Tom Buchanan



Office: B349J
Linkedin: tom-buchanan-38200b21
Pronouns: (he/him)


2002 Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Cincinnati.
1996 Master of Arts in Sociology, University of Mississippi.
1990 Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Tom Buchanan came to Mount Royal in 2012 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to serve as Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department (2012-2022). He received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 2002. Tom's previous work with underserved, vulnerable, and marginalized children and families heavily influences his sociological interests. His research focuses on examining gender inequalities at work, in organizations, and in families. His research also focuses on student adjustment to the university life stage. In this area, Tom explores helicopter parenting and the university life stage of students experiencing disabilities. Tom enjoys collaborating on research projects with colleagues and students and is a dedicated advocate for students interested in finding sociological work after MRU.

Select Publications

Buchanan, Tom, Adian McFarlane, and Anupam Das. “Examining the family dynamics of the Canadian gender income gap.” SN Social Sciences 1, online April 2021. *Featured research snapshot by the Vanier Institute of the Family.

Buchanan, Tom, Adian McFarlane, and Anupam Das. 2022. “Gendered Perceptions of Workaholism and the Gender Gap in Parenting Time” Families, Relationships and Societies, 11(1):63-81,

Buchanan, Tom, and Jean Wallace. 2020. “Work satisfaction in a rapidly feminized profession: Assessing the intersection of gender, parenting and support resources among veterinary doctors” Sociological Spectrum, 40:116-135.

Buchanan, Tom and Terri LeMoyne. 2020. “Helicopter Parenting and the Moderating Impact of Gender for University Students with ADHD.” International Journal of Disability, Development and Education67:18-27.

Wallace, Jean, and Buchanan, Tom. 2019. “Status Differences in Interpersonal Strain and Job Resources at Work: A Mixed Methods Study of Animal Health Care Providers” International Journal of Conflict Management, 31:287-308.

Buchanan, Tom, and Travis Milnes. 2019. "Pre-Career Perceptions of Gendered Work Performance: The Impact of Same-Gender Referents and Work Experience on Men's Evaluation Bias" Gender Issues, 36:89-112.