I am a Professor at the Munk
School of Global Affairs & Public Policy and the
Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, where I
am Distinguished Professor of Global Justice, and am
cross-appointed to Law and Political Science.
I work at the intersection of
politics and culture and the sociology of law and justice. I
study hopes, claims, ideas, and competitions about justice,
generally (though not always) during turbulent, disrupted,
violent, or miserable times.
I am actively working on three
projects: (1) a comparative historical study of reactions to
police violence during decolonization; (2) research in
detention centers with recently arrested individuals on their
experience of arrest and hopes for police reform; and (3)
expertise, morality, and bureaucracy in the field of
international human rights. I also continue to work on earlier
projects focusing on international criminal law and wartime
atrocities, and on changing approaches to law and crime over
the neoliberal era.
In addition, I direct the
Global Justice Lab in the Munk School, in which we work with
justice systems under stress worldwide.
Over the past several years, I
have taught courses on events and turbulent times;
police violence in global affairs; the sociology of
atrocities; law, politics and globalization; justice
measurement; and the sociology of law.
I have served in a variety of
academic leadership positions at the University of Toronto. I
most recently served as Associate Director, Academic for the
Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and have
directed undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. I
currently serve on Governing Council at the University of
Toronto, and among other roles have served as Vice-Chair of
the Planning and Budget Committee.
Beyond the University of
Toronto, I am a Permanent Visiting Professor at the University
of Copenhagen, and a faculty affiliate with the Weatherhead
Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion at
Harvard University. I've served as Secretary of the Law and
Society Association, and as an elected Council Member for the
Sociology of Law section of the American Sociological
Association. I was made Chevalier in l'Ordre des Palmes
Académiques by the French Government, have been awarded the
Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize and the
University of Toronto's Global Educator Award, and have served
as Scholar-in-Residence for Holocaust Education Week.