Kathryn Campbell publishes a new book on miscarriages of justice


Kathryn Campbell (Associate Professor) published a new book titled Miscarriages of Justice in Canada: Causes, Responses, Remedies at University of Toronto Press (UTP). According to UTP, the book "offers an extensive overview of wrongful convictions, bringing together current sociological, criminological, and legal research, as well as current case-law examples. For the first time, information on all known and suspected cases of wrongful conviction in Canada is included and interspersed with discussions of how wrongful convictions happen, how existing remedies to rectify them are inadequate, and how those who have been victimized by these errors are rarely compensated." In her latest book, "Campbell reveals that the causes of wrongful convictions are, in fact, avoidable, and that those in the criminal justice system must exercise greater vigilance and openness to the possibility of error if the problem of wrongful conviction is to be resolved."

Le CRSH octroie des subventions de recherche aux professeurs Bruckert, Lehalle et Moffette / SSHRC awards research grants to professors Bruckert, Lehalle and Moffette


Le Département de criminologie est fier d'annoncer que le Conseil de recherche en science humaines (CRSH) a octroyé des subventions pour les projets de recherche ci-dessous. 


The Department of Criminology is pleased to announce that the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded grants to support the research projects below.

Félicitations! Congratulations!

Congratulations to Chris Bruckert! Winner of the Angus Reid Practitioners / Applied Sociology Award

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Chris Bruckert (Full Professor) was awarded the prestigious Angus Reid Practitioners / Applied Sociology Award from the Canadian Sociological Association. Her unanimous selection for the prize reflects the fact that "Her contribution to Sociology and the applied component of the disciplinary has been exceptional". The selection committee highlighted how "Chris endeavors to put the principles of committed scholarship into practice and is active in the sex worker rights movement. Her engagement includes being an extremely active member of POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate and Resist) Ottawa's first by-and-for sex worker rights group". Congratulations Chris! This award is well-deserved. 

Professor Bittle co-edits new book exploring the life and legacy of crimes of the powerful scholar Frank Pearce


Professor Steven Bittle (Associate Professor), along with Laureen Snider (Queen's University), Steve Tombs (Open University) and David Whyte (University of Liverpool) are co-editors of "Revisiting Crimes of the Powerful: Marxism, Crime and Deviance" (CRC Press, 2018). The book explores the contributions of Frank Pearce, "who was the first scholar to use the term 'crimes of the powerful.' His ground-breaking book of the same name provided insightful critiques of liberal orthodox criminology, particularly in relation to labelling theory and symbolic interactionism, while making important contributions to Marxist understandings of the complex relations between crime, law and the state in the reproduction of the capitalist social order. Historically, crimes of the powerful were largely neglected in crime and deviance studies, but there is now an important and growing body of work addressing this gap. This book brings together leading international scholars to discuss the legacy of Frank Pearce’s book and his work in this area, demonstrating the invaluable contributions a critical Marxist framework brings to studies of corporate and state crimes, nationally, internationally and on a global scale". Our own Jon Frauley (Associate Professor), who completed his doctoral studies under the supervision of Frank Pearce at Queen's University, was among the many scholars who contributed a chapter to the edited volume. 

Professor Bruckert co-edits new collection on sex work after the 2013 Bedford Supreme Court of Canada ruling

Professor Chris Bruckert (Full Professor), along with Elya Durisin and Emily van der Meulen (Ryerson University), have co-edited "Red Light Labour: Sex Work, Regulation, Agency, and Resistance" (UBC Press, 2018). The book, which will be available this September, explores "Canada’s new legal regime regulating sex work with an advanced analysis of past and present policy approaches, and considers the ways in which laws and those who uphold them have constructed, controlled, and criminalized sex workers, their workspaces, colleagues, and clients. This groundbreaking collection also offers nuanced interpretations of various forms of commercial sexual labour that foreground the personal perspectives of workers and activists. The contributors highlight sex workers’ struggles for civic and social inclusion by considering their tactics, successes, and challenges as they work collaboratively and build alliances with diverse social movements". The edited volume includes chapters by Steven Bittle (Associate Professor), as well as MA program alumni Menaka Raguparan (PhD Candidate, Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University) and Stacey Hannem (Associate Professor and Chair, Criminology, Wilfrid Laurier University). 


The impact of data surveillance: Dillon Black speaking at the Feminist Learning Series

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Dillon Black (PhD student) will be speaking at the Sexual Assault Network's Feminist Learning Series. Dillon's talk is titled “The Impacts of Data Surveillance”.  It will be happening on June 25th from 9:00am-12:00pm at the City of Ottawa Archives (Tallwood).  A brief agenda is below. The event is FREE and you can register using this link.

