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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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Phillip Shon


Criminology and Justice

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 416
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 6516


Dr. Phillip C. Shon received his Master of Arts (MA) and PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois (Chicago); he also holds an MA in Linguistics and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy from Northeastern Illinois University (Chicago). He is currently a Professor of Criminology at Ontario Tech University where he teaches courses in homicide and criminological theory. He is the author of:

  • How to Read Journal Articles in the Social Sciences (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2015.
  • Language and Demeanor in Police-Citizen Encounters. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2008.
  • Respect, Defense, and Self-Identity: Profiling Parricide in Nineteenth-Century America, 1852-1899. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

Dr. Shon has completely forgotten Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. He is patiently awaiting for the Chicago Bears to return once more to the Promised Land.

Curriculum vitae 


  • MA, Linguistics Northeastern Illinois University
  • MA, Criminal Justice University of Illinois
  • PhD, Criminal Justice University of Illinois

Courses taught

  • Advanced Justice Studies
  • Integrating Projects
  • Criminological Theory (undergraduate/graduate)
  • Professional Development

Research summary

Research interests: 

  • parricide
  • intrafamily homicide
  • individual psychology and criminology

Research supervision areas:

  • parricide
  • intrafamily homicide
  • serial homicide