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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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Karla Dhungana Sainju

Associate Professor

Criminology and Justice

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 324
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 5809


Dr. Karla Dhungana Sainju earned her PhD in Criminology from Florida State University (FSU). Prior to joining Ontario Tech University, she was a Senior Research Associate for the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. She conducted research on state criminal justice policy and was responsible for the project’s research portfolio of sentencing and corrections briefs, reports and policy evaluations. She completed a Congressional Fellowship on Women and Public Policy in the United States House of Representatives and handled a legislative issue portfolio covering judiciary, women’s issues and child exploitation interdiction. While earning her PhD she also worked as a researcher at the FSU Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research.


  • PhD, Criminology Florida State University

Research and expertise

  • corrections and sentencing
  • mass incarceration and correctional control
  • prisoner re-entry
  • gender and crime
  • women’s imprisonment
  • electronic monitoring of offenders
  • traditional and cyber bullying
  • policy evaluations
  • corrections and sentencing
  • offender monitoring technologies
  • traditional and cyber bullying
  • gender and crime
  • public policy