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Our graduate students

Below is a chart of our graduate students and their fields of study.

Senior Criminology students

Name

Profile

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander

Rachel completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice at UOIT. She is currently striving towards attaining her Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology under the supervision of Dr. James Walsh and Dr. Phillip Shon. Her current research explores how police services within Western democracies respond to terrorist incidents and whether this has an effect on the relationship with Muslim immigrant populations. Within her major paper, it is argued that police responsive and preventive methods have the ability to either prevent or instigate future terrorist incidents.

Emily Andrew

Emily Andrew

Emily received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Criminology from Carleton University. Her major paper explores the timely issue of policing individuals who are experiencing a crisis or suffering from mental illness. More specifically, the focus is on the training officers receive with regards to mental health and how to best approach these types of situations to improve such interactions. Her thesis supervisor is Dr. Barbara Perry.

Mehek Arif

Mehek Arif

Mehek completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Criminology at UOIT. She is currently pursuing her MA in Criminology under the co-supervision of Dr. Arshia Zaidi and Dr. Shahid Alvi. Her thesis explores the religious values, cultural norms and secular-pluralistic social environments that may foster perceptions that demonize or criminalize sexuality within a Canadian immigrant South Asian Muslim family.

Andrew Colombus

Andrew Columbos

Andrew is an upper-year MA Criminology student with particular interests in music and music piracy. His research focuses specifically on illegal physical/digital distribution of music in Canada. He is supervised by Dr. Rachel Ariss and Dr. Tanner Mirrlees.

Victoria Ginsley

Victoria Ginsley

Victoria is currently in her second year of her master's program in Criminology. She previously completed her BA in Criminology at UOIT. Victoria is under the supervision of Dr. Carla Cesaroni and her committee members are Dr. Barbara Perry and Dr. Thomas McMorrow. Victoria's thesis will explore perceptions of transgender people by surveying undergraduate students at UOIT.

Victoria Hunt

Victoria Hunt

Victoria completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology at UOIT. Working towards a MA degree in Criminology, she is writing a major paper under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Perry in the field of hate crime. The paper will explore the representations of hate crime within the media comparatively between Canada and the United Kingdom. The focus will be on stories reported in the newspapers related to violence or hate crimes committed against members, actual or perceived, of the LGBTQ community.

Jin Lee

Jin Lee

Jin completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with a double major in Criminology and English at the University of Toronto: St. George. In an attempt to understand the emerging phenomenon of sexting and its relation to revenge porn perpetration, Jin's thesis will discuss whether or not there are identifiable variables that explain why consensual sexting participants transition into revenge porn perpetration against other individuals. Using an online survey aimed towards analyzing the perceptions people have towards the causes of such behavioural transitions, the study explores the connection between consensual sexting engagement and revenge porn perpetration/victimization. His supervisor is Dr. Steven Downing, and his committee member is Dr. Andrea Slane. 

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris

Sarah completed her BA (Honours) in Law and Sociology at Carleton University. Currently, she is working towards completing her MA in Criminology under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Perry. Her major paper will explore how risk assessment instruments contribute to the problem of over-representation of Aboriginal offenders within the Canadian criminal justice system, as they examine factors more commonly found in minority populations. Specifically, the paper will explore how Aboriginal offenders exasperate the social problems that stem from the inter-generational consequences of colonization, as enhancing one's criminogenic risk. 

Rachael Nunes

Rachael Nunes

Rachael received her BA (Honours) in Criminology at UOIT and advanced her interest in Risk Management to her thesis work in graduate studies. Working with Dr. Christopher O'Connor (supervisor) and Dr. Phillip Shon (co-supervisor), Rachael is analyzing how risk is mitigated through security operations at large public events. Specifically, she will focus her attention on a  municipality within the Greater Toronto Area to view how risky criminal behaviour is monitored, reduced and prevented by city officials and police. 

