Geraint Osborne, PhD (McGill)

Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences


Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
(780) 679-1531
2-305 Faith & Life Centre
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3



Degrees: Ph.D. McGill University; MA Queen's University, BA (Hons.) Queen's University.


2022 - The Murray Lauber Distinguished Service Award.

2015 Augustana Faculty Teaching Leadership Award

2012 Betty Ostenrud Award (Service Award)

Biography and Personal Interests: I am a somewhat reluctant academic who, between degrees, worked as a researcher for Environment Canada, Canada Post Corporation, Correctional Services Canada, and Heritage Canada. But the lure of ideas and thirst for knowledge always brought be back to the university. I enjoy running, soccer, canoeing, film, music, and chillin' at the cabin. 


Research Areas:

Cannabis Use, Cannabis Normalization, and Drug Policy

Hockey Violence and Masculinity

Sociology of Public Intellectuals 

Sociology of Community

Research Grants & Projects:

2020 VPRI Seed Funding, SSHRC Researchers, Cannabis Normalization Research ($6,666)

2017 Grant Assist Program Bridge Funding for Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Insight Grant ($5000.00) Co-investigator: Hockey Violence. 

2016 Office of the Vice President Research: Special Call for Funding ($5464.00) Co-investigator: Hockey Violence.

2013 Augustana Faculty Research Time Stipend ($7,200): Student Cannabis Use

2011 Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Grant. ($103,500) Co-investigator. Student Use of Cannabis.

2009 Augustana Research Grant - Primary Investigator ($7,697.50). The Role of the Public Scholar in the Local Press.

2008 Government of Alberta, Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) Grant ($8,825.60). Teaching Empathy.

2005 Augustana University College Research Grant (with Student Research Grants ($7,400.00). Recreational Cannabis Use.


Teaching Areas:

Crime, Deviance, and Social Control

Political Sociology

Qualitative Methods

Specific Courses: AUSOC101: Introduction to Sociology; 

              AUIDS160: Crime, Community & Corrections; 

              AUSOC200: Young Offenders & the Law; 

              AUSOC224: Sociology of Deviant Behaviour; 

              AUSOC225: Criminology; 

              AUSOC236: Research Design & Qualitative Methods; 

              AUSOC327/427: Crimes of the Powerful; 

              AUSOC337: Political Sociology; 

              AUSOC339: Fieldwork;

              AUSOC437: Symbolic Interactionism. 

Featured Publications

Osborne, Geraint; Wilton, Shauna

Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning. 2022 August; 8 (3):32-51

Geraint Osborne

The Teaching Professor. 2018 November;

Kat Kolar, Patricia Erickson, Andrew Hathaway & Geraint Osborne

Substance Use & Misuse. 2018 June; 53 (14):2339-2349

Hathaway, A., Mostaghim, A,. Erickson, P., Kolar, K., & Osborne, Geraint

Deviant Behavior. 2018 March; 39 (12):1672-1680

Osborne, Geraint, Wilton, Shauna

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship. 2017 February; 10 (1):67-80

Osborne, Geraint, Fogel, Curtis

Contemporary Drug Problems. 2016 October; 44 (1):12-31

Lorenz, Stacy, Geraint Osborne

Journal of Historical Sociology. 2015 November; 30 (4 December):698-723

Hathaway, Andrew, Mostaghim, Amir, Kolar, Kat, Erickson, Patricia, Geraint Osborne,

Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy. 2015 November; 23 (3):238-246