Order of Canada Congratulations!

Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob has been appointed to the Order of Canada for his scholarship in the field of criminology and for his role in shaping Canadian justice policy. The prestigious Order of Canada is awarded to individuals for a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. The Centre wishes to congratulate Tony on this well deserved honour. For more information,
see the UofT’s News article. 



The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies is a research and teaching unit at the University of Toronto. Founded in 1963 by Professor John Edwards, the Centre’s faculty and students study crime, order and security from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches. The Centre recently celebrated 50 years of Criminology at the University of Toronto.

With backgrounds in sociology, history, law, psychology, philosophy and political science, the faculty are actively engaged in Canadian and international criminological research. The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies offers a graduate program for masters and doctoral students. The Centre also administers the undergraduate Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Program at Woodsworth College.

The Centre’s library (the Criminology Information Service) houses the leading Canadian research collection of criminological material, consisting of more than 25, 000 books, journals, government reports, statistics and other documents.


Professor Emeritus Anthony Doob writes on The Harper Decade: The Conservative Take on Crime Policy

Centre alumnus Akwasi Owusu-Bempah writes in the Globe and Mail : The End of Carding is just the Beginning.

Special Issue of Theoretical Criminology

(All articles in the special issue are available for free download through July 8, 2015 )

Professor Matt Light and former Centre postdoc and CLTA assistant professor Gavin Slade have co-edited a special issue of Theoretical Criminology   on crime and criminal justice in the post-Soviet region.  The collection aims to bring problems of public order in this important world region to the attention of a largely English-speaking professional criminology audience, and includes review essays on a broad range of topics, including the changing roles of prosecutors and judges, police, and prisons; official corruption and organized crime; homicide; and Skinhead violence.   In addition, the widely read political blog “The Monkey Cage,” hosted by the Washington Post, features an introduction and write-up of the special issue.

Junior Fellow Kyle Kirkup pens an article in the Globe and Mail titled It’s Unstoppable: Same-sex marriage is coming to the U.S.

Professor Audrey Macklin’s immigration piece appeared in The Guardian.  European politicians envy Canada’s points system for migrants. But how well has it worked?

Kelly Hannah-Moffat talks to UofT Bulletin about solitary confinement. Details here.

The 2015 Edwards Lecture was presented by The Honourable Professor Irwin Cotler on March 26, 2015. Video of the lecture here.

Criminology Professor Scot Wortley will be a featured speaker in this year’s TEDxUofT talk.

Mariana Valverde’s latest book, Chronotopes of Law: Jurisdiction, scale and Governance,  develops a new framework for analyzing the spatio-temporal workings of law and other forms of governance.

Professor Tony Doob pens another great piece in The Globe and Mail –  Life without parole is a solution without a problem

Junior Fellow Kyle Kirkup penned a piece in the Globe and Mail titled Ontario’s welcome move on rights shows reality of trans people in prisons

Grads to watch – Akwasi Owusu-Bempah received  PhD this fall but the UotT Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies alumnus is already serving as an assistant professor of criminal justice and an adjunct professor in the department of African American studies at Indiana University. Read more here.

Read our most recent Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies Newsletter here.

The most recent Criminological Highlights is now available. All past issues of Criminological Highlights are archived.

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