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Shahid Alvi


Criminology and Justice

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 315
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 3412

Office hours:
By appointment.


An award-winning researcher, Dr. Shahid Alvi was named Critical Criminologist of the Year from the American Society of Criminology's Critical Criminology Division in 2002.

Prior to joining Ontario Tech University in 2004, Dr. Alvi was an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.


  • MA, Sociology University of Saskatchewan
  • PhD, Sociology Carleton University

Courses taught

  • Theories of Crime (undergraduate and graduate level)
  • Youth Crime
  • Crime and Social Exclusion
  • Special Topics

Research and expertise

Research background and interests:

  • digital victimization and netnography
  • social exclusion
  • online incivility
  • violence against women
  • left realism
  • youth crime
  • political economy
  • technology and education

Research supervision areas:

  • youth crime
  • violence against women
  • crime and social exclusion
  • Internet crime
  • theoretical criminology
  • political economy of crime
  • gender and crime

Zuhour Nur (Health Science), untitled, in progress (co-supervisor).

Anisah Hussein: Muslim Youth and Deviance, completed 2014 (supervisor).

Amanda Couture: Dating Abuse in the South Asian Community, completed 2011 (supervisor).

Jaclyn San Antonio: A Criminology of Catastrophe: A Critical Analysis of Imperialistic State Crime and the Haiti Earthquake, completed 2011 (co-supervisor).

Joe Cowan: Youth Co-offending, completed 2013 (supervisor).

Kamille Tzotkes: Research Crime, Gender and the Media, completed 2012 (supervisor).

2011: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) internal grant, $2,000 (with Dr. Arshia Zaidi).

2007: Durham Region Community Impact Statements: Context and Template, Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of Victims Services Secretariat. $72,979 (Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Barbara Perry).

2006: A Census and Exploratory Study of Homelessness in Durham Region. Funded by the National Homelessness Initiative Fund, Canada, approx. $85,000. (Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Hannah Scott).


  • Selected publications
    • Youth Crime in Canada
    • Cyberbullying
    • The Political Economy of Educational Technology
    • Online misogyny
    • Second-generation Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Women's Victimization in Public Housing

    Mirrlees, T. and Alvi, S. 2019. EdTech Inc: Selling, Automating and Globalizing Higher Ed in the Digital Age. Routledge. 

    Alvi, S and Zaidi, A. 2019. “My existence is not haram: Intersectional lives in LGBTQ Muslims living in Canada.” Journal of Homosexuality.

    Alvi, S. 2018. “Misogyny online: A case study of an incel Subculture.” Qualitative Report  (Under Review)

    Alvi, S., 2018,   “Marrying digital and analog with Generation Z: Confronting the moral panic of digital learning in late modern society,” Proceedings of the Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress, Dublin, Ireland. IOS Press.

    Alvi, S and Zaidi, A. 2017. Invisible Voices:  An Intersectional Exploration of Quality of Life for Elderly South Asian Immigrant Women in a Canadian Sample. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, Vol. 32, 147-170.

    Alvi, S. and Mirrlees, T. 2014. Taylorizing Academia, Deskilling Professors and Automating Higher Education: The recent role of MOOCs.” The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. 2014, Vol. 12 #2, pp. 45-73

    Ammar, N, Couture, A, Alvi, S, and San Antonio, J. Experiences of Muslim and Non-Muslim Battered Immigrant Women with the Police in the United States: A Closer Understanding of Commonalities and Differences, Violence Against Women, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 12, pp. 1449-1471.

    Cesaroni, C, Downing, S, and Alvi, S. Bullying Enters the 21st Century? Turning a Critical Eye to Cyberbullying Research, Youth Justice, 2012, Vol. 12 #3, pp. 199-211.

    Alvi S, Zaidi A, Ammar N, Culbert L. A Comparative and Exploratory Analysis of Socio-cultural Factors and Immigrant Women's Mental Health Within a Canadian Context, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, June 2012,14(3):420-32.

    Alvi, S. Proceed with Caution: Technology Fetishism and the Millennial Generation, Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 135-144.

    Alvi, S, Scott, H and Stanyon, W. We're locking the Door: Family Histories in a Sample of Homeless Youth, The Qualitative Report. 2010 15(5), 1209-1226.

  • Recent conference presentations

    “Marrying digital and analog with Generation Z: Confronting the moral panic of digital learning in late modern society,” Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress, Dublin, Ireland. November 2018.

    “Perceptions of Sexuality and Sex Education Among Pakistani Muslims in Canada.” Canadian Sociological Association 2017. (with Mehek Arif and Arshia Zaidi.)

    Technological Citizenship in Higher Education,” Higher Education in Transformation Symposium (HEIT), November 3, 2016, Oshawa, Ontario.           

    “Myths, Stereotypes, and Barriers to Reporting” Ministry of the Attorney General SVHAP West Region Conference, Durham Regional Courthouse, February, 2016.

    The Future of Critical Criminology. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, February 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Battered Immigrant Women's Experiences with Courts: An Exploratory Study. Presented with N. Ammar and A. Couture at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, March 2011, New York City, New York.

    Bullying enters the 21st Century: A Preliminary Examination of Risk Factors for Cyber Bullying. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November 2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Intersectionality, Continuums of Vulnerability and Woman Abuse: An Exploratory Study with Immigrant Women. Presented with A. Couture at the American Society of Criminology meeting, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.