Shirin Montazer

Shirin Montazer

Associate Professor


313-577-2735 (fax)

 2270 F/AB, 656 W. Kirby St.

Curriculum vitae

Shirin Montazer

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Sociology of Mental HealthWork-Family ConflictInternational MigrationNeighborhood ContextQuantitative Methodology


Shirin Montazer received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto, Canada. Her research focus is at the juncture of mental health, work-family conflict, and international migration, with migration to Canada as the primary example. A common thread in her research investigates how mental health status, and trajectories, and evolving work-family conflict, among immigrants, are modified by macro-level (e.g., economic development of countries of origin of immigrants) and micro-level factors (e.g., gender, age at immigration, and visible-minority status). More recently, her research examines the impact of job demands (e.g., commuting distance, and overnight work-travel) on work-family conflict and mental health in the general population. She is a co-principal investigator for a NSF RAPID grant that uses mixed methods (surveys and interviews) to assess how work, family, and health among dual-income couples have changed within the context of COVID-19. Her work appears in such journals as the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Society and Mental Health, Social Science Research, and Social currents.


  • Ph.D. University of Toronto, Toronto, 2012

Awards and grants

  •  Grants

    Agency: NSF
    Title: RAPID: Work, Family, and Social Well-being among Couples in the Context of COVID-19.
    Role: Co-PI (PI: K. Brumley; Co-PI: B. Baltes, K. Maguire)
    Dates: 2020-2021
    Total Funds: $191,000

    Agency: Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
    Title: The Intergenerational Transmission of Gender Egalitarian Family Environments: A Follow up Study
    Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Blair Wheaton, University of Toronto)
    Dates: 2014-2020
    Total Funds: C$242,697


    Award for Best Dissertation, American Sociological Association, Section on the Sociology of Mental Health, 2013



Selected publications

2020. Montazer, Shirin and Marisa Young. “Commuting Distance and Work-to-Family Conflict: The Moderating Role of Residential Attributes." Social Currents 7:231-251.
DOI: 10.1177/2329496519900491.

2020. Montazer, Shirin, Krista Brumley, Katheryn Maguire. “Overnight Work-Travel, Work-to-Family Conflict, and Psychological Distress.” The Social Science Journal. DOI: 10.1080/03623319.2020.1756175

2020. Young, Marisa, Shirin Montazer, Diana Singh. “The Consequences of Living in Childcare Deserts: Evidence from Canada.” Canadian Review of Sociology. DOI:

2019. Montazer, Shirin. “Immigration, Visible-minority status, Gender, and Depression.” Society and Mental Health 10:218-236. DOI: 10.1177/2156869319856930.

2018. Montazer, Shirin. "Disentangling the Effects of Primary and Secondary International Migration on Psychological Distress: The role of Mastery.” Canadian Journal of Public Health 109: 284-293

2018. Young, Marisa and Shirin Montazer. “Neighborhood Effects on Immigrants’ Experiences of Work-Family Conflict and Psychological Distress.” Society and Mental Health 8:25-49.

2017. Montazer, Shirin and Marisa Young. “Level of Economic Development of the Country of Origin and Work-to- Family Conflict after Migration to Canada” Social Science Research 63:263-276



Currently teaching

  •  SOC3220; SOC6280

Courses taught

 SOC3220; SOC2100; SOC2210; SOC2000; SOC4220; SOC5360; SOC7770; SOC6280; SOC4205; SOC7780