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Sociology of Crime and Law

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

Professor Gail Super discusses the ‘blurry’ space between policing and collective punishment in South Africa in “U of T News”

Professor Gail Super was featured in U of T News for her research in the ‘blurry’ space between policing and collective punishment in South Africa. After receiving a SSHRC Insight Development Grant in 2018, Professor Super has been attempting to untangle complex factors affecting the landscape of law and justice in South Africa, such as … Read More

Professor Sida Liu breaks down legal challenges for two detained Canadians in China on CBC

Professor Sida Liu spoke on CBC News about the legal challenges that two Canadians detained in China could face, as Canada pushes for their release. The Canadians are currently in Chinese custody for allegedly retaliating the arrest of a top Chinese executive, Meng Wanzhou, in British Columbia. Professor Liu explains how, legally speaking, there is … Read More

Professor Gail Super SSHRC-funded research studies “precarious penality on the periphery” – a study on crime and punishment in South Africa’s informal settlements

Professor Super’s study of crime prevention and punishment in informal (shack) settlements in South Africa seeks to shed light on the overlaps between lawful community-based crime prevention initiatives and unlawful forms of non-state punishment. The objectives of her research include researching the blurred boundaries between law, legitimacy and violence on the margins of the state; … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee Discusses Canadian Gun Control on “The Annex”

Professor Jooyoung Lee was interviewed on The Annex, an American academic sociology podcast, to discuss gun control. Speaking to a largely US-based sociology audience, Professor Lee discussed the gun violence policy debate in Canada. In comparison to the United States, Canada remains a relatively safe place. Nonetheless, as rates of violence have gone up in … Read More

Professor Jerry Flores op ed in TheConversation.ca speaks to the Cyntoia Brown sentencing and incarceration of disadvantaged women

Professor Jerry Flores recently updated his published article in The Conversation Canada, “Cyntoia Brown needs support, not 51 years in prison,” to address her recently granted clemency. It is now entitled “Clemency for Cyntoia Brown was long overdue,” where Professor Flores discusses the surprising and welcome development of the case of a teenager who was convicted … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee writes in Vice on healthcare workers and gun violence

Professor Jooyoung Lee recently published an article in VICE entitled “Doctors and Emergency Workers Tell Us About the Toll of Treating Gunshot Victims.” After a tweet from the NRA criticized doctors for speaking out in favour of gun control, doctors and Emergency workers responded by tweeting about the gunshot victims they see in their working … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee interviewed on The Social, “Does Canada need better gun control?”

Professor Jooyoung Lee has recently been featured on a segment for The Social talking about the long-term health care needs of gunshot victims in the US and Canada; and the efficacy of common sense gun laws. The Social is a television program produced by Bell Media Studios that describes itself as bringing “a fresh, daily … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah “Canada Should Legalize All Recreational Drugs?”

The University of Toronto Magazine recently published a debate in its Opinion pages regarding the merits of legalizing all drugs in Canada. Sociology Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah presented the case in favour of legalization. He wrote in opposition to Professor Robert Mann, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, who argued that the potential harm … Read More

New UTM Sociology Professor Susila Gurusami profiled on UTM VP Research page

The UTM Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean has recently profiled Professor Susila Gurusami  as part of their #MeetTheNewProfs series. Professor Gurusami joined the department this fall after completing her doctorate at UCLA and a Chanceller’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Gurusami conducts research that focuses on gender, race, punishment … Read More

The UTM Office of Vice-Principal profiles Professor Gail Super

As part of their series, #MeetTheNewProfs, the UTM Office of the Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean has posted a profile of Professor Gail Super on their website. Professor Gail Super joined the faculty at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in 2017. Her research focuses on the  sociology of punishment, … Read More

Professor Owusu-Bempah talks about the need for social change following cannabis legalization

In October, 2018, Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah presented a a TEDx talk as part of the TEDx Mississauga series. His talk, The Untapped Promise of Cannabis Legalization, discusses the people who have been most impacted by drug (particularly cannabis) prohibition, and explains how the economic benefits of legalization can be used to promote positive social change. One of … Read More

Professor Candace Kruttschnitt named a juror for the Stockholm Prize in Criminology

Professor Candace Kruttschnitt has recently been selected to serve as a member of the International Jury of the Stockholm Prize Criminology. As a member of the jury, Professor Kruttschnitt will be one of the eleven jurors to select the recipient of the annual Stockholm Prize. She will be invited to attend the annual meeting of … Read More

“What a widely attacked experiment got right on the harmful effects of prison”-Professor Ashely Rubin Writes Article for The Conversation Canada

Professor Ashley Rubin has written an article for The Conversation Canada asking whether the critiques of the Stanford Prison experiment are missing the mark. According to Rubin, while the Stanford Prison Experiment has been widely criticized for its research design and execution, it effectively illustrates the harmful effects prisons have on both prisoners and prison … Read More