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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 24, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Lauren Eisler

Dr. Lauren Eisler

Associate Professor, Department of Criminology (on sabbatical until July 2018)

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5746

Academic Background

Ph.D. (2004) University of Saskatchewan (Sociology)

M.A. (1997) University of Saskatchewan

B.A.Hon. (1994) University of Saskatchewan

My academic studies began with studies in commerce with the ultimate goal of attending law school. After being introduced to sociology by a professor passionate about his subject I found myself gravitating towards the discipline. The end result was a Ph.D. in Sociology in the area of crime and deviance. It has been a decision I have never regretted as I have grown more interested and more passionate about the issues I study with time. 

I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2004 and came to Wilfrid Laurier in the same year. I am a founding member of the Criminology program at Laurier Brantford and spent two terms as the Chair of the Department. I have also held the position of Interfaculty Associate Dean: Academic Development reporting to the Vice-President Academic and Provost. I am currently the Dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences (Acting).

Prior to joining Laurier, I was the Program Coordinator for the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program at the University of Saskatchewan. I was also a lecturer in the Sociology program for both Tomas More College and the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.


I am ever-so fortunate to share my life with four wonderful children who have grown up to be adults I admire and who I love to spend time with. Unfortunately, this time is limited as three of my ‘brood’ reside in British Columbia and the fourth in Saskatchewan. Needless to say, I spend as much time as possible either traveling to see them, or bringing them out to see me. I am additionally blessed to spend time with my husband, John, who supports, encourages, and, many times, tolerates me and the demands placed on my time. In our spare time, we enjoy exploring new neighborhoods in Toronto, hanging out at Burlington Beach with our dogs, and hiking anywhere outdoors.

Additional Information

Research Interests / Ongoing Projects

The main focus of my research is on the relationship between institutional control of disadvantaged youth and the public constructions of youth culture as criminogenic.

I am currently working on the 3rd edition of Crime and Criminology: An Introduction for Oxford University Press.

Research / Areas of Expertise:

  • Social Construction of Youth
  • Youth Crime and Justice

  • Criminological Theory

Student Opportunities / Supervising

I have research assistantships opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the area of youth crime and justice. Contact me for more information.

I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of youth crime and justice.

Selected Publications

Sanders, C. B. and Eisler, L. (2015) “The Public Would Rather Watch Hockey: The promises and challenges of doing public criminology within the academy”. Radical Criminology, March 2015.

“Pluralist Theories”, (2014) in C. Brooks and B. Schissel (eds), Marginality and Condemnation: An Introduction to Critical Criminology, 3rd edition.

White, Haines, & Eisler. (2013) Crime and Criminology: An Introduction, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press.