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Holly Campeau, PhD

Assistant Professor



About Me

I received my PhD (2016) from the University of Toronto where I split my time between the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.  My doctoral dissertation (supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council) specifically examines "police culture" and the impact of various dimensions of change surrounding the occupational landscape of law enforcement, including intensifying mechanisms for oversight, increasing pressure for accountability and transparency, shifting officer demographics, and mounting legislative effort to standardize police service. 

I was the recipient of the 2016 Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award from the University of Toronto for my article "Police Culture at Work: Making Sense of Police Oversight", published in the British Journal of Criminology. My work has also been awarded by the Canadian Sociological Association and the American Sociological Association for best paper.

I assisted in the research and development of a two-part series for IDEAS, CBC RADIO ONE, which considers the current status of policing in complex and unsettled times.

Part 1: Policing: To Serve or Protect (episode link:

Part 2: Policing: Old Cops, New Expectations (episode link:

I am also a Senior Researcher with the Global Justice Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs. As a team of justice scholars with a diverse set of skills and areas of expertise, we study justice systems under pressure and support organizations seeking insight.


As a sociological criminologist, I aim to shed light on “how culture works” in the broader field of law and criminal justice. My work focuses on organizational cultures of criminal justice institutions and the system of relations among their members and constituents. I have recently turned my focus toward police interactions outside the department to unpack the “dual perspective” of police-citizen encounters through interviews with officers and arrestees who have been detained. I am also exploring questions about the new economy of innovation in the criminal justice sector as practitioners and representatives in government seek reform strategies in the face of problems with sustainability and legitimacy. 


I have experience teaching a number of courses relating to crime, deviance and criminal justice, including:

- Introduction to Criminology

- Sociology of Crime

- Social Institutions and Crime

- Policing

- Deviance and Social Control 

- Crime and Public Policy

- Social Problems