Department of Sociology

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​Criminology and Law

Scholars in this cluster explore a wide range of questions regarding the nature of crime, law and criminal justice. More specifically, faculty in this research cluster examine youth in conflict with the law, crime and homelessness, criminal victimization, gender and crime, juvenile justice, policing, drug markets, situational crime prevention, program evaluation, courts and sentencing, bail and pretrial detention, punishment and social control, and the professions of law. Researchers in criminology and law contribute to sociological theories of crime, victimization and social control and employ a vast range of methodologies in their research projects.

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.
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. 
Law Firm Employment Practices and the Representation of Minority Associates and Partners
Fiona Kay (Co-Investigator). Law School Admission Council, 2010-2013.  
Street Youth, Differential Coercion, and Chronic Offending
Stephen Baron (PI). SSHRC, 2008-2013.
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. 
Career Pathways in Law: A Study of Gender and Job Transitions
Fiona Kay (PI). Law School Admission Council, 2009-2011. 
Faculty Experts
BARON, Stephen
Phone: (613) 533-2170
Research Areas: Criminology; Young Offenders
KAY, Fiona
Phone: (613) 533-6000 x 74486
Research Areas: Sociology of Law; Gender; Research Methods; Professions
MYERS, Nicole
Phone: (613) 533-6000 x 32167
Research Areas: Bail and Pre-trial Detention; Supervision and Conditions of Release; Court Processing and Sentencing; Punishment and Social Control; Criminal Justice policy
SACCO, Vincent (Professor Emeritus)
Phone: (613) 533-6000 x 74492
Research Areas: Victimization & Community Reactions to Crime; Urban Sociology; Deviance
SYTSMA, Victoria
Phone: (613) 533-2172
Research Areas: Criminology; Policy & Program Evaluation; Policing; Quantitative Data Analysis