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The Master of Arts (MA) and PhD in Criminology combine disciplinary and specialized study in Criminology, study in qualitative research methods and statistics, and applied learning experiences to prepare students to work in a variety of settings.

Specifically, the programs will prepare students for careers related to research and/or teaching in college and university settings, research and practice in behavioural science crime unites within law enforcement, research in correctional facilities, research in mental health institutions, evaluation of community programs, administration in provincial and federal programs, statistical research in government organizations, and research in justice-related institutes.

Prospective students must hold a four-year honours undergraduate degree in the social sciences from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution. Normally, applicants are expected to have graduated with a social science degree that has provided them with a sound understanding of social science methodologies and a basic understanding of criminological theories.

For more information, visit Criminology (master's program).

Prospective students must hold a four-year honours undergraduate degree in the social sciences from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution. Normally, applicants are expected to have completed the Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology or an equivalent research project or thesis-based MA program from a recognized institution.

For more information, visit Criminology and Social Justice (doctoral program).

Prospective students must hold an undergraduate degree, from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution. Non-traditional applicants with relevant work experience are encouraged to apply but should contact the Graduate Program Director to discuss their specific circumstances before applying. Normally, applicants are expected to be active duty police officers or members of law enforcement who have already assumed leadership positions. 

For more information, visit Police Leadership (Graduate Diploma).

Criminology faculty

Faculty

Research supervision area

Contact

Shahid Alvi, PhD
  • crime and social exclusion
  • violence against women (particularly immigrant women)
  • youth crime
  • cyberbullying
  • theoretical criminology
Bordessa Hall, Room 315 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 3412
shahid.alvi@ontariotechu.ca
Liqun Cao, PhD
  • criminological theory
  • police abuse of power
  • public opinion toward the police
  • policy on ascetic deviance
Bordessa Hall (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
liqun.cao@ontariotechu.ca
Carla Cesaroni, PhD
  • corrections/penology
  • youth justice
Bordessa Hall, Room 314 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668
carla.cesaroni@ontariotechu.ca
Wesley Crichlow, PhD
  • black LGBTQ criminology
  • black gender and Caribbean masculinities
  • critical equity and diversity studies
  • critical race theory
  • #BlackLivesMatter race and criminal injustice
  • anti-black racism and decolonization
  • storytelling and reality pedagogy
  • alternative criminal justice rehabilitation
  • youth rights in the Caribbean and Americas
Bordessa Hall, Room 322 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 2651
wesley.crichlow@ontariotechu.ca
Steven Downing, PhD
  • ethnography
  • game studies
  • mixed qualitative methods
  • sociological theories of crime
Bordessa Hall, Room 502 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 3805
steven.downing@ontariotechu.ca
Tyler Frederick, PhD
  • homelessness
  • youth crime
  • mental health
  • qualitative research methods
Bordessa Hall, Room 304  (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5881
tyler.frederick@ontariotechu.ca
Jordan Harel, PhD
  • corporate crime
  • financial crime
  • organizational and occupational deviance/crime
  • white-collar crime
Bordessa Hall, Room 508 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5919
jordan.harel@ontariotechu.ca
Steven Hayle, PhD
  • comparative criminal justice
  • globalization of justice
  • comparative drug policy analysis
  • harm reduction
  • comparative policing
  • comparative youth justice policy
  • moral panics
Bordessa Hall, Room 508 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5806
steven.hayle@ontariotechu.ca
Ronald Hinch, PhD
  • criminological theory
  • food crime
  • green criminology
  • policing violent crime
  • serial murder
Olga Marques, PhD
  • construction, policing and regulation of gendered and raced bodies
  • imprisonment
  • qualitative and feminist research methods
  • representations of Indigenous criminality, victimization and protest
  • sexuality, sexual deviance and sexual labour

Research areas of speciality:

  • regulation of gender and sexuality
Bordessa Hall, Room 303 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5884
olga.marques@ontariotechu.ca
Christopher O'Connor, PhD
  • youth crime
  • policing
  • school-to-work transitions
  • social impacts of resource booms
  • perceptions of crime, risk and disorder
Bordessa Hall, Room 316 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5882
christopher.o’connor@ontariotechu.ca and 
christopher.oconnor1@ontariotechu.net
Barbara Perry, PhD
  • diversity
  • First Nations and justice
  • hate crime
  • human rights
  • incarceration
  • race and justice
  • diversity and policing
  • sexualities and justice
  • terrorism/extremism
Bordessa Hall, Room 325 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 3411
barbara.perry@ontariotechu.ca
Karla Dhungana-Sainju, PhD
  • corrections and sentencing
  • offender monitoring technologies
  • traditional and cyberbullying
  • gender and crime
  • public policy
Bordessa Hall, Room 324 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5809
karla.dhungana-sainju@ontariotechu.ca
Hannah Scott, PhD
  • homelessness
  • victimology, victims of crime vulnerable populations
  • homicide studies
  • serial and mass murder
  • gender differences in criminal behaviour
  • evaluation research
  • Canadian drug courts and other diversion program evaluation
Bordessa Hall, Room 512 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 2653
hannah.scott@ontariotechu.ca
Phillip Shon, PhD
  • parricide
  • intrafamily homicide
  • serial homicide
Bordessa Hall, Room 416 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 6516
phillip.shon@ontariotechu.ca
Vivian Stamatopoulos, PhD
  • child and youth-based caregiving (young carers)
Bordessa Hall, Room 306 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5883 
vivian.stamatopoulos@ontariotechu.ca
James Walsh, PhD
  • surveillance
  • immigration policing and border security
  • contemporary policing
  • media and criminal justice
Bordessa Hall, Room 511 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5876
james.walsh@ontariotechu.ca
Arshia U. Zaidi, PhD
  • intimate partner violence in immigrant families
  • quantitative/qualitative methodologies
  • race, gender, sexuality, family and culture
  • socio-cultural issues of immigration
  • survivors of elderly abuse
  • information communication technology social media/technology usage
  • generational issues
Bordessa Hall, Room 327 (downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 3443
arshia.zaidi@ontariotechu.ca

Faculty from other programs with supervisory privileges

Faculty

Research supervision areas

Supervisory privileges

Contact

Scott Aquanno, PhD
  • economic and social policy
  • development
  • inflation and the central bank
  • inequality and social justice
  • international political economy
  • social relations of power
Co-supervision Bordessa Hall, Room 328 
(downtown Oshawa location) 
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5855
scott.aquanno@ontariotechu.ca 
Rachel Ariss, PhD
  • gender and law
  • Indigenous law
  • law and social change
  • reproduction and law
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 504 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5866
rachel.ariss@ontariotechu.ca 
Sasha Baglay, PhD
  • human trafficking
  • immigration
  • refugee protection
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 506 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 3459
sasha.baglay@ontariotechu.ca 
Kimberley Clow, PhD
  • perceptions of gender
  • stereotypes and prejudice
  • wrongful conviction
Full 2 Simcoe Street South, Room 623 
(downtown Oshawa location)
905.721.8668 ext. 3457
kimberley.clow@ontariotechu.ca 
Joseph Eastwood, PhD
  • comprehension of police cautions
  • comprehension of youth waiver forms
  • generation and assessment of alibis

Co-supervision

2 Simcoe Street South, Room 624 
(downtown Oshawa location) 
905.721.8668 ext. 5971
joseph.eastwood@ontariotechu.ca 
Karla Emeno, PhD
  • geographic profiling
  • police stress
  • predictive crime mapping

Co-supervision

2 Simcoe Street South, Room 625 
(downtown Oshawa location)
905.721.8668 ext. 5972
karla.emeno@ontariotechu.ca 
Gary Genosko, PhD
  • alternative methodologies
  • cultural studies and criticism
  • hacker, phreak and geek subcultures
  • social and political theory
  • techno and info-cultures
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 310 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 3819
gary.genosko@ontariotechu.ca 
Leigh Harkins, PhD
  • group aggression
  • perceptions of sexual aggression
  • psychopathy
  • sex offender treatment effectiveness
  • use of arts in criminal justice
Full 2 Simcoe Street South, Room 624 
(downtown Oshawa location)
905.721.8668 ext. 5991
leigh.harkins@ontariotechu.ca 
Alyson King, PhD
  • history of higher education
  • literacies in the knowledge economy
  • non-fiction graphic novels
  • student experiences in the university
  • women's history

Co-supervision

Bordessa Hall, Room 307 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 3421
alyson.king@ontariotechu.ca 
Amy Leach, PhD
  • lie detection
  • confessions and interrogations
  • eyewitness identifications
  • wrongful convictions
Full 2 Simcoe Street South, Room 621
(downtown Oshawa location)
905.721.8668 ext. 3706
amy.leach@ontariotechu.ca  
amymayleach.com 
Timothy MacNeill, PhD
  • globalization
  • sustainable development
  • Indigenous/alternative development
  • inequality
  • Indigenous social movements
  • corporate social responsibility
  • sustainable food systems
  • tourism and cultural industries
  • behavioural and experimental economics

Co-supervision

Bordessa Hall, Room 313 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5879
timothy.macneill@ontariotechu.ca 
Thomas McMorrow, PhD
  • socio-legal studies
  • alternative dispute resolution
  • legal theory

Co-supervision

Bordessa Hall, Room 513
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5877
thomas.mcmorrow@ontariotechu.ca 
Tanner Mirrlees, PhD
  • media and technology
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 312 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5852
tanner.mirrlees@ontariotechu.ca  
Christopher Mushquash, PhD
  • Indigenous mental health and addiction
  • Indigenous health

Co-supervision

Isabel Pedersen, PhD
  • digital humanities
  • discourse analyses
  • discourses of advertising
  • humanities methodologies
  • participatory culture
  • rhetorical studies
  • technology and society
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 503 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5874
isabel.pedersen@ontariotechu.ca 
Jen Rinaldi, PhD
  • disability and law
  • feminist and queercrip legal theory
  • health law and policy
  • mental health law
  • reproductive technologies

Co-supervision

Bordessa Hall, Room 514 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5873
jen.rinaldi@ontariotechu.ca  
Website
Matthew Shane, PhD
  • antisocial personalities
  • psychopathic behaviour

Co-supervision

2 Simcoe Street South, Room 619 
(downtown Oshawa location)
905.721.8668 ext. 5968
matthew.shane@ontariotechu.ca 
Andrea Slane, PhD
  • cyberbullying
  • cybercrime
  • Internet law
  • online sexual exploitation of children and youth
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 506 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 2844
andrea.slane@ontariotechu.ca 
Peter Stoett, PhD
  • transnational environmental crime
  • climate and environmental justice
  • biodiversity conservation
  • genocide, war crimes, and international courts
  • marine pollution prevention
  • conceptualizing sustainable futures
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 415 
(downtown Oshawa location)
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5856
peter.stoett@ontariotechu.ca 

Major conferences attended by Criminology faculty members

Conference name/website

Conference dates

Submission deadline

Submission requirements

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

March 26 to 30, 2019

September Title, abstract
American Psychology - Law Society March 14 to 16 September/October Full papers
American Society of Criminology November 13 to 16, 2019 Early March Title, abstract
The Association of Chinese Professors in Social Sciences in the United States November Mid-July, Mid-September Proposal and full paper
Association of Internet Researchers Conference October 2 to 5, 2019 Early February Title, abstract
Biannual Conference of Religion, Media and Culture August March Title, abstract
Canadian Communication Association Conference First week of June Early February Title, abstract
Canadian Society of
Criminology
April December Title, abstract
Institute of Justice and
International Studies
Conference
June November Full papers
International Communication Association Conference June November Full papers
International Society of Justice Research August (every two years) Mid-March Title, abstract
Midwestern Criminal Justice Association September 26 to 27, 2019 Late-September Title, abstract
National Communication Association Conference Mid-November Mid-February Full papers
Qualitative Analysis Conference: Contemporary Issues in Qualitative Research May Early October Title, abstract
Western Society of Criminology

 

February 7 to 9, 2019

Early October Title, abstract
Sabrina Arabzadah

I completed my Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto where I majored in Criminology and Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I am currently doing my master's degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech. I am under the supervision of Dr. Shahid Alvi and my research will focus primarily on youth justice, specifically girls who are incarcerated and their experiences while being incarcerated.   

 


Jessica Arevalo

Jessica Arevalo completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Queen's University in 2020. Currently, she is completing her Master's degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University.  Under the supervision of Dr. Christopher O'Connor, Jessica's research will focus primarily on how young adults understand sexual consent


Moneet Brar

Moneet is a first-year MA student who recently completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto (UofT), where she double majored in Criminology and Sociology. During her time at UofT, Moneet was drawn to courses like Policing, Sociology of Crime, Sociology of Punishment and Social Inequality. This led her to pursue a master’s degree in criminology at Ontario Tech University. Her research interests include policing, community perception of the police, and Police Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 


 Heidi Graf

Heidi Graf recently completed her undergraduate degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. Her research interests include the reintegration of people that are formerly incarcerated. In particular, she is interested in the ways in which they reintegrate themselves back into their communities and the role that relationships play in the successful reintegration.  

 

 


 

Christopher Grol

Christopher's research has focused on the exploration of colonial impacts on Indigenous masculinity and identity. Specifically, the research is an examination of pre- and post-colonial Indigenous masculinities and how Indigenous masculinities have been represented and interpreted by Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The research attempts to understand how changes in the perception of what it means to be an Indigenous man may impact how Indigenous men, notably young men, may engage with the criminal justice system and ultimately contribute to the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian criminal justice system. 


Chalsea Heck

Chalsea Heck completed her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University in Calgary. After completing research on immigration and racialization, she began noticing an increase in hate crime and instances of white supremacy, which led her to complete her undergraduate thesis on hate crime. This led her to pursue graduate studies at Ontario Tech University, in order to work closely with Dr. Barbara Perry, Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. Her main research interests include hate crime, extremism and the psychology around why people are drawn into these ideologies.

  


Larissa Janssen

I recently graduated from Trent University Durham, where I earned an Honours BA in Child and Youth Studies. Prior to this, I earned an advanced diploma in Child and Youth Care from Durham College. It may be unsurprising then that my interests lie in youth justice! Specifically, I’m interested in the experiences of queer youth that may influence their likelihood of becoming justice involved. During the final year of my undergrad, I completed a major research paper focused on the unique criminogenic risk factors faced by LGBTQ+ youth in Canada, and I plan to pursue this topic further through my MA thesis.

  

 

 


Teighan Mittal-Mercer

Teighan Mittal-Mercer graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber in 2020 with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies and a diploma in Police Foundations. He subsequently gained employment as a Provincial Constable for the Ontario Provincial Police. Moving from the City of Toronto to the City of Kawartha Lakes for work, Teighan developed an interest in mental health response amongst youth in a rural setting. Having previously worked for institutions in an urban such as the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, he saw a clear lack of resources for those in a more spatially isolated setting. As such, he is hoping to pursue research through his master's degree in this area to bring forward better solutions to accessing resources and help better his community. 


