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Steering Committee

Our accomplished Steering Committee brings together interdisciplinary perspectives in Criminology, Communication, Education, Political Economy, and Psychology to further scholarship and praxis around hate, bias and extremism. Members of the Steering Committee have a history of collaboration in both scholarship and service initiatives around inclusivity and social justice.


Dr. Tanner Mirrlees

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Dr. Mirrlees conducts research on the convergence of right-wing extremism and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. He interrogates the ways that right-wing extremist organizations use social media platforms, the technological affordances of these platforms to extremists, and the threat that platforms of hate pose to the values of a multicultural, democratic and socially just world. 

Dr. Kimberley Clow

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Dr. Clow's research examines how victims of wrongful conviction experience incidences of hate, stigmatization, and blatant discrimination. She focuses on negative public attitudes toward exonerees and investigates means of reducing the stigma that exonerees experience. Another line of her research explores the discrimination and stereotypes men and women encounter in occupational fields dominated by a particular gender.

Dr. Aziz Douai

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Dr. Douai's research interests include news media and global conflicts, propaganda, new media and activism, and the news media's construction of crime. His latest research project examines the intersection of social media, youth, and radicalization.

Dr. Jennifer Laffier

Faculty of Education

Dr. Laffier's research and work are focused on addressing issues of bullying; specifically, she works to support victims of bullying with therapeutic approaches and to build and implement programs in schools across Canada that address and counter the social problem of bullying.

Dr. Scott Aquanno

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Dr. Aquanno's research focuses on the economics of social exclusion with emphasis on the political and institutional impact of neoliberal globalization. His recent work looks at the organizational, participatory and programmatic foundations of inclusive, anti-oppressive community development policy.

Dr. Olga Marques

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Dr. Marques’ scholarship focuses on the construction, policing and regulation of sex/uality and gender, attending to the inter-relationships between gendered and raced social norms, social control, and resistance. Olga also publishes Indigenous people's experiences of the criminal justice system, including the media culture's construction of the victimization and criminalization of Indigenous people. Her recent work investigates the stigma that mothers of incarcerated individuals experience.