy Parr) Erin Huner, PhD Geography in progress: Understanding Development in Indigenus Communities through the experience of Community members

Currently supervising: Natahnee Winder, PhD Sociology in progress: The experience of indigenous Students in University and the impact of Inter-generational Trauma: Canada and the US

Currently supervising Laura Murphy, PhD Sociology in progress: Comparing Recent Immigrants and indigenous Populations in Urban Canada

Currently supervising Julie Peters, PhD Sociology in progress: Issues in Aboriginal Education

Julie George, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and the Social Determinants of Aboriginal Peoples' Health: A Case Study of First Nations Women's Resilience, Resistance, and Renewal

Susan Wingert, Social Determinants of Mental Health and Well-Being among Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

Nicholas Spence, New Vistas on the Income Inequality-Health Debate

Sally Lindsay, The Role of Gender Within ‘Substitute’ Health Care Labour

MA Theses

Currently co-supervising (with Rebecca Coulter) Summer Thorpe, Faculty of Education MA in progress: Making Indigenous Education Policy

Laura Murphy, Moving House: Urban Aboriginal Housing in Canada

Julie George, Elements of Effective Schooling for Canadian Aboriginal Students Attending Provincial and Band-Controlled Schools

Rena Bivens, The Road to War: Manufacturing Public Opinion in Support of U.S. Foreign Policy Goals

Jennifer Beales, Pharmacy Student Attitudes to Their Professionalization

Douglas Enright, The Conceptualization and Operationalization of Social Capital

Erin O'Sullivan, Aboriginal Language Use and Socioeconomic Status

Michael Stevenson, Habermas and Lyotard on Justice and Consensus

Jennifer Hoffman, Moral Panics and the Strengthening of Hegemony: The Deficit and Debt 'Crisis' in Canada

Julie Harnish, Hospital Restructuring in Ontario: The London Experience

Bob Nikolopoulos, The State and Labour Law: Union Certification Under Bill 40 and Bill 7

MA Research Papers

Jen Elgie, Aboriginal Specific Services as Promoting Community and Cultural Resiliency: An Analysis of Abbey House, a Supportive Transitional Housing Organization for Aboriginal Women

Katherine Capone, Examining the Association Between Aboriginal Language Skills and Well-being in First Nations Communities

Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see Full CV

Books:

(2013) ed. (with Michael Caroll) Images of Society: Readings That Inspire and Inform Sociology, 3rd Edition Nelson Education

(2011) ed. Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada: Complexities, Challenges, and Opportunities (Peter Dinsdale, Jerry White, and Calvin Hanselmann eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing

(2010) ed. Aboriginal Policy Research Vol 10: Voting, Governance and Politics (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Peter Dinsdale eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2010) ed. Aboriginal Policy Research Vol IX: Health and Well-being (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Peter Dinsdale, and Dan Beavon eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2010) ed. Aboriginal Policy Research Vol VIII: Exploring the Urban Landscape (Jerry White, and Jody Bruhn eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2010) ed. Aboriginal Policy Research: Vol VII: A History of Treaties and Policies (Jerry White, Erik Anderson, Jean-Pierre Morin, and Dan Beavon eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Press.

(2010) Introduction to Sociology: A Canadian Focus, 10th ed. (with W.E. Hewitt and James Teevan) Toronto: Pearson Education Canada

(2010) ed. Images of Society, 2nd ed. (Jerry White and Michael Carroll eds.) Toronto: Nelson.

(2009) ed. Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2009) ed. Aboriginal Policy Research Vol VI: Learning, Technology, and Traditions (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Peter Dinsdale eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Press.

(2008) ed. Aboriginal Well-Being: Canada’s Continuing Challenge (Jerry White, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

Chapters in Books

(2011) "The Economic Development Capacity of Urban Aboriginal Peoples" (with Nicholas Spence and Susan Wingert) in Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada: Complexities, Challenges, and Opportunities (Peter Dinsdale, Jerry White, and Calvin Hanselmann eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing

(2011) "Profile of Low-Income Risk among Aboriginal Peoples" (with Susan Wingert and Nicholas Spence) in Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada: Complexities, Challenges, and Opportunities (Peter Dinsdale, Jerry White, and Calvin Hanselmann eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing

