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Our graduate students

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

Junior Criminology students

          

Name

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Madison Charman

Madison Charman

Madison's research examines the relationship between globalization and increased victimization of women and minority groups; specifically, the possible correlation between the resource extraction industry and violent and sexual crime in 'boomtowns', rural/remote communities and reserves.

Ana Figueras

Ana Figueras

Ana's research is focused on current perceptions of sexual work amongst university students. It involves an awareness of Canadian law regarding sexual work, and possible consideration of ever part-taking in sexual work. Topics of interest include: feminist approaches to research, female perpetrators of domestic violence and child maltreatment, and child maltreatment long term effects on victims.

Christopher Grol

Christopher Grol

Christopher's research studies the over-representation of Indigenous youth in custody settings.

Taha Ibaid

Taha Ibaid-Fadl

Taha's research studies depictions of Muslims as terrorists in entertainment media.

Ester James-Charles

Esther James-Charles

Esther's research interest pertains to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean Island of Dominica. The Category 5 Hurricane Maria devastated the small island of Dominica on September 18, 2017. Esther is conducting a study to assess the effects of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on youth with respect to homelessness.

Krystal Keating

Krystal Keating

Krystal completed her BA (Honours) in Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Currently, she is completing her MA in Criminology while working under the supervision of Arshia Zaidi, PhD. Krystal’s thesis examines the causes and consequences of elder abuse occurring within institutional and at-home long-term care at the hands of staff, family members, friends, or strangers. Specifically, Krystal’s thesis will analyze Ontario long-term care hiring and admission practices and how a lack of gerontology training may contribute to elder abuse.

Kishale Moore

Kishale Moore

Kishale's research examines the dichotomy of parenting styles mainly used by Caucasian families in contrast to those exercised by African American families and their contribution to the likelihood of young girls growing up in these homes to engage in inappropriate activities online.

Phillip Nguyen

Phillip Nguyen

Phillip's research studies eSports, cybercrime, and deviance in the online forum.

Etisha Wright-Smith

Eltisha Wright-Smith

Eltisha's research studies criminal gangs and immigration.

 Amanda Whan                 

Amanda Whan

                       

Amanda's research studies the relationship between sports culture and rape myth acceptance.                                                                                                                                                     

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

Senior Criminology students

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Mehek Arif

Mehek Arif

Mehek completed her Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) degree in Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts (MA) in Criminology under the co-supervision of Arshia Zaidi, PhD and Shahid Alvi, PhD. 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.

Natalie Azzi

Natalie Azzi

Natalie holds a BA (Honours) in Law and Society/Philosophy and an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University. She is currently a first-year doctoral student in the Criminology and Justice Program. She specializes in the study of sexual violence in conflict zones and she is currently engaged in writing about social justice and human rights issues for women in Lebanon, to raise awareness and provide support to women in the Middle East.

Karen, Chu, MA, Criminology

Karen Chu

Karen's research aims to understand the underlying rationale behind web users' choice to ignore cease and desist letters when participating in the illegal act of downloading digital content. Utilizing data collected from multiple online worldwide forums, Karen will also examine copyright laws and punishment surrounding the act of downloading restricted digital content in different parts of the world.

MA, Criminology, Kristen, De Silva

Kristen De Silva

Kristen is studying tweens' perceptions on sexting and sexting as a form of assault when unsolicited. Kristen is looking to use a questionnaire in a sexual health class for grade eights from a local school in Durham Region.

MA, criminology, Alma, Ekuban

Alma Ekuban

Alma's research studies victim impact statements to determine if victims of domestic violence go through the grieving process.

Jordan, Etherington, MA, criminology

Jordan Etherington

Jordan's research studies the potential for radicalization of the Gamergate movement into white supremacy by comparing parallels in rhetoric between groups.

Kaitlin Fredericks

Kaitlin Fredericks

Kaitlin is a second-year PhD student, studying Criminology and Social Justice. Her doctorate research seeks to explore the success of at-risk youth who engage in Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) Boys Youth Leadership Services for boys aged 11 to 18 at a local community organization. Her study will attempt to determine how these at- and high-risk boys were able to exercise resilience and become leaders for other youth, and whether or not the community program provided them with the support and opportunities necessary for overcoming the risks associated with criminogenic or anti-social lifestyles. Kaitlin's research interests focus generally around risk, resilience, youth and adolescents, and the impact and effectiveness of community programs at supporting at- or high-risk youth.

Dallas, Hill, MA, criminology

Dallas Hill

Dallas will examine the role of 'successful psychopaths' in the corporate world. Specifically, Dallas will examine corporate responsibility for recruiting 'successful psychopaths' through an analysis of the interpersonal traits from Hare's Two Factor model to identify which characteristics resemble commonly valued leadership traits. Further, Dallas will identify the dangers of 'successful psychopaths' in the workplace and the propensity for white-collar crime.

