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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 21, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Stacey Hannem

Associate Professor and Criminology Chair

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5785

Office Location: Grand River Hall #122

Academic Background

SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa, 2009
PhD (Sociology), Carleton University, 2008
MA (Criminology), University of Ottawa, 2003
B.Soc.Sci (Criminology/Sociology), University of Ottawa, 2001


I spent my childhood and youth living in small towns across Canada, from Alberta to PEI and everywhere in between. After graduating from high school in Saskatchewan, I moved to the Nation's Capital to pursue my university education, with the goal of becoming a criminal lawyer. Somewhere between first and third year, I fell in love with the discipline of criminology and found my niche in researching and writing about the social justice issues that I am most passionate about. For this, I am indebted to Professors Michael Petrunik and Bob Gaucher at the University of Ottawa who, each in their own way, inspired me to be a better scholar. Instead of law school, I decided to pursue graduate studies, eventually resulting in a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University. 

I joined the faculty of Laurier Brantford in 2009, following the completion of a term as a SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. My doctoral research focused on the difficulties faced by the families of incarcerated men in Canada. Since coming to Wilfrid Laurier I have been involved in various and ongoing research in the areas of verbal violence in families, community reintegration following conviction for sexual offending, and the national priorities of Canadian women. I am a primarily qualitative researcher with a strong interest in classical and contemporary social theory and theories of stigma, in particular. Since 2008, I have also acted as chair of the Policy Review Committee for the Canadian Criminal Justice Association and I am passionate about contributing to the improvement of the Canadian Criminal Justice system. 

I very much enjoy teaching and meeting with students and am happy to discuss any of my research interests, or general career and research areas in criminology.

In my spare time I enjoy reading novels, yoga, good coffee, and spending time with my partner, Chris, and our sons, Jonathan, Samuel, and Matthew.

Additional Information

Current Research:

Family-Victim Needs, Characteristics & Experiences (with Canadian Families and Corrections Network): Study of victim service response to individuals who have been the victims of crime committed by a member of their own family.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the Criminal Justice System: Examining the life-histories of individuals who have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to identify the psycho-social factors that contribute to their involvement with the criminal justice system; identifying difficulties with the systemic response to FASD and factors that may insulate individuals with FASD from involvement in risky and criminal behaviour.

Selected Publications:

Hannem, Stacey (2014). "Grappling with Reflexivity and the Role of Emotion in Criminological Analysis." P. 267-285 in J.M. Kilty, M. Felices-Luna & S.C. Fabian (eds.), Demarginalizing Voices: Commitment, Emotion, and Action in Qualitative Research. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Hannem, Stacey, Debra Langan & Catherine Stewart (accepted, forthcoming). "Every couple has their fights...: Stigma and Subjective Narratives of Verbal Violence." Deviant Behavior.

Debra Langan, Stacey Hannem & Catherine Stewart (2014).  "Deconstructing Accounts of Intimate Partner Violence: Doing Interviews, Identities, and NeoLiberalism." Applied Linguistics, 1-14.

Hannem, Stacey & Louise Leonardi (2014). Family Victim Research: Needs and Characteristics. Final Report to Public Safety Canada. Canadian Families and Corrections Network.

Hannem, Stacey & Chris Bruckert (eds.) (2012). Stigma Revisited: Implications of the Mark. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press

Sanders, Carrie and Stacey Hannem (2012). "Policing the Risky: Technology and Surveillance in Everyday Patrol Work." Canadian Review of Sociology, 49(4): 389-410.

Hannem, Stacey (2011). "Experiences in Reconciling Risk Management and Restorative Justice: How Circles of Support and Accountability Work Restoratively in the Risk Society." International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 57(3): 269-288. 

Hannem, Stacey (2010). "Stigma, Marginality, Gender and the Families of Male Prisoners in Canada." In A. Doyle & D. Moore (eds.) Critical Criminology in Canada: New Voices, New Directions. University of British Columbia Press.

Hannem, Stacey and Michael Petrunik (2007). "Circles of Support and Accountability: A Community Justice Initiative for the Reintegration of High-Risk Sex Offenders." Contemporary Justice Review, 10(2): 153-171.

Hannem, Stacey and Michael Petrunik (2004). "Canada's Circles of Support and Accountability: A Community Justice Initiative for High-Risk Sex Offenders." Corrections Today, 66(7): 98-101.

Bruckert, Chris and Stacey Hannem (2013). "Rethinking the Prostitution Debates: Transcending Structural Stigma in Systemic Responses to Sex Work." Canadian Journal of Law and Society 28(1):43-63.

Bruckert, Chris and Stacey Hannem (2013). "To Serve and Protect? Social Profiling and Police Abuse of Power in Ottawa." In E. Van der Meulen, E.M. Durisin, and V. Love (eds.), Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy and Research on Sex Work in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.