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Dr. Emily van der Meulen



Emily van der Meulen is a Professor in the Department of Criminology. She received her PhD in Women’s Studies from York University in 2009 and subsequently held postdoctoral fellowships with the Center for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. She joined the Department in 2011.

Her areas of expertise include community-based and participatory methodologies, gendered surveillance studies, prison health and harm reduction, the criminalization and stigmatization of sex work, and the effects of anti-human trafficking policy and policing.

Among other projects, she has conducted research on diverse women's experiences with  (PDF file) CCTV surveillance;  Asian and migrant  (PDF file) sex workers’ access to health and social services (with Butterfly); the  (PDF file) Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, which offers some legal protections for people who call 911 to report an overdose (with the HIV Legal Network); and how exploitative labour practices are framed and rationalized in literature on  (PDF file) Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

She has also been engaged in a long-term and multi-phase undertaking on the need for effective  (PDF file) carceral syringe distribution programs, which recently included an examination of the current  (PDF file) federal prison needle exchange (with the HIV Legal Network and PASAN).

Based on these and other of her research projects, she received TMU's Faculty of Arts Scholarly, Research, and Creative Activity Award in 2013, 2019, and 2022.


Univeristy Degree
York University PhD
Queen's University MEd
Trent University BA


Course Code Course Title
CRM 8004 Qualitative Research Methods
CRM 515 Gendering Justice
CRM 205 Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
CRM 404 Justice Policy Debates
CRM 406 Special Topics Seminar
Collection of books by Emily van der Meulen

Peer Reviewed Articles (past 6 years)