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Maeve McMahon

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.Soc.Sc. (Dublin), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8095
Office:D586 LA (Loeb Building)

Current Research

My research interests include contemporary and historical developments in criminology and criminal justice reform, and in the role of scholars and intellectuals in criminal justice politics and policy-making. Substantive topics that my work addresses include extradition law in Canada and the origins of the 1999 Act; historical and recent trends in the use of imprisonment and alternatives; police accountability; women working in corrections (including in prisons for men); female offenders and corrections; and theories of crime. Pursuant to spending an academic year in Lithuania in the early 1990s I also have an ongoing interest in crime, justice and human rights in post-communist societies.

My current research topics include the problematically low threshold of evidence in Canadian extradition law, its origins, and its repercussions in the case of Hassan Diab and his extradition from Canada to France; the evolution of critical criminology and problematic perceptions of power; and the roles and influence of activist intellectuals in criminology.

Teaching Interests

My teaching is informed by a critical criminological approach. Specific courses include ‘Criminal Justice System.’ ‘Canadian Corrections in Historical Perspective,’ and ‘Human Rights in Canadian Prisons.’ The content of my courses includes reference to the international context. Lectures and readings are supplemented by valuable contributions by guest speakers (e.g. defence lawyers, police, and criminal justice reformers).

Selected Publications

2019 “The Problematically Low Threshold of Evidence in Canadian Extradition Law: An Inquiry into its Origins; and Repercussions in the Case of Hassan Diab,”   Manitoba Law Journal 42(3), 303-364.

2013 (with Gail Kellough) “An Interview with Stanley Cohen,” in Joanna Gilmore, John M. Moore and David Scott (Editors) Critique and Dissent: An Anthology to Mark 40 Years of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control. Ottawa: Red Quill Books. Originally published in 1987 and reprinted in 2013.

2013 (with Don Platt) Report to the Human Rights Council Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review 16th Session May/June 2013 Regarding the Extradition Case of Dr Hassan Dab (to be considered in connection with the Periodic Review of Canada’s Record). Toronto: Hassan Diab Support Committee.

2007 “Review of American Journalist’s Account of State-Incarcerated Women,” (concerning Cristina Rathbone A World Apart: Women, Prison and Life Behind Bars. New York: Random House. 2005). Offender Programs Report, Jan/Feb: 67-70.

2006 “Review of Nils Christie’s A Suitable Amount of Crime.” Canadian Journal of Criminology , 47:1

2002 Everyday Life After Communism: Some Observations From Lithuania (with contributions by 22 Lithuanian students). Center for Russian and East European Studies, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh: Carl Beck Series on Eastern Europe.

2000 Editor. Assessment to Assistance: Programs for Women in Community Corrections. Lanham MD: The American Correctional Association. Includes Maeve McMahon “Assisting Female Offenders – Art or Science?”, pp. 279-328.

1999 Women on Guard: Discrimination and Harassment in Corrections. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

1998 “Control as Enterprise: Some Recent Trends in Privatization and Criminal Justice,” in Steve Easton (Editor) Privatizing Correctional Institutions. Vancouver: The Fraser Institute, pp. 109-128.