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Dominique Clément, BA(H), MA, PhD, Royal Society of Canada (CNSAS)




About Me

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.



Human Rights

Social Movements and Social Justice


Law and Society

Labour Studies

Civilian Review of Police

National Security Policy and Counterterrorism

General Fields

Social Policy

Historical Sociology

Research Methods

Comparative Research


SOC 102/203: Social Problems

SOC 260: Inequality and Social Stratification

SOC 343: Social Movements

SOC 496: Human Rights in International Perspective

SOC 519: Comparative and Historical Methods in Sociological Research

SOC 549: Social Movements 

SOC696: Human Rights in Theory & Practice

HIST 359: Violence and Social Protest in Canada

HIST 398: Nation and Nationalism in Canadian History

HIST 426: Twentieth Century Canadian History

Canadian Studies 1150: Quebec Nationalism

Canadian Studies 1110: American Power in Canada