Wendy Chan

Professor of Sociology, Department Chair
Sociology & Anthropology


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.


PhD University of Cambridge
MPhil University of Cambridge
MA University of Sheffield
BA, Hons. Carleton University 

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

Select Publications


Awards & Funding

  • 2016-2017 Principal Investigator for Justice Partnership and Innovation Program - Family Violence Initiative, Department of Justice
    “Dismantling Barriers to Safety: Developing a coordinated model of community interventions for abused immigrant women in BC"
  • 2016–2019 Co-Investigator for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Grant
    “Domestic Violence and Access to Justice Within and Across Multiple Legal Systems”

Currently Teaching

Summer 2024

Future courses may be subject to change.