Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Lindsey McKay

Name: Dr. Lindsey McKay
Position: Lecturer
Phone: 250-852-6404


I joined TRU in 2018. I am a sociologist/political economist of health, medicine, and care work. The learning process and social justice issues are my passion.


Ph.D., Carleton University
M.A., Carleton University
B.A.(H), Queen's University
Atlas.ti Advanced Training (Qualitative Data Analysis Software)


Doucet, A., McKay, L. and Mathieu, S. (2019) "Reimagining Parental Leave: a conceptual 'thought experiment'?" in Parental Leave and Beyond: Recent International Developments, Current Issues and Future Directions, edited by Moss, P., Duvander, A-Z, and Koslowski, A., Bristol: Policy Press.

McKay, L. (2018). "Organ Donation and the Other Site of Politics," Ch. 48, in Albanese, P., Tepperman, L. and E. Alexander, eds. Reading Sociology, 3rd Edition. Vancouver: UBC Press, pp. 242-246.

Doucet, A. and McKay, L. (2017). "Parental Leave, Class Inequalities, and 'Caring With': An Ethics of Care Approach to Canadian Parental Leave Policy," Ch. 4, in Caring for Children: Social Movements and Public Policy in Canada edited by R. Langford, S., pp. 97-116.

McKay, L., Mathieu, S. and Doucet, A. (2016). "Parental-leave rich and parental-leave poor: Inequality in Canadian Labour Market based Leave Policies" Journal of Industrial Relations, 58(4): 543-562.

McKay, L. (2016). "Generating Ambivalence: Media Representations of Canadian Transplant Tourism" Studies in Social Justice, 10(2): 322-341.

McKay, L., Marshall, K. and Andrea Doucet (2012). "Fathers and Parental Leave in Canada: Policies and Practices" in Father Involvement in Canada: Diversity, Renewal and Transformation, edited by Jessica Ball and Kerry Daly, p. 207-223, Vancouver: UBC Press.

McKay, L. and Doucet, A. (2010). "'Without Taking Away Her Leave': A Canadian Case Study of Couples' Decisions on Fathers' Use of Paid Parental Leave" Fathering: A Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice About Men As Fathers, Vol.8 (3): 300-32.

Doucet, A., McKay, L. and Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay (2009). "Canada and Qu??bec: two policies, one country," in The Politics of Parental Leave Policies: Children, Parenting, Gender and the Labour Market edited by Sheila Cameraman and Peter Moss, p. 33-50, Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Employment History

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics, University of Ottawa
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Brock University
Research Associate, Social Justice Research Institute, Bock University
1994-2005 Career in public policy (Ontario Legislature, Toronto Public Health, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canadian Policy Research Networks)

Courses Taught

SOCI 1110 Introduction to Sociology I
SOCI 1210 Introduction to Sociology II
SOCI 2130 Women in Global Perspective
SOCI 2260 Medical Sociology
SOCI 3620 Special Topics: Health and Healing

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Sociology Association (Teaching Practice Research Cluster)
4S, Society for Social Studies of Science
International Network for Leave Policies and Research