I received my PhD in sociology at McMaster University in 2003. Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Faculty of Medicine; University of Toronto (2007-2008).
Using interpretive theories, I research policing and technological change, crime and intelligence analysis, plural policing, police women, and police cultures. I am a qualitative researcher with an active research program. I am presently working on a number of SSHRC funded studies concerning:
Sanders, Carrie (Principle Investigator), Janet Chan and Manny San Pedro (Collaborators) “Technology and Data Science in Policing: Studying the Work of Crime Analysts”, SSHRC Insight Grant (2016 - 2020), $107,375
Chan, J., Bennet-Moses, L., and Sanders, C. (“Field of Intelligence Production” Law Faculty Research Grants, University of New South Wales, Australia, (2016) $15,000 AUS
Langan, Debra and Sanders, Carrie "The Experiences of Women in Red and Blue: Canadian Police Mothers' Experiences of the Organizational, Cultural, and Occupational Contexts of Policing", (2016-2018) SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Lavoie, J., Sanders, C., Schulenberg, J. and Huey, L. "Exploring Police Responses to Citizens in Mental Crisis", (2015 – 2017), SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $56,636
Sanders, Carrie “Bridging the Gap: Studying the Design and Use of Police Technologies”, (2010-14), SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $68,000
I have research assistantships opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in intelligence-led policing and police culture.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of qualitative research, policing, deviance, technology and the law, social problems, surveillance and social control.
Journal Articles (bold denotes student authors)
Sanders, C. B., Weston, C. and Schott, N. (2015) “Police Innovations, ‘Secret Squirrels’ & Accountability: Empirically examining the integration of intelligence-led policing in Canada”. British Journal of Criminology. 55:4, 711-729.
Sanders, C. B., Christensen, A., and Weston, C. (2015). “Discovering crime in a database: ‘Big data’ and the mangle of social problems work”. Constructionist Futures: New Directions in Social Problems Theory, J. Best and D. Loseke (Eds.). Qualitative Sociology Review XI: 2, 180-195.
Agocs, T., Langan, D., and Sanders, C. B. (2015). “Police Mothers At Home: Police Work and Protective Parenting Practices” Gender & Society 29: 2, 265-289.
Sanders, C. B., and Eisler, L. (2015) “Engaging and Debating the Role of Public Criminology”. Radical Criminology
Sanders, C. B. and Eisler, L. (2014) “The Public Would Rather Watch Hockey: The promises and challenges of doing public criminology within the academy”. Radical Criminology 14, 37-66.
Lavoie, J., Eaton, J., Sanders, C. B., and Smith, M. (2014) “All in the Wall”: A Narrative Analysis of Vancouver’s Apology Wall. Symbolic Interaction and New Social Media. Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction 43: 203-222.
Sanders, C. B. (2014) “Need to Know vs. Need to Share: The Intersecting Work of Police, Fire and Paramedics” Information, Communication and Society 17:4, 463-475.
Sanders, C. B. and Henderson, S. (2013) “Integrated Policing and Information Sharing: Functional, Ideological and Organizational Barriers to Police Technologies” Policing and Society an International Journal. 23(2): 243-260.
Sanders, C. B. and Hannem, S. (2013) “Policing the “Risky”: Technology and Surveillance in Everyday Patrol Work. Canadian Review of Sociology 49(4): 389-410.
Eaton, J and Sanders, C. B. (2011) “A little help from our friends: Informal third parties and interpersonal conflict” Personal Relationships 19(4): 623-643.
Sanders, C. B. and Miller, F.A. (2010) “Reframing Norms: Boundary maintenance and partial accommodations in the work of academic technology transfer” Science and Public Policy 37(9): 689-701.
Sanders, C. B. and Cuneo, C. (2010) “Social Reliability in Qualitative Team Research” Sociology 44(2): 325-343.
Refereed Book Chapters
Van den Scott, L, Sanders, C.B. and Puddephatt, A. (2016). “Reconceptualizing Users Through Rich Ethnographic Accounts” in Clark Miller, Urike Felt, Laurel Smith-Doerr, Rayvon Fouche [Eds.] Handbook of Science and Technology Studies 4th Edition MIT Press.
Fetner, T., Stokes, A., and Sanders, C. B. . (2015). "Institution Building and the Religious Right: Lessons from U.S. and Canadian History." Chapter 3 in H. Ramos and K.Rodgers (Eds.), A Social Movement Society? Possibilities and Realities. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.
Sanders, C. and Howells, S (2015). “Coding” Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology 2nd Edition, (Ed.) George Ritzer.
Sanders, C. B. and Miller F.A. (2013). “Partial Accommodations and Boundary Maintenance: The work of academic technology transfer in Canada”. Science and Public Policy 37(9): 689-701. Reprinted in A. Clarke and K. Charmaz (Eds.), Grounded Theory and Situational Analysis. Sage Publications.
Miller, F.A., French, M., Sanders, C. B., Lehoux, P. (2012). “A inovação em saúde é diferente? Transferência acadêmica de tecnologia para pesquisa em saúde no Canadá”. In L.O.M. Andrade, H.P. Silva, C.A.G. Gadelha, L. Costa, L.E.P. Souza. (Eds.), Conhecimento e inovação em saúde: experiências do Brasil e do Canadá (pp.277-306). Campinas: Saberes Editora.
Fetner, T. and Sanders, C. B. (2012). “Similar Strategies, Different Outcomes: Institutional Histories of the Christian Right of Canada and of the United States.” In G. Maney, R. Kutz-Flamembaum, D. Rohlinger, and J. Goodwin (Eds.), Strategies in Social Change (pp. 245-262). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
Fetner, T. and Sanders, C. B. (2011). “The Pro-Family Movement in Canada and the United States: Institutional Histories and Barriers to Diffusion.” in D. Rayside and C. Wilcox, (Eds.), Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States (pp. 87-100). Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.
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