Andrew Woolford Ph.D.
I am currently Head of the Department of Sociology, Book Review Editor for the Canadian Journal of Law & Society, and a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars Executive Board. Although much of my current research is centred in the field of genocide studies, with specific emphasis on cultural forms of group destruction as experienced by Indigenous Peoples in North America, and best reflected in my 2015 book, “This Benevolent Experiment”: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in North America (University of Nebraska Press and the University of Manitoba Press), I maintain broad interests in the fields of Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies, and Criminology. My latest research project has further expanded my scholarly boundaries and brought me into contact with new fields and themes: representation, empathy, affect, and human-computer interaction, to name but a few. This is a project built upon decolonizing, participatory design, and community-based research principles through which we will design, build and test a virtual Indian Residential School to analyze the educational and empathy-inducing potential of contemporary forms of virtual and augmented reality technology for communicating about difficult pasts and their continuing reverberations in the present.
Ph.D. (Sociology) University of British Columbia 2002
M.A.(Sociology) University of Western Ontario 1996
B.A. (Honours Sociology) University of Victoria 1993
Introduction to Criminology
Crime and Society
Criminal Justice and Corrections
Genocide, Crime and Society
Law and Society
Selected Topics in Criminology: Genocide
Sociology of Law
Theorizing Crime, Law and Social Justice
Selected Topics in Criminology: Crime and the Camps
Selected Topics in Criminology: Genocide and War Crimes
Selected Topics in Criminology: The Justice of Restorative Justice
Selected Topics in Criminology: Truth and Reconciliation
Completed Theses Supervised
2014 Natalia Ilyniak (MA, Sociology) “’To rob the world of a people’: An Instance of
Colonial Genocide in the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School” (advisor)
2014 Peter Karari, (PhD, Peace and Conflict Studies) “Ethnopolitical Violence,
Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding in Kenya: Nurturing a Tripartite
2014 Ryan Couling (MA, Sociology) “Investigating Smartphones—there’s a theory for
that: Smartphones as an Assemblage and Apparatus (advisor).
2011 Stefan Wolejszo, (PhD, Sociology) “Sine Qua Non: Canadian Criminalization of War
Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and Genocide” (advisor).
2011 Konstantin Petoukhov (MA, Sociology) “An Evaluation of the Truth and Reconciliation
Commission of Canada…” (advisor).
2011 Tina Sorenson (MA, Sociology) “Compromised Masculinities: Issues Surrounding Rape
and Sexual Torture of Men in Conflict Situations” (advisor).
2010 Colleen Pawlychka, (MA, Sociology) “Redefining Justice: The Framing of
Contemporary Restorative Justice in Film” (advisor).
2009 Ryanne Harrison (MA, Sociology) “The Rwandan Genocide and the International
Media: A Two Stage Analysis of Newspaper Coverage” (advisor)
2006 Kim Spiers (MA, Sociology) ”Restorative Justice in South Africa’s Truth and
Reconciliation Commission” (advisor)
Areas of Specialization
Genocide Studies, Indigenous-Settler Relations, Informal Justice, Sociology of Law, Criminology, Neoliberalism and the Inner City, Transitional Justice, Social Movements.
Historical and archival methods, semi-structured interviewing, ethnographic field research, decolonizing/unsettled methods.
Andrew Woolford. 2015. “This Benevolent Experiment”: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide and Redress in North America. University of Nebraska Press and the University of Manitoba Press.
Andrew Woolford. 2009. The Politics of Restorative Justice: A Critical Introduction. Fernwood Publishing.
* Listed by Choice (the publication of the American Library Association) as an
Outstanding Academic Title for 2009. This list is drawn from approximately
7,000 works reviewed by Choice each year. Selections are chosen based on
criteria such as “overall excellence in presentation and scholarship,” “importance
relative to other literature in the field,” and “value to undergraduate students.”
Andrew Woolford and R.S. Ratner. 2008. Informal Reckonings: Conflict Resolution in Mediation, Restorative Justice, and Reparations. Routledge-Cavendish.
Andrew Woolford. 2005. Between Justice and Certainty: Treaty-Making in British Columbia. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Karen Busby, Adam Muller, and Andrew Woolford (eds.) 2015. The Idea of a Human Rights Museum. University of Manitoba Press.
Andrew Woolford and Jeff Benvenuto (eds.) 2015. Canada and Colonial Genocide: Special Issue of the Journal of Genocide Research.
Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Hinton (eds.) 2014. Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America. Duke University Press.
