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Kathy Liddle

Kathy Liddle

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Phone: 416-208-2967
Location: HL 466


Professor Kathy Liddle is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a member of the graduate sociology faculty at the St. George Campus. She serves as Special Advisor to the Dean on Access and as Director of the Transitional Year Program at U of T Scarborough. She received the University of Toronto Scarborough Assistant Professor/Lecturer Teaching Award (2018) and the University of Toronto Teaching Fellowship (2018-2021).

Professor Liddle has developed and taught courses on introductory sociology, culture, media, qualitative methods, and the sociology of books, as well as a graduate seminar on teaching sociology. She incorporates critical pedagogies into her teaching, with a particular interest in supporting first-generation students and students from underrepresented communities.

She is currently researching engagement and community-building in large enrollment courses. Her disciplinary research interests lie at the intersections of culture, organizations, gender, and sexuality. Her work on feminist bookstores considers their organizational logics, contexts of emergence and decline, and contributions to fostering feminist thought in general and lesbian-feminist community in particular; this research has been published in Cultural Sociology and The Journal of Lesbian Studies.


Ph.D., Emory University

Teaching Interests

  • Sociology of Culture
  • Media & Society
  • From Papyrus to Kobo: The Sociology of Books
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Introduction to Sociology

Research Interests

  • Culture
  • Organizations
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Qualitative Methods

Awards & Grants

2015: Teaching Enhancement Grant, University of Toronto Scarborough Centre for Teaching & Learning

2008: Connaught New Staff Matching Grant, University of Toronto

2005: Connaught Start-Up Grant, University of Toronto


Liddle, Kathleen. 2009. “Despite Our Differences: Coming Out in Conservative Classrooms. Feminism & Psychology 19(2):190-193.

Sales, Jessica, Dawn Comeau, Kathleen Liddle, Lisa Perrone, Katrina Palmer, and David Lynn. 2007. “Preparing Future Faculty: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Science Course Taught by Graduate and Postdoctoral Teacher-Scholars. Journal of College Science Teaching 36(1):24-30

Sales, Jessica, Dawn Comeau, Kathleen Liddle, Nikki Khanna, Lisa Perrone, Katrina Palmer, and David Lynn. 2006. “Bridging the Gap: A Research-Based Approach for Teaching Interdisciplinary Science to Undergraduate Freshman Students.” Journal of College Science Teaching 35(6):36-41.

Dowd, Timothy J., Kathleen Liddle, and Maureen Blyler. 2005. “Charting Gender: The Success of Female Acts in the U.S. Mainstream Recording Market, 1940 to 1990.” Transformations in Cultural Industries (Research in the Sociology of Organization) 23: 83-126.

Liddle, Kathleen. 2005. “More Than a Bookstore: The Continuing Relevance of Feminist Bookstores for the Lesbian Community.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 9:147-161.

Liddle, Kathleen and Becky J. Liddle. 2004. “In the Meantime: Same-Sex Ceremonies in the Absence of Legal Recognition.” Feminism and Psychology 14(1):52-56.

Dowd, Timothy J., Kathleen Liddle, and Jenna Nelson. 2004. “Festivals as Periodically  Recreated Scenes.” Pp. 149-167 in Music Scenes: Local, Translocal, and Virtual, edited by Andrew Bennett and Richard A. Peterson. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Dowd, Timothy J., Kathleen Liddle, Kim Lupo, and Anne Borden. 2002. “Organizing the Musical Canon: The Repertoires of Major U.S. Symphony Orchestras, 1842-1969.” Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, Media, and the Arts 30:35-61.