Sarah Shah

Sarah Shah

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Stream Sociology
Office Location:
3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga , Ontario
L5L 1C6

Sarah Shah (they/them) received a doctoral degree in 2019 from The University of Toronto in Sociology. Prior to matriculating, Shah was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas. Shah will be joining the UTM Sociology faculty as a lecturer for the 2020-21 year.

Shah’s research includes analyses of religion as it pertains to gender attitudes, family organization, mental health outcomes, and group identity. Their research unpacks how religion dialectically structures and is structured by gender and family relations, immigration and racialization processes, and mental health. In their current book project on Pakistani Canadian Muslim families, Shah looks at Muslim religious reflexivities, or the critical ways in which diasporic Muslims navigate and negotiate their religious identities and practices.

As an educator, Shah prioritizes active learning and strives to maintain an interactive classroom with meaningful engagement. Shah’s aim is to present social theories and empirical material to students in ways that allow them to integrate reflexive analyses of their own lived experiences. Shah has taught several courses on family, gender, and race.


Shah, Sarah, Maryam Khan, and Sara Abdel-Latif. Forthcoming. Decolonizing Muslim Same-Sex Relations:  Reframing Queerness as Gender Flexibility to Build Positive Relationships in Muslim Communities. In Positive Muslim Psychology, edited by Nausheen Pasha.

Shah, Sarah. Forthcoming. Religious Reflexivity. In Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam in North America, edited by Amir Hussain. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Salem, Rania, and Sarah Shah*. 2019. Economic rationales for kin marriage: Assessing the evidence using Egyptian panel data. Demographic Research 41(19): 545-578. DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2019.41.19.
*Equal authorship

Shah, Sarah. 2018. Does Religion Buffer the Effects of Discrimination on Distress for Religious Minorities? The Case of Arab Americans. Society and Mental Health 9(2): 171-191. DOI: 10.1177/2156869318799145.

Shah, Sarah, Gabriel Acevedo, and Andrea Ruiz. 2017. Contextualizing Events in Imagined Communities: Pre- and Post-September 11th Egyptian Attitudes toward Non-Arabs and Jews. Sociology of Islam 5(4): 1-29.

Shah, Sarah, John P. Bartkowski, and Xiaohe Xu. 2016. Gendered God Imagery and Attitudes towards Mothers’ Labor Force Participation: Examining the Transposable Character of Religious Schemas. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(3): 540-557.

Acevedo, Gabriel, and Sarah Shah. 2015. Sectarian Affiliation and Gender Traditionalism: A Sociological Study of Sunni and Shi’a Muslims in Four Predominantly Muslim Countries. Sociology of Islam 3(1): 1-29.

Bartkowski, John P. and Sarah Shah. 2014. Religion and Gender Inequality. In Religion and Inequality, edited by Lisa A. Keister and Darren E. Sherkat. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Family, gender, race
Current Courses: 
SOC244H5, SOC253H5, SOC362H5
Ph.D. (Sociology, University of Toronto)
M.S. (Sociology, University of Texas, San Antonio)
B.A. (Human Relations, St. Joseph’s College, New York)