Social Science Methods


The Social Science Methods Department offers three compulsory courses in methodology that form an integral part of the Social Science Program at John Abbott College.  The courses are Quantitative Methods in Social Science Research (QM), Social Science Research Methods (RM) and Integration of the Social Sciences (ISS).   A multidisciplinary approach is emphasized, and the courses are taught by faculty from various social science disciplines.

Some of the resources available to students include the Social Science Drop-In Lab  in H-431, where peer tutors help students with QM, RM and ISS.   A lab technician is also available to aid students with course-related problems and research.


Members of the Department

Sarah Bean : Coordinator

Sarah Bean

514-457-6610 ext. 5413

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, Human Evolution, Anthropology in the Museum, Understanding the Evolution-Creationism Controversy, Social Science Research Methods, and Integration in the Social Sciences.

Biographical information: Sarah first became fascinated by Anthropology after taking courses at McGill University in Prehistoric Archaeology and Human Evolution and excavating at a Neolithic site in northern Finland. After completing her B.A. (Anthropology and History), she obtained an Ontario Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship at Sir Sandford Fleming College. Her internship at the Canadian Museum of Civilization further increased her passion for all things museum and Anthropology related.  In 2008, Sarah joined McGill University’s WOW Lab, a Science Education Research and Development Project, where she helped create evolution education activities for elementary and high school students. She also became a member of The Evolution Education Research Centre at McGill. Sarah began her Masters of Arts in Anthropology at McGill University in 2009, and was interested in finding out how human evolution was presented in museums across Canada, and also how Creationist Museums were dealing with the topic of human origins. She is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching from the University of Sherbrooke.

Vicki Beaupré-Odorico : Coordinator

Vicki Beaupré-Odorico

514-457-6610 ext. 5019

Stephen Bryce : Chair

Stephen Bryce

514-457-6610 ext. 5973

Stephen joined the Geosciences Department in 1991 and has been Department Chair since 2013. He has a DEC in Social Science from John Abbott College, a Bachelor degree (Honours) in Geography and a Masters of Arts degree in Geography from McGill University. His teaching and research interests include the development of suburban landscapes, the political geography of Québec nationalism, the political ecology of global warming and the geography of sports. He is a member of the Social Science Program Committee, the Academic Programs Coordination Committee, and Academic Council, and has served on the Board of Governors and the Executive of the John Abbott College Faculty Association.

Julie Caouette :

Julie Caouette

514-457-6610 ext. 5273

Emmanuelle Carle :

Emmanuelle Carle

514-457-6610 ext. 5168

Emmanuelle Carle has been a member of John Abbott College’s Department of History since 2006. She holds a Bachelor degree in History (Specialization) from Concordia University, as well as a Masters from Université de Montréal and a PhD in History from McGill University. With a FCAR scholarship and a Travel Grant, she moved to Paris to research Gabrielle Duchene (1870-1954), French feminist activist, unionist, pacifist, antifascist, fellow traveller of the French Communist Party and an innovator as a propagandist. Duchêne symbolizes the ideological congruence of these movements. She has published her findings in French History and in the Archives du Féminisme (Université d’Angers).

Emmanuelle Carle has taught at McGill (First World War, Modern European History), UQAM (Histoire des Femmes au 19e et 20e siècles) and at Concordia (Intro and Modern European History and History of France since 1871). At JAC, she teaches Western Civilization and Modern History, but has also taught History of Science and Methodology in the Liberal Arts Department, Learning Techniques (Pathways), Research Methods and Integration to the Social Sciences.

Julien Charest :

Julien Charest

514-457-6610 ext. 5983

BACKGROUND: Bachelor of Arts - History & East Asian Studies – Université de Montréal

Masters of Arts - History – McGill University

EXPERTISE: history of Japan and Asia

COURSES TAUGHT: History of Western Civilization, Research Methods in the Social Sciences,

Integration in the Social Sciences

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: I lived and taught English second language for 1 year in northern Japan.

Philip Cooper :

Philip Cooper

514-457-6610 ext.5632

David Desjardins :

David Desjardins

514-457-6610 ext. 5878

David Desjardins has been a member of the Department of Economics at John Abbott College since the winter semester 2000. He Currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Concordia University, graduating with honours in Econometrics. Having done all of the course work and passed comprehensive examinations, he holds a Ph.D. A.B.D (all but dissertation), which he may finish should the timing prove right. He has also studied at the University of British Columbia (Economics) and McGill University (Law).
His research interests are in the area of financial economics and econometrics as it pertains to financial markets; more specifically, the area of liquidity, asset pricing, and the term structure of interest rates.
Professor Desjardins has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level along with college level classes since 1996. Given his specialty in Econometrics and statistics, much of the teaching centres around statistics and its applications.
College courses
• Introductory macroeconomics
• Introductory microeconomics
• Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
• Research Methods in the Social Sciences
• Integration in the Social Sciences
University courses
• Introductory macroeconomics and microeconomics
• Introductory statistics
• Intermediate macroeconomics and microeconomics
• Econometrics (theoretical and applied)

Julie Hanck :

Julie Hanck

514-457-6610 ext. 5131

I have been teaching at John Abbott College since 2014 in both the Psychology department and the Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention program.  My background includes a B.Sc. in Behavioural Neuroscience at Concordia University and a Ph.D. in Neurological Sciences from the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University. My passion for understanding the brain is only surmounted by my love of teaching. It is a real privilege to be a part of the JAC community and my hope is to share my passion with all of my students.

