Dr Ioana Sendroiu

Assistant Professor

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9.04, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Ioana Sendroiu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. She studies crisis management and resilience, and her current project focuses on how people think about the future in relation to climate change. Ioana holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Before joining HKU, she was Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Weatherhead Scholars Program at Harvard University, as well as Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods. She has also held affiliations at NYU-Shanghai, the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB), and the American Bar Foundation. Using a range of qualitative, quantitative, archival, and computational methods, her work has appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Social Forces, the British Journal of Sociology, Sociological Theory, Poetics, and Social Psychology Quarterly, among others.

Courses taught

Research interests

Future projections
Climate change

Honours and recognitions

2020 Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Fellowship, Harvard University USD50,000
2019-2020 Ontario Graduate Scholarship CAD15,000
2019 Daniel G Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology, CAD4000
2018 Sonshine Graduate Scholarship in Holocaust Studies, CAD2000
2018 Mitacs Globalink Research Award Abroad, CAD6000
2018 Research funding, Centre for Jewish Studies CAD1400
2018 Catherall Travel Bursary, Massey College CAD1300
2018 Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement CAD6000
2017 Research funding, Centre for Jewish Studies CAD1400
2017 Catherall Travel Bursary, Massey College CAD1000
2016 Catherall Travel Bursary, Massey College CAD1200
2016-2019 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship CAD105,000
2015-2016 Ontario Graduate Scholarship CAD15,000
2015 S.D. Clark Fellowship CAD2000
2015 Outstanding Admissions Award, Department of Sociology CAD3000
2014 Finalist for Ontario Rhodes Scholarship
2013 Finalist for Ontario Rhodes Scholarship
2013 Jacob and Jenny Rosenberg Scholarship CAD3319
2013 ASSU Graduating Student Leadership Award CAD5000
2013 University of Toronto Fellowship CAD10,577
2013 Dennis William Magill Award CAD200
2013 Charles Tilly Award CAD200
2013 William R. Gardner Student Leadership Award CAD750
2013 Provost’s Scholar CAD200
2013 Outstanding Admissions Award, Department of Sociology CAD1000
2012 Buscome Award CAD4000
2012 Rabbi Isserman Prize CAD250
2012 Trinity College Chancellor’s Award CAD300
2012 Dr. Stanley Ho Scholarship CAD3500
2011 Andrea and Charles Bronfman Student Award in Israeli Studies CAD4500
2011 Shannon L Hamm Award in Peace and Conflict Studies CAD800
2011 Trinity College Chancellor’s Award CAD300
2010 Max Weber Award CAD300
2010 Trinity College Chancellor’s Award CAD300
2009-2013 Queen Elizabeth II Reach for the Top Scholarship CAD14,000

Selected publications

Sendroiu, Ioana. 2022. “‘All the old illusions’: On Guessing at Being in Crisis.” Sociological Theory.

Sendroiu, Ioana. 2022. “From reductive to generative crisis: Polysemous Justifications in Making Sense of COVID-19.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology.

Sendroiu, Ioana, Ron Levi and John Hagan. 2021. “The Structure of Legality and Exclusion:  Discrimination, System Avoidance and Legal Cynicism across the European Roma Experience.” Social Forces.

Sendroiu, Ioana, Laura Upenieks and Markus Schafer. 2021. ”The divergent mental health effects of dashed expectations and unfulfilled aspirations: Evidence from American lawyers’ careers.” Social Psychology Quarterly 84 (4).

Upenieks, Laura, Ioana Sendroiu, Ron Levi, and John Hagan. 2021. “Beliefs about Legality and Benefits for Mental Health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 63 (2).

Levi, Ron, Ioana Sendroiu and John Hagan. 2020. “‘America first’ populism, social volatility, and self-reported arrests.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (43): 26703-26709.

Sendroiu, Ioana and Laura Upenieks. 2020. “The Contextual Effect of Trust on Perceived Support: Evidence from Roma and non-Roma in East-Central Europe.” British Journal of Sociology 71 (4): 702-721.

Sendroiu, Ioana. 2019. “Human Rights as Uncertain Performance During the Arab Spring.” Poetics 73: 32-44.

Nelson, Robert, Ioana Sendroiu, Ronit Dinovitzer and Meghan Dawe. 2019. “Perceiving Discrimination: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation in the Legal Workplace.” Law & Social Inquiry 44(4): 1051-82.

Levi, Ron and Ioana Sendroiu. 2019. “Moral Claims and Redress after Atrocity: Economies of Worth across Political Cultures in the Holocaust Swiss Banks Litigation.” Poetics 73: 45-60.

Sendroiu, Ioana and Andreea Mogosanu. 2019. “Does being Roma matter? Ethnic Boundaries and Stigma Spillover in Musical Consumption.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 42 (12): 2047-64.