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Dale Spencer

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A., M.A. (Windsor), Ph.D. (Carleton), Banting Postdoctoral Fellow (Alberta)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8096
Office:D597 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

Current Research Projects

  1. “Policing Child and Youth Sexual Victimization in Canada”. Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $74,355; Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Ontario Grant: $42,000.
  1. 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.
  1. “An interpretive microsociology of violence, victimization and older adults”. Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $67,139.

Student Supervisions

Supervision of Completed Masters Thesis (since 2014):

  • Brooke Fox (Thesis- Defense Scheduled), Thesis Title: A Look Inside: An Ethnographic Observational Study on Ontario Bail and Remand Courts
  • William Martin, Thesis Title: Securitization of Mental Health: An Analysis of Ellen Richardson
  • Co-supervisor – Sakif Alam, Thesis Title: Enterprise Liability and the Rana Plaza Factory Collapse
  • James Liles, Thesis Title: Policing Mental Health: A case study of a crisis unit in a major Canadian city
  • Jonathan Ravanelli, Thesis Title: Deleuze and Big Data: How Facebook’s Use of Big Data Analytics Shifts Legal Personhood, Privacy and Commerical Expression
  • Kyla Doll, Thesis Title: Representations of Gender on the Television Series “Deadly Women”



  • (2017) Violence, Sex Offenders, and Corrections. New York and London: Routledge. (w\ Rose Ricciardelli).
  • (2012) Reimagining Intervention in Young Lives: Work, Social Assistance, and Marginalization. Toronto and Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press (w\ Karen Foster)
  • (2011) Ultimate Fighting and Embodiment: Violence, Gender and Mixed Martial Arts. New York and London: Routledge.

Edited Volumes

  • (2016) Reconceptualizing Critical Victimology: Interventions and Possibilities. Lexington Books (co-edited with Sandra Walklate)
  • (2013) Fighting Scholars: Ethnographies of Habitus in Martial Arts and Combat Sports. London, New York and Delhi: Anthem Press (co-edited w\ Raul Sanchez Garcia)
  • (2012) Emotions Matter: A relational approach to emotions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (co-edited with Kevin Walby and Alan Hunt).

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Spencer, D. (2017) Extraction and Pulverization: A narrative analysis of Canada Scoop survivors. Settler Colonial Studies 7(1): 57-71.
  • Spencer, D. and Ricciardelli, R. (2016). “They’re a very sick group of individuals”: Correctional officers, emotions, and sex offenders. Theoretical Criminology.
  • Spencer, D. and Fitzgerald, A. (2015). Criminology and Animality: Stupidity and the Anthropological Machine. Contemporary Justice Review, 18(4): 407-420.
  • Spencer, D. (2015). Corporeal Realism and Victimology. International Review of Victimology, 21(1): 31-44.
  • Spencer, D. (2014). Sensing Violence: an Ethnography of Mixed Martial Arts. Ethnography, 15(2): 232-254.
  • Ricciardelli, R. and Spencer, D. (2014). Exposing ‘sex’ offenders: Precarity, abjection and violence in the Canadian federal prison system. British Journal of Criminology, 54(3): 428-448.
  • Spencer, D. (2014). Exposing the Conditions of Precarity: Compounding Victimization and Marginalized Young People. Contemporary Justice Review, 17(1): 87-103.
  • Foster, K. and Spencer, D. (2013). ‘Its Just a Social Thing’: Drug Use, Friendship and Affect among Young People. International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(3): 223-230.
  • Spencer, D. and Fitzgerald, A. (2013). Three Ecologies, Transversality and Victimization: The case of British Petroleum. Crime, Law and Social Change, 59(2): 209-223.