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Graduates

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, please 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, please visit Criminology and Social Justice (Doctoral Program). 

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 Aboriginal 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 Banking
  • Inequality and social justice
  • International political economy
  • Social relations of power
Co-supervision Bordessa Hall, Room 328 
Downtown Oshawa 
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5855
scott.aquanno@ontariotechu.ca 
Rachel Ariss, PhD
  • Aboriginal law
  • Gender and law
  • Law and social change
  • Reproduction and law
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 504 
Downtown Oshawa 
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 
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 
905.721.8668 ext. 3457
kimberley.clow@ontariotechu.ca 
Brian Cutler, PhD
  • Conviction of the innocent
  • Interdisciplinary research projects with a psychological component
  • Mistaken eyewitness identification
Full 2 Simcoe Street South, Room 615
Downtown Oshawa
905.721.8668 ext. 3807
brian.cutler@ontariotechu.ca 
Aziz Douai, PhD
  • Freedom of the press
  • Global media
  • New media technologies
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 305 
Downtown Oshawa 
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 3790
aziz.douai@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 
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 
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 
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
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 
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
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 
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
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5877
thomas.mcmorrow@ontariotechu.ca 
Tanner Mirrlees, PhD
  • Media & Technology
Full Bordessa Hall, Room 312 
Downtown Oshawa 
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 
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 
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5873
jen.rinaldi@ontariotechu.ca  
Website
Matthew Shane, PhD
  • Antisocial personalities
  • Psychopathic behavior

Co-supervision

2 Simcoe Street South, Room 619 
Downtown Oshawa
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 
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 
55 Bond Street East 
Oshawa, Ontario
905.721.8668 ext. 5856
peter.stoett@ontariotechu.ca 

List of Major Conferences Attended by Criminology Faculty Members

Name of Conference

Website

Conference Dates

Submission Deadline

Submission Requirements

Academy of Criminal
Justice Sciences
https://www.acjs.org/default.aspx

March 26-30, 2019

September Title, Abstract
American Psychology
- Law Society
https://www.apadivisions.org/division-41/index March 14-16 September/October Full papers
American Society of
Criminology
http://www.asc41.com/ November 13-16, 2019 Early March Title, Abstract
The Association of
Chinese Professors in
Social Sciences in the
United States
http://www.acpssus.org/ November Mid-July, Mid-September Proposal and Full paper
Association of
Internet Researchers
Conference
http://aoir.org/ October 2-5, 2019 Early February Title, Abstract
Biannual Conference of Religion, Media and Culture https://www.colorado.edu/ismrc/conferences August March Title, Abstract
Canadian Communication Association Conference https://acc-cca.ca/ 1st 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 https://www.icahdq.org/default.aspx June November Full papers
International Society
of Justice Research
https://www.isjr.org/ August, Every 2 years Mid-March Title, Abstract
Midwestern Criminal
Justice Association
https://www.mcja.org/ September 26-27, 2019 Late-September Title, Abstract
National Communication Association Conference https://www.natcom.org/ Mid-November Mid-February Full papers
Qualitative Analysis Conference: Contemporary Issues in Qualitative Research https://www.qualitatives.ca/ May Early October Title, Abstract
Western Society of
Criminology
https://westerncriminology.org/

 

February 7-9, 2019

Early October Title, Abstract
Lawrence Akintoye-Bentola

Lawrence Akintoye-Bentola recently completed his BA Honours at Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) in Criminology with a minor in Legal Studies. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Criminology under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Perry. During his undergrad, Lawrence gained a keen interest in Black Identity development, racial persecution, inequality in crime, and illicit consumption. Based on these interests Lawrence is seeking to further his knowledge by gearing his Master’s thesis to understanding the effects racial identity plays on the unstructured socialization of youth through sports, and how this acts as a criminal intervention method for youth in low-income neighbourhoods.

 


Carolina Gutierrez Cadavid

Carolina Gutierrez Cadavid recently completed her undergraduate degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University, where she minored in Forensic Psychology. Carolina completed her honour's thesis on youth in low socio-economic or low-priority neighbourhoods and became interested in why youth are driven to commit crimes. She is also interested in homelessness and LGBTQ issues and is hoping to complete her Master's on youth crime and boredom. Carolina wishes to further her grad studies following completion of her MA and pursue a PhD as well as a career as a professor. 

 


Jennafer Callan

Jennafer Callan is a former Paralegal student from Durham College and a licensed paralegal. After moving to Alberta to work as a legal assistant, she returned to Oshawa to complete her undergraduate degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. Jennafer is now completing her Master's in Criminology and she hopes to continue doing research in the field of environmental crime. 

 

 

 


Esther James-Charles

Esther's research interest pertains to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean Island of Dominica. The Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated the small island of Dominica on September 18, 2017. Esther is conducting a study to assess the effects of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on youth with respect to homelessness.

 

 

 

 


Maria Cashore

Maria Cashore completed her undergrad at the Humber College Lakeshore campus where she received a Bachelor's in Social Science with a specialization in criminal justice. Her undergraduate thesis was focused on media portrayals of shooting crimes and is very interested in the media in general. For her MA thesis, she is hoping to research social media reactions to crimes against minority populations.

 

 


Madison Charman

Madison's research examines the relationship between globalization and increased victimization of women and minority groups; specifically, the possible correlation between the resource extraction industry and violent and sexual crime in 'boomtowns', rural/remote communities and reserves.

 

 

 

 


Ana Figueras

Ana's research is focused on current perceptions of sexual work amongst university students. It involves an awareness of Canadian law regarding sexual work, and possible consideration of ever part-taking in sexual work. Topics of interest include: feminist approaches to research, female perpetrators of domestic violence and child maltreatment, and child maltreatment long term effects on victims.


