Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Criminal Justice
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Criminal Justice


Areas of Expertise
Women’s Rights, Violence Against Children, Violence Against Women

Region of Focus
North America

PhD University of Toronto Sociology, 2001
MA University of Toronto Sociology, 1995
BA York University Sociology/Law & Society 1994

Recent Publications
Dawson, M. (Ed). 2017. Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews: An International Perspective. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dawson, M. Homicide in Canada. 2017. Chapter 23 in the International Handbook on Homicide, edited by F. Brookman, E.R. Maguire and M. Maguire. West Sussex, UK: Wiley Publishers.

Dawson, M. Intimacy, geography and justice. 2017. Chapter 15 in Reading Sociology (3rd Edition), edited by P. Albanese, L. Tepperman, and E. Alexander. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Dawson, M., S. Mathews, N. Abrahams, and J. Campbell. 2017. Death reviews in the context of domestic homicide in low- to middle-income countries: South Africa as a case study. Chapter 13 in Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews: An International Perspective, edited by M. Dawson. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dawson, M. and A. Piscitelli. 2017. Risk factors in domestic homicides: Identifying common clusters in the Canadian context. Journal of Interpersonal Violence (Online First).

Dawson, M. and D. Sutton. 2017. Similar sentences, similar crimes? Using deep sample analysis to examine the comparability of crimes and punishments by victim-defendant relationship. International Journal of Crime, Law and Justice 49: 58-70.

Johnson, A. and M. Dawson. 2017. Filicide: An Oxford Bibliography. New York: Oxford.

Dawson, M. 2016. Punishing femicide: Criminal justice responses to the killing of women over four decades. Current Sociology 64(7): 996-1016.

Dawson, M. Intimacy, gender and homicide: The validity and utility of common stereotypes in law. 2016. Chapter 3 in Gender, Murder and Responsibility: An International Perspective, edited by K. Fitz-Gibbons and S. Walklate (Routledge).

Thurston, W., D. Tam, M. Dawson, M. Jackson, and S. Kwok. 2016. The intersection of gender and other social institutions in constructing interpersonal violence in Guangzhou China. Journal of Interpersonal Violence 31(4): 694-714.

Tam, D., K. Schleicher, W. Wu, S.M. Kwok, W.E. Thurston, and M. Dawson. 2016. Social work interventions on intimate partner violence against women in China. Journal of Social Work 16(2): 228-249.

Dawson, M. 2015. Canadian trends in filicide by gender of the accused, 1961-2011. Child Abuse & Neglect 47: 162-174.

Recent ACUNS Activity
Dawson, M. 2017. Patterns in femicides of older women in Ontario, Canada, 1974-2012. Pg. 8-15 in Femicide (VIII): Abuse and Femicide of the Older Woman. Vienna: ACUNS.