Professor Emeritus
A.N. Doob, AB, Ph D

Professor and Director of the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
K. Hannah-Moffat, BA, MA, Ph D

R. Gartner, MS, PhD

M. Valverde, MA, Ph D, FRSC

Associate Professor
S. Wortley, MA, PhD

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director
M. Light, AB, MA, JD, PhD

Assistant Professor
B. Jauregui, BA, MA, Ph D

W. Watson, BSc, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Breese Davies, MA, LLB


Research Interests 

Honor Brabazon is joining the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies in the 2015-16 academic year. She recently completed a PhD at the University of Oxford and has spent the past semester as a Visiting Researcher in the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School.  
Her research focuses primarily on the role of law in the construction and expansion of neoliberalism and to what extent this reconfigures the potential for law to be used effectively in the pursuit of social change.  Her doctoral research used the example of the Bolivian Landless Peasants’ Movement to examine how particular uses of law in neoliberal policymaking have restricted possibilities for political dissent, as well as the creative and subversive engagements with law that certain social movements have developed in response.  She has explored these questions through research in Quebec, India, Sweden, and the US as well.  She is also interested in the impacts of security legislation on dissent; the politics of property law; and the limitations and transformative possibilities of international law.  She has taught criminology, legal studies, and related subjects in the UK and Canada.  

Breese Davies received her B.A., M.A. (Criminology) and LL.B. degrees from the University of Toronto. She practices criminal law at both the trial and appellate levels. She started her legal career as an associate with Ruby & Edwardh and was a partner at Di Luca Copeland Davies LLP for 4 years. Breese is now a sole practitioner in Toronto practicing in association with Cavalluzzo Shilton McIntyre Cornish LLP. Breese was involved in the Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in relation to Maher Arar, the Internal Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in relation to Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad Abou-Elmaati and Muayyed Nureddin and the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario. She was also counsel for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies in the Inquest into the Death of Ashley Smith. Breese is one of On Children and the Law (with J. Wilson). Breese serves as an Assistant Editor of the Canadian Rights Reporter and as co-editor of For the Defence magazine published by the Criminal Lawyers Association.  She is also a Vice-President of the Criminal Lawyers Association. She is an adjunct professor of Criminology at the University of Toronto and teaches in the part-time LL.M. program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Breese has done volunteer legal work in Nigeria through Avocats sans frontiers Canada.

Rosemary Gartner received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is Professor of Criminology and Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include historical and cross-national variation in serious interpersonal violence, violence by and against women, and gender and punishment. She has published four books: The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime (with Bill McCarthy), Marking Time in the Golden State: Women's Experiences of Imprisonment in California (with Candance Kruttschnitt); Murdering Holiness: The Trials of Franz Creffield and George Mitchell (with Jim Phillips); and Violence and Crime in Cross-National Perspective (with Dane Archer) and articles in a number of journals, including American Sociological Review, Law and Society Review, Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research, Criminology, and Resources for Feminist Research. She is currently co-editor of Criminology, the flagship journal of the American Society of Criminology.

Kelly Hannah-Moffat’s research is concerned with the increased use of risk-based technologies of governing, and of self-governing technologies, such as the empowerment that seeks to govern-at-a-distance. She is also interested in how risk-based government combines with other established and emergent penal strategies (i.e. punitive, gender responsive, rehabilitation and restorative justice) and how these new technologies impact social policy and create new patterns of governance. Her theoretical interest in risk and gender informs empirical examinations of local institutional cultures. She uses data from 500 male and female case file. Of interest are the relationships between gender, diversity, social disadvantage.

Matthew Light studies migration control, policing and criminal justice, and corruption, primarily in the post-Soviet region. He is currently working on   book manuscript on regional migration policies in contemporary Russia and research project on police reform in Georgia and neighbouring post-Soviet states.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications:

▪  Matthew Light, Rosemary Gartner, and Milomir Strbac, “Explaining the Use of Interpersonal Violence by Political Leaders:  Saddam Hussein and Joseph Stalin Compared,” forthcoming, Post-Soviet Affairs.

▪  Matthew Light and Nikolai Kovalev, “Russia, the Death Penalty, and Europe: The Ambiguities of Influence,” forthcoming, Post-Soviet Affairs.

▪  “Police Reform in the Republic of Georgia: The Convergence of Domestic and Foreign Policy in an Anti-Corruption Drive,” forthcoming, Policing and Society

▪  “What Does It Mean To Control Migration?  Soviet Mobility Policies in Comparative Perspective,” Law and Social Inquiry, 2012.

Peter H. Solomon received his B.A. from Harvard University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Professor Solomon specializes in Soviet and post-Soviet politics and in the politics of criminal justice in various countries. He is the author of Soviet Criminologists and Criminal Policy (1978), Criminal Justice Policy, From Research to Reform (1983), Soviet Criminal Justice under Stalin (1996), Courts and Transition in Russia: The Challenge of Judicial Reform (with Todd Foglesong, 2000) and editor of Reforming Justice in Russia, 1864-1996 (1997). His current research includes judicial and legal reform in contemporary Russia; courts, law and politics in authoritarian and transitional regimes; and the history of criminal justice in the USSR. 

Mariana Valverde’s fields of study are the legal regulation of sexuality, sociolegal theory, historical sociology, and urban governance and law. Her first book was Sex, power, and pleasure (1985). Subsequent sole-authored books are: The age of light, soap, and water: moral reform in English Canada 1880s-1920s (1991 [2009]); Diseases of the will: alcohol and the dilemmas of freedom (Cambridge, 1998), co-winner of the Law and Society Association’s main book prize; Law’s dream of a common knowledge (Princeton, 2003); Law and order: signs,  meanings, myths (Routledge, 2006); and Everyday law on the street: city governance in an age of diversity (University of Chicago, 2012), which won a major book prize. A recently completed book, Chronotopes of law: jurisdiction and scale is forthcoming with Routledge London in November 2014.

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006, she has co-edited four anthologies and published over 40 articles, mostly sole-authored, in journals ranging from Law and Society Review to Victorian Studies. A professor at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto, she has courtesy appointments in the Faculty of Law and the Department of Geography and Planning and is actively involved in the Sexual Diversity Studies Program.

William Watson received his B.Sc. from the University of Leicester, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Watson’s academic interests include the practice of forensic psychiatry, psychopathy, the provision of services to sub- populations of mentally disordered offenders who are identified, or self-identified, as having special needs, and the place of critical social science in public policy making. His publications include The Mentally Disordered Offender in an Era of Community Care: New Directions in Provision (co- edited with A. Grounds), and articles in Sociology, The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, History of Psychiatry, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, Social and Legal Studies, Canadian Journal of Sociology, and The Canadian Journal of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Watson has served as a consultant for the Ontario Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Canada. He is currently completing research on the relationship between social science epistemologies and political philosophies, and on the relationship between the social and psychological sciences, especially as this is relevant to psychopathy.

Scot Wortley received his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto. He is now an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Toronto. His research interests include: the treatment of racial minorities by the police and criminal courts in Canada; public perceptions of the justice system; criminal offending, substance abuse and victimization among Canadian youth; diversion programs within Canadian corrections; youth gangs and gang prevention; media depictions of crime and criminal justice issues; and crime and victimization in the Caribbean. Professor Wortley has published articles in various academic journals including the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the British Journal of Criminology, Law and Society Review, Social Forces, the British Journal of Sociology and the American Journal of Sociology. He also recently published a book on Crime and Criminal Justice in the Caribbean with researchers from the University of the West Indies.