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Dr. Anne-Marie Singh

Associate Professor
OfficeJOR 825A
Phone416-979-5000 Ext. 4184


Anne-Marie Singh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Digital Humanities, at Ryerson University. She has an inter-disciplinary and international education with a DPhil in Sociology from the University of London (UK), a MA in Criminology from the University of Toronto and a BA (Honours) in Sociology and Criminology from the University of Toronto.

She joined the Department of Criminology in 2005 having previously taught at the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto (Scarborough Campus) and York University. Anne-Marie teaches undergraduate courses on crime and criminal justice, ‘Race, Ethnicity and Justice’ and ‘Criminological Theories’. She also teaches graduate level courses on theory (MA Criminology and Social Justice) and justice policy (PhD Policy Studies), and has supervised graduate students in related fields.

Anne-Marie’s research interests concern critical and anti-racist criminology; contemporary social and political theory; moral philosophy; policing; social control; and governance. She recently launched a digital project on the contributions made by racialized and Indigenous individuals as criminal justice professionals. The Criminal Justice Firsts Project is a collaborative undertaking with Mandissa Arlain, a librarian, and is intended as a research and teaching resources for Ryerson members and the wider community. Anne-Marie is also a co-investigator on a SSHRC funded program of research on policing reform in post-Soviet Ukraine. Together with Dr. Matthew Light, a political scientist at the University of Toronto, the concern is to compare private security regulation in post-Soviet Ukraine and Estonia thereby adding to the current theorizing on security and policing which is limited by its Anglosphere focus. 

Crime Fact Infographics

Crime. Myth or Fact? An infographic series by Dr. Anne-Marie Singh and MA student Émilie Vanhauwaert

A public awareness project by Dr. Anne-Marie Singh and MA student Émilie Vanhauwaert on crime myths and facts. A series of infographics presents official and research based data from Statistics Canada, the police themselves etc., and encourages people to critically reflect on their own beliefs about crime and the legal system.

Selected Publications

  • “Constraints on the Growth of Private Security: A Comparative International Analysis” (with Matthew Light). Theoretical Criminology 23(3) (2019): 295-314.
  •  “Race Matters: Public Views on Sentencing” (with Jane Sprott). Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 59(3) (2017): 285-312.
  • “Problematising the Governance of Private Policing Post 9/11” (with Michael Kempa). The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research 3 (2012): 40-61.
  • “Private Security, Political Economy and the Policing of Race: Probing Global Hypotheses Through the Case of South Africa” (with Michael Kempa).  Theoretical Criminology 12(3) (2008): 333-54.
  • Policing, Crime and Coercion: Crime Control in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008.
  • Police Occupational Cultures: New Debates and Directions. (ed. with Megan O’Neill and Monique Marks). UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, 2007.
  •  “Reflections on the Study of Private Policing Cultures: Early Leads and Key Themes” (with Michael Kempa).  In Megan O’Neill, Monique Marks and Anne-Marie Singh (ed.)Police Occupational Cultures: New Debates and Directions. UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd, 2007
  • “Some Critical Reflections on the Governance of Crime in Post-Apartheid South Africa”. In James Sheptycki and Ali Wardak (ed.) Transnational and Comparative Criminology.  London: GlassHouse Press, 2005.

Technical Reports

  • Re-Review of Georgian College Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) 4 year degree program (with Barbara Perry). Report commissioned by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, Province of Ontario, Canada. 2015.
  • Donor Assistance to Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Reform South Africa, 1994-1998 (with Elrena van der Spuy and Jacqueline Geerlings).  Report commissioned by the National Crime Prevention Secretariat, South Africa.  Institute of Criminology, University of Cape Town, 1998.
  • Public Participation in the Administration of Justice.  Discussion document commissioned by the Planning Unit, Ministry of Justice (South Africa).  Institute of Criminology, University of Cape Town, 1997.