Sophie Mathieu joins the Vanier Institute as Senior Program Specialist

Vanier Institute of the Family appoints Sophie Mathieu, PhD, as Senior Program Specialist.

March 14, 2022

The Vanier Institute of the Family is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Sophie Mathieu as Senior Program Specialist. She will be joining the Institute on a full-time basis in June 2022, following the completion of her teaching semester.

As Senior Program Specialist, Dr. Mathieu will be responsible for leading the Vanier Institute’s projects and partnerships.

A mother of three, Dr. Mathieu holds a PhD in sociology from Carleton University. Her thesis, which was nominated for a Senate medal, showed that measures that fostered the equal division of child care responsibilities between partners contributed to curbing Quebec’s declining fertility rate.

Prior to joining the Vanier Institute, Dr. Mathieu taught courses in the sociology of the family at the college and university levels while pursuing her research program. She was awarded several grants, including by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) Program, which enabled her to finance her research work, as well as two postdoctoral fellowships.

During her first fellowship at Brock University, she documented the existence of inequality structures in accessing parental benefits in Quebec and Canada. From 2020 to 2022, she completed a second fellowship at the Université TÉLUQ, studying the effects of the pandemic on the work–family balance of employed Quebec parents.

Passionate about knowledge mobilization, Dr. Mathieu has authored numerous scientific articles on family policy and gender inequality in national and international journals, as well as dozens of commentaries, editorials, and research summaries in various French- and English-language Canadian media.

Welcome aboard, Sophie!

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