Associate Professor & Graduate Supervisor
|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
- 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
- “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.
- 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.
- “An interpretive microsociology of violence, victimization and older adults”. Funding: SSHRC Insight Development Grant, $67,139.
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.
- (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
- Fairbairn, J. and Spencer, D. (2017) Virtualized Violence and Anonymous Juries: Unpacking Steubenville’s ‘Big Red’ Sexual Assault Case and the Role of Social Media. Feminist Criminology. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1557085116687032
- 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.