(2010)"Introduction" (with Julie Peters, Peter Dinsdale and Dan Beavon) in Aboriginal Policy Research Vol IX: Health and Well-being (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Peter Dinsdale, and Dan Beavon eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2010) "Examining the Association between Aboriginal Language Skills and Well-Being in First Nations Communities" (with Katherne Capone and Nicholas Spence) in Aboriginal Policy Research Vol IX: Health and Well-being (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Peter Dinsdale, and Dan Beavon eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2010) "Scientific Certainty in a Time of Uncertainty" (with Nicholas Spence) in Aboriginal Policy Research Vol IX: Health and Well-being (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Peter Dinsdale, and Dan Beavon eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2010) "Introduction" (with Jody Bruhn) in Aboriginal Policy Research Vol VIII: Exploring the Urban Landscape (Jerry White and Jody Bruhn eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2010) "Thinking About Service Delivery: Aboriginal Providers, Universal Providers, and the Role of Friendship Centres" (with Nicholas Spence) in Aboriginal Policy Research Vol VIII: Exploring the Urban Landscape (Jerry White, and Jody Bruhn eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2010) "Introduction: Exploring History and treaties in Canada"(with Erik Anderson and Dan Beavon) in Aboriginal Policy Research: Vol VII: A History of Treaties and Policies (Jerry White, Erik Anderson, Jean-Pierre Morin, and Dan Beavon eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Press.

(2009) "Introduction: Exploring Learning, Technology and Spirituality" in Aboriginal Policy Research Vol VI: Learning, Technology, and Traditions (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Peter Dinsdale eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Press.

(2009) "Understanding the Current Situation" (with Jerry P. White and Dan Beavon) in Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2009) "A Short History of Aboriginal Education" (with Julie Peters) in Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2009) "Métis Educational Attainment" (with Piotr Wilk and Eric Guimond) in Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2009) "Contrasting Current Policy Proposals" (with Julie Peters) in Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing

(2009) "Enhancing Educational Attainment for First Nations Children" (with Julie Peters and Dan Beavon) in Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2009) Dan Beavon , Jerry White and Susan Wingert , "Churn Migration and Educational Attainment among Aboriginal Adolescents and Young Adults" in Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2009) "First Nations Educational Success: Assessing Determinants Using a Social Context Lens" (with Nicholas Spence) in Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2009) "A New Approach to Understanding Aboriginal Educational Outcomes: The Role of Social Capital" (with Nicholas Spence) in Aboriginal Education: Current Crisis and Future Alternatives (Jerry White, Julie Peters, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2008) "Introduction: Aboriginal Well-Being" (with Dan Beavon) in Aboriginal Well-Being: Canada’s Continuing Challenge (Jerry White, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2008) "Assessing the Net Effects of Specific Claims Settlements in First Nation’s Communities in the Context of Well-being" (with Nicholas Spence and Paul Maxim) in Aboriginal Well-Being: Canada’s Continuing Challenge (Jerry White, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

(2008) "Community Well-being: A Comparable Communities Analysis" (with Paul Maxim) in Aboriginal Well-Being: Canada’s Continuing Challenge (Jerry White, Dan Beavon, and Nicholas Spence eds.) Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.

Articles in Refereed Journals (last 5 years)

(2012) "Water and Indigenous Peoples: Canada’s Paradox" (with Laura Murphy and Nicholas Spence) International Indigenous Policy Journal 3(3)

(2010) "Corporate Responsibility and Indigenous Peoples: Lessons from the H1N1-09 Pandemic" (with Nicholas Spence) Regions: Economics and Sociology Higher Institute of Economics and Industrial Hygene, Novopsibirsk, RF. Vol 3, 2010

(2009) "Коренные народы: роль образования и социального капитала" (with Nicholas Spence) Regions: Economics and Sociology Higher Institute of Economics and Industrial Hygene, Novopsibirsk, RF. 2009 No. 3:260-276. [Social Capital and the Creation of Human Capital]

(2008) "A Modeling Educational Success of First Nations Students in Canada: Modeling Community Level Perspectives" (with Nicholas Spence and Paul Maxim) Canadian Ethnic Studies 39(1/2):145.

(2008) "Qualitative research and the politics of knowledge in an age of evidence: Developing a research-based practice of immanent critique" (with Eric Mykhalovskiy et. al.) Social Science & Medicine 67(1):195-203

(2008) "A Profile of the Structure and Impact of Nursing Management in Canadian Hospitals" (with Heather K. Spence Laschinger, Carol A. Wong, et. al.) Longwoods Review 6(1):85-94

Research

Jerry White currently leads an international research program looking at the impact and benefits of development on or near Indigenous peoples territories in Northern Canada and Russian Siberia.

Current Research Projects

Social Determinants of Well-being for Aboriginal Communities in Canada

Developing a Model for Resource Development on or near First Nations Lands: Canada: Indian Affairs and the Russian Federation: Regional Development Ministry

Social Determinants of Safe Water in Aboriginal Communities: SSHRCC (with Dr. Nicholas Spence)

Research and Teaching Networks

Indigenous Health and Well-being Initiative (IHWI)

Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International)