Dr. Mariana Valverde honoured with the 2016 Harry J. Kalven Jr. Award

Congratulations to Professor Valverde for being
recognized for her “empirical scholarship that
has contributed to the advancement of research
in law and society.”

From the Law & Society Association:
      “Professor Mariana Valverde’s body of scholarship exemplifies the ideal of interdisciplinary engagement. She deftly moves between grounded empirical examinations of everyday contestations in legal regulation to deeply theoretical scholarship that draws from that empirical work to advance our understanding of socio-legal phenomena.
       Wielding with equal ease the tools of social, political, and literary theory, feminist critique, historical and comparative inquiry, and even, when the occasion calls for it, nuanced legal doctrinal analysis, Professor Valverde is an interdisciplinary scholar in the best law and society tradition, and inspires others to show a similar impatience with calcified disciplinary and institutional boundaries and orthodox narratives and methods in the pursuit of original and meaningful insight.”

Read more about the Law & Society Association & the Harry J. Kalven Jr. Award

Criminological HighlightsCriminological Highlights is designed to provide an accessible look at some of the more interesting criminological research that is currently being published. Its focus is on research that is policy relevant. It is produced by a group of about a dozen academics and professional librarians including faculty from the University of Toronto and nearby universities and doctoral students at the University of Toronto. The project is directed by Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner.

In the Current Issue (Vol 16, No 1), we ask:

  1. Can judges reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system?
  2. Why should Donald Trump read this ‘highlight’?
  3. How are the experience of debt and crime related?
  4. Do after-school programs for youths reduce crime?
  5. Why do juvenile drug treatment courts not seem to work?
  6. What is the most recent evidence on the effectiveness of treatment programs for sex offenders?
  7. What are the problems in implementing restorative justice programs?
  8. How well do all the ‘obvious’ explanations for the ‘crime drop’  in many western countries fit the data?

Special Issues:

  1. Research on Public Confidence in the Criminal Justice System
  2. The Effects of Imprisonment: Specific Deterrence and Collateral Effects
  3. Issues related to Harsh Sentences and Mandatory Minimum Sentences: General Deterrence and Incapacitation


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undergraduateGraduateThe 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. 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 undergraduate Criminology and Sociolegal Studies Program is administered through the 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.