Associate Professor

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  • PhD, Sociology, York University
  • MA, Sociology, University of Calgary
  • BA (Honours) Sociology, University of Calgary

Research and Teaching


My research explores intersections of law, medicine, science, and technology in criminal justice responses to sexual violence, and the influence of anti-violence movements on sexual assault law, policy, and institutional practice. My current research examines rape kit backlogs in the United States. I use the rape kit backlog as a window into the politics and institutional practices of sexual assault forensics, law, and policing. In so doing, the project takes up broad theoretical questions about technological surveillance, scientific expertise, and state responses to violence.


  • Contemporary social theory
  • Qualitative research methods

Selected Publications


Quinlan, A. (2017). The technoscientific witness of rape: Contentious histories of law, feminism, and forensic science. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press. 

Quinlan, E., & Quinlan, A., Fogel, C., & Taylor, G. (Eds.). (2017). Sexual violence at Canadian universities: Activism, institutional responses, and strategies for change. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 


Quinlan, A., & Smele, S. (2017). The ‘problem’ of abuse in Ontario’s Social Inclusion Act: A critical exploration. Critical Social Policy, 37(1), 85-104.

Quinlan, A. (2016). Suspect survivors: Police investigation practices in sexual assault cases in Ontario, Canada. Women & Criminal Justice, 26(4), 301-318. 

Quinlan, A. (2015). Technoscience and affected bodies. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, 6(3), 330-345.

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