Bryan Hogeveen, Joane Martel and Andrew Woolford (eds.). 2006. “Law, Crime and Critique” Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. September 48 (5).
Refereed Journal Articles
R.S. Ratner, Andrew Woolford and Andrew Patterson. 2014. “Obstacles on the Path to Post-Genocide Repair: A Comparative Analysis, 1945-2010” International Journal of Comparative Sociology June 55 (4): 229-259.
Andrew Woolford and Bryan Hogeveen. 2014. “Public Criminology in the Cold City” Radical Criminology 4: 17-36.
Andrew Woolford. 2013. “The Next Generation: Criminology, Genocide Studies, and Settler Colonialism.” Critica Penal Y Poder 5 September: 163-185. In Spanish and English.
Andrew Woolford and Amanda Nelund. 2013. “The Responsibilities of the Poor: Performing Neoliberal Citizenship within the Social Service Field.” Social Service Review 87(2): 292-318.
Sonia Bookman and Andrew Woolford. 2013. “Policing (by) the Urban Brand: Policing Order in Winnipeg’s Exchange District.” Social and Cultural Geography 14 (3): 300-317.
Andrew Woolford. 2013. “Nodal Repair and Networks of Destruction: Residential Schools, Colonial Genocide and Redress in Canada.” Settler Colonial Studies 3 (1): 61-77.
Andrew Woolford and Amelia Curran. 2013. “Community Positions, Neoliberal Dispositions: Neoliberalism, Welfare, and Reflexivity within the Social Service Field.” Critical Sociology 39 (1): 45-63.
Andrew Woolford. 2011. “Transition and Transposition: Genocide, Land, and the British Columbia Treaty Process.” New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry 4 (2): http://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/newproposals/article/view/2010.
Andrew Woolford and Amelia Curran. 2011.“Limited Autonomy, Neoliberal Domination, and Ethical Distancing in the Social Services.” Critical Social Policy 31(4): 583-606.
Andrew Woolford and Jasmine Thomas. 2011. “Exception and Deputization under Today’s NDP: Neoliberalism, the Third Way and Crime Control in Manitoba.” Canadian Journal of Law & Society 26 (1): 113-132.
Andrew Woolford. 2010. “The Fuhrer Gives the Jews a Town: The Art of Impression Management in Theresienstadt.” Crime Media Culture 6 (2): 87-104.
Andrew Woolford and R.S. Ratner. 2010. “Disrupting the Informal-Formal Justice Complex: On the Transformative Potential of Civil Mediation, Restorative Justice and Reparations Politics.” Contemporary Justice Review 13(1): 5-17.
Andrew Woolford. 2009. “Ontological Destruction: Genocide and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.” Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (Special Issue edited by Robyn Hitchcock and Samuel Totten) 4, 1, April: 81-97.
• Excerpted in Genocide: A Reader, edited by Jens Meierhenrich, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press (2013).
R.S. Ratner and Andrew Woolford. 2008. “Mesomobilization and Fragile Coalition: Aboriginal Politics and Treaty-Making in British Columbia.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (edited by Patrick Coy and Isodor Walliman) 28: 113-36.
Jessica Woolford and Andrew Woolford. 2007. “Abortion and Genocide: The Unbridgeable Gap.” Social Politics 14 (1): 126-153.
Andrew Woolford and Stefan Wolejszo. 2006. “Collecting on Moral Debts: Reparations, The Holocaust, and the Porrajmos.” Law & Society Review 40 (4): 871-902.
Bryan Hogeveen and Andrew Woolford. 2006. “Critical Criminology and Possibility in the Neoliberal Ethos.” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 48 (5): 681-702.
Joane Martel, Bryan Hogeveen and Andrew Woolford. 2006. “The State of Critical Scholarship in Critical Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies in Canada: An Introductory Essay.” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 48 (5): 633-646.
Andrew Woolford, Joane Martel and Bryan Hogeveen. 2006. “Introduction: An Opening.” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 48 (5): 631-632.
Andrew Woolford. 2006. “Making Genocide Unthinkable: Three Guidelines for a Critical Criminology of Genocide.” Critical Criminology 14 (1): 87-106.
Andrew Woolford and R.S. Ratner. 2005. “Selling Mediation: The Marketing of Alternative Dispute Resolution.” Peace and Conflict Studies Journal 12 (1): 1-21.
Andrew Woolford. 2004. “The Limits of Justice: Certainty, Affirmative Repair, and Aboriginality.” The Journal of Human Rights 3 (4): 429-444.
