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.
Order of Canada Congratulations!
Anthony N. Doob with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall, Ottawa.
(Credit: Sgt Ronald Duchesne)
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 U of T News article.
- Criminology PhD student Erick Laming pens an op-ed discussing police body cameras. Caution about Police Bodycams is Warranted (Montreal Gazette)
- PhD Students Erick Laming and Jinyun Kwon, along with Professor Scot Wortley provide insight into Police body-worn cameras in Toronto – Police body-worn cameras ‘not a magic bullet,’ say U of T researchers (Toronto Star)
- Professor Scot Wortley provides expertise on carding. Jermaine Carby’s death like a hole in the heart, mother says at inquest (Toronto Star)
- Professor Patricia Erickson is interviewed by The Varsity and publishes letter to the editor (Globe and Mail) regarding the legalization of marijuana
- Professor Mariana Valverde is the 2016 Harry J. Kalven Jr Award winner an honor issued by the Law and Society Association for empirical scholarship that has contributed to the advancement of research in law and society.
- Congratulations on the appointment of Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat as Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
- MA student Kristina Seefeldt discusses Solitary Confinement in the Ottawa Citizen, in Canada cannot Continue to use Solitary Confinement
- PhD Jacqueline Briggs pens a powerful op-ed detailing the Aboriginal Justice Crisis in Canada in the Toronto Star. Shameful Anniversary could spur action on aboriginal justice crisis.
- Post-Doctoral Student Natasha Madon and Emeritus Prof Tony Doob author an eye-opening report about The Retention of Women in the Private Practice of Criminal Law that was presented recently at the CLA conference
- Prof Kelley Hannah-Moffat is interviewed regarding Solitary Confinement in this CBC piece
- Prof Mariana Valverde discusses New Toronto Police Officers in the Toronto Star.
- Prof Kelley Hannah-Moffat discusses the implications of a correctional worker’s strike in the Toronto Star Ontario jail guards’ impending strike threatens prisoner rights: expert
- Column in The Toronto Star by Roy McMurtry and Tony Doob, Four Fixes for Canada’s Broken Justice System
- A new research report by Mariana Valverde and Jacqueline Briggs, The University as Urban Developer.
- Tony Doob, Victoria Sytsma and Scot Wortley were interviewed by The Varsity for its story Terrible Things Happen, on students with criminal histories.
- How to consult in gentrifying neighbourhoods by Prof. Mariana Valverde in Spacing Magazine.
- Prof. Mariana Valverde is interviewed on the Uber controversy in Toronto.
- Professor Mariana Valverde gave a keynote speech at the Brazilian Empirical Legal Studies Association Annual Conference entitled : What counts as theory, today? A post-philosophical framework for socio-legal empirical research.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Read our most recent Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies Newsletter. Past Issues are archived.
- The most recent Criminological Highlights is now available. All past issues of Criminological Highlights are archived.
Criminological Highlights Vol 15, No 6
In the Current Issue Find out:
- Why should suspensions and expulsions from school be used sparingly?
- Would building a wall on the Mexico-US border reduce the number of illegal Mexican workers in the US?
- Can street crime be substantially reduced by implementing a policy that encourages ‘stop, question, and frisks’ of ordinary citizens?
- Why is it in the public interest to help former young offenders get jobs?
- Is good housing policy for the mentally ill also good crime policy for everyone?
- If your local police service wants funds for a crisis intervention team to deal with its interactions with the mentally ill, what would be an evidence based response?
- Do young people understand police warnings?
- Do body-worn cameras and other forms of surveillance of police reduce the use of force by police?
2016 Edwards Lecture
Friday April 8th, 2016
Are we there yet? The future of penal reform and the carceral state in the US.”
Speakers: Marie Gottschalk, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
Time 4:30 – 6:30pm
PLACE: Canadiana Gallery Building Rm 160 – 14 Queen’s Park Cres West
Reception to follow. Attendence is freee but Registration is required. Please RSVP by Monday, April 4th to email@example.com
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