I am a critical, multi-disciplinary, and community-engaged scholar, with a focus on researching and disrupting racism, settler colonialism, and gendered state violence with a specific focus on carceral sites such as prisons and policing. I firmly believe those most impacted by systems of domination and oppression are best positioned to inform micro, mezzo, and macro level analyses and interventions, and my role is to work in relationship and solidarity with those facing these forms of harm.
I completed my PhD in Social Work in 2023, under the supervision of Dr. Shoshana Pollack and committee members Drs. Kathy Absolon, Jennifer Root, and Rai Reece. My research explored how the use of strip searching in women’s prisons is a form of gendered, misogynoir, and colonial genocidal state-inflicted sexual violence. My research program is informed by this work and focuses primarily on anti-carceral/abolitionist and decolonizing social work.
My decolonizing social work practice and pedagogies are deeply informed by the teachings I have received from the Centre for Indigegogy at Laurier. To date, I have completed the Advanced Decolonizing Education Certificate, Indigenous Research Series, and Introduction to Circle Work. From 2021-2022 I was a project coordinator with the Centre for Indigegogy for a SSHRC Insight Grant exploring settler and Indigenous decolonizing journeys through sharing circles and digital story-making. I am currently a research associate with the Centre.
Prior to joining the FSW, I completed my MA in Community Psychology at Laurier in 2010 and my BSc in Psychology from Western University in 2004.
Hutchison, J. (2021). Applying feminist principles to social work teaching: Pandemic times and beyond. Qualitative Social Work, 20(1-2), 529-536.
Hutchison, J. (2020). “It's sexual assault. It’s barbaric”: Strip searching in women’s prisons as state inflicted sexual assault. Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work, 35(2),160-176.
Hutchison, J. (2019). “Bend over and spread your butt cheeks”: Access to justice for women strip searched in prison. Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research, 8, 65-90.
Olson, J., Cheung, I., Conway, P., Hutchison, J., Hafer, C. (2011). Distinguishing two meanings of moral exclusion: Exclusion from moral principles or principled harm doing? Social Justice Research 24(4), 365-390.
Aikman, L., Roberts-Smith, J. with Crozier, K., Hutchison, J., Lowerison, C., Lynch, S., Allah, M.,Thompson, J., Watts, H., & White, M. (2020). Relational Audience Engagement in Guarded Girls: A Critical Reflection. Review: The Journal of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America, 26(1), 34-44.
Pollack, S., & Hutchison, J. (2018). Impact of Walls to Bridges Courses on Correctional Facilities. Walls to Bridges, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.
Levy, G. (2021, December 2). Waterloo Region advocacy group opposes proposed police budget increase. [Newspaper interview] Toronto Star. https://tinyurl.com/3vtjfzwk
Norris, C. [2021, November 26). ReAllocate Waterloo Region has suggestions for police budget funds. [Radio interview] CBC Kitchener Waterloo. https://tinyurl.com/2kc6bs4t
Seto, C. (2021, November 26). Calls to reallocate police funding grow louder as budget presentation approaches. [Newspaper interview] The Record. https://tinyurl.com/zw9dt3rm
Hutchison, J. (2021, September 1). Unpacking incarceration and abuse (Episode 8) [Audio podcast episode]. In She is Your Neighbour. Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. https://tinyurl.com/2cftvfp8
Sharkey, J. (2021, April 9). Waterloo Regional Police Service suspends 'diversity' cruisers after community backlash [Newspaper interview] CBC KW. https://tinyurl.com/5zfdn3sr
Monteiro, L. (2019, November 22). Former Grand Valley Institution for Women inmates talk about 'humiliating' and 'degrading' strip searches while in prison [Coverage of panel I organized]. The Record. https://tinyurl.com/2matr2sc
Hazlewood, J. (2019, November 19). End strip searches in Canadian prisons, Laurier researcher says [Radio and newspaper interview] CBC KW. https://tinyurl.com/wstufv7w
Hutchison, J., Gentile, S., & Pierini, A. (2019, May 3). Why we must end strip searches in Canada’s prisons for women. Vice Canada. https://tinyurl.com/4zyntrp3
2023-2025 Co-PI with Giselle Dias, SSHRC Connections Grant, Stories of Unpacking Colonialism: A Decolonizing Journeys Documentary
2020-2022 Collaborator & Research Assistant, Walls to Bridges, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University; Principal Investigator: Dr. Shoshana Pollack ($20,828)
2021-2022 Project Coordinator, Centre for Indigegogy, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University; Principal Investigator: Dr. Kathy Absolon ($236,756)
2020-2022 Principal Investigator, Dissertation, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, SSHRC funded Doctoral Fellowship ($20,000 per year, $40,000 total)
Hutchison, J. (2022, May). Unearthing colonial secrets: Strip searching as gendered colonial genocidal sexual violence. Consuming Justice: Law, Crime, Justice and Consumption Conference. Centre for Interdisciplinary Justice Studies, University of Winnipeg.
Hutchison, J. (2022, February). It takes a riot: Black histories, Black futures, and community organizing. [Invited panel participant]. Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Toronto, Kitchener, ON.
Dias, G., & Hutchison, J. (2021, November 24). Abolition and transformative justice: Re-imagining social work [National webinar series]. Canadian Association of Social Workers, Canada.
Hutchison, J., & Dias, G. (2021, October 27). Defunding the police: Implications for social work [National webinar series]. Canadian Association of Social Workers, Canada.
Dias, G., & Hutchison, J. (2021, September 29). Decolonizing social work practice, education, and research [National webinar series]. Canadian Association of Social Workers, Canada.
Hutchison, J. (2021, August 10). Gendered, racialized, and colonial violence of being strip searched while menstruating. In K. Elliott (Moderator), Changing the flow research roundtable [Panel presentation]. Changing the Flow, Waterloo, ON.
Hutchison, J. (2021, June 10). Rethinking “crime” [Keynote address]. Speakers’ Series, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, Waterloo, ON.
Hutchison, J. (2021, May). Intersections of harm: Sexual violence and the state [Panel presentation]. Equity4Who, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON.
Hutchison, J. (2019, November). Strip searching in women’s prisons: A panel discussion with people who used to be in prison [Organized and moderated panel presentation]. Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.
Hutchison, J. (2019, May). “It's sexual assault. And it’s barbaric”: An exploration of why strip searching in women’s prisons is not understood as sexual assault [Oral presentation]. National Conference on Critical Perspectives in Criminology and Social Justice (NCCP), Brantford, ON.
Hutchison, J. (2019, March). “I don’t think I’ll ever recover from it”: Harms associated with strip searching women in prison [Oral presentation]. The 7th Annual Justice, Crime, and Deviance: Graduate Research and Networking Conference, Brantford, ON.
Hutchison, J. (2018, September). “Bend over and spread your butt cheeks”: Women’s experiences of being strip searched in prison [Oral presentation]. Colloquium Series on Critical Perspectives on Criminal Justice, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.
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