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Sociology of Crime and Law

Professor Joe Hermer on the impact of COVID-19 on the Homeless in Ontario

Professor Joe Hermer has recently co-authored an article in The Conversation discussing the need to protect the homeless during the pandemic. The article warns that police enforcing Ontario’s Safe Streets Act that targets homeless people will put them in danger, not only with the law, but also risk spreading the pandemic. Professor Hermer is an … Read More

Sociology Research Contributes to Lessening the Impact of COVID-19

Many of the Faculty in the Sociology Department have recently adjusted their research to address issues arising as a result of COVID-19 as well as the social distancing and economic shutdown that have been put in place to contain the pandemic. Four sociology faculty members have recently had their projects funded by the Toronto COVID-19 … Read More

Professor Joe Hermer writes on Homelessness in the UK for the Crisis Blog.

Professor Joe Hermer recently published an article entitled, “Thomas Parker and the Tragedy of Vagrancy Law” for the Crisis Blog, an online publication produced by a national charity in the UK that works to reduce homelessness in England, Scotland and Wales. Professor Hermer’s article outlines the history of Britain’s Vagrancy Act of 1935 and its … Read More

PhD student Natália Otto on “‘I Did What I Had to Do’: Loyalty and Sacrifice in Girls’ Narratives of Homicide in Southern Brazil”

Ph.D. student Natália Otto recently published an article, entitled, “‘I Did What I Had to Do’: Loyalty and Sacrifice in Girls’ Narratives of Homicide in Southern Brazil” in The British Journal of Criminology. The article investigates the ways in which women reconcile their gendered identities with the act of killing. Otto sheds light on women’s … Read More

Ph.D. Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron,on “Experiences of Muslim and Non-Muslim battered immigrant women with the police in the United States”

Ph.D. Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron, in collaboration with Professor Nawal Ammar, Professor Shahid Alvi and Jaclyn San Antonio published an article in Violence Against Women, entitled “Experiences of Muslim and Non-Muslim battered immigrant women with the police in the United States: A closer understanding of commonalities and differences.” The article aims to fill the gap in knowledge concerning … Read More

“Syndicate Women”: New Book by Professor Chris Smith

Professor Chris Smith’s newly published book, “Syndicate Women,” illuminates the blind spot created by women’s erasure from organized crime history.  The book details the organizational change around gender and power that occurred in Chicago in the early 1900s, providing an insightful lens for exploring the social processes that these women navigated within the criminal economies … Read More

PhD Candidate Timothy Kang on “The Transition to Adulthood of Contemporary Delinquent Adolescents”

Ph.D. Candidate Timothy Kang published an article in the Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology, entitled, “The Transition to Adulthood of Contemporary Delinquent Adolescents”. The author uses a variety of techniques in order to learn the trajectories delinquent adolescents take during their transition to adulthood, and compares this to that of their non-delinquent peers. He … Read More

PhD Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron on Dating Abuse Against Women in a Cultural Context

PhD Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron published an article in Journal of Interpersonal Violence, entitled “One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Dating Abuse Against Women From the Perspective of South Asian Muslim Youth in Canada.” The article explores dating abuse against women among South Asian Muslim women. The article finds sociocultural variation in the meanings of dating behaviour … Read More

PhD Candidate Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius on ‘The Contribution of Pierre Bourdieu to the Sociology of Punishment’

Ph.D. Candidate Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius recently published an article in “Confluências – Interdisciplinary Journal of Sociology and Law”, a quarterly edition of the Postgraduate Program in Sociology and Law at the Fluminense Federal University. Eduardo is currently in the process of obtaining his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. His research interests are … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah: Canada Should Legalize All Recreational Drugs

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently wrote and published an opinion piece in the University of Toronto Magazine, entitled “Canada Should Legalize All Recreational Drugs.” Professor Owusu-Bempah is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, with teaching responsibilities at the UTM campus. He is also the director of research for Cannabis Amnesty, … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Ron Levi, named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Professor Ron Levi has received the honour of being named a Chevalier in l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. The title is an honour bestowed by the government of France in recognition of those who have made major contributions to French culture and education. France’s oldest civilian decoration, the award was presented to Professor Levi at a … Read More

Congratulations to PhD student Andrea Roman Alfaro, recipient of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Phd student Andrea Roman Alfaro, who recently learned that she was awarded one of the 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships! Vanier Canada Scholarships are among the most prestigious scholarships available to graduate students studying in Canadian institutions. Vanier scholars are chosen based on their academic excellence, research potential and leadership potential and demonstrated … Read More

Ph.D. Candidate Timothy Kang on “Same Routines, Different Effects: Gender, Leisure, and Young Offending”

Ph.D. Candidate Timothy Kang, in collaboration with Professor Julian Tanner and Professor Scot Wortley published a study, entitled, “Same Routines, Different Effects: Gender, Leisure, and Young Offending” in Justice Quarterly. The article aims to clarify the relationship between gender, routine activities, and deviance in order to assess routine activity theory’s ability to explain the apparent gender … Read More

Professor Sida Liu on Robert Schellenberg’s death sentence

Professor Sida Liu co-published an op ed in The Globe and Mail regarding the Chinese court sentencing of Robert Schellenberg, a Canadian, to death for drug trafficking. The article discusses the operation of law in the Chinese context. It comments on both the foreign political motivations regarding the Schellenberg sentence and the political meanings of … Read More

Professor Ashley Rubin examines the evolution of prisons at TEDxMississauga

In a TEDx talk, Professor Ashley Rubin recently discussed the history of prisons, while questioning whether it is time for a new approach to punishment that doesn’t involve incarceration. She explains the difference between jails and prisons, and how the evolution of prisons has involved controversy because of the inhumane nature of long term confinement, … Read More

Congratulations to Meghan Dawe, recipient of the 2019 Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award

Congratulations to Meghan Dawe, who was recently awarded the 2019 Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award. The prize is awarded annually for a paper or dissertation of exceptional merit that deals with a sociological aspect of Canadian Society. Meghan’s dissertation “Stratification in the Canadian Legal Profession: The Role of Social Capital and Social Isolation in … Read More

PhD graduate Kat Kolar on the Legal Regulation of Sex Work

PhD graduate Kat Kolar, in collaboration with Bill McCarthy (UC Davis), Cecelia Benoit (UVic), and Mikael Jansson (UVic), published an article in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. The article explores the legal strategies used to regulate sexual services in various contexts. The authors argue there is a need for a better understanding of … Read More

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani on Rob Ford, Substance Misuse, and the Media

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani, in collaboration with Professor Liam Kennedy (University of Western Ontario), published an article the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The article analyzes how the media reported and framed Rob Ford’s substance misuse scandal. The authors argue that the media coverage reinforced racial stereotypes surrounding crime and contributed to stigma around drug … Read More

Professor Owusu-Bempah discusses carding on “TVO”

Professor Owusu-Bempah participated in a discussion on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paiken regarding the issues of carding. Justice Michael Tulloch recently called for an end to random carding in Ontario, among other recommendations, because it has a minimal role in deterring offenders, or reducing crime. Professor Owusu-Bempah spoke as part of a panel.  He … Read More

Professor Owusu-Bempah discusses cannabis justice measures on “Vice”

Professor Owusu-Bempah discussed cannabis justice measures in a video on VICE. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been charged with cannabis-related offences, and racialized communities have been hit especially hard. In response, Professor Owusu-Bempah explains a three-pronged approach to reparations: cannabis amnesty and expungement of records; inclusion in the list of the cannabis industry; and reinvestment … Read More