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Research Excellence

York is committed to excellence in research and scholarship in all its forms. Informed by a strong commitment to shared values, including the promotion of social justice, diversity, and the public good, we aspire through our research to better understand the human condition and the world around us and to employ the knowledge we gain in the service of society.

Current Research Projects

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Research within the Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies is determined by the proposed projects presented by successful aspirants. Our students complete a thesis and/or dissertation, which then becomes published as "Electronic Theses & Dissertations" and sits as a public document within our institutional repository - YorkSpace.

Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies Electronic Theses

Awards & Recognition

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Professor Allyson Lunny receives Endowed Chair in Criminology & Criminal Justice at St. Thomas University

Her book Debating Hate Crime: Language, Legislatures and the Law in Canada (UBC Press, 2017), is recognized as a leading work in the field. Drawing on critical discourse analysis, she argues that the parliamentary debates on hate crime and hate speech legislation reveal deeper concerns, trepidations and anxieties about victimization, rightful citizenship, social threat, and moral erosion.

Photo of Professor Benjamin Berger

Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Benjamin Berger is the recipient of a prestigious awards recognizing excellence in teaching and research.

Benjamin Berger holds an appointment as an Associate Professor (status only) in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto and is a member of the faculty of York’s Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies.

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Ottawa renews $1.4-million Canada Research Chair at York

The federal government has renewed a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Law, Communication & Culture at York enabling Professor Rosemary Coombe of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies to advance her research in the field of socio-legal studies.

Academic YearDescription NameLevel
2019Manulife Graduate ScholarshipsAnderson, MelissaPHD  
2019Ontario Graduate ScholarshipAnderson, MelissaPHD  
2019Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsGarneau, BriannaPHD  
2019Ontario Graduate ScholarshipLemke Pietka, MonikaPHD  
2019St. George's Society of Toronto Graduate AwardLemke Pietka, MonikaPHD  
2019Wilhelm Cohnstaedt Social Justice AwardLemke Pietka, MonikaPHD  
2019Ontario Graduate ScholarshipRicher, NatiliePHD  
2019Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsTasker, HeatherPHD  
2019SSHRC Doctoral FellowshipTempleman, JessicaPHD  
2020Manulife Graduate ScholarshipsAnderson, MelissaPHD  
2020Ontario Graduate ScholarshipAnderson, MelissaPHD  
2020Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsGarneau, BriannaPHD  
2020Nathanson Graduate FellowshipLemke Pietka, MonikaPHD  
2020Ontario Graduate ScholarshipLemke Pietka, MonikaPHD  
2020Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsMichaud, LiamPHD  
2020Ontario Graduate ScholarshipMontevirgen, MathewPHD  
2020Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsRicher, Natilie                                     PHD  
2020Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsTasker, Heather                                     PHD  
2021Manulife Graduate ScholarshipsAnderson, Melissa                                   PHD  
2021SSHRC Doctoral FellowshipAnderson, Melissa                                   PHD  
2021Ontario Graduate ScholarshipCentorame, Paul                                     PHD  
2021CCCJ-John Lockwood Memorial AwardDas, Arunita                                        PHD  
2021Elia Scholars ProgramForjan, Kayla                                       PHD  
2021Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsGarneau, Brianna                                    PHD  
2021Ontario Graduate ScholarshipLevit, Irina                                        PHD  
2021Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsMichaud, Liam                                       PHD  
2021Mamdouh and Susan Shoukri Grad Award at York UMichaud, Liam                                       PHD  
2021Ontario Graduate ScholarshipMontevirgen, Mathew                                 PHD  
2021Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsRicher, Natilie                                     PHD  
2021Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsTasker, Heather                                     PHD  
2021Stevenson Scholar in African Studies OSOTF ITasker, Heather                                     PHD  
2022Nathanson Graduate FellowshipBarnwell, Chante                                    PHD  
2022Anne Simone Grad Student Intn'l Conference AwardDas, Arunita                                        PHD  
2022Ontario Graduate ScholarshipDas, Arunita                                        PHD  
2022York International Mobility AwardDas, Arunita                                        PHD  
2022Elia Scholars ProgramForjan, Kayla                                       PHD  
2022Ontario Graduate ScholarshipGarneau, Brianna                                    PHD  
2022Ontario-Ukraine Solidarity ScholarshipHuzik, Oleksandra                                   PHD  
2022Ontario Graduate ScholarshipLevit, Irina                                        PHD  
2022Ontario Graduate ScholarshipMaduakolam, Chika                                   PHD  
2022Ontario Graduate ScholarshipMartensen, Sophia                                   PHD  
2022Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsMichaud, Liam                                       PHD  
2022Manulife Graduate ScholarshipsMichaud, Liam                                       PHD  
2022Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral ScholarshipsRicher, Natilie                                     PHD  
2022Anne Simone Grad Student Intn'l Conference AwardTurgut, Can                                         PHD  
2023Nathanson Graduate FellowshipBroomfield, AlanahPHD  
2023Ontario Graduate ScholarshipDas, ArunitaPHD  
2023Elia Scholars ProgramForjan, KaylaPHD  
2023SSHRC Doctoral FellowshipKutlu, KutayPHD  
2023SSHRC Doctoral FellowshipMaduakolam, ChikaPHD  
2023Ontario Graduate ScholarshipMartensen, SophiaPHD  
2023LaBarge Graduate Scholarship in MulticulturalismMichaud, LiamPHD  
2023Nathanson Graduate FellowshipMichaud, LiamPHD  
Academic Year Description NameLevel
2019David Hunter Jorgensen Memorial AwardAdam, NadiaMA   
2019David L. J. Sealy AwardAdam, NadiaMA   
2019Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's ScholarshipsAdam, NadiaMA   
2020Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's ScholarshipsSong, Hui YingMA   
2021CEWIL iHub Student StipendDe Luca, NatalieMA   
2021Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's ScholarshipsSong, Hui YingMA   
2022Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's ScholarshipsAl Naqeeb, SarahMA   
2022Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's ScholarshipsButt, IqraMA   
2022CEWIL iHub Student StipendClark-Alldread, SamanthaMA   
2023Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's ScholarshipsBasra, NimritMA   
2023Stuart G. Robbins AwardsRicker-Singh, IlenaMA   
2023York University Sport Excellence AwardsRicker-Singh, IlenaMA   

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The Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.