Faculty Profiles

Colaguori, Claudio

PhD (York University)
Associate Professor
Office: 328 Atkinson
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 44009
E-Mail: claudioc@yorku.ca

Dr. Colaguori’s scholarly interests include: the sociology of crime and deviance; food insecurity in an urban context; theories of culture and violence; governmentality and biopower in the post 9/11 era; and sociological theories of domination. His current research projects include a case study of Aboriginal wrongful conviction, and the corporate colonization of the body as an instance of biopower. His recent books include Security, Life and Death: Governmentality and Biopower in the Post 9/11 Era (2013) and Agon Culture: Competition, Conflict and the Problem of Domination (2012).

Glasbeek, Amanda

PhD (York University)
Associate Professor
Office: S724A Ross Building
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33749
E-mail: aglasbee@yorku.ca

Dr. Glasbeek’s research interests are anchored by feminist criminology and sociolegal studies, and include gender and surveillance, policing, regulation and representation, moral regulation and governance , and Canadian women's legal history. Publications include Feminized Justice: The Toronto Women's Court 1913-1934 (UBC Press 2009), and Criminalization, Representation and Regulation: Thinking Differently about Crime (co-edited with Deborah Brock and Carmela Murdocca, UTP 2014). She is currently involved in two research projects. First, she is conducting the first Canadian analysis of the use of CCTV evidence in the courtroom in cases of sexual assault. Second, she is Principal Investigator on the SSHRC-funded study “The Policing View: Body Worn Cameras, Surveillance, and the Question of Police Accountability” (2015-2018).

Lam, Anita

PhD (University of Toronto)
Associate Professor
Office: S721 Ross Building
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33753
E-Mail: lamanita@yorku.ca

Dr. Lam conducts research on media, culture and crime, and is the author of Making Crime Television (Routledge 2014). Her published research has focused on the construction of fictional and entertaining images of crime in television dramas, films, and comics. She is presently engaged in two different research projects. The first examines how comics as a medium positions its readers in acts of surveillance through their graphic representations of video surveillance. The second project explores how the production of courtroom sketch art depends on the artist’s synesthetic sensory experience of the trial proceedings.

Pratt, Anna

PhD (University of Toronto)
Associate Professor
Office: S722 Ross Building
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33748
E-Mail: apratt@yorku.ca

Dr. Pratt’s research interests encompass the intersections of criminal justice and border control and related matters of sovereignty, jurisdiction, law and discretion and crime and security. She is currently engaged in a major study of the Canada-U.S. maritime cross- border law enforcement program known as ‘Shiprider.’ Dr. Pratt is the author of Securing Borders: Detention and Deportation in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005). She has carried out a major study of frontline border control in Canada and has published findings on law and administrative discretion, the crime-security nexus, racial profiling and risk. She has also examined the emergence of bordering technologies that mobilize vigilant citizens and communities within Canada, such as the CBSA Most Wanted List, as well as the operations of discretion and jurisdiction in the deportation of long-term permanent residents from Canada.

Sheptycki, James

PhD (London School of Economics)
Office: 034 McLaughlin College
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 53726
E-Mail: jshep@yorku.ca

Prof. Sheptycki’s research has primarily concerned issues of transnational crime and policing. He has written on a variety of substantive criminological topics including domestic violence, serial killers, money laundering, drugs, public order policing, organized crime, police accountability, intelligence-led policing, witness protection, risk and insecurity. His current research focuses on 'guns, crime and social order' and is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Topak, Özgün

PhD (Queen's University)
Assistant Professor
Office: S724A Ross Building
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33749
Email: ozgunt@yorku.ca

Dr. Topak’s research interests include surveillance studies, migration & border studies, citizenship studies and human rights. His current project focuses on migration from Turkey to Greece and in the broader Mediterranean region and examines how surveillance operates through various technologies, and spatial and legal strategies, how migrants respond to surveillance, and how processes of surveillance and criminalization are contested by diverse groups, including humanitarian groups and migrants themselves. He has also written on other topics in surveillance studies including authoritarian surveillance in Turkey, border surveillance in Canada and globalization of electronic identity cards. His recent research appears in a number of interdisciplinary journals such as Society and Space and Citizenship Studies. His publications can be found at: https://yorku.academia.edu/OzgunTopak

Tusikov, Natasha

PhD (Australian National University)
Assistant Professor

Dr. Tusikov’s research examines the intersection among law, crime, technology, and regulation, and she is the author of Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet (University of California Press, 2017). Her study on Internet firms’ sharing of personal information and the implications for Canadians’ privacy received funding from the Contributions Program at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (2016-2017). She is also a co-investigator on the SSHRC Insight Development Grant “Internet Governance, Intellectual Property and the Exercise of Power in the 21st Century” (2016-2018). Before obtaining her PhD at the Australian National University, she was a strategic criminal intelligence analyst and researcher at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa.

Williams, James

PhD (York University)
Associate Professor
Office: S724 Ross Building
Phone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 20547
E-Mail: jamesw1@yorku.ca

Dr. Williams’ research interests span several different fields including: corporate and white-collar crime; socio-legal studies; economic sociology; and science and technology studies. He has conducted research into the public versus private policing of financial crime, and the challenges associated with policing securities fraud in Canada (Policing the Markets: Inside the Black Box of Securities Enforcement, Routledge, 2012). He is currently working on three main research projects: (1) a critical analysis of social impact bonds as an alternative funding device for crime prevention and social service programs; (2) an examination of the growing reliance on econometrics (i.e. economic statistics) as a form of evidence in the context of regulatory and legal proceedings and efforts to regulate market problems such as “excessive speculation” and “market manipulation;” and (3) a study of alternative sources of public knowledge (e.g. web-based advocacy; documentaries and testimonials; and community-based research) and their role in documenting corporate harms.