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Dawn Moore


Degrees:B.A. (Brock), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x. 3823
Office:C573 LA (Loeb Building)

I am currently completing a SSHRC funded project on police responses to domestic violence.  The book manuscript, under contract with Routledge, is entitled ‘Making Victims’ and explores the use of evidence and expertise in the policing and prosecution of domestic violence.  This project is a collaboration with individuals who have lived experience of domestic violence and incorporates photography as well as poetry and prose from collaborators to dismantle the victim ontology and interrogate the apparatuses through which those who have been victimized become ‘victims’ in the eyes of both juridical and social service systems.  This project builds on my previous work concerning the constitution of criminalized subjectivities, explored through the lens of drug treatment courts. I have an ongoing interest in the ‘characters’ of criminal justice and the ways in which people are made up in order to be governed.

I am the primary investigator on the Prison Transparency Project, a two phase, multi-year collaborative study of transparency and accountability in prisons in Canada, Argentina and Spain.  Working in collaboration with a team of scholars from the above countries as well as advocates, activists and watchdogs, our aim is to map what we call ‘cultures of transparency’ and to develop international networks of activists, scholars and watchdogs.

I am available to provide expert testimony on prison conditions, lockdowns, segregation, human rights abuses in prisons and the mental health of prisoners.  I am also an expert in responses to domestic violence including policing, health care and child protective services.


Presently I teach the PhD field seminar on theory and crime control as well as a third year class on punishment. In the past I have taught research methods, a fourth year seminar on drug regulation, first year legal studies and the graduate seminar on law, crime and social control.


I supervise theses at the graduate level in Legal Studies, Sociology, Political Economy and Social Work. I am a ‘hands on’ supervisor best matched to hard working and self-disciplined students interested in doing theoretically driven and empirically grounded research.

I am willing and able to supervise in the following areas.

Theoretical: Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Bruno Latour, Nikolas Rose, bell hooks, Sara Ahmed, Angela Davis, feminism, anarchist criminology, post-structuralism, queer theory, cultural criminology, theories of subjectivity, cultural criminology, visual criminology, law and the sensorium.
Substantive: Addictions, mental illness, gender based violence, hate crimes, prisons, lived experiences of incarceration, prison abolition, court processes, judges, scientific evidence, sensational crimes, prisoners’ rights, surveillance, the politics of crime control, sex trade, health and the law, reproductive rights, assisted reproduction.

Recent Publications

Moore, Dawn and Stephanie Hofeller. (2021). “Conversations From the Edge: A Dialogue on Feminist Research, Violence and Lived-Experience.” In Embodied and Entangled. Petillo and Hvalka Eds.  NYU Press.

Moore, Dawn and Vared Ben-David (2020). “Looking North to South: Feminist Carceralism as a Colonial Export.” In Taylor and Struthers-Montford (eds) Abolition Alternatives. New York: NYU Press.

Moore, Dawn. (2019). “45 Colour Photographs.” In Walklate and Hindqvist (eds). Law and Emotions.  London: Palgrave.

Moore, Dawn. Marcus Sibley, Elise Wohbold and Rashmee Singh. (2019). “Cruel Optimism in the Reporting of Domestic Violence.” In Entry Ways into Criminal Justice. Pavlich et alt (eds). Alberta: University of Alberta Press. 22pps.

Struthers-Montford, Kelly and Dawn Moore (2018). “The Prison as Reserve.” In The New Criminal Law Review.

Singh, Rashmee and Dawn Moore. (2018). “How She Appears: Demeanour, Affect and the Policing of Domestic Violence.” In Theoretical Criminology. 22(1). 16pps.

Moore, Dawn. (2017). “Prisoner Experiences.” In Oxford Encyclopaedia of Criminology. 1(1). 19pps.

Moore, Dawn, Lisa Wright and Vince Kazmierski. (2016). “Policing Carceral Boundaries: Access to Information and Prison Research.  In Social Justice 42(2). 18pps.

Moore, Dawn and Rashmee Singh (2014). “Seeing Crime: Photographing the Victim of Domestic Violence.” In Robert and Dufresne (eds). Criminology and Actor Network Theory. London: Ashgate.

Moore, Dawn and Hideyuki Hirai. (2014). “Outcasts, performers and true believers: Responsibilized subjects of criminal justice.” In Theoretical Criminology.

Moore, Dawn and Hideyuki Hirai. (2012). “Outcasts, Performers and True Believers: Rethinking Responsibilization and Rehabilitation.” In Déviance et Société.

Mopas, Michael and Dawn Moore (2011). “Talking Heads and Bleeding Hearts: Considering Emotion in Public Criminology.” In Critical Criminology.

Moore, Dawn. (2011). “The Benevolent Watch: Therapeutic Surveillance and Drug Treatment Courts.” In Theoretical Criminology.

Moore, Dawn, Lisa Freeman and Marian Krawczyk. (2011). “Spatio-therapeutics: Drug Treatment Courts and Urban Space.” In Social and Legal Studies.

Doyle, Aaron and Dawn Moore (2010). Critical Criminology in Canada: New Voices, New Directions. Vancouver, UBC Press.

Moore, Dawn and Erin Dohonue (2009). “Shifting Penal Subjectivities: When Offenders Become Clients.” Punishment and Society.

Moore, Dawn (2008). “Feminist Criminology: Gain, Loss and Backlash.” In Sociology Compass. 1(1).

Moore, Dawn. (2007). Criminal Artefacts, Drugs, Users and Canadian Criminal Justice. Vancouver, UBC Press.