9:00-9:20 (Refreshments & Registration)
9:20-9:30 (Introductions)
9:30-10:30 (Speaker: Dillon Black)
10:30-12:00 (Networking and SAN meeting)

David Moffette publishes a short piece in Border Criminologies

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David Moffette (Assistant Professor) published a piece titled "Dispersal Policing as Borderwork in Barcelona" in Border Criminologies, a blog of the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University. The piece is part of a special series on The Changing Dynamics of Transnational Borders and Boundaries that was produced following a session at the International Law & Society Conference in Mexico City in 2017.

New Canadian criminology journal / Nouvelle revue canadienne de criminologie

Kathryn Campbell (Associate Professor) and Vicki Chartrand (Adjunct Professor in our department, and Associate Professor at Bishop's) are on the advisory board of the new Canadian Journal of Criminal Justice. 

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Kathryn Campbell (Professeure agrégée) et Vicki Chartrand (Professeure auxiliaire dans notre département et professeure agrégée à l'Université Bishop's) sont membres du conseil consultatif du la nouvelle Revue canadienne de justice pénale.

Élianne Hall: Professeure à temps partiel de l'année! Part Time Professor of the year!

Professeure Élianne Hall a été nommée Professeure à temps partiel de l'année (2018) par la la Faculté des sciences sociales. En tant que professionnelle qui apporte un point de vue unique à l'enseignement grâce à son travail d'enquêteuse en droits de la personne (auparavant conseillère en matière de crise), la professeure Hall illustre bien la façon dont les professeurs à temps partiel ajoutent à la diversité des points de vue communiqué aux étudiants de notre programme. Félicitations Élianne!

Professor Élianne Hall has been named Part-time Professor of the Year (2018) at the Faculty of Social Sciences. As a professional who brings a unique perspective to teaching through her work as a human rights investigator (formerly a crisis counsellor), Professor Hall is a good example of how part-time faculty members add to the diversity of points of view communicated to the students of our program.Congratulations Élianne!

David Moffette and Nevena Aksin publish an article on R. v Appulonappa

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David Moffette (Assistant Professor) and Nevena Aksin (recent MA graduate) published an article titled "Fighting Human Smuggling or Criminalizing Refugees? Regimes of Justification in and around R v Appulonappa" in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society. As the authors explain, "following the arrival of the MV Ocean Lady in 2009, four men were charged with human smuggling under s. 117 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for having helped Sri Lankan asylum seekers reach Canada." They explain that "the case made its way to the Supreme Court and, in 2015, the court ruled in R v Appulonappa that s. 117 was too broad, potentially criminalizing humanitarian workers and family members who help transport asylum seekers". In this article, the authors "draw from pragmatic sociology to study the regimes of justification mobilized by various actors involved in, and around, R v Appulonappa, [focusing] on two sites of contestation that crystalized around divergent conceptions of fairness and safety, [and] discussing how competing regimes of justification were used to advance stakeholder’s positions."

Nouvel article de Bastien Quirion dans Criminologie

Bastien Quirion (Professeur agrégé) vient de faire paraître un nouvel article intitulé "Un demi-siècle d’intervention en criminologie. Approche critique et enjeux actuels autour de la création de l’Ordre professionnel des criminologues du Québec" dans le numéro spécial célébrant le 50e anniversaire de la revue Criminologie. Tel que l'indique le résumé, l'article "s’inspir[e] de l’analyse des articles de la revue qui ont traité de la question de l’intervention en criminologie et du contexte de la création récente d’un ordre professionnel des criminologues au Québec, [et] propose une réflexion approfondie autour de l’apport de la criminologie critique à une intervention qui soit à la fois humaniste et réflexive."




From the Ground Up: Building a Sanctuary City Together

David Moffette (Assistant Professor) and his colleagues from the Ottawa Sanctuary City Network are organizing a day of workshops focused on developing skills to build a city that is accessible to all, regardless of immigration status.  See invitation below:

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Photo Credit: Ben Powless


Jack Purcell Community Centre, Saturday May 26, 9am to 4pm

320 Jack Purcell Ln, Corner of Elgin St.  * The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

Every day we witness the fallout of the global crisis of displacement. And we see how governments too often fail to act - or act to make matters worse. Federal immigration laws continue to limit access to status and force people to make life-threatening decisions to seek safety. Ottawa City Council refused to pass a sanctuary city policy, and cities that have policies on paper continue to fail people with precarious immigration status. It's clear that the work of building inclusive and safe communities for all must begin with us. 