Victoria Hunt

Victoria Hunt

Victoria completed her BA (Honours) in Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Working towards a MA in Criminology, she is writing a major paper in the field of hate crime, under the supervision of Barbara Perry, PhD. 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.

MA, Criminology, Sarah, Ibaid

Sarah Ibaid

Sarah's research investigates the mental repercussions of anti-Muslim sentiment and the discriminatory actions that accompany it for Muslim Canadian young adults. Sarah will also examine the relationship between perceived discrimination by law enforcement, within the current global war on terror, and the willingness to collaborate in antiterrorism strategies.

MA, criminology, Jacek, Koziarski

Jacek Koziarski

Jacek's research concerns interactions between the police and individuals who are in mental health crisis. Specifically, Jacek will survey Canadian police services to learn about police interactions with this population, as well as the structure, organization, and objectives of Crisis Intervention Teams and co-response teams.

MA, criminology, Ryan, LePage

Ryan LePage

Ryan is looking to conduct qualitative research on male perpetrators of intimate partner violence. Through interviewing participants in the Durham Region, experiences and perceptions of this population can be assessed.

MA, criminology, Lance, MacArthur

Lance MacArthur

Lance's research centres on sentencing and sentencing outcomes for Indigenous (and other minority) populations using a legal framework.

MA, criminology, Stephanie, Matusiak

Stephanie Matusiak

Stephanie's research objective is to compare sex offender registries in both the United States and Canada, to examine if they are fulfilling their intended purpose set out by legislation. By doing this, Stephanie will also analyze each country's policy approach in response to over-publicized sex crimes and the moral panic that has arisen from these mega cases.

Andrew Michaud

Andrew Michaud

Andrew is in the first year of his PhD in Criminology and Social Justice at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Wichita State University and his Master of Science in Criminal Justice at California State University, Sacramento. Andrew's prior research includes studies of media-influenced perceptions of law enforcement legitimacy and post-incarcerated populations' perceptions of the U.S. penal system. His primary research focus is on (multiple) marginality, its impact on lives, and the various effects hate crime has on individuals and communities.

MA, criminology, Victoria, Morris

Victoria Morris

Victoria is gathering insights into strengths, weaknesses and best practices of the Situation Table model in Ontario.

MA, criminology, Jessi, Murray

Jessi Murray

Jessi is examining institutional barriers in implementing harm reduction services on university campuses by interviewing various stakeholders at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (e.g. administrators, health-care providers, student activists, etc.).

MA, criminology, Kevin, Myles

Kevin Myles

Kevin is working on evaluation and synthesis of conflict theories and Noam Chomsky's propaganda model to explain how corporate media subverts democratic values.

Rachael Nunes

Rachael Nunes

Rachael received her BA (Honours) in Criminology from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and advanced her interest in Risk Management to her thesis work in graduate studies. Working with Christopher O'Connor, PhD (supervisor) and Phillip Shon, PhD (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. 

MA, criminology, Ryan, Partington

Ryan Partington

Given the negative responses presented towards the mothers of school shooters, Ryan will be examining the five stages of grief they experience as a result of the ramifications transpiring immediately after the incident, or during the aftermath.

Rajendra Rambajue

Rajendra Rambajue

Raj is a second year PhD student, studying Criminology and Social Justice at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Based on his Child and Youth Worker experience in group homes for children and youth, Raj is writing his dissertation with a focus on youth (17 to 21 years old) who transitioned out of foster and/or group homes associated with the Children’s Aid Society. He is particularly interested in exploring how youth understand their transition out of foster care.

Laura, Steeves, MA, criminology

Laura Steeves

Laura is conducting qualitative research which focuses on the perceptions University of Ontario Institute of Technology students have on sexual assault and harassment on campus, using secondary data. Laura intends to understand sexual assault policies and reporting methods through a feminist lens in order to better help and create awareness fo survivors.

Jordan, Taxon, MA, criminology

Jorden Taxon

In the Information Age, our growing dependence on the Internet of Things has increased our likelihood of being victimized by simply being connected. Specifically, Jorden's research will focus on an emerging and imminent set of civilian-targeted cybercrimes called 'Kinetic Cyber Attacks', which prey on this dependence, and their underrepresentation in criminological inquiry.

Amber Vibert

Amber Vibert

Amber completed her BA (Honours) in Criminology with a specialization in Criminal Justice at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 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 Steven Downing, PhD and her committee member is Tyler Frederick, PhD. 

Sarah Woods

Sarah Woods

Sarah's research studies the youth justice system, youth and adult crime, and criminal justice policy.

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