Carlie Leroux-Demir

PhD Sociology

Carlie Leroux-Demir“We, as students, are working with the best of the best in the field,” says Carlie Leroux-Demir, a 5th year PhD student in Sociology. The Sociology and Legal Studies department is home to diverse faculty members with a wide range of expertise, from deviance and criminology to education and gender to security and governance.

Carlie explains that one of the benefits of this exceptional faculty is the preparation and training you receive as a conference presenter. “Our reputation goes a long way. I have learned from great scholars and developed into a strong researcher and presenter.” Carlie has attended the CSA conference, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Society of Criminology, and will be attending the Law and Society Association this year. “Most of us attend quite a few conferences with the help of the department. They really prepare you for graduation and becoming a part of the workforce or the academic circuit.”

With the help of the faculty and the Dana Porter library, Carlie seized another opportunity: she, along with two colleagues from the department, started an online, bi-lingual open-access journal for sociology/criminology students, hosted by the department. “The library staff and department have really encouraged us and provided both material support and the technological platform to launch our initiative.” The journal is the only one of its kind in the world, with the same standards as top journals in the field. Carlie explains that the journal has led to other opportunities such as library conferences and consulting work. “Most graduate students are always looking for other projects to take on so we are better prepared for life after graduation and able to diversify ourselves in that process.”

Carlie is investigating mother-child programs in federal institutions. “I am working within a governmentality framework to closely study technologies of power and neoliberal strategies of empowerment.” At the crux of her investigation is an examination of community-based agencies and their role in re-integrating women who are part of mother-child programs or have children who will be returning to their custody once they are released. “I am looking at how those agencies are governed and how they in turn govern women offenders.”

December 2013 Megan Scarborough

University of Waterloo

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