We believe that we have the knowledge and the power to do this. In Ottawa and across Canada, organizers, community members and front line service providers have been building safer communities through creative strategies developed from the ground up. Let's bring our collective skills and experience together to build a sanctuary city from below.

Join us for a day of discussion, learning, and strategizing about:
- Critical Casework: Protecting privacy and access to services
- Border Crossings: Supporting failed asylum seekers
- Building a Culture of Access for All
- Impacts of Policing and Criminalization

Special guests include:
- Ingrid Mendez, Sanctuary Health, Vancouver
- Serge Bouchereau, Comité d'action des personnes sans statut (CAPSS), Montréal
- Dillon Black, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)
- Jamie Liew, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
- Organizers from Overdose Prevention Ottawa
- Lydia Dobson, Criminalization and Punishment Education Project

Please register to help us plan for meals, childcare and other needs.

uOttawa CRM graduate Cherie Wong is running for MPP in Ottawa-Centre and says #NOPE to jail expansion

Last summer, Cherie Wong graduated with a double honours degree in Criminology and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. As we inch closer to the summer this year, Cherie is running as the Green Party of Ontario candidate to represent Ottawa-Centre in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.

Last night, #NOPE / No Ottawa Prison Expansion members, including volunteers from the uOttawa and Carleton University based Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, made their presence felt at the Ottawa-Centre all-candidates meeting. Posting signs in front of the Glebe Community Centre, and distributing flyers to and chatting with local residents about the problems with building a new and bigger jail in Ottawa, the group also put a question to the candidates.

Click here to watch how Cherie put her criminological knowledge to use in her response, where she made it clear that Ontario should be building communities, not bigger jails. Way to go Cherie!

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About Cherie Wong:

Cherie Wong is proud to represent Ottawa-Centre in the upcoming provincial election. As a queer young woman of colour in politics, Cherie seeks to engage socially marginalized groups in this upcoming Ontario election!

Cherie graduated from the University of Ottawa in July 2017, with double honours in Criminology and Psychology. As she began her degree, Cherie began her political involvement volunteering for Elizabeth May in the House of Commons.

Cherie has been an active participant in her community and Canadian politics. Among with other youths, Cherie led the team to organize 2017 People’s Climate March in Ottawa. During her time at uOttawa, Cherie was an active volunteer in student community, she was elected to the uOttawa’s residence association, and volunteered as English tutor and foot patroller.

As part of her engagement in youth politics, Cherie is sitting her second term with the Young Greens of Canada as Co-Chair, and serving as Youth Policy Critic of the GPC. Cherie’s commitment and passion had led her to becoming a key leader figure in the Young Greens movement in Canada.


* Source: Green Party of Ontario, 2018

Soutenance de thèse de doctorat 7 juin | Patrick Savoie | Doctoral thesis defence June 7

Annonce - Soutenance de thèse de doctorat

La soutenance de thèse de doctorat de Monsieur Patrick Savoie (candidat au doctorat du Département de criminologie).

Aura lieu le jeudi 7 juin 2018 à 14h30 au FSS 5028

Titre de la thèse: 

Une criminologie pragmatique de la vie privée: Articulations d'hybrides dans l'espace numérique relationnel. 

Directeur de thèse :

Martin Dufresne

Examinateur externe:

Stéphane Leman-Langlois (Université Laval)

Examinateurs internes:

Françoise Vanhamme
Justin Piché
Daniel Amyot (Faculté de Génie, uOttawa) 


Président du jury:

Louise Bouchard (Écoles d'études sociologiques et anthropologiques) 

Soutenance de thèse de doctorat 13 juin | Patrick Laurin | Doctoral thesis defence June 13

Annonce - Soutenance de thèse de doctorat

La soutenance de thèse de doctorat de Monsieur Patrick Laurin (candidat au doctorat du Département de criminologie).

Aura lieu le mercredi 13 juin 2018 à 13h30 au 129 Louis-Pasteur (pièce 286).

Titre de la thèse: 

Dompter le futur au 20e siècle : Discours politiques canadiens sur la gouvernance de la sécurité publique.

