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Dale Spencer


Degrees:B.A., M.A. (Windsor), Ph.D. (Carleton), Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (Alberta)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8096
Office:D594 LA (Loeb Building)

Areas of Interest

  • Realism(s) and the social sciences
  • Methods
  • Conceptions of homelessness, domicile, and the law
  • Criminal Justice responses to sexual violence
  • Sex offenses and offenders
  • Settler colonialism
  • Critical approaches to children and youth
  • Micro and macro approaches to violence

Recent Awards

March 2020 Outstanding Faculty Graduate Mentor Award
April 2019 Faculty of Public Affairs Research Excellence Award
Amount Awarded: $10,000
June 2017 Ontario Early Researcher Award
Amount Awarded: $150,000

Current Research Projects

  1. Principal Investigator, “Digital Culture, Youth, and Policing: Risk-taking and police response in the information age”. Funding: Ontario Early Researcher Award, $150,000.
  2. Co-investigator, “A genealogical study of Indigenous Adoption in Canada: A multi-faceted examination of events in the removal of Indigenous children with a concentration on child welfare policy shifts between 1950 and 1985”. Funding: SSHRC Insight Grant, $313,480; CIHR, $12000.
  3. Principal Investigator, “Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a Way of Life: Communities of practice, violence and injury”, SSHRC Explore CU Development Grant, $9,460.

Student Supervisions

Supervision of PhD Students (current):

  • Supervisor: Taryn Hepburn (PhD – current), Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University.
  • Supervisor: Corrine Baray (PhD – current), Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University.
  • Supervisor: Bridgette Desjardins (PhD – current), Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University.
  • Supervisor: Daniella Bendo (PhD – current), Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University
  • Supervisor: Andrew Costa (PhD – current), Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University
  • Co-Supervisor: Marcus Sibley (PhD – current), Law and Legal Studies, Carleton University

 Supervision of MA Students (since 2014):

  • Supervisor – Gurdeep Jagpal – Thesis – Defense: January 11, 2019
    Thesis Title: Sikh Males In Ontario And Random Police Stops (Carding)
  • Supervisor – Matthew Hopkins – Major Research Essay – Submission: August 28, 2018
    Essay Title: The Ontological Deep-Freeze Legal and Political Identity as the End of Becoming
  • Supervisor – Maryan Hatam – Thesis – Defense:  September 10, 2018
    Thesis Title: The Professionalization of Canadian Correctional Officers: 1920s-1960s
  • Supervisor  – Darby Babin – Thesis – Defense: April 27, 2018
    Thesis Title: Liberating Legal Education: Using Critical Feminist Pedagogy to Educate on the Problems of Oppression and Gender-Based Violence
  • Supervisor – Corinne Baray – Thesis – Defense: August 28, 2018
    Thesis Title: “This, Too, Shall Pass” : Examining the Path to National Resilience in Israeli Society. A Grounded Theory Approach
  • Supervisor – Taryn Hepburn – Thesis – Defense: April 27, 2018
    Thesis Title: How to Make a Criminal: A Genealogy of the Youth Criminal Justice System in Canada
  • Supervisor – Shanna Hickey – Thesis – Defense: May 1, 2018
    Thesis Title: Exploring Canadian Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CAC/CYAC)
  • Supervisor – Steven Hardy – Thesis
    Thesis Title: Street involvement, Intravenous drug users, and Police Interactions
  • Supervisor – Brooke Fox – MRE
    Thesis Title: A Look Inside: An Ethnographic Observational Study on Ontario Bail and Remand Courts
  • Supervisor – William Martin – Thesis – Defense: January 10, 2017
    Thesis Title: Securitization of Mental Health: An Analysis of Ellen Richardson
  • Co-supervisor – Sakif Alam – Thesis – Defense: September 12, 2016
    Thesis Title: Enterprise Liability and the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse
  • Supervisor – James Liles – Thesis – Defense: September 1, 2016
    Thesis Title: Policing Mental Health: A case study of a crisis unit in a major Canadian city
  • Supervisor – Jonathan Ravanelli – Defense: April 26, 2016
    Thesis Title: Deleuze and Big Data: How Facebook’s Use of Big Data Analytics Shifts Legal Personhood, Privacy and Commerical Expression
  • Supervisor – Kyla Doll – Defense: December 16, 2014
    Thesis Title: Representations of Gender on the Television Series “Deadly Women”



 Edited Volumes

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles