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Shahid Alvi


Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 315
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 3412


An award-winning researcher, Dr. Shahid Alvi was named Critical Criminologist of the Year from the American Society of Criminology's Critical Criminology Division in 2002.

Prior to joining the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in 2004, Dr. Alvi was an Associate Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.


  • MA, Sociology University of Saskatchewan
  • PhD, Sociology Carleton University

Courses taught

  • Theories of Crime (undergraduate and graduate level)
  • Youth Crime
  • Families and Public Policy
  • Social Problems
  • Violence against Women
  • Introductory Sociology

Research and expertise

Research background and interests:

  • responding to hate crime
  • social exclusion
  • violence against immigrant women
  • youth crime
  • left realism
  • technology and education

Research supervision areas:

  • Crime and social exclusion
  • Violence against women (particularly immigrant women)
  • Youth crime

Zuhour Nur (Health Science), untitled, in progress (co-supervisor).

Anisah Hussein: Muslim Youth and Deviance, completed 2014 (supervisor).

Amanda Couture: Dating Abuse in the South Asian Community, completed 2011 (supervisor).

Jaclyn San Antonio: A Criminology of Catastrophe: A Critical Analysis of Imperialistic State Crime and the Haiti Earthquake, completed 2011 (co-supervisor).

Joe Cowan: Youth Co-offending, completed 2013 (supervisor).

Kamille Tzotkes: Research Crime, Gender and the Media, completed 2012 (supervisor).

2011: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) internal grant, $2,000 (with Dr. Arshia Zaidi).

2007: Durham Region Community Impact Statements: Context and Template, Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of Victims Services Secretariat. $72,979 (Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Barbara Perry).

2006: A Census and Exploratory Study of Homelessness in Durham Region. Funded by the National Homelessness Initiative Fund, Canada, approx. $85,000. (Co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Hannah Scott).


  • Selected publications
    • Youth Crime in Canada
    • Poor Minority Women's Victimization by Psychological and Physical Abuse
    • Resilience in Battered Women
    • Cyberbullying
    • Second-generation Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Women's Victimization in Public Housing

    Mirrlees, T and Alvi, S: Managing with MOOCs. Taylorizing Academia, Deskilling Professors and Automating Higher Education, The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies (under review).

    Ammar, N, Couture, A, Alvi, S, and San Antonio, J. Experiences of Muslim and Non-Muslim Battered Immigrant Women with the Police in the United States: A Closer Understanding of Commonalities and Differences, Violence Against Women, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 12, pp. 1449-1471.

    Cesaroni, C, Downing, S, and Alvi, S. Bullying Enters the 21st Century? Turning a Critical Eye to Cyberbullying Research, Youth Justice, 2012, Vol. 12 #3, pp. 199-211.

    Alvi S, Zaidi A, Ammar N, Culbert L. A Comparative and Exploratory Analysis of Socio-cultural Factors and Immigrant Women's Mental Health Within a Canadian Context, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, June 2012,14(3):420-32.

    Alvi, S. Proceed with Caution: Technology Fetishism and the Millennial Generation, Journal of Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 2011, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 135-144.

    Alvi, S, Scott, H and Stanyon, W. We're locking the Door: Family Histories in a Sample of Homeless Youth, The Qualitative Report. 2010 15(5), 1209-1226.

  • Recent conference presentations

    The Future of Critical Criminology. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, February 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Battered Immigrant Women's Experiences with Courts: An Exploratory Study. Presented with N. Ammar and A. Couture at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, March 2011, New York City, New York.

    Bullying enters the 21st Century: A Preliminary Examination of Risk Factors for Cyber Bullying. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, November 2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Intersectionality, Continuums of Vulnerability and Woman Abuse: An Exploratory Study with Immigrant Women. Presented with A. Couture at the American Society of Criminology meeting, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri.