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.
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
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
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
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
An exploration of the sociology of human rights in theory and practice in a national and international context.Fall Term 2022