Garon Mulyk

Garon Mulyk completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology and the Certificate in Applied Social Science Research (CASSR) at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Garon is now pursuing his Master's in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. Under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Perry, Garon's research focuses on the radicalization continuum of far-right extremism to far-left extremism and how we can define, interpret, and understand this continuum.


 Kriti Shah

Kriti Shah completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Concordia University of Edmonton in Alberta. She moved to Ontario to pursue her master's degree in Criminology. Kriti hopes to bring her experience with Edmonton police and work with vulnerable communities to her multidisciplinary research focused on reintegration and rehabilitation policies and practices from a youth crime perspective.

 

 

 


Justine Thomas

Justine Thomas completed her undergraduate Criminology degree here at Ontario Tech. Before attaining her degree, she completed a diploma at Seneca College in Police Foundations and had the opportunity to attend St. Mary’s University in Halifax to complete a field study in forensic fingerprinting.

Justine’s research is drawn to green criminology and climate change. She is currently being supervised by Doctor Chris O’Connor and her thesis is focused on radical environmental activism and the discourse of eco-terrorism.

  

 


Mythreyi Vijayakulan 

Upon completing my undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, I earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Criminology and Political Science. Through my firsthand experience at Peel Regional Police, I developed a keen interest in exploring crime among first-generation youth. My research interests include youth crime, social inequalities, and integrational trauma.

 

Beverly Allison

Beverly Allison is a second-year Ph.D. student in Criminology and Social Justice under Dr. Shahid Alvi's supervision. She completed both her undergraduate degree and master's degree in Criminology and Social Justice here at OntarioTech University. For her master's research, Beverly examined the connections between neoliberal ideology and incel ideology. For her dissertation, Beverly's research interests surround the topics of neoliberalism, hegemonic masculinity/femininity, misogyny, and online dating. 

 
 

Natalie Azzi

Victoria Baker

Victoria Baker completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Criminology and Social Justice under the supervision of Dr. Christopher O'Connor. Victoria's research interests revolve around improving the health and wellness of first responders - specifically, police officers - through resiliency training. She is hoping to research what Canadian police organizations presently offer to all frontline staff members regarding attempts to mitigate posttraumatic stress (PTSD) and operational stress injuries (OSIs) as well as what frontline officers feel is required to meet the needs from their lived experiences. 


Maria Cashore

Maria Cashore is a PhD Criminology and Social Justice student at Ontario Tech University. Maria completed her Bachelor of Social Science degree at Humber College in the Criminal Justice program, and her master's degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. For her master's thesis, Maria researched emerging media narratives from local Toronto news sources that reported on the Bruce McArthur serial murder case. For her dissertation, under the supervision of Dr. Olga Marques, Maria is interested in researching the spatialization of crime in Toronto's Gay Village. Her research interests surround media portrayals of crime and crime and vulnerable populations. 


Emily Cauduro

Emily Cauduro is a second year PhD student in Criminology and Social Justice. She completed her honors Bachelors degree in forensic science and psychology from Trent University and her Masters degree in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University. Emily is also a certified polygraph examiner with the Canadian Association of Police Polygraphers and the American Polygraph Association. For her master's thesis, Emily explored how police interactions with Indigenous peoples has been influenced following the publication of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report. For her dissertation, under the supervision of Dr. Olga Marques, Emily will continue her research on police interactions, Indigenous peoples involved in the criminal justice system, and intimate partner violence.


Madison Charman

Madison is a first-year Ph.D. candidate in Criminology and Social Justice at Ontario Tech University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Political Science at the University of Toronto, and her Master of Arts in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. After finishing her master's degree, Madison began her career in research with the Barrie Police Service. This experience has inspired her to continue her education, with a research focus on understanding how technology in policing impacts police-citizen interactions and police legitimacy. During my master's program, she had the privilege of working with Dr. Christopher O'Connor as a thesis supervisor and is excited to continue this collaboration while she pursues her Ph.D.


Brittany Frade

Brittany completed her undergraduate degree and her master's degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy at the University of Guelph. She is currently completing her PhD in police education under the supervision of Dr. James Walsh. Brittany's master's research examined the application of solitary confinement policies in Canadian correctional institutions. For her PhD, Brittany is examining whether or not police officers are being educated in police training academies in a manner that is conducive to their learning styles.


Victoria Ginsley

Victoria Ginsley is a fourth-year doctoral candidate (ABD) supervised by Dr. Carla Cesaroni and Dr. Barb Perry within the Criminology and Social Justice program. Her research interest focuses on the trans and gender-diverse community, particularly with regards to their experiences and perceptions of police. Victoria completed her MA at Ontario Tech University, also focusing on the trans community, with emphasis on how university students perceive and understand trans rights. She has completed numerous research projects with LGBTQ+ community organizations such as Egale, PFLAG Durham and AIDS Durham. Victoria has volunteered as a member of the Youth Justice Diversion Committee for over ten years through the Boys and Girls Club of Durham. She is currently the Vice President of the Criminology Student Graduate Association, and the RA and PhD representative for the Women in Research Council.


