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.

Recent News

Professor Mariana Valverde’s latest article Studying the governance of crime and security: Space, time and jurisdiction was published in the most current issue of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat talks about the increase in the number of women in federal prisons. Read more about Women Inmates on the Rise.

Centre alumnus Nicole Myers’ work on bail with Abby Deshman of the CCLA continues to receive attention. Read the latest about the Reliance on sureties boosting Ontario remand numbers featuring comments by Professor Tony Doob.

Professor Emeritus Tony Doob talks about Chief Bill Blair in the Toronto Star. Read more here.

Centre Director Kelly Hannah-Moffat gave the 8th Annual Lecture of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research on May 19th in Glasgow, Scotland. The Howard League Scotland posted a write-up of her lecture ‘Moving targets: Reputational risk, rights and accountability in punishment.’ Read it here.

Professors Kelly Hannah-Moffat and Paula Maurutto were cited by The Toronto Star in No charges, no trial, but presumed guilty about the impact of criminal records. They have been working with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to examine how criminal records are being used, by whom and how much information is being disclosed. Read the CCLA’s report ‘False Promises, Hidden Costs’ for more information.

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Speaker Series & Events

Dr. Iryna Olexandrivna Balabukha
Syracuse University
“Violence in Intimate Relationships: Why does it happen? A case study on Ukraine”
Tuesday Sept. 23, 2014   12:30-2:00pm

Prof. Azrini Wahidin
Nottingham Trent University (UK)
“Ex-combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland: Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience”
Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014   12:30-2:00pm

Maria Jung & Natasha Madon
Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies PhD students discuss research and/or writing issues encountered during their dissertation work.
Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014   12:30-2:00pm

Prof. Naomi Murakawa
Princeton University
“The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America”
Thursday Oct. 30, 2014   12:30-2:00pm

Sasha Lysova & Kyle Kirkup
Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies PhD student and junior fellow (and SJD student) discuss research and/or writing issues encountered during their dissertation work.
Wednesday Nov. 12, 2014   12:30-2:00pm

Holly Pelvin & Marianne Quirouette
Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies PhD student and junior fellow (and Sociology PhD student) discuss research and/or writing issues encountered during their dissertation work.
Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014   12:30-2:00pm (To be confirmed)

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