I received my PhD in Sociology from Carleton University in 2008 and my Masters in Criminology from the University of Ottawa in 2003. Prior to joining Laurier, I was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow and invited professor at the University of Ottawa, Department of Criminology. I am a member of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association and have been the chair of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association Policy Review Committee since 2008. I am passionate about contributing to the improvement of the Canadian criminal justice system.
Using symbolic interactionist and structural theories, I research the impacts of the criminal justice system on the lives of marginalized persons. I am a primarily qualitative researcher with a strong interest in classical and contemporary social theory and theories of stigma, in particular. I also am interested in developing and examining qualitative methodologies. I am currently conducting research in the areas of families affected by crime and incarceration, sex work in Canada, and the social construction of consent.
I am willing to supervise graduate students working in the areas of sex work, offender reintegration, sociopolitics of criminal justice policy and the effects of crime on various marginal groups.
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