Carolina Gutierrez Cadavid

Carolina completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. She is now a PhD student in Criminology and Social Justice at Ontario Tech University. She is particularly interested in youth who reside in priority neighbourhoods and how their environment may influence their behaviours and decisions. She is also interested in homelessness and feelings of hopelessness and alienation among youth. Under the supervision of Dr. Tyler Frederick, she is hoping to complete her dissertation on youth in the south Oshawa area and their relationship with the community and possible feelings of loneliness and alienation.


Dallas Hill

Dallas is a PhD in Criminology and Social Justice student at Ontario Tech University. Under the supervision of Dr. Christopher O’Connor, her proposed doctoral research builds on previous research she has conducted on organizational decision-making. Her current research examines the influences on decision-making surrounding private technology acquisition and implementation by municipal police services across Canada. Through this research, she hopes to aid in the development of policy and educational material surrounding technological decision-making by police services.

 

 


Jose Ibarra Gomez

Jose Ibarra Gomez is a first-year Ph.D. student in Criminology & Social Justice. He received his Bachelor and Master of Arts Honors degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Oklahoma in the U.S.  He is currently being supervised by Dr. Carla Cesaroni, and his research will focus on at-risk youth and diversion. Jose’s interest includes at-risk youth, youth justice policy, rehabilitation, and diversion services. He plans on pursuing a career in academia. 


Simone IcardiSimone Icardi

Simone completed his undergraduate degree in Investigation Studies and his Master of Science degree in Cognitive Science in Italy. He moved to Canada and completed a Master of Arts degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University where he researched the application of an Artificial Neural Network for predicting possible threats of death in stalking cases. He is currently a PhD candidate in Criminology and Social Justice under the supervision of Dr. Steven Downing and Dr. Shadid Alvi. His studies focus on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence applications in the criminological field as a new method of analysis, as well as possible risks and benefits. He will also continue to study domestic violence and stalking phenomena under this new technological framework.


 Austin Lawrence

Austin is a doctoral student in the Criminology and Social Justice PhD program. Under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Perry, Austin's research focuses on intersections between right-wing extremism and Germanic Neo-Paganism. Austin is particularly interested in narrative construction, as well as entry and exit processes. Austin is undertaking this research with support from Public Safety Canada under an education leave program. At Public Safety Canada he works for the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence. Austin is one of the Stewards of Raven’s Knoll, has been an oathed goði since 2008, and is a signatory of the Canadian Pagan Declaration on Intolerance.


Antony Miskic

Antony Miskic completed his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at Western University and his Master of Arts in Criminology and Social Justice at Toronto Metropolitan University. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at Ontario Tech University under the supervision of Dr. James Walsh. Antony’s research interests include national security agencies, surveillance methods and technologies, police legitimacy, mechanisms of social control, and countering violent extremism initiatives. Following his Doctoral studies, Antony hopes to work with national security agencies in a research capacity.


Michael Ouellet

Michael Ouellet completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Bishops University in Sherbrook Quebec before attending Laurier University in Brantford for his master's degree in Criminology. He is now completing his PhD in Criminology and Social Justice at Ontario Tech University. Michael's Master of Arts research revolved around police-involved shootings and the factors that influence these types of incidents. He wants to continue research in this field in order to determine whether there are variables that could lead to earlier intervention. Michael hopes to one day use his French background and work with the police force in a research capacity. 


Ashlee Quinn-Hogan

Ashlee Quinn-Hogan is a PhD student in Criminology and Social Justice. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminology from Western University in 2021 and her Master’s degree in criminology from Ontario Tech in 2023. Under the supervision of Dr. Karla Dhungana-Sainju, Ashlee’s current research explores correctional staff’s perceptions of intake policy with respect to trauma-informed practice in Canada. In general, her research interests include trauma-informed correctional care, the Offender Intake Assessment (OIA) process in Canada, and the relationship between hegemonic masculinity and help-seeking within correctional settings. 

 


Florence Tang

Florence Tang is a PhD Criminology and Social Justice student at Ontario Tech University. She received her BA in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto, and her master's degree in Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Florence’s Master of Arts thesis used qualitative psychology on archival interview data to explore the subjective experiences of healthcare serial killers. She is currently being supervised by Dr. Shahid Alvi and is interested in individual psychology and providing a holistic understanding of the life course and personality of serial killers. In the future, she would like to be a consultant of atypical violence.

Her research interests include atypical homicides (e.g., serial and mass murder), psychopathy, forensic linguistics, linguistic deception, and Indigenous rights.


Amy Webster

Amy Webster completed both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology at Brock University and has a graduate certificate in Victim Justice and Interventions from Durham College. Amy is now a PhD student in the Criminology and Social Justice program at Ontario Tech University. Her MA research examined YMCA Day Camp counselors and their perceptions of youth. Amy has a wide array of research interests but hopes to complete her dissertation on workplace bullying and harassment in academia under the supervision of Dr. Hannah Scott.


