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

Douglas Paul Anderson : Methods

Douglas Paul Anderson

514-457-6610 ext. 5023

Kristin Anderson : Methods

Kristin Anderson

514 457 6610 ext 5547

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 (On leave)

Vicki Beaupré-Odorico

Coordinator (On leave)
514-457-6610 ext. 5019

Emmanuelle Carle : Methods

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.

Nicola Hope : Methods

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.

Alexa Leblanc : Methods

Alexa Leblanc

514-457-6610 ext. 5721

Jessica Legere : Methods

Jessica Legere

514 457 6610 ext 5550

Grace Lin : Methods

Grace Lin

514-457-6610 ext. 5803
Grace Lin

Derek Maisonville : Methods

Derek Maisonville

514-457-6610 ext. 5495

Julien Morency-Laflamme : Methods

Julien Morency-Laflamme

514-457-6610 ext. 5390

Roksana Nazneen : Methods

Roksana Nazneen

514-457-6610 ext. 5123

I completed MA in Sociology from Concordia University in 1993. The title of my thesis was “Foreign Aid in Developing Countries”. I received Ph.D. in Humanities (Sociology, Economics and History) from Concordia University in 2000.


The area of my research interest was to study the experience of immigrant adaptation in Canadian society. I taught at McGill (as a graduate student), Concordia and Brock University before coming to teach at John Abbott in 2006.


I received the Queen Elizabeth the 2nd Diamond Jubilee Award issued by the Governor General of Canada in 2012.

My current research interests include immigration, ethnic minority experience, and  identity politics.


Manuela Pineros-Rodriguez : Methods

Manuela Pineros-Rodriguez

514-457-6610 ext. 5603

Tanya Rowell-Katzemba : Methods

Tanya Rowell-Katzemba

514-457-6610 ext. 5918

I have been a teacher of History at John Abbott College since 2012. I have a Master’s in History from Concordia University, where my research focus was on 20th century Mexican history. In my graduate research, I looked at ideas about race in the construction of the nation after the Mexican Revolution, and the role that history textbooks have played in diffusing these ideas to schoolchildren. In my work outside the college, I am involved in community work with migrants to Canada, trying to work towards more equitable access to basic services and human rights. I’m passionate about history, and strive to share that passion with my students here at the college.

Alberto Sanchez : Methods

Alberto Sanchez

514 457 6610 ext 5989

Robbyn Seller : Methods

Robbyn Seller

514 457 6610 ext 5125

Courses taught: Introduction to Anthropology, Anthropology of Sports and Leisure, Anthropology and Environment, Medical Anthropology, Peoples of the World, Race & Racism, Human Evolution, Social Science Research Methods, and Integration in the Social Sciences.

Biographical information: Robbyn began teaching Anthropology in 1996. She has completed a B.A. honours in Anthropology with a minor in Linguistics at Concordia University, an M.A. and Ph.D. at McGill University. Her Master's work involved an analysis of children's narratives from the Solomon Islands, focusing on urbanization and cultural and linguistic ˜creolization". For the Ph.D., Robbyn carried out research in the Caribbean, with a focus on gender identities and relations in the context of decolonization. Robbyn has worked as a fellow or a research associate on various research projects involving immigrant populations in Montreal, notably concerning communication in inter-cultural healthcare situations, and participatory research with Family Medicine at McGill. Her training also includes a graduate course in teaching at the post-secondary level and several teaching workshops, as well as a CIHR-funded fellowship in a transdisciplinary researcher training program.

Laura Shillington : Methods

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.

Jean-Michel Sotiron : Methods

Jean-Michel Sotiron

514-457-6610 ext. 5535
H-304 - History, Economics, Political Science (HEPS)

Professor Sotiron has been a member of John Abbott College’s Political Science Department since 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Concordia University, as well as a Master’s in Political Science from UQAM; his thesis was on Hindu nationalism. He also serves as a member of the Methods committee of the College.

With regards to student life, Professor Sotiron is involved with the JAC Model UN programme as well as the annual inter-collegiate debate event hosted at the college.  What Professor Sotiron enjoys most about teaching at JAC is fostering healthy debates in class by discussing political ideas with students.

Courses taught:        Modern Political Ideas 385-250-AB

Introduction to Political Science 385-100-AB

Integration in the Social Sciences 300-301-AB

Research Methods 300-300-AB

Quantitative Methods 360-300-RE

Arthur Voegel : Methods

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).