My scholarship is divided into two fields: human rights and social movements. I am working on variety of projects that include human rights law and activism; state funding for Canada's nonprofit sector; national security policies and counterterrorism; security and the Olympics; feminism and the women's movement; freedom of information policy; and civilian review of police misconduct. In general, my scholarship is concerned with social and political change in Canada and the ability of marginalized people to challenge state power as well as the hegemony of law.
I am currently the Principal Investigator leading a national research team examining the impact of state funding on Canada's nonprofit sector. We explore how the relationship between the funding and the movements differs across movements, regions, and time periods. Public funding in Canada has enabled the emergence of a thriving social movement sector, but recent changes in government policy have brought the sustainability of social movements to the forefront of public debate. Some organizations have struggled under these conditions, whereas others have thrived because of innovations in leadership, governance, fundraising, and community outreach. This project addresses a broad range of themes, including governance, federalism, social change, state policy, citizenship, gender, Aboriginal and environmental issues, and leadership and innovation in civic engagement. It is the first systematic examination of the breadth of state funding for nonprofits in Canada, and thus it offers the most comprehensive survey of how the sector has evolved over time.
My recent books include studies on human rights law as well as a sociology of human rights.
I supervise graduate students in the Departments of Sociology or History & Classics.