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Associate Professor at University of Alberta
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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. In particular, I am interested in the impact of rights discourse on social movements. My most recent research projects include a study of human rights law in Canada as well as a project that explores how our rights culture has evolved in Canadian history. I am the principal investigator for a team of five scholars across Canada who are part of a five-year (2014-19) study that examines the history and impact of state funding for social movements in Canada and how the relationship between the funding and the movements differs across movements, regions, and time periods. I am also working on projects that deal with national security policies and counterterrorism; security and the Olympics; feminism and the history of the women's movement in Canada; freedom of information policy; and civilian review of police misconduct.

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