Ashton Fernandes

Ashton Fernandes recently completed his undergraduate degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. Before attending Ontario Tech, he was a bridge student in the Community Justice Services Diploma program at Centennial College. He is now pursuing his Master's in Criminology. Ashton's research interests include cannabis policy, policing and autonomous vehicles and for his MA, he is looking at cannabis cultivation as well as cannabis at the border and data collection, specifically how purchasing and using cannabis can affect you when crossing borders.

 


Nicole Fournier

Nicole Fournier completed her B.A Honours in Criminology at Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech). Previous to this she graduated from Georgian College with honours in the Protection, Security and Investigations diploma program. Throughout her undergraduate career, she gained interest in juvenile delinquency and what driving factors play a role in why youth commit crimes. She is now currently enrolled in the Criminology Masters program at Ontario Tech University. Her major project, which is being supervised by Dr. Shahid Alvi, is based around trauma history and how it correlates with youth crime.​


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 been 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 recently 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.

 

 


Simone Icardi

Simone Icardi is an international student from Italy. He completed his BA in Investigation Studies at the University of Perugia, his Master of Science in Cognitive Science and his advanced course in Forensic Psychopathology at the University of Milan. As a fellow of the Information Society Law Center at the University of Milan, he conducted numerous studies about the Stalking and Cyberstalking phenomena.

Under the supervision of Dr. Steven Downing, Simone's thesis will deeply examine stalking, cyberstalking, domestic violence and the involvement of Artificial Intelligence in the criminology field. Specifically, his plans are to develop an artificial intelligence system for predicting the threat level of these behaviours and to lay the foundations for a future innovative project in which Criminology and Computer Science intersect.


Remington Latanville

Remington Latanville completed her undergraduate studies at the Schulich School of Business at York University where she specialized in responsible business. She hopes to carry out work in this field as an MA student in Criminology at Ontario Tech University by focusing her research on financial crime and corporate deviance. She hopes to continue her studies at Ontario Tech by pursuing a PhD in order to one day teach in a university setting. 

 

 


Ryan Lepage

Ryan received his BA in Criminology at Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech), and his hope is to pursue a PhD once he has completed his masters. Under the supervision of Dr. Arshia Zaidi, Ryan's research is focused in the area of intimate partner violence (IPV), looking specifically at the experiences of men.


Irina Levit

Lance Macarthur

Angelina Naccarato 

Angelina Naccarato completed her Emergency Services Fundamentals certificate and the Protection, Security and Investigation program at Durham College before bridging to Ontario Tech University to complete her Bachelor's in Criminology. She is now pursuing her Master's in Criminology and is hoping to focus her research on mothers or expecting mothers in prison environments.  

 

 

 


Phillip Nguyen

Phillip's research studies eSports, cybercrime, and deviance in the online forum.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Allison O'Donnell

Allie received her Bachelor of Arts, Honours from Carleton University in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree the Criminology at Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech). Under the supervision of Dr. Carla Cesaroni, Allie's research looks at the reintegration of Indigenous offenders. In her research, Allie seeks to explore the spiritual and cultural support provided to Indigenous offenders during their reintegration from healing lodges, and how the ongoing process of healing is supported throughout the reintegration process.

 


Riley Therrien

Amanda Whan

Amanda's research studies the relationship between sports culture and rape myth acceptance. 

 

 

 

 

 


Eltisha Wright-Smith

Eltisha's research studies criminal gangs and immigration.

 

Natalie Azzi

Victoria Baker

Victoria Baker completed her BA and MA 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. 


Victoria Ginsley

Victoria Ginsley completed her undergraduate degree and her Master's degree in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. She is currently completing her PhD in Criminology and Social Justice under the supervision of Dr. Carla Cesaroni and Dr. Barbara Perry. For her Master's, Victoria surveyed undergrad students on their perceptions of the trans community. For her PhD, she will continue her research by interviewing members of the trans community about their interactions with the justice system. She has also done research on the BDSM and de-stigmatizing the kink community. Victoria hopes to one day be a professor and teach courses on gender and sexuality. 


Dallas Hill

Dallas is currently in her first year of the PhD Criminology and Social Justice program at Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech). Under the supervision of Dr. Christopher O’Connor, her proposed research builds on her previous work in the area of social control and large-scale institutions. Specifically, her doctoral research will examine how social media platforms assist police officers within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) as a form of information/evidence-sharing, surveillance, and community policing.


Fatih Karakus

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 signator of the Canadian Pagan Declaration on Intolerance.


Michael Ouellet

Michael Ouellet completed his BA in Psychology at Bishops University in Sherbrook Quebec before attending Laurier University in Brantford for his Master's in Criminology. He is now completing his PhD in Criminology at Ontario Tech University. Michael's MA 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. 


Rajendra Rambajue

Rajendra (Raj) Rambajue is a third year PhD student in the Criminology and Social Justice program. Based on his child welfare experience as a Child and Youth Worker and under the supervision of Dr. Christopher O’Connor, Raj’s research project focuses on youth (18 – 25 years old) who transitioned out of foster and/or group homes associated with the Children’s Aid Society. Through a partnership with the Durham Children’s Society and The Refuge Youth Outreach Centre in Oshawa, Raj hopes to explore how youth make sense of their transition out of the child welfare system.


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 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.
 

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; Committee member: 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

 

Dallas Hill

President


Zara Zaidi

Vice-President


Natalie Azzi

Criminology Graduate Committee Representative - PhD Student


Financial Officer - Vacant


Communication and Events Officer - Vacant


Secretary - Vacant


Graduate Student Council Criminology Representative - Vacant