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September 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Graduate Faculty

Faculty Member Research Interests
Dr. Robert Ame

Dr. Ame's research interests in human rights include the implementation of international human rights norms in non-western cultures, Transitional Justice, Truth, and Reconciliation Commissions, and children's rights. His work in criminology focuses on the youth justice system in Ghana, sociology of law, crimes against humanity, and restorative justice.

Dr. Dan Antonowicz

His research interests include work on offender rehabilitation, the psychology of crime, and road rage.

Dr. Tony Christensen 

Dr. Christensen's research is focused on understanding how different types of crime are constructed as social problems that require public attention and action. In particular, he is interested in the way scientific knowledge is co-opted by claims-makers to lend authority to these claims. His theoretical interests lie in symbolic interactionism and social constructionism.

Dr. Judy Eaton 

Her primary research interest is the resolution of interpersonal conflict, with a specific focus on apology, forgiveness, and restorative justice. Current research projects, using both quantitative and qualitative methods, include how victims view their involvement in the criminal justice system; the expression of remorse by offenders on death row; and how third parties judge offenders and victims.

Dr. Lauren Eisler 

Her research interests focus on the relationship between institutional control of disadvantaged youth and the public construction of youth culture as criminogenic. Dr. Eisler also studies in the area of theories of crime.

Dr. Thomas Fleming 

His research interests are serial murder, media and crime, murder in Canada, policing of civil disobedience, and the sociology of law and homelessness. Dr. Fleming is a Fellow of MacLachlan College, York University.

Dr. Rebecca Godderis 

Her research is in the areas of gender and sexuality, health and medicine, science and technology studies, psychiatry and mental health, and prison studies. the majority of her research focuses on how discourses of gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced through health and medicine. In criminology, her primary interests are in the intersections between the criminal justice and health systems, prison studies, and the impact of prison on prisoners.

Dr. Stacey Hannem 

Dr. Hannem's primary research interests are in the area of stigma and marginality and her qualitative work focuses on the struggles faced by marginalized populations and families in crisis. Her first book, Stigma Revisited: The Implications of the Mark, edited with Dr. Chris Bruckert, is a collection of Canadian qualitative research on the various impacts of stigma for marginalized groups. She has also done empirical work on families affected by the criminal justice system, sexual offending, restorative justice, and family violence. Dr. Hannem's current research projects examine families dealing with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and the national priorities of Canadian women.

Dr. Nikolai Kovalev 

Dr. Kovalev's research is focused on comparative criminal justice, criminal law, criminal procedure and human rights. He is particularly interested in the evolution of jury trials and reforms in the criminal justice systems of post-Communist transitional countries. Other research projects include the study of jury bias in neo-Nazi skinhead trial and law adjudication in military justice. His current research project concerns the practice of manipulation of juries in Canada and other countries.

Dr. Raymond Izarali 

Dr. Izarali specializes in the areas of globalization, international crime and justice, and human rights theory. His recent work focused on Canada's foreign policy towards Africa; the Bhopal Disaster; contemporary issues and challenges of the Caribbean; and international terrorism, crime, and violence in the Caribbean. Dr. Izarali is also the Director of the Tshepo Institute for the Study of the Contemporary Africa at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dr. Debra Langan 

Dr. Langan's research focuses broadly in the areas of violence in intimate relations (in-person and online), and policing. Previous research focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and community-engaged participatory research on the development and implementation of community protocols to improve criminal justice, medical, and social service responses to violence against women.  

Dr. Jennifer Lavoie 

Dr. Lavoie's primary areas of research focus on mental health and justice, stress and coping, the prediction of violence risk, vulnerable populations (e.g., youth, psychiatric, homeless), and quantitative research methods. Her current research examines mental health, stress, and coping among incarcerated youth in Ontario. She also conducts research investigating connections between social media and justice, such as cyber-stalking and the use of social media by criminal justice players.

Dr. Marcia Oliver 

Dr. Oliver's research interests broadly fall in the areas of international law, development and governance, sexuality & gender, culture & identities, and social inequalities and justice. Her research has focused on the intersections of moral conservatism and neo-liberalism in developmental practices and the various ways development policies are translated through local-level HIV/AIDS prevention and poverty reduction efforts in Uganda. More recently, she has examined transnational anti-gay activism in the context of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill and her current research focuses on the governing practices of international organizations and their partner organizations in the context of a refugee camp in Uganda. 

Dr. Kim P. Roberts 

Dr. Roberts investigates how memories of experienced events become contaminated with information from other sources (e.g., television), and also how children learn from different sources of information (e.g., computers, teachers, books). She regularly advises police officers, social workers, and teachers on how to interview children, and trains 100 police officers a year on how to interview children (at the Ontario Police College). She has received grants from Canada, the USA, the UK, and Australia. Dr. Roberts is also a recipient of the prestigious Premier's Research Excellence Award.

Dr. Carrie B. Sanders 

Dr. Sander's theoretical specialties reside in symbolic interactionism, social constructionism, and science and technology studies. Her substantive areas of interest are in policing, surveillance, social disorganization, and deviant behaviour. Currently, Dr. Sanders is researching: (1) the design and use of police information technologies, (2) the integration of crime analysis and crime mapping in Canada, (3) information technologies, surveillance, and social control, and (4) Social disorganization, collective efficacy, and perceptions of crime.

Dr. Andrew Welsh 

A graduate of the Experimental Law and Psychology Program at Simon Fraser University, my research interests revolve around constructions of crime and justice in the media and popular culture. One aspect of my research program has involved examinations of violence and gender issues in film and television. In the past I have conducted studies examining the nature of violence against women in the horror film genre. Other research interests include (a) social media, crime, and justice issues, (b) Aboriginal justice in Canada, and (c) forensic mental health.