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Emily van der Meulen

Emily van der Meulen


PhD, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Program Director


JOR 820


416-979-5000 Ext. 3010

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Emily van der Meulen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology. She received her PhD in Women’s Studies from York University in 2009 and subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships with the Center for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She joined the Department in 2011.

Her areas of expertise include feminist and critical criminology, community-based and participatory methodologies, gendered surveillance studies, prison health and harm reduction, and the criminalization and stigmatization of sex work.

Two of her past projects included a study examining diverse women’s experiences with CCTV surveillance (funded by SSHRC) and a multi-phase undertaking with local and national HIV organizations on prison-based needle and syringe programs (funded by OHTN, CIHR, and Ryerson University’s Health Research Fund).

Among her current research projects is a study on the ways in which anti-trafficking policy is made and shaped through narratives of white saviourhood and fantasises of ‘rescue’ (funded by SSHRC), and another that traces how biometric technologies can reinforce existing embodied inequities, especially with regard to race, gender, and disability (with Robert Heynen, funded by SSHRC).

Some of her recent publications can be found in International Journal of Drug Policy, Qualitative Research, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Women and Criminal Justice, The Prison Journal, Substance Use & Misuse, Disability & Society, Surveillance & Society, and Theoretical Criminology.

She is also (co-)editor of five books:

She received Ryerson's Faculty of Arts Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activity Award in 2013, and again in 2019.




Van der Meulen, Emily