Department of Sociology



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​Criminology & LawCrime Scene Tape

Award-winning faculty in this cluster are interested in a wide range of questions regarding the nature of crime, law and legal control in Canada. In substantive terms, their work explores issues as diverse as the gendered character of the legal profession, crime and homelessness, patterns of criminal victimization, community and popular understandings of crime, and the mediatization of crime. The research which members of the criminology and law cluster undertake employs a range of methodologies from those which are heavily quantitative to those which reflect more qualitative approaches. Equally varied are the theoretical perspectives which inform their work.

Currently Funded Projects

Employment Transitions among Professionals at Late Career Stage: Bridging to Retirement, Job Innovation, and Volunteerism
Fiona Kay (PI) SSHRC Insight Grant 2016-2021  $168,079

Street Youth, Criminogenic Social Schemas, and Crime
Stephen Baron (PI) SSHRC Insight Grant 2017-2020  $137, 471


Recent Completed Funded Projects

Racial Diversity in Corporate Law Firms: A Longitudinal Study of Organizational Practices Shaping Hiring, Retention, and Promotions
Fiona Kay (PI) SSHRC Insight Grant 2013-16   $93,399  


Street Youth, Differential Coercion, and Chronic Offending

Stephen Baron (PI) SSHRC 2008-2013   $99,556


Law Firm Employment Practices and the Representation of Minority Associates and Partners

Fiona Kay (Co-Investigator) Law School Admission Council 2010-2013     $79,137 


Gendered Career Trajectories: A Longitudinal Study of Women and Men Lawyers’ Law Practices and Pro Bono Service Commitments

Fiona Kay (PI) SSHRC Standard Research Grant 2009-2012   $102,576


Street Youth Poverty, Homelessness, Unemployment and Crime

Stephen Baron (PI) Chancellor’s Research Award 2002-2007   $60,000


Career Pathways in Law: A Study of Gender and Job Transitions

Fiona Kay (PI) Law School Admission Council 2009-2011   $72,000

Faculty Experts
BARON, Stephen

BARON, Stephen
Phone: (613) 533-2170
Research Areas: Criminology; Young Offenders

KAY, Fiona

KAY, Fiona
Phone: (613) 533-6000 x 74486
Research Areas: Sociology of Law; Gender; Research Methods; Professions

SACCO, Vincent

SACCO, Vincent
Phone: (613) 533-6000 x 74492
Research Areas: Victimization & Community Reactions to Crime; Urban Sociology; Deviance

SYTSMA, Victoria

SYTSMA, Victoria
Phone: (613) 533-2172
Research Areas: Criminology; Policy & Program Evaluation; Policing; Quantitative Data Analysis