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Krystle Maki

B.A. (Trent), M.A. (Queen's) 
Ph.D. Candidate

Office: C503 Mackintosh-Corry
Tel:  (613) 533-6000 x75744
Email: 6km37@queensu.ca

Supervisor:  Dr Catherine Krull and Dr Margaret Little

For more information please see Detailed Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 275KB)

Website http://krystlemaki.wordpress.com/

Research Interests

My primary research interests involve understanding the connections between neoliberal welfare state restructuring and the increased surveillance of those living on social assistance. Specifically, I am interested in investigating the class, gender and racialized consequences of welfare surveillance administered by social assistance in Ontario (Ontario Works). More broadly, the research draws from a number of theoretical and methodological frameworks informed by: Feminist Political Economy, Antiracist Feminism, Welfare Surveillance, Social Movements, Anti Oppression, Reflexive Ethnography, and Participant Action Based Research.

Doctoral Research

For my dissertation I will explore the uncharted relationship between Ontario Works (OW) and surveillance and its effects on recipients, service providers and community advocacy groups. I recently completed 35 qualitative in-depth, open ended interviews in three different locations in Ontario. I interviewed single mothers on OW, anti-poverty activists, advocates and front line workers, as well as OW caseworkers. This project builds upon my Master’s thesis, ‘Guilty Until Proven Eligible: Welfare Surveillance of Single Mothers in Ontario’ (2009), which analysed and documented OW policy, legislation and regulations uncovering eight surveillance practices administered by OW.


  • PhD Sociology (In progress, expected completion: Fall 2014). 
    Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada. 
    Title: ‘Welfare Surveillance and the Never Deserving Poor: An exploration of gendered surveillance, activist resistance and caseworkers perspectives’. 
    Supervisor: Professor Catherine Krull and Professor Margaret Little
  • MA Sociology (2007-2009). 
    Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada. 
    Title: ‘Guilty Until Proven Eligible: Welfare Surveillance of Single Mothers in Ontario’. 
    Supervisor: Professor. Laureen Snider
  • BA Honour Double Major Sociology and Women’s Studies (2002-2006). 
    Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Vanier Canadian Graduate Award, Queen’s University (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2011- 2012-declined)
  • Ontario Graduate Award, Queen’s University (2010-2011),(2011-2012-declined)
  • New Transparency Graduate Travel Grant, Queen’s University (March 2010)
  • Queen’s Graduate Entrance Tuition Award (PhD), Queen’s University (Sept 2009)
  • Queen’s General Award, Queen’s University (2007/2008/2009/2010)
  • President and Dean’s Honours (BA), Trent University (2006)


Peer Reviewed Journals:

Maki, Krystle. (2011). “Neoliberal Deviants and Surveillance:  Welfare Recipients under the watchful eye of Ontario Works".  Journal of Surveillance and Society 9(1): 47-63.

Peer Reviewed Book Chapter:

Maki, Krystle. (forthcoming, Summer 2014). "Welfare Surveillance, Neoliberal Policy and the Never-Deserving Single Mother". In J. Minaker and B. Hogeveen (eds)Criminalized Mothers, Criminalizing Motherhood. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Book Reviews:

Maki, Krystle. (2009). “Out There In Here: Masculinity, Violence and Prisoning”. Journal Prisoners on Prisons 18 (1/2): 190-191.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles:

Stevens, Andrew and Krystle Maki (2009) “Lessons Learned: Union Organizing at Queen's University”, Our Times 28:4, 35-41.