Wendy Chan

Professor of Sociology


  • Ph.D. University of Cambridge (1996)
  • M.Phil. University of Cambridge (1992)
  • M.A. University of Sheffield (1991)
  • B.A. Honours Carleton University (1989)

Areas of Interest

  • Race, Racialization and Criminal Justice
  • Immigration Policies, Enforcement and Control
  • Welfare, Poverty and Social Exclusion
  • Criminalization of Poverty
  • Violence Against Women
  • Domestic Homicides
  • Feminist and Critical Criminology


Wendy Chan is a criminology-trained social scientist interested in the intersections of gender, race and class differences in the context of the criminal justice system, mainstream media, immigration and welfare systems. Her past projects have examined the criminalization of marginalized groups in Canada, focusing specifically on the ideological underpinnings of their treatment by social institutions and the state. She is currently working on two projects in the area of domestic violence. The first project examines legal access to justice for victims of domestic violence and the second explores the barriers to service provision for abused immigrant women in BC.

Book publications

Racialization, Crime and Criminal Justice in Canada (2014) Co-authored with Dorothy Chunn. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Criminalizing Race, Criminalizing Poverty: Welfare Fraud Enforcement in Canada (2007) by Kiran Mirchandani and Wendy Chan. Fernwood Publishing.

Women, Madness and the Law: A Feminist Reader (2005) Co-edited with Dorothy Chunn and Robert Menzies. London: Glasshouse Press, 292 pgs.

[Front & Back Cover]

Women, Murder and Justice. (2001) Basingstoke: Palgrave Press (Formerly MacMillan Press, London), 244 pgs.

Crimes of Colour: Racialization and the Criminal Justice System in Canada. (2001) Co-edited with Dr. Kiran Mirchandani (OISE, University of Toronto). Peterborough: Broadview Press, 221 pgs.

Research Awards and Funding

2016-2017 Justice Partnership and Innovation Program - Family Violence Initiative, Department of Justice
Principal Investigator
“Dismantling Barriers to Safety: Developing a coordinated model of community interventions for abused immigrant women in BC"

2016–2019 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant
“Domestic Violence and Access to Justice Within and Across Multiple Legal Systems”