Jessica Osei

Jessica Osei

Jessica completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Toronto: Mississauga. Her major paper will provide a comparative analysis of the covert racism found in the United States legal system that may be mirrored in the Canadian context, specifically in Ontario. Through a comparison of various trends found in both legal systems, her major paper will uncover how similar the Canadian legal system may possibly be to the American legal system in regards to being racially biased towards Black individuals. Her supervisor is Dr. Karla Dhungana- Sainju.

Lindsay Ostridge

Lindsay Ostridge

Gender, crime and policing

  • supervisor: Dr. Nawal Ammar
Samantha Reid

Samantha Reid

Samantha completed her BA (Honours) in Criminology at UOIT. Her thesis examines the depictions of rural violence and culture within post-apocalyptic survival-themed video games. She seeks to better understand how media propagates rural stereotypes and depicts certain realities about rural violence. Her thesis supervisor is Dr. Steven Downing and her committee member is Dr. Tanner Mirrlees.

Alyx Riddell

Alyx Riddell

Alyxandra’s major paper will be an analysis of case studies of both individual terrorists and groups. Her major research questions will examine why only certain people and groups are labeled as terrorists. Furthermore, her analysis will also study whether or not those who are involved in terrorist groups are integrated into the society in which they live. The case study method will include an in-depth examination of each group, including the identities of the terrorists, the victims of the terrorists, and the cultural and geographical variations of each individual or group. Her supervisor is Dr. Nawal Ammar and her second reader is Dr. Aziz Douai.

Amber Vibert

Amber Vibert

Amber completed her BA (Honours) in Criminology with a specialization in Criminal Justice at UOIT. Her thesis explores a qualitative approach to researching the use of art as well as the impact of arts and arts-programming in a community setting for street-involved or marginalized youth. She has conducted interviews and focus groups with young adults in Toronto through SKETCH, an organization geared towards diverse arts engagement for those living on the margins. She has always been interested in youth justice and has a passion for the arts. Her supervisor is Dr. Steven Downing and her committee member is Dr. Tyler Frederick. 

Junior Criminology Students

Name

Research interests

Karen, Chu, MA, Criminology

Karen Chu

  • big data surveillance
  • cybercrime
  • fraud
  • privacy
MA, Criminology, Kristen, De Silva

Kristen De Silva

  • cybercrime
  • gender and sexuality
  • technology and crime
  • sexting and tweens/sexual development of tweens in a technological society
MA, criminology, Alma, Ekuban

Alma Ekuban

  • examining victims of domestic abuse, their grieving process and the criminal justice system
Jordan, Etherington, MA, criminology

Jordan Etherington

  • the alt-right, gamergate and harassment
Dallas, Hill, MA, criminology

Dallas Hill

  • psychopathy and gender
MA, Criminology, Sarah, Ibaid

Sarah Ibaid

  • examining social inequalities and their consequences for ethnic minority youth
MA, criminology, Jacek, Koziarski

Jacek Koziarski

  • policing and mental health
MA, criminology, Ryan, LePage

Ryan LePage

  • etiology of intimate partner violence
  • male perpetrators of intimate partner violence
MA, criminology, Lance, MacArthur

Lance MacArthur

  • criminal law, Indigenous rights and sentencing
MA, criminology, Stephanie, Matusiak

Stephanie Matusiak

  • sex offender registry between the United States and Canada; the impact on offenders and the public
MA, criminology, Victoria, Morris

Victoria Morris

  • alternatives to incarceration
MA, criminology, Jessi, Murray

Jessi Murray

  • drug policy reform
  • harm reduction
MA, criminology, Kevin, Myles

Kevin Myles

  • theories of violent crime in modern society from a social-psychological perspective
MA, criminology, Ryan, Partington

Ryan Partington

  • serial murder and the impacts on the accused families
Laura, Steeves, MA, criminology

Laura Steeves

  • decriminalization of marijuana in Canada
  • rights of migrant workers
Jordan, Taxon, MA, criminology

Jorden Taxon

  • hackers who kill
  • the Internet of things
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