Russell Smandych





PhD University of Toronto, 1989
MA Simon Fraser University, 1981
BA University of Saskatchewan, 1977


Undergraduate: Criminology (SOC 2510); Criminal Justice & Corrections (SOC 2610); Youth, Crime & Society (SOC 3830); Global Criminology & Criminal Justice (SOC 3880); Advanced Seminar in Criminology (SOC 4490)

Graduate: Seminar in Theoretical Criminology (SOC 7280)

Thesis Supervision

Recent Honours Students:

Bernard Zulu - Criminology Honours Thesis on "New Directions to Effectively Address the Problem of Hyperincarceration of Indigenous Populations of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand" (2016)

Brandy Falkevitch - Criminology Honours Thesis on "Black Widows of the Islamic State: Women's Involvement in Contemporary Terrorism" (2015)

Taurai Chimwanda - Criminology Honours Thesis on "A Comparative Study of Youth Justice Systems and Immigrant Youth Crime and Prevention" (2015)

Ololade Adeyemi - Criminology Honours Thesis on “Political Corruption in Post-colonial Nigeria: An Analysis of Causes and Proposed Solutions” (2014)

Mateja Carevic - Criminology Honours Thesis on “Constructing ‘Deviant’ Immigrant Youth: Media Framing and Policing in Canada, U.K. and Australia” (2014)

Oluwatosin Modupe Daodu - Sociology Honours Thesis on “Aboriginal Youth Gangs in Manitoba: Prevention and Evaluation” (2013)

Recent Masters Students:

Joseph Asomah - MA thesis on "The Rise of Global Private Policing in Africa: Real Need or Imperialist Project?" (2015)

Shahrokh Rezania - MA thesis on "Refugee Fathers in a New Country: The Challenges of Cultural Adjustment and Raising Children in Winnipeg, Canada" (2015)

Daniel Church - MA thesis on “Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change: An Eco-Social Analysis” (2013)

Fadi Ennab – MA thesis on “Rupturing the Myth of the Peaceful Western Canadian Frontier: A Socio-Historical Study of Colonization, Violence, and the North West Mounted Police, 1873-1905” (2010)

Gosia Parada - MA thesis on “Parental Responsibility for Youth Crime: A Comparative Study of Legislation in Four Countries” (2010)

Cheryl Nicholson - MA thesis on “Personal and Educational Experiences of Post-Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities” (2008)

Marianne Krawchuk - MA thesis on “The Use of Custody Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act: A Review of Section 39 – Prohibitions on the Use of Custodial Sentences” (2008)

Farzana Quddus - MA thesis research on “Immigrants’ Perceptions of the Legal System: A Qualitative Study of Bangladeshi Immigrants in Winnipeg, Manitoba” (2008)

Tara Baxter - MA thesis on “Connecting Child Advocacy Groups: Exploring Nodes and Networks Combating Child Sexual Exploitation” (2007)

Temitope Oriola - MA thesis on “New Cultures, New Laws: Perceptions of Nigerians in Winnipeg about Canadian Laws and Criminal Justice System” (2007)


Current Research Interests:
Canadian and international youth justice system reform; issues in global criminology and criminal justice; law and Indigenous peoples; Canadian and comparative common-law legal history

Recently Completed and Current Research Projects:
youth criminal justice reform in Australia and Canada; issues surrounding the implementation of the Youth Criminal Justice Act in Manitoba; the history of the legal subjugation of Indigenous peoples in nineteenth century Australia and western Canada; and biographical research on the life and career of Sir James Stephen, Jr., legal counsel and Permanent Under-Secretary in the British Colonial Office from 1813 to 1847.


Recent books:

Nettelbeck, Amanda, Russell Smandych, Louis A. Knafla and Robert Foster.
2016 Fragile Settlements: Aboriginal Peoples, Law and Resistance in Southwest Australia and Prairie Canada. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Winterdyk, John and Russell Smandych, eds.
2016 Youth at Risk and Youth Justice: A Canadian Overview. 2nd Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Recent book chapters and journal articles:

Smandych, Russell.
2016 “From ‘Misguided Children’ to ‘Criminal Youth’: Exploring Historical and Contemporary Trends in Canadian Youth Justice.” Pp. 4-29 in J. Winterdyk and R. Smandych (Eds.) Youth at Risk and Youth Justice: A Canadian Overview. 2nd Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Smandych, Russell, Murray Dyck, Corey La Berge and Jodi Koffman.
2016 "Youth Justice in Manitoba: Developments and Issues under the YCJA."  Pp. 86-124 in M. Alain, S. Reid and R. Corrado (Eds.) Implementing and Working with the Youth Criminal Justice Act across Canada.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Smandych, Russell.
2013 “Colonialism, Settler Colonialism, and Law: Settler Revolutions and the Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples through Law in the Long Nineteenth Century.” Settler Colonial Studies 3 (1): 79-98.

Smandych, Russell
2010 “Mapping Imperial Legal Connections: Toward a Comparative Historical Sociology of Colonial Law.” Adelaide Law Review 31: 187-228.

Smandych, Russell and Rodney Kueneman
2010 “The Canadian-Alberta Tar Sands: A Case Study of State-Corporate Environmental Crime.” Pp. 87-109 in Global Environmental Harm: Criminological Perspectives. Edited by R. White. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.

Nettelbeck, Amanda and Russell Smandych
2010 “Policing Indigenous Peoples on Two Colonial Frontiers: Australia’s Mounted Police and Canada’s North West Mounted Police.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 43 (2): 356-375.

Hutchinson, Terry, Gosia Parada and Russell Smandych
2009 “Show me a bad kid and I’ll show you a lousy parent’: Making Parents Responsible for Youth Crime in Australian and Canadian Contexts.” Australasian Canadian Studies 26 (2): 49-86.

 last updated: January 2017