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 prisons, 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.
Critical analysis of the increased prominence of diverse forms of surveillance in contemporary society.Winter Term 2023
Prerequisite: SOC 225 or consent of instructor. Note: Consult the Department for any additional prerequisites. Course may be taken more than once if topic(s) vary.Winter Term 2023
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.
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.
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.
Edited by Sandra Bucerius, Kevin D. Haggerty and Luca Berardi
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.
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.
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.
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