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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Amir Mostaghim

Associate Teaching Professor

Criminology and Justice

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 426
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5887


Many physical, mental, social and economic factors contribute to identity in today’s society. Leisure and consumption are two of the lesser understood factors, yet they speak volumes about individual identity. Amir Mostaghim, a Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities aims to shed light on the gender and ethnic stereotypes around leisure and consumption. His latest research explores gender and ethnic dimensions of marijuana use in Canada. 

Mostaghim joined our university in 2015 and teaches undergraduate courses in areas of policy development, policing, and perspectives in criminal justice. He aims to inspire his students to push the boundaries of social justice policy in Canada and around the world in order to improve the lives of marginalized populations.

Previously, he was a sessional instructor at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario as well as University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario where he is currently finishing up his Doctorate in Sociology and Criminology. He also earned his Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy here. Intrigued by social science and human interaction, Mostaghim completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology and Psychology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. 

As an immigrant child in Canada, he grew up interested in the role of ethnicity, particularly around leisure. Both leisure and consumption play a key role in establishing an individual’s identity, yet little research has been done to examine this cause and effect. Mostaghim’s research aims to understand how the ways in which people enjoy leisure time helps establish their identities.

A fervent social justice advocate, Dr. Mostaghim has served as a human rights observer with Amnesty International for more than a decade, and most recently led the sponsorship of 12 Syrian refugees into Canada.

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Data Analysis
  • Policing
  • Advance Level Policy Development
  • International Perspective in Criminal Justice

Research and expertise

  • consumption
  • drugs
  • gender
  • identity development
  • post-modern theory
  • race
  • youth subculture


  • Articles

    Erickson, P.G, Hathaway, A, Kolar, K, Mostaghim, A and Osbourne G. A nuanced view of normalisation: Attitudes of cannabis non-users in a study of undergraduate students at three Canadian universities. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 2015, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp 238-246.

    Hathaway, A and Mostaghim, A. Identity Formation, Marijuana and "The Self": A Study of Cannabis Normalization among University Students. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 2013, Vol. 4, No. 160. 

  • Book Chapters
    Book Chapter: Crimes of Mortality, Understanding Crime in Canada: An Introduction to Criminology Toronto: Emond Montgomery Publications