Sarah Knudson

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  • St. Thomas More College
  • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
  • Phone: 306.966.8945
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Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • M.A., University of Toronto
  • B. Soc.Sci. (Honours), University of Ottawa

Research Interests

  • Families, family formation and couple formation
  • Intimate relationships and relationship advice
  • Representations of gender in popular culture
  • Self-help, experts and advice-seeking

Research Projects

  • “Mapping supports and constraints in young women's transition to adulthood in the context of a rapidly changing Prairie city.”  SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2014-2016

  • Relationship self-help and social change in North America
  • Dating:  Choices, constraints and expert advice
  • Transition to adulthood:  Resources, goals and couple formation

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Knudson, Sarah. 2014. “Getting Laid and Growing Close: Constructions of Masculinity in Relationship Advice for Heterosexual Men.” Qualitative Sociology Review 10(3): 116-137.

  • Knudson, Sarah. 2013. “Crash courses and lifelong journeys: Modes of reading non-fiction advice in a North American audience.” Poetics 41(3): 211-235.
  • Charlesworth, Jennifer, Sarah Knudson and Mary Seeman. 2013. “Open Doors and Clear Boundaries: Mentorship in the Changing Context of Graduate Medical Education.” American Journal of Educational Research 1(1): 16-20.
  • Knudson, Sarah. 2013. “Infidelity: Clinical Perspectives and the Broader Social Context.”  Invited presentation at Psychiatry Rounds, University of Saskatchewan, May 3.
  • Knudson, Sarah.  2011.  "The Purchase of Enlightenment."  Contexts 10(2):  66-67
  • Knudson, Sarah.  2011.  "What a Girl Wants, What a Girl Needs:  Examining cultural change and ideas about gender equality in relationship self-help books, 1960-2009."  In Reading Sociology:  Canadian Perspectives (2nd Edition), edited by Lorne Tepperman and Angela Kalyta.  Toronto:  Oxford University Press.
  • Knudson, Sarah.  2010.  "Egalitarianism in Forty Years of Relationship Advice Books."  Round table presentation at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 16, Atlanta, GA.
  • Knudson, Sarah.  2009.  Review of "Coping with Distances:  Producing Nordic Atlantic Sociieties," by Jørgen Ole Bærenholdt. Canadian Review of Sociology 47(2): 221-223. 
  • Park, Jungwee, and Sarah Knudson.  2007.  "Medically unexplained physical symptoms," Health Reports Statistics Canada, Catalogue 82-003 18(1), pp. 43-47.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • SOC 210.3            Families:  Social Structure and Social Change
  • SOC 211.3            Families:  Gender Relations and Social Inequality
  • SOC 340.3            Marriage, Family and Society

Administrative Responsibilities

  • STM Research Committee