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Teaching & Supervision


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

  • SOCY901 Social Theory, the compulsory graduate theory course.
  • 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.

I used to teach a 4th year option, SOCY476 Advanced Topics in Surveillance Studies, but that’s resting right now.


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.

Doctoral Students

Currently, I have 7 PhD students, the first 3 are as sole supervisor, the others jointly supervised:

  • Thomas Linder (Sociology), who is working on surveillance, policing and intelligence as part of the SSC Big Data Surveillance partnership;
  • 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’;
  • Rebecca Pero (Geography) who has just successfully completed her final oral examination and is doing the final small revisions on her thesis on local immigration partnerships in Ontario;
  • Michael Carter (Geography), who is working on Smart City initiatives in Toronto as part of my Ubicity project;
  • Julia Chan (Cultural Studies), a writer and scholar who is researching the horrible world of revenge porn;
  • and, Stéphanie McKnight (Cultural Studies), an artist and researcher who is looking at surveillance in / through art.

I am also on 5 committees: Ozge Girgin, Midori Ogasawara, Ciara Bracken-Roche and  Derya Gungor (all Sociology); and Maseeh Haseeb (Law).

Of former PhD students: 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 3 current MA students, all in Sociology:

  • Brandon Rodriguez (public opinion of domestic drones); and
  • Kyle Curlew (ethnography of Yik-Yak), who have both virtually finished and just need to do their final oral examinations; and,
  • Kristopher Jones, who is just starting his thesis on communities built around blockchain technology.

Completed MA Supervision: I’ve supervised 9 projects or theses to completion either sole or jointly (2010-2016) – all are Sociology unless stated: Jennie Day (Geography, funded by the Ubicity project, looking at autonomous vehicles in the smart city, and who is now starting a PhD on the same topic at GURU in Newcastle, UK); Stéphanie McKnight (Cultural Studies, who went straight on to start her PhD here); Vincenzo Alaimo (also funded by Ubicity, looking at open data and smart cities; Alex Rosenblat (now at the Data & Society Institute in New York); Mark Mansour; William Lockrey; Aliya Kassam; Harrison Smith (who finished his PhD at the iSchool in Toronto in 2016, and is has a postdoc, also at GURU); Stephen Wettlaufer; and Rebecca Pero (who has just finished her PhD in Geography at Queen’s).

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