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Karla Dhungana Sainju

Assistant 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
  • prisoner re-entry
  • policy evaluations
  • corrections and sentencing
  • offender monitoring technologies
  • traditional and cyber bullying
  • gender and crime
  • public policy