Julius Haag

photo of Julius Haag
PhD Candidate



Research Interests

Policing, Youth Crime, Systemic Racism, Terrorism, Qualitative Methods


“The Impact of Police-Citizen Encounters on Perceptions of Justice: Lived Experiences of Youth in Toronto, ON”

Supervisor: Scot Wortley
Prof. Jooyoung Lee & Prof. Matthew Light

My dissertation research examines the lived-experiences of youth in Toronto, ON with the police and other policing actors. In particular, the project focuses on the experiences of youth from racialized and marginalized backgrounds and how their experiences with policing impact their perceptions of other community safety, police legitimacy, other social institutions and Canadian society.


University of Waterloo – B.A. (Hons), Sociology (Crime, Deviance and Regulation Specialization)
University of Toronto – M.A., Sociology


Julius Haag is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto. His research interests include policing, racial profiling, youth in conflict with the law, domestic radicalization, terrorism, program design and evaluation and systemic racism in the Canadian criminal justice system. He has spoken extensively on Canadian issues related to police misconduct, racial profiling, police ‘carding’ and stop-and-frisk activities. His ongoing dissertation research examines the impact of police-citizen encounters on racialized and marginalized youth in the Toronto.


Haag, Julius & Scot Wortley (2017). Policing. In “Crossing Places: A Review of Urban Youth Policy 1960s-2010s” Eds. Dirk Rodricks & Kathleen Gallagher. Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership Policy Series: Toronto, ON. (Forthcoming)


“The Myth of Multiculturalism” Criminal Justice Issues Affecting Black Canadians, 2018 Harvard-Kennedy Black Policy Conference, Cambridge, MA

“Some are pretty good, the majority are a**holes” A Qualitative Analysis of Youth’s Self-Reported Positive and Negative Experiences with the Police in Toronto, ON. American Society of Criminology 2017 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Digital Debt Collector: The Growing Use of Private Security GPS Devices as a Condition of ‘Subprime’ and Title Auto Loans. American Society of Criminology 2016 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

The Price of Fear – National Security as a Justification for Increasing Police Budgets in an Austerity Climate, American Society of Criminology 2015 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

Perceptions of Injustice, Street Gangs and Youth Radicalization: Qualitative and Qualitative Data from Toronto, American Society of Criminology 2014 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Insider Status: Participant Observation as an Evaluation Strategy for Youth Gang Intervention Programs, American Society of Criminology 2014 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Administrative service

Committee Member, American Society of Criminology Social Media Committee, 2017-Present

Social Media (Twitter) Administrator, American Society of Criminology, 2016 – Present
Co-coordinator/Organizer – “Social Justice in the City” Graduate Student Workshop, University of Toronto, 2015