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Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Morton Beiser

Alok Mukherjee

Biography:

Alok Mukherjee, academic and former chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, has been appointed distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University. Mukherjee will support Ryerson’s Office of the Assistant Vice-President/Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and the Department of Criminology in the Faculty of Arts.

“Mukherjee’s academic, political and community experience will serve as a valuable asset to Ryerson given our commitment to city building and the City of Toronto,” said Mohamed Lachemi, provost and vice-president academic. “His expertise and joint initiatives with EDI and Criminology will engage students and faculty with real-world issues and insights providing a public forum within the Ryerson community.”

From 2005-2015, Mukherjee led the Toronto Police Services Board as chair, where issues pertaining to municipal policing, public safety and human rights were researched and discussed among stakeholders in government and politics.

“My career in academia began at Ryerson in 1994 and it is an honour to rejoin the community,” said Mukherjee. “After twenty years, Ryerson and the city of Toronto have experienced dynamic development and changes worthy of research and discussion as it relates to public safety, cultural diversity and societal equity. I look forward to the year ahead.”

“Alok will work to promote multidisciplinary research, collaborating with faculty members from Criminology on projects related to local police governance, accountability and community-based public safety,” said Denise O’Neil Green, assistant vice-president/vice-provost, equity, diversity and inclusion. “He will deliver and participate in courses, seminars or workshops, and will help to advance the EDI perspective by engaging in research and participating in public lectures and forums. With esteemed industry and academic experience, he will deliver a unique perspective of policing and its future in Canada.”

Mukherjee emigrated to Canada from India in 1971 and has been an influencer in the academic and political sphere with specific interests in human rights and race relations. From 1992-1994 he was vice chair and acting chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and has continued to work across Canada as a consultant on issues relating to human rights, equity and organizational change. He began his academic career at Ryerson University in 1994 and held a long-standing role as a humanities course director at York University.