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Teaching & Supervision


I teach three courses in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s:

  • SOCY300 Urban Sociology (previously taught as SOCY301 Special Topics in Sociology: Cities). This is a third year level introduction to Urban Sociology and Urban Studies, taught through historical and contemporary case-studies.
  • SOCY309 Surveillance and Society (previously SOCY304: Surveillance and Visibility). Another third year course, this time an intensive introduction to Surveillance Studies.
  • A 4th year option, SOCY476 Advanced Topics in Surveillance Studies.

I used to teach SOCY901 Social Theory, the compulsory graduate theory course, which I really enjoyed, but I’m not teaching it any more…

Mentoring and Supervision

If you are interested in working with me, please contact me to discuss your interests. The formal admission procedure can be accessed here.

I have supervised several foreign visiting students and I am very happy to work with visiting Masters and Doctoral students, Postdoctoral researchers and faculty, particularly from Europe, South America and East Asia. If you are interested, please contact the Surveillance Studies Centre.

Postdoctoral Fellows

I’m mentoring Alix Barrie Johnson, who has just started on a year’s post-doc in Sociology and the Surveillance Studies Centre. She works on surveillance and the Arctic.

Doctoral Students

Currently, I am supervising or co-supervising 6 PhD students:

  • Debra Mackinnon (Sociology), who is examining the surveillance practices of Business Improvement Areas in Canada, and is part-funded by my Ubicity project but mainly by her own SSHRC scholarship;
  • Spencer Revoy (Cultural Studies), who is working on a genealogy and theory of ‘the interface’;
  • Michael Carter (Geography), who is working on smart transport initiatives in Toronto as part of my Ubicity project (co-supervised with Beverley Mullings);
  • Thomas Linder (Sociology), who is working on surveillance, policing and intelligence as part of the SSC Big Data Surveillance partnership;
  • Stéphanie McKnight (Cultural Studies), an artist and researcher who is looking at surveillance in / through art (co-supervise with Susan Cahill, from the University of Calgary); and
  • Delano Aragao Vaz (Law), who is just starting and is interested in surveillance and racism.

I am also on 6 committees: Karina Rider, Ozge Girgin, Midori Ogasawara, and Derya Gungor (all Sociology); Julia Chan (Cultural Studies); and Maseeh Haseeb (Law).

Of former PhD students: Rebecca Pero (Geography) successfully defended her thesis on local immigration partnerships in Ontario last year, after all kinds of unforeseen interuptions, and we’re about to start work on a joint publication from the thesis; the awesome Jeff Monaghan finished his Sociology thesis on Canadian Security Aid in 2015. He’s working in Criminology at Carleton and the book is now out from University of Toronto Press; Francesca Menichelli (University of Milan Bicocca) completed in 2014 – I was added as a supervisor after working with her on her thesis on video surveillance in Italian cities for over a year as a visiting student here in SSC; I also looked after Rafael Barreto de Castro from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, who finished in 2012, and was working on smart control centres.

I’ve been the leader of the Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar, a biennial intensive doctoral school run by the Surveillance Studies Centre, since 2013. This year’s SSSS is in June and it’s all about Big Data and Surveillance…

Masters Supervision

I have 4 current MA students, all in Sociology:

  • Kristopher Jones, who is just finishing his thesis on blockchain developer communities;
  • Julianne Jakoubek, who is interested in loneliness and robotic companions;
  • Spencer Hueskens, who is looking a the use of mindfulness apps;
  • Ann-Marie Helou, who is doing work on the politics of policing in Lebanon.

I’ve supervised more than a dozen projects or theses to completion either sole or jointly since I’ve been at Queen’s, including: Abigail Curlew, who carried out an ethnography of Yik-Yak, and is now doing PhD work at Carleton; Jennie Day (Geography, funded by the Ubicity project), who looked at autonomous vehicles in the smart city, and who is now doing a PhD on the same topic at GURU in Newcastle, UK; Alex Rosenblat, now at the Data & Society Institute in New York); and Harrison Smith, who has since finished his PhD at the iSchool in Toronto in 2016, and is now a postdoc, also at GURU.

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