Prior to appointment at Waterloo, Dr. Zuzanek taught sociology at universities in Czechoslovakia, Sweden, and New York.
His interests in the sociology of leisure, mass culture, fine arts audiences and participants, and life quality among the elderly, are reflected in his four books and about 70 articles and chapters in edited works.
His work has been supported by over 30 grants, mainly from Canadian government agencies involved in the arts, communications, commerce, fitness, international relations, social science research and statistics, and others.
Dr. Zuzanek has been Associate Editor or reviewer for several sociology and leisure journals and has reviewed grant proposals for the Canada Council, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and other agencies.
He has given invited papers throughout the U.S. and Canada and a dozen other countries.
He is still actively publishing (Leisure Studies, Time and Society, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Happiness Studies, Enfances, Familles et Générations).