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Crisis Centre

Wesley Crichlow


Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Bordessa Hall - Room 322
Downtown Oshawa
55 Bond Street East
Oshawa, ON

905.721.8668 ext. 2651


Dr. Wesley Crichlow is an interdisciplinary youth scholar and community activist who works with socially and economically disadvantaged youth, engaging in youth and community empowerment. His current and ongoing research interests are listed below.

Curriculum vitae

Academic degrees and recent publications


  • PhD, Critical Pedagogy University of Toronto

Courses taught

Dr. Crichlow is a tenured Associate Professor. He teaches:

  • Critical Race Theory
  • Special Advanced Justice Studies Topics: Race, Crime, Masculinities & Prison Subculture
  • Special Advanced Topics: Race, Ethnicity & crime
  • Special Advanced Topics: #BlackLivesMatter Race & Criminal Injustice
  • Race and Ethnicity in the Canadian Criminal Justice System

Research and expertise

Research interests and supervision areas:

  • Black LGBTQ criminology
  • Black gender and Caribbean masculinities
  • Critical equity and diversity studies
  • Critical race theory
  • #BlackLivesMatter race and criminal injustice
  • Anti-black racism and decolonization
  • Storytelling and reality pedagogy
  • Alternative criminal justice rehabilitation
  • Youth rights in the Caribbean and Americas

Current research projects:

  • Community Based Study of LGBTQ Gang Involved & Incarcerated Youth. Dr. Wesley Crichlow (Principal Investigator), 2017-2020.

Rights for Children and Youth Partnership: Strengthening Collaboration in the Americas. SSHRC Partnership Grant Competition. Ryerson University Dr. Henry Prada (Principal Investigator), Wesley Crichlow (co-applicant) et, al. 2015 to 2021.

  • $2.5 million


  • Published and co-published books

    Joseph, J., & Crichlow, W. (Eds.). (2015). Alternative offender rehabilitation and social justice: Arts and physical engagement in criminal justice and community settings. London: Palgrave.

    Kazarian, S., Crichlow, W., & Bradford, S. (Eds.) (2007). Diversity issues in law enforcement (3rd ed.). Toronto, Ontario: Emond Montgomery.

    Crichlow, W. (2004). Buller men & batty bwoys: Hidden men in Toronto & Halifax Black communities. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press.