John Myles

Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology
Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy




John Myles is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. Until 2011, he was Canada Research Chair in the Social Foundations of Public Policy, Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

He was Professor of Sociology at Carleton University, Ottawa, until 1992 and then University Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University where he also directed the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy.Since 1986, he has been an invited Senior Research Fellow at Statistics Canada, most recently from 2001-2007. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University, the European University Institute in Florence and the University of New South Wales in Sydney.He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (B.A., Philosophy), the Gregorian University, Rome (B.Th. , Theology), Carleton University (M.A., Sociology) and the University of Wisconsin, Madison (PHD, Sociology).

He has written widely in the fields of political sociology and social stratification with a focus on the political, economic, and social foundations of economic inequality.John is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the National Academy of Social Insurance in the United States. He is the recipient of the 1991 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association, Section on Aging. In 2006, he was elected Chair of the American Sociology Association section on Political Sociology. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Leuven (Belgium) for his contributions to old age security policy.

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