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Alok Mukherjee

Alok Mukherjee


Distinguished Visiting Professor




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Alok Mukherjee is Distinguished Visiting Professor, cross-appointed to Department of Criminology and Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  He holds a PhD from York University, MA from University of Waterloo and from University of Saugar (India), and BA from Agra University (India).  Alok has taught at Ryerson and York.

Prior to his appointment at Ryerson, Alok was Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, a position he held for ten years.  He has held several other public appointments, including Vice Chair and Acting Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Commission (1992-1994) and Member, Ontario Civilian Police Commission (1994-1997).  In addition, he managed an independent consulting practice in the field of organization change within a framework of human rights, equity and inclusion.

Located within this framework, Alok’s research and writing reflect his interest in examining and understanding the dynamics of power in the institutional spaces of the hierarchical societies of Canada and India, with a view to developing strategies for transforming those spaces so that are truly reflective of and accountable to the interests of all members of the communities they serve.  The particular focus of his interest has been on policing and education.


Criminology and EDI

Selected Publications & Presentations:

Mukherjee, Alok. (2015)  “Turning Trauma into Transformative Energy through Stories:  The Role of Literature in India’s Dalit Communities.”  Symposium on Transformational Social Change, Humber College and The Gatehouse, November 15, 2015.

Mukherjee, Alok. (2015) “The Future of Police Governance”:  The Morden Report – Implications for Local Governance. Ontario Association of Police Service Boards (OAPSB) 2015 Spring Conference, Toronto, May 29, 2015.

Mukherjee, Alok. (2014) “Woman’s Body as Site of Patriarchal Violence: Bi-National Reflections in the Wake of the Rape in Delhi.”  In Ajit Jain, ed., Violence Against Women:  All Pervading. Toronto:  Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women.

Mukherjee, Alok. (2013) “A Civilian Perspective on the Evolution of Policing and Police Governance.” Keynote Presentation at the National Summit on the Economics of Policing, Department of Public Safety, Canada, Ottawa, January 16, 2013