Nicola Hope :

Nicola Hope

514-457-6610 ext. 5102

Nicola holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Arts in International Affairs with a specialization in National and Subnational Aspects of Development from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. She graduated from the Honours Social Science Program at John Abbott College in 2001.
While in Ottawa, Nicola held various positions on Parliament Hill, though most of her career has been spent in the international non-profit sector. For 10 years she coordinated healthcare and education programs at the World Federation of Hemophilia where she contributed to the improvement of access to care and treatment for people with inherited bleeding disorders all over the world.
Nicola is teaching Modern Political Ideas and Quantitative Methods. She joined the Political Science department in 2017.

Catherine Humes :

Catherine Humes

514-457-6610 ext. 5817

Alexa Leblanc :

Alexa Leblanc

514-457-6610 ext. 5721

André Leblanc :

André Leblanc

514-457-6610 ext. 5062

André LeBlanc began his university studies in the sciences, taking a B.Sc. in biology and psychology at the University of New Brunswick in 1990. He went on to do his Master’s (1993) and PhD (2000) at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.

After completing his PhD, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en science et technologie at the Université du Québec à Montréal (2000-2002) and in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University (2002-2003). In 2004 he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he taught for three years as a visiting assistant professor in the History of Science and Technology Programme at the University of King’s College.  In 2010, he spent a month teaching as a visiting professor in the Master en Histoire et Philosophie des Sciences at the University of Bordeaux and has been teaching a seminar on the Historical, Philosophical, and Social Aspects of Science at the Science College of Concordia University since 2011.

Professor LeBlanc joined HEPS in January 2008 and has been happily teaching history, research methods, and the history and methodology of science ever since. He has published in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, History of Science, Scientia Canadensis, and the Human Nature Review. His research interests include the nature of the placebo effect, the relationship between science and religion, the role of mind in evolution, and the problem of free will from the perspective of science.

Roger MacLean :

Roger MacLean

514-457-6610 ext. 5755

Derek Maisonville :

Derek Maisonville

514-457-6610 ext. 5495

Jimena Marquez :

Jimena Marquez

514-457-6610 ext. 5122

Courses taught:  Introduction to Anthropology, Amerindians Past and Present, Peoples of the World, Race & Racism, First Civilizations, Medical Anthropology, and Research Methods

Biographical information:  Jimena grew up in Mexico City and came to study to Montreal in 1998 to do a Bachelors Degree in Arts and Sciences. Her first interest was mainly in world religions and cultural anthropology. In 2003, she started a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology at Universite de Montreal under the supervision of Robert Crepeau, a specialist in South American shamanism. Her research project focused on the religious practices of the Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madre, in Mexico. Jimena started teaching Anthropology in Cegep in 2007. Her main research interests are socio-cultural anthropology, Native American ethnology as well as Native American archeology.

Julien Morency-Laflamme :

Julien Morency-Laflamme

514-457-6610 ext. 5390

Roksana Nazneen :

Roksana Nazneen

514-457-6610 ext. 5123

Afroditi Panagopoulos :

Afroditi Panagopoulos

514-457-6610 ext. 5134

Azra Rashid :

Azra Rashid

514-457-6610 ext. 5722

William Russell :

William Russell

514-457-6610 ext. 5101

John Serrati :

John Serrati

514-457-6610 ext. 5992

Education: PhD, University of St Andrews, 2001

Research interests:

The main area of my research involves the modalities of Roman imperialism and early provinciae. I focus primarily on the mid- and late Republic, looking at Roman provincial administration, the economy, and the non-military expansion of control in conquered territories. Sicily acts as a microcosm for this line of inquiry; here, I concentrate on the role of the island in the Roman Republic and the formation of the earliest proviniciae. Included in this project is an analysis of Cicero’s Verrine Orations. The aforementioned areas cross over with my broader field of study, which involves the examination of monetary and non-monetary capital in the military sphere. My research in this field looks at the role that royal and state economies played in projections of power and in providing rulers and ruling elites the means to wage war.

Other ongoing projects include the reception of classical Sparta in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the perception of space in the early Roman forum, and a greater study of ancient imperialism.


Serrati, J., Beck, H. and Jehne, M. (Eds.) (2016). Money and Power in the Roman Republic. Brussels: Latomus.

Serrati, J. (2016). Early Provincial Economies in the West: The lex Hieronica and the Financing of Roman Conquest. In H. Beck, M. Jehne and J. Serrati (Eds.) Money and Power in the Roman Republic. Brussels: Latomus.114-130.

