Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Sociology from York University, my MA in Sociology from the University of Windsor, and my BA in Psychology from Carleton University.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. Before completing my doctorate, I worked for six years as a Probation Officer and a Correctional Centre Caseworker in Alberta.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My current research projects focus on women in policing (“police mothers”), police cultures, gendered violence, and security networks. My past projects centered on families and intimate relations and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Critical theorizing, discourse analysis, and other qualitative methodologies guide my research.
Awards and Achievements
Merit Award, Wilfrid Laurier University (2015).
The University-Wide Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty, Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning, York University (2008).
Merit Award, York University (2005).
The John O’Neill Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Sociology, York University (2001).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I employ fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students as Research Assistants for my projects from my fourth-year advanced criminological theories courses, and my MA courses in qualitative methodologies and research and professionalization. I am a member of the Graduate Program in Criminology, and I enjoy the roles of supervisor or committee member for Master of Arts theses.
Chapters in Books
Oliver, Marcia, Rebecca Godderis, and Debra Langan. 2020. Alternative Practices and Politics of Care: Women Students’ Experiences of Rape Culture and Sexualized Violence on Campus. Violence Interrupted: Confronting Sexual Violence on University Campuses, ed. Diane Crocker, Joanne Minaker, and Amanda Nelund. McGill-Queen’s University Press. Montreal.
Sanders, Carrie, Debra Langan, Katy Rozad & Taylor Knipe. 2019. Nodal Governance and Technologies of Control: One Approach to Risk Mitigation in Ontario. (Chapter 4) in Security and Risk Technologies in Criminal Justice: Critical Perspectives, ed. Stacey Hannem, Carrie B. Sanders, Christopher J. Schneider, Aaron Doyle, and Tony Christensen (110-137). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
Langan, Debra and Mavis Morton. 2014. “Reflecting on Community/Academic 'Collaboration': The Challenge of /Doing/ Feminist Participatory Action Research.” (invited) (Chapter 2) in Corridor Talk: Canadian Feminist Scholars Share Stories of Research Partnerships, ed. Rachel Berman, 17-38. Toronto: Inanna Publications. (This chapter was originally published in 2009 in Action Research, 7:2 (June): 165-184).
Langan, Debra. 2012. “Mothering in the Middle and Self Care: Just One More Thing To Do.” (Chapter 14) in Mediating Moms: Mothering in Popular Culture, ed. Liz Podnieks, 268-283. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (This book was awarded the Outstanding Scholarship Prize [2012-2013] by the Women’s and Gender Studies Association, part of Canada’s Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences).
Langan, Debra and Deborah Davidson. 2010. “Rethinking Intimate Questions: Intimacy as Discourse.” (invited) (Chapter 2) in Canadian Families: Diversity, Conflict and Change (Fourth Edition), ed. Nancy Mandell and Ann Duffy, 33-60. Toronto: Nelson Education Limited (This chapter was updated with new material from our originally published chapter in the Third Edition of the same book, 2005).
Langan, Debra, Sheese, Ron, & Davidson, Deborah. 2009. “Constructive Teaching and Learning: Collaboration in a Sociology Classroom.” (invited) In Jack Mezirow, Ed Taylor (Eds.), Transformative Learning in Practice: Insights from Community, Workplace, and Higher Education. (pp 46-56). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Langan, Debra. 2009. “Roll On Down the Highway.” (invited) (Chapter 10) in Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions, eds. Gayle Letherby and Gillian Reynolds, 79-82. Abington, UK: Ashgate Publishing.
Langan, Debra. 2001. “Talking About Violence Against Women: Deconstructing Uncontested Discourses.” (invited) In Feminism(s) on the Edge of the Millennium: Rethinking Foundations and Future Debates, ed. Krista Hunt and Christine Saulnier, 87-106. Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education Inc.
Refereed Journal Articles
Sanders, Carrie B. and Debra Langan. Collaboration Consequences: New Public Management and Police-Academic Partnerships (forthcoming in Journal of Applied Social Science, in the Applied Sociology in Canada Special Issue, 01 May 2021).
Sanders, Carrie B. and Debra Langan. 2019. New Public Management and the Extension of Police Control: Community Safety and Security Networks in Canada. Policing and Society: An International Journal, 29:5: 566-578.
Langan, Debra, Carrie B. Sanders & Julie Gouweloos. 2019. Policing Women's Bodies: Pregnancy, Embodiment, and Gender Relations in Canadian Police Work. Feminist Criminology. 14:4: 466-487.
Langan, Debra, Carrie B. Sanders, & Julie Gouweloos. 2018. Danger-protection mothering practices: How work and home influence the parenting of women police officers. International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education, 5:4:11-16.
Langan, Debra, Carrie B. Sanders, and Tricia Agocs. 2017. Canadian Police Mothers and the Boys’ Club: Pregnancy, Maternity Leave and Returning to Work. Women & Criminal Justice, 27:4: 235-249.
Langan, Debra, Nicole Schott, Timothy Wykes, Justin Szeto, Samantha Kolpin, Carla Lopez, and Nathan Smith. 2016. “Students’ Use of Technology in the University Classroom: Analysing the Perceptions of the Digital Generation.” Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 25:1:101-117.
Davidson, Deborah and Debra Langan. 2006. “The Breastfeeding Incident: Teaching and Learning Through Transgression.” Studies in Higher Education, 31:4 (August): 439-452.
Langan, Debra and Deborah Davidson. 2005. “Critical Pedagogy and Personal Struggles: Feminist Scholarship Outside Women’s Studies.” Feminist Teacher 15:2 (Winter): 132-158.
Langan, Debra. 2004. “Using Mothering at Work: Embracing the Contradictions in Pedagogy and Praxis.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering: Mothering and Work/Mothering as Work, 6, No.2 (Fall/Winter): 27-35.
Langan, Debra. 2012. "Challenging "Nothing Works" Conclusions: Community Policing Philosophies and Practices in Action." The BLUEPRINT: Ontario Association of Law Enforcement Planners Semi-Annual Newsletter, Issue 05 (Summer):6.
Langan, Debra, Carrie B. Sanders, and Julie Gouweloos. June 2019. “Gender, Policing and Inclusion: Opportunities for Change.” A report from the 2-day international workshop - “Recruiting, Retaining, and Promoting Women Police Officers: An International Comparison of Challenges and Opportunities for Change Workshop”
Langan, Debra, Kosta Barka, Nicole Coomber, Hannah Eggett, Latasha VanEvery, Claudia Volpe. January 2018. "Understanding the Experiences of Brantford Youth When They Want Services.” A report prepared for Brantford Youth and the City of Brantford’s Children and Youth Services Committee.
Oliver, Marcia, Debra Langan, and Rebecca Godderis. June 2015. “Confronting Rape Culture and Resistance to Anti-Violence Discourse: Methodological Challenges and Student Training.” A report prepared for the Wilfrid Laurier University Gendered Violence Taskforce.
Sanders, Carrie and Debra Langan. 2015. “’No More Silos’ Survey Report.” Community Risk Identified Situations Intervention Strategy (CRISIS) Table Conference Evaluation Questionnaire.
Langan, Debra, Laurel Atkinson, Tomoko Mizuguchi, Jessica Park, Laural Raine, Rob Teixeira, Catherine Tuey. 2007. “Working Together: Enhancing Collaboration in Tutorials.” TA Resource Handbook, Department of Sociology, York University.
Langan, Debra and Mavis Morton 1998. Region of Peel Emergency Response Sexual Assault Protocol Implementation Project: Training and Implementation Report.