Crime & Community


Dr. Geraint B. Osborne, Professor
B.A. (Hons.), Queen's University, 1988
M.A., Queen's University, 1990
Ph.D., Sociology, McGill University, 1998

Geraint's research and teaching interests are in the areas of crime, deviance and social control, political sociology, historical sociology, and qualitative methods. Prior to coming to Augustana, Geraint conducted research for Environment Canada, Canada Post Corporation, Correctional Services Canada and Canadian Heritage.  He has authored and co-authored articles and chapters on a variety of topics including, motivations of recreational cannabis users, masculinity and hockey violence, Canadian nationalism, women and war work, and social change in rural areas. His current research projects deal with perceptions of cannabis use by non-using students, the role of professors as public intellectuals in small campus towns, and the historical perception of hockey violence as presented in Canadian newspapers.

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Portrait of Shauna WiltonDr. Shauna Wilton
(Ph.D., Alberta, M.A., Carleton, B.A., Manitoba)

Dr. Wilton began teaching at Augustana in 2003 and teaches primarily in political studies. Her main teaching areas are related to gender, ethnicity, popular culture, and law and politics.  In particular, she is interested in exploring the law through interdisciplinary and intersectional lenses that incorporate gender, race and class. Her current research is focused on family policy and the politics of mothering, and gender, race and class in crime fiction, television and film.  She also does research on teaching, which focuses on student engagement and developing research skills.