Randle Hart

Dr. Randle Hart - Profile


Dr. Randle J. Hart

Randle Hart (Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Saint Mary’s University) received his PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto in 2007. From 2007 to 2008 he was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto and from 2008 to 2013 he was Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Sociology and Anthropology at Southern Utah University. He came to Saint Mary’s University in 2013.


Dr. Hart specializes in environmental sociology, sociology of science, and social movements. He is currently co-investigator on a four-year, multidisciplinary grant from Genome Canada, Conservation Genomics of the Endangered North Atlantic Right Whale ($6,020,874). The research, led by Tim Frasier (Saint Mary’s University) and Philip Hamilton (New England Aquarium), seeks to quantify the effects of inbreeding on individual right whales’ health and reproduction and examines the potential epigenic effects of sublethal net entanglements and ship strikes on the species’ reproductive rate. Dr. Hart’s research includes a network analysis and ethnographic study of conservation collaboration within the NARW community. He is also examining how new scientific knowledge of the NARW can be better mobilized to inform conservation policies and practices in Canada and the United States.


Selected Publications:

Hart, Randle J. forthcoming. “A Penchant for Protest? Typifying Canadian Millennials’ Political Engagement.” Contention.

Hart, Randle J. 2018. “Salmon, Science, and Conservation: Organizational Power and the Listing and Recovery Planning of an Endangered Species.” Environmental Science and Policy. 88: 124-133.

Hart, Randle J. 2018. “The Value of Scholarship.” Canadian Review of Sociology. 55(2): 309-310.

Hart, Randle J., Howard Ramos, Karen H. Stanbridge, and Jack Veugelers. 2018. “Politics and Political Movements.” In Principles of Sociology. 4th ed. Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese eds. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Hart, Randle J. 2017. “How Do Moose Experience the Double Hermeneutic?” Environmental Sociology. 3(4): 394-403.

Hart, Randle J. 2016. “Is a Rortian Sociology Desirable? Will it Help Us Use Words Like “Cruelty”?” Humanity & Society. 40(3): 229-241.

Hart, Randle J. 2016. “Battling Minds: Conservatives, Progressives, and UNESCO in Postwar United States.” In UNESCO With(Out) Borders: The Global Impact of International Understanding and Better History Textbooks. Aigul Kulnazarova and Christian Ydesen, editors. Routledge, UK.

Veugelers, Jack and Randle J. Hart. 2015. “Social Movements.” In Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 4th Edition. Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese eds. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Hart, Randle J. 2014. “The Greatest Subversive Plot in History? The American Radical Right and anti-UNESCO Campaigning.” Sociology. 48(3): 554-572.

Hart, Randle J. and Andrew McKinnon. 2010. “Sociological Epistemology: Durkheim’s Paradox and Dorothy E. Smith’s Actuality” Sociology. 44(6): 1-17.

Hart, Randle J. 2010. “There Comes a Time: Biography and the Founding of a Movement Organization.” Qualitative Sociology. 33(1): 55-77.

Hart, Randle J. 2008. “Practicing Birchism in Unsettled Times: The Assumption and Limits of Idiocultural Coherence in Framing Theory.” Social Movement Studies. 7(2): 121-147.

Wu, Zheng, Margaret J. Penning, Michael S. Pollard, and Randy Hart. 2003. “In Sickness and in Health: Does Cohabitation Count?” Journal of Family Issues. 24(6): 811-38.

Wu, Zheng and Randy Hart. 2002/2003. “Union Transitions in Canada.” International Journal of Sociology. 32(4): 51-75.

Wu, Zheng and Randy Hart. 2002. “The Effects of Marital and Nonmarital Union Transition on Health.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 64(2): 420-432.

Wu, Zheng and Randy Hart. 2002. “Social and Health Factors Associated with Support Among Elderly Immigrants.” Research on Aging. 24(4): 391-412.

Wu, Zheng and Randy Hart. 2002. “The Mental Health of the Childless Elderly.” Sociological Inquiry. 72(1): 21-42.

Wu, Zheng, Karli Halling Burch, Randy Hart, and Jean E. Veevers. 2000. “Age-Heterogamy and Canadian Unions.” Social Biology. 47(3/4): 277-293.


Faculty of Arts
Department of Sociology
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