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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
September 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Graduate Students

Below is a list of our current M.A. students for the academic years:

Student Biography Teaching Assistant for:
Rachel Burnet

I completed my undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University in Criminology, Spring 2011.  My research interests include penology, community reintegration for offenders and social constructions of paedophiles. My thesis is an exploratory study involving two different Community Residential facilities (CRF). The purpose of my research is to examine the types of reintegrative practices used within these CRFs, in order to identify which practices are successful and which are not as successful.

Zoey Jones

I grew up in London, Ontario, and received my B.A. (Honour's Specialization) in Criminology from King's University College, an affiliate of Western Ontario. After completing my degree in 2011, I moved to Brantford to begin my M.A. in Criminology at Laurier. My thesis, currently titled "Purchasing Sex and Negotiating Morality: An Exploratory Study of Sex Industry Clients and Stigma", is a qualitative research project focused on investigating the lived experiences of the clients of sex workers.

Samantha Kolpin

I graduated in Spring 2011 with an Honour's B.A. in Sociology and the Sociology of Law, Crime, and Deviance from Brescia College at the University of Western Ontario. My research interests are youth crime and women's involvement in crime and adolescent pregnancy. Outside of school, my interests include cooking/baking, fitness, blogging, and the Food Network. 

Serge Lokshin

I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and completed my B.A. in Criminology at York University.  My research interests within the criminological field include: comparative juvenile justice, models of crime control and their function, organized crime, as well as the dynamics of crimes of globalization and the growing impact of environmental crimes ("green criminology"). My M.A. thesis is a comparative analysis of juvenile justice and trial proceedings, examining professional attitudes and the role of courts in Canada and Russia in the processing of young offenders.

Carla Lopez I graduated with a BA in Political Science from Laurier's Waterloo campus and completed my Honours BA in Law & Society at Laurier's Brantford campus. I was awarded the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Scholarship, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award (OGS) and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC). My research interests include international law, Aboriginal justice and perceptions in Canada, global governance, popular culture and the media, understanding social phenomenons from a social constructionist perspective, understanding the effects of social disorganization and collective efficacy. I am able to speak, read, and write Spanish, English and French.
Nicole Schott  

I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, and I completed my Honours B.A. in Criminology and Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier Brantford in 2012. I was awarded the Deanís Gold Medal, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award (OGS) and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC). I am joining an existing research project led by Dr. Jennifer Lavoie that examines coping, health, and negative safety outcomes in the first month of incarceration among youth. My research question will investigate the nature of self-stigma within an incarcerated youth sample and will evaluate potential gender differences.

Daniel Smith

Matthew Smith

Justin Szeto

I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and completed my B.A. at Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford in 2012.  My research interests includes policing, policing technologies, intelligence led policing, and diversity.

Derek Weeden

I grew up in Brantford and attended the Brantford campus of Wilfrid Laurier University (Honour's B.A., Criminology). My research interests include crimes of globalization, terrorism, and public perceptions of crime. My M.A. thesis, Investigating Perceptions of Crime and Safety on a University Campus, will examine the potential mediating effect of social capital on perceptions of social disorder and crime/safety on a downtown campus.

 Timothy Wykes

I received my B.A. (Honour's) in Criminology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario, in 2010. My research interests include coercive interrogation tactics, eyewitness testimony, and youth justice.