Projet en vedette: Crimes des puissants / Featured Project: Crimes of the Powerful

Les dates limites pour postuler aux programmes de doctorat (10 janvier) et de maîtrise (15 janvier) offerts par le département de criminologie à l'Université d'Ottawa approchent rapidement. Dans le mois suivant, vous trouverez quelques-uns des nombreux exemples de projet de recherche conduits par les professeurs dans chacun de nos dix champs de recherche. L'édition d'aujourd'hui expose le projet de  Christine Gervais dans le champ de recherche «Crimes des puissants».

The application deadlines for the doctoral (January 10) and master’s programs (January 15) offered by the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa are rapidly approaching.  Over the next month you will find a few of the many examples of research projects being led by professors in each of our ten research fields. Today’s edition showcases a project by Christine Gervais within the research field of “Crimes of the Powerful”. 


Crimes of the powerful / Crimes des puissants

  • Gender-based Criminalization and Discrimination Against Women in Religious Institutions (Christine Gervais)

Christine Gervais’ research explores gender-based criminalization and discrimination against women in religious institutions, especially in the Roman Catholic Church.  She employs participant-inclusive qualitative methods involving interviews and field research with current and former Catholic sisters/nuns in the province of Ontario in order to shed light on the Canonical criminalization of women’s ordination and the gendered exclusion of women religious and lay women by the male hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Professor Gervais also examines the patriarchal constructions of the “deviant nun”, sisters’ resourcefulness and resistance against patriarchal control, as well as sisters’ progressive roles at the forefront of feminist and social justice activism, and among imprisoned and victimized populations. Undergraduate students interested in becoming involved in this study can do so through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). Graduates students can also undertake M.A. or Ph.D. level research in this area under Professor Gervais’ supervision.

Professor Christine Gervais is also involved in other research projects:

  • Collateral Consequences to Parents and Families of Young People who Sexually Offend