Serrati, J. (2016). War, Weaponry, and Empire. In N. Dalmackie et al. (eds), The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Empire. Oxford: Blackwell: 1-13.

Serrati, J. (2015). Éditer les fragments des historiens romains. Latomus, 74, 1077-1083.

Serrati, J. (2013). Government and Warfare. In H. Beck (Ed.). A Companion to Ancient Greek Government. Oxford: Blackwell. 317-331.

Serrati, J. (2013). The Hellenistic Experience with War: Stagnation or Development? In B. Campbell and L. Trittle (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World. Oxford: Oxford University Press.179-198.

Serrati, J. (2012). Various entries. In R.S. Bagnall et al. (Eds.). The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Oxford: Blackwell

Serrati, J. (2012). Imperial Expansion and the Fall of the Roman Republic: Post Hoc, Propter Hoc. In D. Hoyos (Ed.) The Companion to Roman Imperialism. Leiden: Brill. 155-168.

Serrati, J. and Covino, R.J. (2012). Euripides’ Bacchae and the Greek Theatre in Syracuse. Didaskalia 9, 38-44.

Serrati, J. (2011). The Rise of Rome to 264. In D. Hoyos (Ed.). The Blackwell Companion to the Punic Wars. Oxford: Blackwell. 9-27.

Serrati, J. (2011). Neptune’s Altars: The Treaties Between Rome and Carthage (509-226 BC). (Republication of 2006 article, infra). The Best Classical Scholarship of the Last Sixty Years: Classical Quarterly Special Issue. 100-121.

Serrati, J. (2008). A Syracusan Private Altar and the Development of Ruler-Cult in Hellenistic Sicily. Historia 57, 80-91.

Serrati, J. (2007). Warfare and the State. In P. Sabin, H. van Wees, and L.M. Whitby (Eds.). The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 461-497.

Serrati, J. (2006). Neptune’s Altars: The Treaties Between Rome and Carthage (509-226 BC). Classical Quarterly 66, 113-134.

Serrati, J., Anglim, S. et al. (2002). Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World 3000 BC-AD 500: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics. New York: St Martin’s, 256 pp.

Serrati, J. and Smith, C.J. (Eds.) (2000). Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus: New Approaches in Archaeology and History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 241 pp.

Serrati, J. (2000). Garrisons and Grain: Sicily between the Punic Wars. In C.J. Smith and J. Serrati (Eds.). Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus: New Approaches in Archaeology and History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 115-133.



Medoune Seck :

Medoune Seck

514-457-6610 ext. 5068

Medoune M. Seck is a native of Senegal. He is fluent in Wolof, French, English and has limited working proficiency in Arabic. His skills in the use of technology are current and broad. He has used several instructional technologies such as Camtasia, showme application, and Wacom bamboo tablet to produce numerous instructional videos that are effectively improving the students’ learning experience. He is a fervent proponent of the integration of technology into the learning and teaching process. He sees it as potential cost-cutter for the implementation of well proven active learning strategies.
Mr. Seck holds Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degrees in economics (currency and finance) from Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne. He earned a Master of Arts in economics and a Graduate Certificate in Federal Statistics from George Mason University. For several years , Mr. Seck has taught economics at NOVA the largest public educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the United States, and he has been teaching economics at John Abbott since 2014.

Luba Serge :

Luba Serge

514-457-6610 ext. 5416

Laura Shillington :

Laura Shillington

514-457-6610 ext. 5592
HO-306 - Geosciences

Laura joined the Geosciences Department in 2013. She has a BSc in Geography from the University of Victoria, an MSc in Forestry from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, and a PhD in Geography from York University. Her research interests are in gender, political ecology and urban social-environmental justice with a regional focus on Central America.

Arthur Voegel :

Arthur Voegel

514-457-6610 ext. 5714

Arthur holds a B.B.A in Applied Economics from HEC Montreal, a Master of Philosophy in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Arts in Economics from Columbia University. He passed the comprehensive examinations of the PhD program at Columbia University but decided not to write his dissertation. Maybe one day, he will change his mind. Arthur wrote his master's thesis on the sovereign debt situation in Europe.
His research interests are: Fiscal Policy, Income Inequalities, Education, and Political Economy.
Born in France, Arthur Voegel has lived in many different countries (USA, France, Chile, United Kingdom and Canada). He loves to travel and discover new cultures, however, the only place he would call home is Montreal.


For further information on courses taught in the department,  please visit the Social Science section of the Course Calendar.


Supplemental Information

Social Science Drop-In Lab

Social Science Drop-In Lab

Social Science Drop-In Lab

Open Monday to Friday
8:30 – 16:30

  • For use by Social Science students on a drop-in basis
  • Computers, textbooks, study guides and reference materials are available for course-related problems, research and applications.  Software includes Microsoft Office, SPSS and Inspiration.  The lab is also connected to the Internet.
  • Peer tutors for methods courses (QM, RM and ISS) are available at posted times (posted on lab door around week 4).