Associate Professor of Social Policy
Joint Appointment, School of Public Policy & Governance
RBC Chair in Applied Social Work Research
Ph.D., Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University (2004)
A.M., Sociology and Social Policy, Harvard University (2004)
M.Sc. Comparative Social Research, University of Oxford (1997)
B.A. (Hons), Political Science, Johns Hopkins University (1996)
Phone: (416) 978-3264
Dr. Zuberi is Associate Professor of Social Policy at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. His research interests include inequality, poverty, social policy, health care, urban studies, work & labour, education, housing, immigration, and Canada-U.S. comparative research. Prior to his appointment at the University of Toronto, he was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow at Harvard University and a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. He is currently completing research projects on social policy and poverty, immigrant access to services and settlement experiences, and reducing hospital-acquired infection rates.
Zuberi, D. (2013) Cleaning Up: How Hospital Outsourcing is Hurting Workers and Endangering Patients. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Zuberi, D. (2006) Differences that Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
EDITED JOURNAL ISSUE:
Zuberi, D. & van Jaarsveld, D. Editors. (2011). Globalization and the Service Workplace. American Behavioral Scientist. Volume 55, Issue 7 (July).
REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES:
Anakawenze, U. & Zuberi, D. (2013) Mental Health and Poverty in the Inner-City. Health & Social Work.
Siddiqi, A, Ornelas, I. J., Quinn, K. Zuberi, D. & Nguyen, Q.C. (2013) Societal Context and the Production of Immigrant Status Based Health Disparities: A Comparative Study of the United States and Canada. Journal of Public Health Policy 34, 330-344.
Butz, A. & Zuberi, D. (2012). "Local Approaches to Counter a Wider Problem? Urban Poverty in Portland, Oregon" The Social Science Journal 49, 357-367.
Zuberi, D. & Ptashnick, M. (2012). In Search of a Better Life: The Experiences of Working Poor Immigrants in Vancouver, Canada. International Migration 50(s1), 60-93.
Zuberi, D. (2011). Contracting Out Hospital Support Jobs: The Effects of Poverty Wages, Excessive Workload and Job Insecurity on Work and Family Life. American Behavioral Scientist 55(7), 920-940.
Zuberi, D.M. & Ptashnick, M.B. (2011). The Deleterious Consequences of Privatization and Outsourcing for Hospital Support Work: The Experiences of Contracted Out Hospital Cleaners and Dietary Aids in Vancouver, Canada. Social Science & Medicine 72, 907-911.
Stal, G. & Zuberi, D. (2010). Ending the Cycle of Poverty Through Socio-Economic Integration: A Comparison of Moving to Opportunity (MTO) in the United States and the Bijlmermeer Revival Project in the Netherlands. Cities 27(1), 3-12.
Siddiqi, A., Zuberi, D. & Nguyen, Q. (2009). The Role of Health Insurance for Explaining Immigrant versus Non-Immigrant Disparities in Access to Health Care: Comparing the United States to Canada. Social Science & Medicine 69(10), 1452-1459.
Zuberi, D. (2007). Organizing for Better Working Conditions and Wages: The UNITE HERE! Hotel Workers Rising Campaign. Just Labour 10, 60-72.
Zuberi, D. (2004). Transfers Matter Most: How Changes in Transfer Systems in Canada and the United States Explain the Divergence of Household Poverty Levels from 1974-1994. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 45(1-2), 87-110.
INVITED BOOK CHAPTERS:
Zuberi, D. (2010). Urban Inequality and Urban Social Movements. In H. H. Hiller, ed. Urban Canada: Sociological Perspectives, Second Edition. Oxford University Press (pp. 109-130).
Tindall, D.B., Kay, F. Zuberi, D. & Bates, K. (2008). Urban and Community Studies. In L. R. Kurtz (Editor). (2008). Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict, Second Edition. Elsevier (pp. 2224-2244).
INVITED BOOK REVIEWS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS:
Zuberi, D. 2012. Review of Jeffrey J. Sallaz. The Labor of Luck: Casino Capitalism in the United States and South Africa. (University of California Press). American Journal of Sociology 117(6), 1839-1841.
Zuberi, D. (2011). Review of Michael G. Tyshenko. SARS Unmasked: Risk Communication of Pandemics and Influenza in Canada (McGill-Queen’s UP). Labour/Le Travail 67, 234-237.
Zuberi, D. (2011). “Review of John Goyder, The Prestige Squeeze: Occupational Prestige in Canada since 1965” (McGill-Queen’s UP). Contemporary Sociology 40(2), 184-185.
Zuberi, D. (2009). Community Service Learning (CSL): Learning through Hands-on Engagement. Think Sociology! UBC Department of Sociology 1(4), 4.
