Department of Sociology

Sociology instructor Anelyse Weiler makes a point during class

The Department of Sociology sheds light on how our society influences the way we think and act through its organization and structure. Studies in this discipline help students gain a better understanding of themselves and the social world.

Diploma in Criminal and Social Justice

Associate of Arts, Sociology Emphasis

Diploma in Communications, Culture and Journalism Studies


Sociology courses reflect the diversity of the discipline as topics include social problems, gender, childhood and adolescence, media, consumerism, race and ethnic relations, deviance, research methods and more.

Faculty and instructors

Dr. Priscillia Lefebvre

Sociology - Chair
Office: Sunoka Building 003
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-492-4305 ext. 3255
Sociology instructor Priscillia Lefebvre

My research examines mental health within the context of the neoliberal restructuring of work and cuts to public funding around health care, social assistance, and education. I examine experiences of stress, worry, and struggle within the political context of economic crisis. I teach from a critical perspective and currently sits on the editorial board of Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research ( In my commitment to social justice and praxis, I have been involved with community activism and labour solidarity projects across the country and around the world.

PhD, Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy, Carleton University
MA, Social Justice and Equity Studies, Brock University
BA (Hons), Psychology, Bishop's University

Dr. Shelly Ikebuchi

Office: Lab Building 287
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4455
Sociology instructor Shelly Ikebuchi

I joined Okanagan College in 2012. Here, I teach Introduction to Sociology 1&2, Statistical Analysis in Sociology, Sex, Gender, and Society, and Sociology of Sexualities. I am a feminist, anti-racist, critical and historical sociologist. My past research focused on the Chinese Rescue Home in Victoria, BC. My current research focus is on the multi-generatonal cultural effects of the Japanese Canadian Internment. When I am not teaching or working on my research, I am most likely getting my hands dirty at the pottery studio.

PhD, Sociology, University of British Columbia
MA, Sociology, University of British Columbia
BA, Sociology, Okanagan University College

Google Scholar Profile

Dr. Patrick Lalonde

Office: Lab Building 283
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4560
Sociology instructor Patrick Lalonde

I joined Okanagan College at the Kelowna Campus shortly after completing my Ph.D. in 2019. I am a former lifelong resident of Ontario and am looking forward to exploring everything the Okanagan Valley and British Columbia have to offer. I teach courses related to introductory sociology, crime, and other topics. I am particularly interested in challenging students to take a critical perspective on the increasing encroachment of technology / digitization within social life. My research interests include borders, mobility, security, surveillance, and governance. I have been published in The British Journal of Criminology, Policing & Society, and the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

PhD, Sociology, University of Waterloo
MA, Criminology, University of Windsor
BA (Hons.) Criminology, University of Windsor

LinkedIn Profile

Google Scholar Profile

Dr. Melissa Munn

Interdisciplinary Studies/Sociology
Office: Main Building C319
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2222
Interdisciplinary Studies instructor Melissa Munn

I am an activist and criminologist who joined Okanagan College in 2010. I teach sociology, criminology and gender studies classes in Vernon and Salmon Arm. I operate the only open-access, virtual library of Canadian prisoner-generated materials ( and have used these materials to co-author a book (with Prof. Clarkson, History department) on early penal reform in Canada. My areas of expertise are the effects of long-term imprisonment, penology, parole, and the rehabilitation & reintegration of prisoners. When not teaching or doing other professorial things, I travel to prisons to work with convicts, their support people and community agencies.

PhD, Criminology, University of Ottawa
MEd, Counselling, University of Northern BC
B.Soc.Sc, Criminology, University of Ottawa

Dr. Anelyse Weiler

Office: Business Building 107
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445
Sociology instructor Anelyse Weiler

My teaching, research and advocacy are focused on decent work, dignified migration and vibrant food systems. I joined the Kelowna and Vernon campuses in 2019. My doctoral dissertation investigates the emerging craft cider industry in the Canadian and U.S. Pacific Northwest. Some of my other projects focus on equity for migrant agricultural workers, along with the ecological and ethical implications of meat production. My research has been supported by SSHRC and Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarships. Beyond work and activism, I am a hearty enthusiast of hiking, cycling, running and paddling.

PhD Candidate, Sociology, University of Toronto
MA, Sociology, Simon Fraser University
B.Sc (Hons), Global Resource Systems, University of British Columbia

Google Scholar Profile


Come for a campus tour or become a student for a day. 


Have your questions answered by an advisor or recruiter. 


Take the next step and enrol in a program or course at OC.