Dr. Tony Christensen
Assistant Professor, Criminology (on research leave, Fall 2013)
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5918
Office Location: GRH 125
B.A., Sociology, University of Lethbridge (1996 - 2000)
M.A., Sociology, McMaster University (2001 - 2003)
Ph.D., Sociology, McMaster University (2003 - 2010)
I was raised in a variety (7) of villages and towns throughout rural Alberta. My fondest memories of that time are the five years spent in Cardston where the view from my bedroom window was of Chief Mountain.
Upon graduating high school in Slave Lake, I returned to southern Alberta to attend the University of Lethbridge. Arriving as an undeclared major, I was quickly drawn to the discipline of sociology. Of particular interest to me was the idea that much of what we perceive as the "natural order of things" is anything but. Instead, we are all involved in building, maintaining and redefining that "natural order" in even the most mundane daily acts. Our social worlds are the result of an amazing cooperative effort. Everything that we love and despise about our world is a result of the innumerable daily acts we engage in.
From Lethbridge, I moved across the country to Hamilton to do my graduate work at McMaster. There I channeled most of my energies into studying symbolic interactionism, social constructionist theory, qualitative methods, softball and World of Warcraft. Very broadly speaking, I studied how audiences are persuaded to care about a certain social problem or to view an act as criminal.
In 2009 finished my PhD and joined the Contemporary Studies program here at Laurier - Brantford. In 2011, I became a faculty member in the Department of Criminology.
In my spare time I spend time with my family, play softball and catch up on several great PS3 games that I've missed (game of the moment: Mass Effect Trilogy).
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.
CC 300 - Theories of Crime
CC 326 - Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2 sections)
CC 604 - Advanced Criminological Theory (Graduate seminar)