Andrew Woolford and R.S. Ratner. 2004. “A Measured Sovereignty: The Politics of Nation-Making in British Columbia.” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies 24 (2): 253-286.
Andrew Woolford. 2004. “Negotiating Affirmative Repair: Symbolic Violence in the British Columbia Treaty Process.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 29 (1): 111-144.
Andrew Woolford and R.S. Ratner. 2003. “Nomadic Justice: Restorative Justice on the Margins of Law.” Social Justice 30 (1): 177-194.
Andrew Woolford. 2001. “Tainted Space: Representations of Injection-Drug Use and HIV/AIDS in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.” BC Studies 129, Spring: 27-50.
Adam Muller, Karen Busby, and Andrew Woolford. 2015. “Introduction” in Adam Muller, Karen Busby, and Andrew Woolford (eds.) The Idea of a Human Rights Museum. University of Manitoba Press.
Struan Sinclair, Adam Muller, and Andrew Woolford. 2015. “Engaging Machines: Experience, Empathy, and the Modern Museum” in Adam Muller, Karen Busby, and Andrew Woolford (eds.) The Idea of a Human Rights Museum. University of Manitoba Press.
Andrew Woolford. 2015. “Governing Through Repair: Transitional Justice and Indigenous Peoples in Canada” in P. Malcontent (ed.) Facing the Past: Finding Remedies for Grave Historical Injustice. Antwerp. Belgium: Intersentia Publishers.
Andrew Woolford. 2014. “Discipline, Territory, and the Colonial Mesh: Boarding/Residential Schools in the US and Canada” in Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Hinton (eds.) Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America. Duke University Press.
Jeff Benvenuto, Andrew Woolford, and Alexander Hinton. 2014. “Introduction” in Andrew Woolford, Jeff Benvenuto, and Alexander Hinton (eds.) Colonial Genocide in Indigenous North America. Duke University Press.
Andrew Woolford 2014. “The Healing State: Residential Schools and Reparations in Canada” in Jo-Anne Wemmers (ed.) The Healing Role of Reparations for Victims of Crimes Against Humanity. Routledge, Frontiers in Criminal Justice Series.
Andrew Woolford and Amanda Nelund. 2013. “Adult Restorative Justice in Canada” in J. Winterdyk and M. Weinrath (eds.) Adult Corrections in Canada: A Comprehensive Overview. deSitter Publishing.
Bryan Hogeveen and Andrew Woolford. 2015. “Contemporary Critical Criminology in English Canada” in Rick Linden (ed.) Criminology: A Canadian Perspective, Eighth Edition, Toronto: Thomson-Nelson.
- Bryan Hogeveen and Andrew Woolford. 2012. “Contemporary Critical Criminology
in English Canada” in Rick Linden (ed.) Criminology: A Canadian Perspective,
Seventh Edition, Toronto: Thomson-Nelson.
- Bryan Hogeveen and Andrew Woolford. 2008. “Contemporary Critical Criminology
in English Canada” in Rick Linden (ed.) Criminology: A Canadian Perspective,
Sixth Edition, Toronto: Thomson-Nelson.
Andrew Woolford. 2011. “Genocide, Affirmative Repair, and the British Columbia Treaty Process” in Alexander L. Hinton (ed.) Transitional Justice: Global Mechanisms and Local Realities After Genocide and Mass Atrocity. Newark, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Andrew Woolford & Jasmine Thomas. 2010. "Genocide and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada: A Dialogue in Waiting" in S. Totten and R. Hitchcock (eds.). The Ethnocide and Genocide of Indigenous Peoples, Volume 8 of Genocide a Critical Bibliographic Series. Edison, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
Andrew Woolford. 2010. “Criminological Nightmares: A Canadian Criminology of Genocide” in Aaron Doyle and Dawn Moore (eds.) Critical Criminology in Canada: New Voices, New Directions. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Jason Edgerton, Lance Roberts, Lori Wilkinson, and Andrew Woolford. 2008. “Markers of Ethnic Marginalization: Aboriginal Peoples in Canada” in Petra Vojtová (ed.) Markers of Ethnic Marginalization Focused on Aboriginal People in Canada and on Roma in Czech Republic and Slovak Republic. Ceské Budejovice: University of South Bohemia Faculty of Health and Social Studies, pp. 36-174 (in English and Czech).
