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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
October 19, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Marcia Oliver, Assistant Professor, Law & Society

Dr. Marcia Oliver

Assistant Professor, Law and Society; Fellow, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5557

Office Location: RCE 207

Academic Background

BA (University of Windsor); MA (University of Windsor); PhD (York University); Postdoctoral Fellow (York University, CHSRF/CIHR)


After attaining a BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Windsor, I continued my doctoral studies in Sociology at York University. I joined Wilfrid Laurier in 2011 after spending some time as a postdoctoral fellow with the CHSRF/CIHR Chair of Health Services Research at York University. More recently I have been a Visiting PECAN Fellow at the Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) and a Visiting Research Fellow at PEALS at Newcastle University (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK) and the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati, Spain). My research and teaching interests are in the areas of global governance and development, legal and moral regulation, gender and sexuality, and inequality and justice.



Oliver, M. (2013). “Trans/national Sex Politics, Conservative Christianity, and Antigay Activism in Uganda.” Studies in Social Justice. (Forthcoming)

Oliver, M. (2012). “The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: Gendering the Intersections of Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism.” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 14 (2): 226-246.

Langan, D., Oliver, M., and Atkinson, L. (2007). “The Political is Personal: TAs on the Front Lines of the Critical Consciousness Campaign.” Radical Pedagogy, 9 (1). Accessible at:

Ilcan, S., Oliver, M., and O’Connor, D. (2007). “Spaces of Governance: Gender and Public Sector Restructuring in Canada.” Gender, Place and Culture, 14 (1): 75-92.

Ilcan, S., O’Connor, D., and Oliver, M. (2003). “Contract Governance and the Canadian Public Sector.”  Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, 58 (4): 620-643.

Professional Memberships & Distinctions   

2011-Present. TSHEPO, Laurier Brantford.

2011-Present. F-Word Committee, Laurier Brantford.

2011-Present. Canadian Network for Critical Sociology. York Alumni, Toronto.

2012 January – May. Visiting Scholar, School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

2012 April 14 – May 15. Visiting Scholar, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Gipuzkoa, Spain. 

2011 February 14-25. PECANS Visiting Fellowship 2010-2011, AHRC Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

2010 October – April 2011. Postdoctoral Fellow. CHSRF/CIHR Chair of Health Services Research, York University, Toronto, ON. Chair: Dr. Pat Armstrong.

2009-2011. The Centre for Feminist Research, Gender and Public Policy Group, York University, Toronto.

Teaching 2012-2013

Fall 2012: Introduction to Law and Society I (LY 100); Global Justice (CC 306)

Winter 2013: Introduction to Law and Society II (LY 200); Gender, Sexuality, and Law (LY 411)