By Mary Giles

Alexander McClelland is a settler originally from Toronto, Ontario. In 2019, he completed a PhD in humanities at Concordia University. As an invited expert witness, he presented his dissertation findings on the harms of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in Canada to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

McClelland was awarded a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Ottawa to examine the importance of promises of confidentiality within qualitative research projects focused on criminalized and socially-sanctioned issues.

He is also the co-creator of the Policing the Pandemic Mapping Project, a public criminology, data justice and counter-mapping project tracking the enforcement of COVID-19 measures across Canada, which has been featured by BBC News, the CBC, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is also a member of the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization, AIDS ACTION NOW! and the Global Advisory Panel for the HIV Justice Network.

“I’m committed to a critical and socially engaged study of criminology. I seek to continue to mobilize qualitative inquiry as a means to denaturalize the various forms of violence enacted towards people who are deemed criminal,” says McClelland.

He is currently teaching an undergraduate course in contemporary issues in criminology and criminal justice. His research interests include structural and legal violence, medical and legal forms of criminalization, governance and surveillance, confidentiality, data protection and qualitative research with criminalized people. He is keen on ensuring criminological research helps inform action toward social change.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 in
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