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Ronjon Paul Datta

Dr. Ronjon Paul DattaRonjon Paul Datta, PhD, MA, BAH, BTh
Associate Professor

Office: 156-3 CHS
Telephone: 519.253.3000 ext. 3975

On Sabbatical

July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

Research and Teaching Areas

As a social theorist, Dr. Datta’s work focuses on metatheory, power and the sacred in society. His current research is focused on Durkheim and religion. He has published on a variety of topics including: suicidality, social support and social pathology; zombie capitalism and the political economy of debt; religion and the sacred; the philosophy of social science; justice, post-politics and security; cosmopolitanism; aleatory materialism; Critical Realism; and theorists such as Durkheim, Foucault, Agamben, and Althusser, among others. He was recently awarded the 2018-2019 Humanities Research Group Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. Prior to arriving in Windsor in 2013, he was Assistant Professor of Social Theory and Culture and Director of the Intermedia Research Studio in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. He has also worked as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mount Allison University. Dr. Datta was awarded a Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal for his doctoral work on Michel Foucault, social theory, political sociology, and the philosophy of social science, and received the Bill Meloff Memorial Teaching Award from the University of Alberta. In December 2015, he received an "Innovation Award for Recruitment" from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UWindsor. Dr. Datta serves as an Associate Editor at The Canadian Journal of Sociology, is a member of the editorial collective of the Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, and is a co-founder and member of the Organizing Committee for the Canadian Network of Durkheimian Studies, an official Research Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Morals, Markets, and Myths (48-222) at the second-year level (an introduction to economic sociology)
  • Theorizing Social Life (48-291) at the second-year level
  • Contemporary Social Theory (48-391) at the third-year level
  • Advanced Seminar in Social Theory (48-405) at the fourth-year level
  • Sociological Theory (48-600) at the MA and PhD level


  • PhD, Carleton University, (Sociology, Dr. Alan Hunt - Supervisor)
  • MA, Queen's University at Kingston, (Sociology, Dr. Frank Pearce - Supervisor)
  • BA, Honours, Trent University (Sociology - First Class)
  • BTh, Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (Pastoral Theology - Highest Honours)

Recent and Key Publications

Key Awards

  • Humanities Research Group Fellowship, Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, The University of Windsor, (2018-2019).
  • Innovation Award (Recruitment), Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, The University of Windsor (2015).
  • Bill Meloff Memorial Teaching Award, The Department of Sociology,The University of Alberta (2013).
  • Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal (2008).
  • University Medal for Outstanding Graduate Work – Doctoral Level, Carleton University (2008).

Academic Society Involvement