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Alexa Dodge

PhD Candidate (Legal Studies)

Alexa Dodge is a PhD student in the Legal Studies program at Carleton University. Dodge is presently researching the effect that social media has on the perpetration and experience of sexual violence and how the law is attempting to respond to these changes. The non-consensual digital dissemination of nude photographs or photographs of sexual assault has increasingly become an aspect of the perpetration of sexual violence. The legal changes that have taken place in response to this proliferation of online sexual violence endeavour to recognize and address the new ways that sexual violence is committed and experienced in the digital age. Dodge’s research seeks to reveal the shortcomings that remain in legal responses to online sexual violence and to investigate how victims’ needs may be better addressed by both legal and extra-legal initiatives.


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Educational qualifications:

MA, Legal Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa)

BA (Hons), Contemporary Studies Program & Political Science, University of King’s College (Halifax)


2015 – Dodge, A. (2015) “Digitizing rape culture: Online sexual violence and the power of the digital photograph” Crime, Media, Culture. (Published online first, Sept. 9, 2015 DOI:                                           10.1177/1741659015601173)

2015 – Dodge, A. (2015) “Book review: David Gurnham’s Crime, Desire and Law’s Unconscious: Law, Literature and CultureSocial and Legal Studies. 24(2): 324-328.

2014 – Dodge, A. (2014) “Genital Culture: Exploring the Cultural Importance of Genital Surgery in the West” The Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology & Criminology. 3(2): 134-143.

 Awards & Scholarships:

 2015 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient

2014 – Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient

2013 – Oxford University Press Award for the best paper on a feminist legal theory topic

2010-2012 – President’s List for academic excellence at the University of King’s College

Conferences and Presentations:

2015 –Speaker on the topic of “Online Sexual Violence and the Law” at the Sexual Assault Network’s professional development day

2015 – Canadian Law & Society Association Conference presentation on “‘The Always-on Stalker’: Applying Criminological Perspectives to Online Sexual Violence”

2015 – Keynote Speaker on the topic of “Digital Dating Violence and Non-Consensual Intimate Image Sharing” at Family Services Ottawa’s “In Love…and In Danger” conference for youth

2015 – Panel Chair for Carleton University’s Law and Legal Studies Conference

2014 – Women and Technology Conference presentation on “Cyberbullying: Government Responses, Online Activism, and the Voices of Women and Girls”

2014 – Carleton Legal Studies Graduate Conference presentation on “Sexual Assault in the Age of Social Media: Digital Photography, ‘Sharing’, and Gender-Based Hate”

 Affiliations and Positions:

2015- Present

Member of the Canadian Law & Society Association


Graduate Student Representative on the Carleton University Senate


Legal Studies Representative for the Graduate Students’ Association at Carleton University


Graduate Student Representative on the Carleton University Senate Educational Equity Committee


Student Government Representative at the University of King’s College (Halifax)