Sarah Woods

Sarah is a doctoral student in the Criminology and Social Justice PhD program. Under the supervision of Dr. Carla Cesaroni and Dr. Scott Aquanno, Sarah's research focuses on understanding recent shifts in youth justice in the context of broader social pressures (e.g., neoliberalism). Specifically, Sarah hopes to highlight the important role of community-based agencies in delivering youth justice services. Sarah’s research interests include youth/juvenile justice, at-risk youth, criminal justice policy, and program implementation and evaluation.


Huda Zaidi

Originally hoping to pursue teacher's college, Huda Zaidi completed her Bachelor's Degree in Child Development before attending Ontario Tech University to pursue her Master's degree in Criminology. She is now completing her PhD in Criminology and Social Justice where she hopes to study the role of police unions and collective bargaining agreements in police management and misconduct. Huda plans on staying in academia and pursuing a career as a professor.
 

2023

Sam Blondeau, MA, "Squeegee Punks Reunite: Safe streets for all", (supervisor: Dr. Tyler Frederick). 

Mackenzie Krasowski, MA, "Carrying the Burden: A Study on the Reported Experiences and the Lifelong Impact of Growing up with a Serial Killer Parent", (supervisor: Dr. Hannah Scott).

Ashlee Quinn-Hogan, MA, "Acknowledging Offender Trauma at Intake: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis of Canadian Correctional Policy", (supervisor: Dr. Karla Dhungana-Sainju). 

Tristan Simonetta, MA, "Promoting Self-Determination Amongst Youth in Conflict with the Law: Are Advocates Doing Their Part?", (supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni).  

2022

Beverly Allison, MA, "Connecting Neoliberal Ideology and Incel Ideology", (supervisor: Dr. Shahid Alvi)

Samantha Chopik, MA, "Gendered Pathways: Family Violence as a Primary Pathway into Homelessness for Women", (supervisor: Dr. Hannah Scott).

Adiba Fannana, MA, (Major Paper) "Honor-Based Violence: The Socio-Cultural Understanding of Honor and its Impact in Promoting HBV Cases in Pakistan", (supervisors: Dr. Karla Dhungana-Sainju, Dr. Amir Mostaghim).

Phillip Nguyen, MA, "Easy Skins, Easy Life: A Chronological Case Study of Loot Boxes and Transferable Cosmetic Items in the Video Game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive", (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing). 

Naila Tasbiha, MA, (Major Paper) "The Psycho-Social Factors That Escalate Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Among South Asian Women in North America: An intersectional approach and analysis", (supervisor: Dr. Arshai Zaidi). 

Shannon Wilson, MA, Taking a Chance and Striking Out”: An Exploration of Homelessness, Housing Pathways, and ‘Self-Sabotage’, (supervisor: Dr. Tyler Frederick).

2021

Jennafer Callen, MA, White-Collar Crimes During the COVID-19 Pandemic (major paper).

Maria Cashore, MA, Biased Policing, Martyrdom, White Gratitude & Brown Pain: Media Narratives Surrounding the Bruce McArthur Case (supervisor: Dr. Olga Marques).

Ashton Fernandes, MA, Weeding out the Border: Cannabis and the Canada-U.S Border (major paper).

Carolina Gutierrez Cadavid, MA, Feeling like Rapunzel, You Know?”: A Narrative Inquiry of Youth, Boredom, and Deviance (supervisor: Dr. Tyler Frederick).

Esther James-Charles, MA, Youth and at-Risk Behavior: The Aftermath of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean Island of Dominica, (supervisor: Dr. Tyler Frederick).

Remington Latanville, MA, The Effects of Money Laundering on the Canadian Real Estate Market (supervisors: Dr. Christopher O’Connor and Dr. Kamal Smimou).

Michael Magnante, MA, Exploring the Interactional Theory: A Theoretical Exploration of the Dark Web’s Impact on Delinquent Behaviour (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing).

Angelina Naccarato, MA, Analyzing the Experiences of Police and Police Partners During the COVID-19 Pandemic (major paper)

Rajendra Rambajue, PhD, Youth Understandings of their Transition out of the Child Welfare System (supervisor: Dr. Christopher O'Connor).

Riley Therrien, MA, Youth Homelessness: An Exploration into the Desire for Family Reunification (supervisor: Dr. Tyler Frederick).

2020

Lawrence Akintoye-Bentola, MA, Identity through Sports: Basketball and Black Masculinities (supervisor: Dr. Barbara Perry).

Ana Figueras, MA, Current perceptions of sexual work amongst university students (supervisor: Dr. Olga Marques; committee member: Dr. Jen Rinaldi).

Nicole Fournier, MA, Major paper based around trauma history and how it correlates with youth crime (supervisor: Dr. Leigh Harkins; committee member: Dr. Jeffrey Abracen)​

Kaitlin Fredericks, PhD, Finding Success in Life: The Voices of At-Risk Youth (supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni; committee members: Dr. Christopher O'Connor, Dr. Shahid Alvi).

Simone Icardi, MA, Examining stalking, cyberstalking, domestic violence and the involvement of artificial intelligence in the criminology field (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing).

Irina Levit, MA, 'Foids have no soul, they are not human.' A sociological examination of the language used by an online male supremacy group (supervisor: Dr. Hannah Scott; committee member: Dr. Peter Stoett).

Allison O'Donnell, MA, An examination of the reintegration of Indigenous offenders (supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni; committee member: Dr. Karla Dhungana-Sainju).

2019

Ryan LePage, MA, An Exploration of the Perceptions, Identities and Stigma of Men and Domestic Violence (supervisor: Dr. Arshia Zaidi; committee member: Dr. Amir Mostaghim).

Madison Charman, MA, Gendered Boomtown Impacts: A Social Service Perspective on Experiences of Women in Resource Extraction Communities (supervisor: Dr. Christopher O’Connor; committee member: Dr. Barbara Perry).

Jessica Murray, MA, The Ideological Conflict between the Criminalization of Drug Use and Harm Reduction Programming (supervisor: Dr. Tyler Frederick; committee member: Dr. Amir Mostaghim).

Taha Ibaid, MA, The Waging of a Virtual War against Islam: An Assessment of How Post-9/11 War-themed Video Games Stereotype Muslims (supervisor: Dr. Tanner Mirrlees; committee member: Dr. Steven Downing).

Ryan Partington, MA, Social Importance of Recognizing the Victimization for Mothers of School Shooters (supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni; committee members: Dr. Steven Downing, Dr. Judith Grant).

 

2018

Victoria Morris, MA, Situation Tables as the New Crime Prevention: Theoretical Underpinnings, Strengths, Weaknesses, and Best Practices (supervisor: Dr. Christopher O'Connor; committee member: Dr. Tyler Frederick).

Amber Vibert, MA, Using an Ethnonarrative Design within Arts-Based Community Research: SKETCH Toronto and its Ongoing Social Impact (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing; committee member: Dr. Tyler Frederick).

Jordan Etherington, MA, Ideological Parallels Between Gamergate and White Supremacy: A Thematic Content Analysis (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing; committee member: Dr. Aziz Douai).

Sarah Ibaid, MA, An Exploration of Muslim Canadians' Perceptions towards Law Enforcement Authorities and their Willingness to Cooperate in General Crime Control and Counterterrorism Efforts (supervisor: Dr. Arshia Zaidi; committee member: Dr. Barbara Perry).

Jacek Koziarski, MA, Policing Mental Health: An Exploratory Study of Crisis Intervention Teams and Co-Response Teams in the Canadian Context (supervisors: Dr. Christopher O'Connor, Dr. Tyler Frederick; committee member: Dr. Barbara Perry).

Rachael Nunes, MA, Risk Management at Public Events: A Case Study of a Municipality within Southern Ontario (supervisor: Dr. Christopher O'Connor; committee member: Dr. Tyler Frederick).

Mehek Arif, MA, Perceptions of Criminalization towards Sex Education among a Generational Sample of Canadian Pakistani Muslims (supervisors: Dr. Arshia Zaidi, Dr. Shahid Alvi; committee member: Dr. Amir Mostaghim).

Dallas Hill, MA, Climbing the Corporate Ladder: Desired Skills and Successful Psychopaths (supervisor: Dr. Hannah Scott; committee member: Dr. Matthew Shane).

2017

Victoria Ginsley, MA, Rights or Wrong? Perceptions of Trans People Among Undergraduate Students (supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni; committee members: Dr. Barbara Perry, Dr. Thomas McMorrow).

Lindsay Ostridge, MA, Reporting Unwanted Sexual Behavior at a Post-Secondary Institution: An Examination of Campus Policy (supervisors: Dr. Christopher O'Connor, Dr. Nawal Ammar; committee member: Dr. Shahid Alvi).

Rachel Alexander, MA, Protection or Provocation? Police Control of Muslim Immigrants in Combating Terrorism (supervisors: Dr. James Walsh, Dr. Phillip Shon; committee member: Dr. Aziz Douai).

Jin Lee, MA, A Qualitative Examination of Nonconsensual Pornography Motivations Through Perception Analysis (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing; committee member: Dr. Andrea Slane).

2016

Samantha Reid, MA, ‘Return to Roots’: An Examination of the Re-Presentations of Rurality Within Post-Apocalyptic Survival Video Games (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing; committee member: Dr. Tanner Mirrlees).

Mersedeh Jahanzadeh, MA, Blurred Lines: Perceptions of Sexual Consent and the Role of Mental Illness (supervisor: Dr. Leigh Harkins; committee member: Dr. Kimberley Clow).

Nelesh Singh, MA, Indo-Caribbean Immigrants Perceptions of Dating Abuse (supervisor: Dr. Nawal Ammar; committee member: Dr. Shahid Alvi).

Katherine Baggaley, MA, ‘I was there’ and ‘It happened to me’: An exploratory study of the social organization of killing by military police officers and combat soldiers, 1976-1987 (supervisor: Dr. Philip Shon; committee member: Dr. Olga Marques).

Benjamin Earle, MA, Poverty, Structural Violence, and Harm in Ontario (supervisors: Dr. Shahid Alvi, Dr. Shanti Fernando; committee member: Dr. Christopher O'Connor).

Kaitlin Fredericks, MA, Risk and resilience: The impact of community programs on LGBTQ youth (supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni; committee member: Dr. Barbara Perry).

Philip McCristall, MA, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder among Veterans A Battle for Benefits: A Matter of Social Justice (supervisor: Dr. Judith Grant; committee member: Dr. Carla Cesaroni).

Andrew Mestrinaro, MA, Conceptualizing Silk Road as countercultural rebellion (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing; committee member: Dr. Gary Genosko).

2015

Vanessa Filippelli, MA, The many faces of Rob Ford: the representation of politician deviance, dishonesty and denial (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing; committee member: Dr. Aziz Douai).

Andrew Fleming, MA, Military and the media examining the wartime framing of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan (supervisor: Dr. Ronald Hinch; committee member: Dr. Tanner Mirrlees).

Nicole Garnette, MA, What’s in a name?: Revealing the function of the criminal pseudonym through a content analysis of ten characters in twelve films (supervisor: Dr. Judith Grant; committee member: Dr. Steven Downing).

Huda Zaidi, MA, Power, Privilege and Cover-Up: A Case Study on How Intertextuality in Police Records Can Mislead Homicide Investigations (supervisor: Dr. Philip Shon; committee member: Dr. Christopher O'Connor).

Davut Akca, MA, Operationalizing the Spatial Influence of the Risk Factors behind the Open-air Drug Markets (supervisor: Dr. Nawal Ammar; committee member: Dr. Carla Cesaroni).

Julianne Condon, MA, Public Opinion on Cyber-Bullying Laws in Canada (supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni; committee member: Dr. Shahid Alvi).

Elizabeth Elliott (Solodukhin), MA, The Effect of Target Language Proficiency on Deception Detection among Undergraduate Students (supervisor: Dr. Amy Leach; committee member: Dr. Brian Cutler).

Meaghan Middleton, MA, Can participation in Drug Treatment Courts reduce emergency department use? An evaluation (supervisor: Dr. Hannah Scott; committee member: Dr. Liqun Cao).

Vanessa Rhodes, MA, Race, place and crime through the lens of Toronto’s print media (supervisor: Dr. Steven Downing; committee member: Dr. Carla Cesaroni).

Kanika Samuels, MA, Examining the utility of pre-charge youth diversion programs: A Canadian context (supervisor: Dr. Nawal Ammar; Co-supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni).

Serdar San, MA, The policing of terrorism: A comparative analysis of Turkish and Canadian counter-terrorism responses (supervisor: Dr. Carla Cesaroni; committee member: Dr. Nawal Ammar).

2014

Jeremiah Baarbe, MA, Effect of an emotional situation on decision recipients' and decision-makers' justice appraisals (supervisor: Dr. Brian Cutler; committee member: Dr. Amy Leach).

Bailey Guminny, MA, Teenage serial homicide offenders: A typology (supervisor: Dr. Ron Hinch; committee member: Dr. Phillip Shon).

Nicole Pigeon, MA, Elder abuse and victimization: Yet another vulnerable population (supervisor: Dr. Nawal Ammar; committee member: Dr. Arshia Zaidi).

Jankie Ramnaraine, MA, Michael Slobodian: The forgotten school shooter. An examination of the on-scene offense characteristics of the first Canadian school shooting, Brampton, Ontario, 1975 (supervisors: Dr. Ron Hinch, Dr. Phillip Shon; committee member: Dr. Hannah Scott).

Renee Grozelle, MA, The meaning of murder: Newspaper framing of hate crimes against lesbians (supervisor: Dr. Barbara Perry; committee member: Dr. Aziz Douai).

Alyx Ivany, MA, Examining the effects of apology and compensation on participants' perceptions of exonerees (supervisor: Dr. Kimberley Clow; committee members: Dr. Leigh Harkins, Dr. Rose Ricciardelli).

Michael Jehu, MA, An applied comparison of eyewitness line-up procedures: New Jersey v. England and Wales' PACE v. New York (supervisor: Dr. Brian Cutler; committee member: Dr. Amy Leach).

Allison Gray, MA, Milking anomie: Experiencing food safety on Canadian dairy farms (supervisor: Dr. Ron Hinch; committee member: Dr. Steven Downing).

Anisah Hussain, MA, Social control and deviance within the South Asian Muslim female community: An exploratory study (supervisor: Dr. Shahid Alvi; committee member: Dr. Nawal Ammar).

Mission

To enrich the academic and social experience of the Ontario Tech Criminology graduate student body through networking, learning opportunities and social events in preparation for academic and professional success post-graduation.

Vision

A graduate student experience where all students feel connected and supported to achieve their full potential.

Members and roles

 

Victoria Baker

President


Victoria Ginsley

Vice-President


Garon Mulyk

Financial Officer


Ashlee Quinn-Hogan

Criminology Graduate Committee Representative - MA Student


Emily Cauduro

Criminology Graduate Committee Representative - PhD Student


Michael Ouellet and Moneet Brar

Communication and Events Officers


Larissa Janssen

Secretary