Q&A Series with Assistant Professor Alexandra (Sasha) Lysova

November 03, 2020

By Adhil Naidu

Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Lysova is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology. Her research includes; violent crime; intimate partner violence; female victims and offenders; male victims of partner violence; homicide; cross-cultural studies of crime; criminological theory.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Russia (Vladivostok) where I developed research interests in social problems and crime, including, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and homicide. In 2009, after I had earned my Doctor of Sciences degree in Sociology at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg, I worked as a Professor at the Far Eastern Federal University. However, due to professional and political reasons I decided to move to Canada, where I was selected for a prestigious Trudeau Award and Scholarship in 2011. After I received my PhD in Criminology from the University of Toronto, I happily accepted an offer from SFU to join one of the leading criminology teaching and research centers in the world – the School of Criminology.   

What current research are you working on?

My research and teaching focuses on violence, and more specifically, intimate partner violence and homicide. I started to study intimate partner violence from the perspective of women and children, and lately have expanded my attention to men who also experience violence and aggression in the relationship. I believe that addressing the needs of male victims can help reduce violence not only against men, but also women and children in the relationship. I extend my research outside of Canada and collaborate with other leading researchers in the United States, Australia and United Kingdom on the issue of male victims. I hold a SSHRC Insight Development Research Grant that supports my research on spousal homicides involving men.

What classes are you teaching in Fall?

I primarily teach Current Theories and Perspectives in Criminology (CRIM 300W), Family Violence and Criminal Justice (CRIM 406), and Violence and Aggression (CRIM 313).

What do you most enjoy about working at the School of Criminology?

There are many things I enjoy about this School and SFU. I enjoy working and collaborating with my colleagues who have strong expertise in diverse areas of criminology. I appreciate SFU students, their curiosity and desire to expand their knowledge and think critically about the contemporary world.

What do you enjoy most about your students/teaching?

I’m passionate about teaching and love to share my experiences and knowledge with my students. I appreciate when students ask difficult questions and treat the world as a complex place.

What advice do you have for students to be successful in your class?

Just be curious, open-minded, and show intellectual courage and perseverance in your thinking.

I am interested in supervision for research topics on intimate partner violence and spousal homicide. The topics with the focus on male victimization and criminal justice responses to male victims of intimate partner violence are particularly welcome. If you are a potential graduate student interested in working on any of these topics, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Get in touch with Alexandra Lysova:

Phone: 778-782-3018
Email: alysova@sfu.ca

Burnaby Office: Saywell Hall 10213