Andrew Woolford and R.S. Ratner. 2008. “Mediation Frames: Justice Games” in Sean Byrne, Jessica Senehi, Denis Sandole, and Ingrid Staroste-Sandole (eds.) Conflict Resolution: Core Concepts, Theories, Approaches and Practices. London: Routledge.
R.S. Ratner, W.K. Carroll and Andrew Woolford. 2003. “Wealth of Nations: Aboriginal Treaty-Making in the Era of Globalization” in John Torpey (ed.) Politics and the Past: On Repairing Historical Injustices. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 217-247.
Andrew Woolford. 2013.“Indigenous Boarding Schools in the US and Canada: Assimilation, Genocide and the Pathway to Repair.” A Report for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (187pp).
December 6, 2014. Interview guest on CBC Weekend Morning Show with Tyerry MacLeod, on the book Colonial Genocide and Indigenous North America.
September 3, 2014. Assistance provided to James Adams, The Globe and Mail, in preparation for an article on the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
September 2, 2014. Interview with Dahlia Kurtz on CJOB radio (with Adam Muller) to discuss Embodying Empathy.
August 25, 2015. Interview with Dana Hatherly for the Manitoban (article on International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference in Winnipeg). http://www.themanitoban.com/2014/08/researchers-examine-question-genocide-canada/20287/
July 22, 2014. Noted in “What Genocide means for Indigenous Peoples: Scholars Gather and Discuss Decolonization”, in UMTODAY: http://news.umanitoba.ca/what-genocide-means-for-indigenous-peoples-scholars-gather-and-discuss-decolonization/
July 18, 2014. Letter to the Editor, “Genocides Distinct, Complex”, Winnipeg Free Press: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/have-your-say-267613581.html
July 17, 2014. Interviewed for “Genocide Scholars Visit Sagkeeng to Talk Residential Schools”, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network: http://aptn.ca/news/2014/07/17/genocide-scholars-visit-sagkeeng-first-nation-talk-residential-schools/
July 15, 2014. Interview with Dahlia Kurtz on CJOB radio (with Tony Barta) to discuss International Association of Genocide Scholars Conference in Winnipeg.
July 12, 2014. Interviewed by Mary Agenes Welch for “The Genocide Test”, Winnipeg Free Press: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/the-genocide-test-266849891.html
July 4, 2014. Interview with Michael Benedict for story in Lawyer’s Weekly (lawyersweekly.ca) vol. 34, no. 9, “Opening the gate is wider aim of restorative justice advocates.”
May 12, 2014. Interview with Michael Benedict for Lawyers Weekly.
October 10, 2013. Interview with Larry Krotz, United Church Observer.
September 27, 2013. Interview with the Manitoban on abortion and genocide.
July 2013. Interview with Mary-Agnes Welch, Winnipeg Free Press.
February 21, 2013. “Virtual Tour Offers Glimpse at a Residential School” CBC News: Winnipeg, http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Manitoba/ID/2337391480/
October 22, 2012. Interview with CBC for a story on the Police Chief’s statement about fighting crime with prayer.
September 27, 2012. Interview with Mariiane Mays Wiebe for an article on Colonial Genocide and Indigenous North America Workshop for the Bulletin.
February 14, 2012. Interview with Jennifer Ashawasegai for article on colonial genocide forthcoming in Windspeaker Magazine.
January 2012. Interview with John Bohannon for article on colonial genocide to appear in Spring issue of Science.
December 9, 2011. Interview with Teddy Zegeye-Gebrehiwot for documentary film on Human Rights (funded by the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture).
October 5, 2011. Interview with Claudine Richard from CBC News on the topic of Hockey Riots.
September 21, 2011. Feature of article “U of M Sociology Accepts Award to Study Native Issues” Winnipeg Free Press. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/u-of-m-sociologist-accepts-award-to-study-native-issues-130255243.html
September 20, 2011. Guest on Bamoseda Aboriginal Radio to discuss Colonial Genocide in Canada and the US.
September 5, 2011. Guest on Richard Gauthier show on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, CJOB radio.
March, 2011. Interviewed for a documentary on police accountability being produced by CopWatch, a local Winnipeg organization (funded by SSHRC/CURA project monies).
February 2010. Interview on CKUW to discuss my book The Politics of Restorative Justice.
September 2007 to September 2010. President of the Board of Directors, John Howard Society, Winnipeg Manitoba.
October 2002 to December 2010. Member of Board of Directors, John Howard Society, Winnipeg Manitoba.
October 2002 to April 2006. Chair of the Issues Committee, John Howard Society, Winnipeg Manitoba
last updated February 2015