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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
August 4, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Dr. Tony Christensen

Assistant Professor, Criminology

Contact Information
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5918

Office Location: GRH 125

Academic Background

B.A., Sociology, University of Lethbridge (1996 - 2000)

M.A., Sociology, McMaster University (2001 - 2003)

Ph.D., Sociology, McMaster University (2003 - 2010)

Additional Information

Research Interests

My primary academic interests are in social constructionist and symbolic interactionist theory. I'm particularly interested in how different groups go about convincing the public to view certain acts as criminal or problematic. My research focuses on how scientific rhetoric (which is not always the same thing as scientific evidence) and expert knowledge are used by various groups to build narratives about crime and social problems.

Boundary maintenance and expectation management among forensic identification officers.

Fall 2013 marks the beginning of my latest research project focusing on police Forensic Identification officers. This qualitative research project aims to understand how these officers manage the expectations and, possibly, the misconceptions of their work as they come into contact with civilian lab technicians, police detectives, Crown Attorneys, juries and the general public.

This project marks the first stage in a larger research program examining how the various stakeholders involved criminal investigations use physical evidence to create a narrative of a particular crime that is then presented in the courtroom.


Winter 2014

CC 300 - Theories of Crime

CC 326 - Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2 sections)

CC 604 - Advanced Criminological Theory (Graduate seminar)