Directeur de thèse :

Jean-François Cauchie

Examinateur externe:

Stéphane Leman-Langlois (Université Laval)

Examinateurs internes:

Michael Kempa
David Mofette
Samuel Tanner (Université de Montréal)

Président du jury:

André Tremblay (Écoles d'études sociologiques et anthropologiques) 

Baljit Nagra publishes a new article in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 

Baljit Nagra publishes a new article titled "Cultural Explanations of Patriarchy, Race, and Everyday Lives: Marginalizing and “Othering” Muslim Women in Canada" in the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 

This is abstract for the article :

The image of the “oppressed” Muslim woman is one that has become deeply entrenched in Canadian society. It is fuelled not only by the over decade-long “War on Terror”, but also by the increasing use of cultural explanations of patriarchy, which posit gender inequalities in Muslim communities as simply being a result of Muslim cultures and religion. While scholars have cited the problems of such an approach, the impact of these representations on Muslim women’s everyday lives and their access to important social institutions has not been extensively studied. In a bid to fill this gap, this study draws on 56 in-depth interviews with Canadian Muslim women to illustrate how misperceptions of Muslim women as oppressed and passive victims of their culture and communities works to marginalize and increasingly “other” them in mainstream Canadian society.

The article can be found here.


Jean-Denis David est le récipiendaire du prix d’études supérieures Tadeusz Grygier! / Jean-Denis David awarded the Tadeusz Grygier Graduate Prize!

Jean-Denis David est le récipiendaire du prix d’études supérieures Tadeusz Grygier!

Toutes nos félicitations à Jean-Denis David qui est le récipiendaire du Prix d’études supérieures Tadeusz Grygier ($2000 CAD) en tant qu’étudiant avec le meilleur rendement scolaire dans le programme de maîtrise au département de criminologie, et ayant débuté la rédaction de thèse. Sa thèse de maîtrise était soutenue par une bourse d’études supérieures du Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier du Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada. En automne 2018, Jean-Denis entamera ses études doctorales en sociologie à l’université de McGill. 

Le Prix Tadeusz-Grygier a été créé par le Département de criminologie en l’honneur et à la mémoire du professeur Tadeusz Grygier, éminent érudit, marin et fondateur du Département. M. Grygier a établi le Département de criminologie avec des programmes interdisciplinaires, signe de sa passion pour la recherche universitaire et l’application de connaissances en criminologie prenant appui sur la science. L’un des pionniers de la criminologie au Canada, il a révolutionné la recherche en psychologie et en criminologie et a contribué pour beaucoup à l’établissement du concept de justice réparatrice au Canada. Son expérience de vie, plus que les livres, a fait de lui un ardent défenseur de la justice fondamentale, souple et humaniste.

Jean-Denis David awarded the Tadeusz Grygier Graduate Prize!

Our congratulations to Jean-Denis David for being awarded the Tadeusz Grygier Graduate Prize ($2000 CAD) for having the highest academic standing in the Master’s program in Criminology, and for entering the phase of writing of his thesis. His MA thesis was supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In Fall 2018, Jean-Denis will be beginning his PhD studies in Sociology at McGill University. 

The Tadeusz Grygier Founder’s Prize was established at the Department of Criminology in honour and memory of Dr. Tadeusz Grygier, an eminent erudite scholar/sailor and founder of the Department. The late Professor Grygier established the department with interdisciplinary programs, reflecting his passion for both academic research and the practical application of science-based criminological knowledge. He was one of the pioneers in criminology in Canada, with innovative contributions to psychological and criminological research, and instrumental in introducing the concept of restorative justice in Canada. Life experience, even more than books, made him an advocate of a fair, flexible and humanist justice.

Professor Piché co-authors an op-ed on community-based alternatives to jail expansion

Justin Piché (Associate Professor, Criminology, uOttawa) and Aaron Doyle (Chair, Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University), who are founding members of the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project (CPEP), co-authored an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen today. Entitled "There are many alternatives to a bigger jail in Ottawa", the piece quotes several local leaders, organizers and researchers who propose community investments as an alternative to building a 725-bed facility to replace the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.  


The op-ed follows a demonstration held on April 27 as part of the #NOPE / No Ottawa Prison Expansion campaign initiated by CPEP and other local groups calling for more community care and services instead of imprisonment. Click on the links below to view and read media coverage of the event. 

CBC News Ottawa:
Demonstrators protest plan to build bigger Ottawa jail
Invest in programs, not bigger jail, says former inmate"

CBC Radio Ottawa (All In A Day):
OCDC Protest

CTV News Ottawa:
Protest over plans for new Ottawa jail

Ottawa Citizen:
Protesters want better community support, not bigger jail
“Ottawa’s new jail ‘an innovation platform’ to transform corrections, minister promises

Radio-Canada Ottawa-Gatineau:
Une manifestation contre la construction d’une nouvelle prison à Ottawa