Kevin Haggerty, PhD University of British Columbia

Professor, Canada Research Chair Killam Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept


Professor, Canada Research Chair Killam Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts - Sociology Dept
(780) 492-3297
6-26 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



I am a Killam Research Laureate and editor of the Canadian Journal of Sociology. As  a professor of sociology and criminology, my recent  work has been in the area of surveillance, governance, policing and risk. Aaron Doyle and I recently published the book 57 Ways to Screw Up in Graduate School, which conveys a series of professional lessons for the next generation of graduate students.


My research interests related to the study of prisons; opioids (fentanyl and carfentanyl); the social study of surveillance; the research ethics process; policing; risk, and governance.


Teaching a course this fall (2019) on "Prisons" with Dr. Bucerius. This is a seminar that will include both graduate and undergraduate students.


Scholarly Activities

Research - 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School

My co-authored (with Dr. Aaron Doyle) book 57 Ways to Screw Up in Graduate School (University of Chicago Press) offers a series of pragmatic lessons for the next generation of scholars on how to avoid common pitfalls in graduate school. 

Research - Ethics Creep

My article "Ethics Creep,' was one of the earliest interventions into what is now a vibrant critical literature reflecting on the difficulties posed by the research ethics process.

Research - Making Crime Count

My monograph, Making Crime Count, is an empirical analysis of the production of official crime statistics. It was a finalist for the Society for the Study of Social Problems Outstanding Scholarship Award. 

Research - Oxford University press Handbook on Ethnographies of Crime and Criminal Justice

Started: 2020

Edited by Sandra Bucerius, Kevin D. Haggerty and Luca Berardi

Research - Policing the Risk Society

Policing the Risk Society (co-authored with Richard Ericson) this monograph was awarded special recognition by the American Law and Society Association. It is one of the most cited academic book on the police published in the past 20 years. It has been cited over 2,000 times and was recently reviewed by Professor Pat O’Malley in the ‘classics of policing studies’ series in the journal Policing & Society. 

Research - Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies

The Routledge Handbook of Surveillance Studies (co-edited with Kirstie Ball and David Lyon –2002). With contributions by 40 key figures and coming in at 250,000 words of text, this is the definitive resource in the field of Surveillance Studies.

Research - Surveillant Assemblage

The article ‘The Surveillant Assemblage’ (co-authored with Richard Ericson) is a theoretical contribution to the study of surveillance. It is widely reprinted, and with over 1,800 citations it is by far the most cited article in the field of Surveillance Studies.

Research - University of Alberta Prison Project

Co-director (with Dr. Sandra Bucerius) of the University of Alberta Prison Project. This is the largest independent empirical study on lives of incarcerated men and women in the history of Canadian criminology 


Narcan and Narcan’t: Implementation Factors Influencing Police Officer Use of Narcan
Author(s): Berardi, Luca; Sandra Bucerius, Kevin D. Haggerty, Harvey Krahn
Publication Date: 6/1/2021
Publication: Social Science and Medicine
Issue: Forthcoming

Addressing the Victim/Offender Overlap: Advancing Evidence-Based Research to Better Service Criminally Involved People with Victimization Histories
Author(s): Jones, Daniel, Sandra Bucerius, Ashly Kohl, Kevin D. Haggerty
Publication Date: 12/3/2020
Publication: Victims & Offenders

Picking Battles: Correctional Officers, Rules, and discretion in Prison
Author(s): Haggerty, Kevin D., Sandra Bucerius
Publication Date: 10/12/2020
Publication: Criminology

Prison as Temporary Refuge: Amplifying the Voices of Women Detained in Prison
Author(s): Bucerius, Sandra, Kevin D. Haggerty, Tyler Dunford
Publication Date: 10/10/2020
Publication: British Journal of Criminology

The Proliferating Pains of Imprisonment
Author(s): Haggerty, Kevin and Sandra Bucerius
Publication Date: 7/23/2020
Publication: Incarceration
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
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The Floating Signifier of 'Radicalization': Correctional Officers’ Perceptions of Prison Radicalization
Author(s): Schultz, William, Sandra Bucerius, Kevin D. Haggerty
Publication Date: 2/12/2020
Publication: Criminal Justice and Behavior
Volume: Forthcoming

““We wouldn't let known terrorists live here”: Impediments to radicalization in Western Canadian prisons.
Author(s): Schultz, William, Sandra M. Bucerius, and Kevin D. Haggerty
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance
Volume: 25

Voices of Remanded Women in Western Canada: A Qualitative Analysis
Author(s): Jones, D., Bucerius, S., & Haggerty, K. D.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Journal of Community Safety and Well-Being
Volume: 4
Issue: 3
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Radicalization as Martialization: Towards a Better Appreciation for the Progression To Violence
Author(s): Kevin Haggerty, Sandra Bucerius
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Terrorism and Political Violence

Fentanyl Behind Bars: The Implications of Synthetic Opiates on Prisoners and Correctional Officers
Author(s): Sandra Bucerius and Kevin D. Haggerty
Publication: International Journal of Drug Policy
Volume: Forthcoming

It's Dangerous: The Online World of Rappers, Drug Dealers and the Street Code
Author(s): Marta Urbanik, Kevin D. Haggerty
Publication: British Journal of Criminology
Volume: 58
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 1343-1360

Multiculturalism Under Confinement: Prisoner Race Relations Inside Western Canadian Prisons
Author(s): Tetrault, J., Bucerius, S., Haggerty, K. D
Publication: Sociology