Zuberi, D. (2007). Review of Edward Grabb and James Curtis, Regions Apart: The Four Societies of Canada and the United States (Oxford UP). Social Forces 86(1), 368-370.
Zuberi, D. (2006). Review of Julie McMullin, Understanding Social Inequality: Intersections of Class, Age, Gender, Ethnicity and Race in Canada (Oxford UP). American Review of Canadian Studies 36(1), 194-196.
2011-2016 Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award
2011-2012 William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellowship, Harvard University
2010-2011 Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
2009 Scholarly Achievement Award, North Central Sociological Association
2008 Outstanding Academic Title Award, Choice Magazine
2008 Honorable Mention Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship, Pacific Sociological Association.
2007 Michael Harrington Book Award, New Political Science section, American Political Science Association
2007 Honorable Mention Book Award, Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights
2006 Finalist, Hubert Evans Award for Non-Fiction (BC Book Prize)
2006 Finalist Doug Purvis Memorial Prize, Canadian Economics Association
2006 Early Career Scholar Award, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies
2005 Best Dissertation Award, Labor and Employment Relations Association
2005 Finalist, Best Dissertation Award, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Relations
2004-2005 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Human Early Learning Partnership, UBC and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
2001 Fulbright Scholarship
2001 Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
2000 Harvard University Certificate for Excellence in Teaching (Spring and Fall)
1999 Harvard Kennedy School of Government Community Service Award
1999 U.S. National Science Foundation IGERT Inequality and Social Policy Fellowship
1998 Harvard Kennedy School of Government Doctoral Fellowship
RESEARCH GRANT AWARDED – EXTERNAL AGENCIES
2012-2013. D. Zuberi. "Creating Good Jobs: Mobilizing Cross-Sectoral Coalitions to Create Living Wage, Family Sustaining Employment" SSHRC Insight Development Grant $35,000.
2012-2013 A. Siddiqi (PI), W. Darity, C. Hertzman, I. Kawachi, and D. Zuberi. “Equally Inequitable: A Cross-National Comparative Study of Health Equity in Canada and the United States.” CIHR Operating Grant $100,0000.
2011-2016. D. Zuberi. “Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections in the Vancouver Metropolitan
Region” CIHR New Investigator Award. $300,000.
2011-2014. D. Zuberi (PI). “Social Policy and the Working Poor: Longitudinal and Indepth Research
on Immigrant Service Sector Workers in Vancouver” SSHRC Standard Research Grant. $100,850.
2010-2012 D. Zuberi (PI). “Qualitative Data Lab for Policy Research” Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund (CFI LOF) $160,524.
2011-2012 D. Zuberi (PI) “Residential Concentration of Poverty: Suburban versus Inner-city Service
Resources for New Immigrants” SSHRC Insight Development Grant $32,136.
2010-2012 D. Zuberi (PI) “Meeting Great Expectations: How Youth from Disadvantaged Groups
Navigate and Experience the Canadian University” SSHRC Research Development Initiative Grant $37,750.
2010-2011 D. Zuberi (PI) “Meeting the Needs of Newcomers: Understanding the Challenges Facing Recently Arrived Immigrants and Refugees to Access Settlement Services in the Vancouver Region” Metropolis BC Grant $14,994.
2007-2011. D. Zuberi (PI) “Outsourced: Hospital Cleaners and Support Workers in Vancouver” SSHRC Standard Research Grant $94,000.
2006-2008 D. Zuberi (PI) “Determinants of School Success: Urban Elementary Schools in East Vancouver” SSHRC Multiculturalism Issues in Canada Strategic Research Grant $47,230.
RESEARCH GRANTS AWARDED – UNIVERSITY-ADMINISTERED
2012-2014 D. Zuberi (PI) "Urban Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy in Canada" Connaught Fund. $20,000.
2010-2012 D. Zuberi (PI) “Transitions to Success: How Post-Secondary Education Policy and Program
Differences Effect Post-Secondary Participation and Graduation Rates of Young
Adults from Lower-Income Families in the United States and Canada” UBC Hampton Research Grant $15,000.
2010 D. Zuberi (PI) “Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections in the Vancouver Region” UBC Arts Undergraduate Research Award grant $12,000.
2008 D. van Jaarsveld & D. Zuberi (co-PIs) “Globalization and the Service Workplace” Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Workshop Award $25,000.
2008 D. van Jaarsveld & D. Zuberi (co-PIs) “Globalization and the Service Workplace” Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) Grant $10,000.
2008 D. Zuberi UBC Arts Undergraduate Research Award grant $2,000
2006-2008 D. Zuberi (PI) “Urban Poverty in the Pacific Northwest: A Four-City Comparative Study of
Vancouver, Victoria, Seattle, and Portland” UBC Hampton Research Grant $31,440.