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Faculty Member

Peggy McDonough Ph.D.

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
(416) 946-7936
Office Address
Dalla Lana School of Public Health 155 College Street Toronto, ON M5T 3M7
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Professor Emerita
SGS Status
Member Emerita

Research Interests

  • embodiment
  • social inequalities in health
  • comparative research
  • poverty and health
  • gender and health
  • women’s health
  • social organization of work and health (e.g.,public sector restructuring)
  • longitudinal data analysis

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • CHL 5101 – Social Theory and Health
  • CHL 5102 – Social and Political Forces in Health Care

Honours & Awards

  • 2012 Anthony Miller Award for Excellence in Research in Public Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • 2008 Finalist for World Society Foundation’s 2008 Award Program for Research Papers on World Society
  • 2007 Nominee for the SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence, British Sociology Association and Sage Publications
  • 2003 R. F. Badgley Teaching Award, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto

Current Research Projects

  • 2013-16 “The Impact of Extending Paid Work Later in Life on Health and Well-being: Using the Past to Guide the Future” (1,220,633 GBP), Co-I in Collaboration with Karen Glaser (PI) et al. UK Economic Social and Research Council/Medical Research Council.
  • 2012-16 “Economic Inequalities among Women in Later Life: The Role of Structured Life Course Processes in Comparative Context” ($338,764), PI in collaboration with Amanda Sacker, Anne McMunn, and Laurie Corna. SSHRC, Insight Grant.
  • 2012-15 “Work and Health in Later Life: Pathways and Social Patterning in Comparative Context” ($259,017), Nominated PI in collaboration with Amanda Sacker (Co-PI), Anne McMunn, and Laurie Corna. CIHR, Operating Grant.

Representative Publications

  • Worts, Diana, Amanda Sacker, Anne McMunn, and Peggy McDonough. 2013. “Individualization, Opportunity and Risk in American Women’s Work and Family Lives: A Multi-state Sequence Analysis.” Advances in Life Course Research 18:296-318.
  • McDonough, Peggy, Diana Worts, Anne McMunn, and Amanda Sacker. 2013. “Social Change and Women’s Health.” International Journal of Health Services 43(3):499-518.
  • McDonough, Peggy and Jessica Polzer. 2012. “Mission Impossible: Habitus and Organizational Change in the Public Sector.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 37(4):357-79.
  • Brennenstuhl, Sarah, Amelie Quesnel-Vallee, and Peggy McDonough. 2012. “Welfare Regimes, Population Health and Health Inequalities: A Research Synthesis.” Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 66:397-409.
  • Worts, Diana, Amanda Sacker, and Peggy McDonough. 2010. “Still Wanting: A Reassessment of Poverty Dynamics and Welfare State Protections in the U.S. and Britain.” American Journal of Sociology 116(1):232-71.
  • McDonough, Peggy, Diana Worts, and Amanda Sacker. 2010. “Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health Dynamics: A Comparison of the United States and Britain.” Social Science & Medicine 70:251-60.
  • McDonough, Peggy, Diana Worts, Bonnie Fox, and Klaudia Dmitrienko. 2008. “Restructuring Municipal Government: Labour-Management Relations and Worker Mental Health.” Canadian Review of Sociology 45:197-219.
  • McDonough, Peggy. 2006. “Habitus and the Practice of Public Service.” Work, Employment and Society 20:629-47.
  • Worts, Diana, Bonnie Fox, and Peggy McDonough. 2006. “Doing Something Meaningful: Gender and Public Service During Municipal Government Restructuring.” Gender, Work and Organization 14(2):162-84.