Dominique Clement, BA(H), MA, PhD, Royal Society of Canada (CNSAS)

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
(780) 492-4316
4-24 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4

Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Human rights social movements social justice law state policy policing national security gender immigration labour


My areas of expertise include human rights law and activism; social movements and the nonprofit sector; inequality and discrimination in the workplace; immigration and settlements policies and practices; national security policies and counterterrorism; security and the Olympics; feminism and the women's movement; and freedom of information policy. In general, my scholarship is concerned with social and political change in Canada and the ability of marginalized people to challenge state power as well as the hegemony of law. I am an historical sociologist whose research crosses the humanities and social sciences with a particular focus on the sociology of human rights, labour studies, national security and counterterrorism, social policy, historical sociology, research methods, and comparative research.

My work includes extensive engagement with state agencies, community organizations, and academic associations in Canada and abroad. My public policy experience includes consulting for the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights among others. I have also been active in working with NGOs to develop public policy including as a former member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, the Centre for Constitutional Studies, and the John Humphrey Centre for Human Rights. In addition to my scholarship, my international experience includes serving as a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Belgium, China, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. I have published in American, Australian, British, Canadian, and Chinese journals. I have led research projects around issues involving EDI (such as studies on gender discrimination in the workplace) and, more recently, how the nonprofit sector can contribute to fostering engagement with democratic institutions. I am fluently bilingual in French and English with experience working in both languages.

I am a past or current Adjunct Professor in the Departments of History & Classics and Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta as well as the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University.

My websites, and, serve as research and teaching portals on the study of human rights and social movements. For further biographical information.

There is also a recent piece in The Conversation that explores some of the themes arising from the State Funding for Social Movements project.


SOC 102/203: Social Problems

SOC 260: Inequality and Social Stratification

SOC 343: Social Movements

SOC 496: Human Rights in International Perspective

SOC 519: Comparative and Historical Methods in Sociological Research

SOC 549: Social Movements 

SOC696: Human Rights in Theory & Practice

HIST 359: Violence and Social Protest in Canada

HIST 398: Nation and Nationalism in Canadian History

HIST 426: Twentieth Century Canadian History

Canadian Studies 1150: Quebec Nationalism

Canadian Studies 1110: American Power in Canada


SOC 203 - Social Problems

Selected structural issues in various societies, including inequality, population growth, environment, and human rights. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in SOC 102.

Winter Term 2022 Winter Term 2023
SOC 343 - Social Movements

How social movements arise and their impact on culture, society and politics. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2022 Winter Term 2023
SOC 496 - Human Rights in International Perspective

Human rights theories, issues and controversies in local, national and international context. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or POL S 101 or POL S 417 or PHIL 101 or HIST 110 or HIST 114 or consent of instructor.

Fall Term 2021 Fall Term 2022
SOC 503 - Conference Course in Sociology for Graduate Students

Fall Term 2021
SOC 605 - Seminar in Teaching and Professional Skills

Fall Term 2021
SOC 696 - Human Rights in Theory and Practice

An exploration of the sociology of human rights in theory and practice in a national and international context.

Fall Term 2022

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Visit


State Funding for Social Movements (website)
Author(s): Dominique Clément
Publication Date: 3/10/2014
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Canada's Human Rights History (website)
Author(s): Dominique Clément
Publication Date: 1999
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