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Dr. Caroline Erentzen

Assistant Professor
EducationPh.D., York University, JD, Queen’s University
Areas of Expertiselaw and psychology, juries, wrongful convictions, stereotyping and prejudice, marginalized identities and the law


Dr. Erentzen is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, with a specialization in social psychology and the law. She received her Ph.D. from York University and a completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Toronto. Prior to this, she received a law degree from Queen’s University and practiced as a lawyer at the Ontario Bar. Her main research areas focus on the intersection of law and social psychology and the mechanisms underlying perceptions of victims of prejudice, hate crime, and legal inequality. Additional research interests include wrongful convictions, jury decision making, treatment of marginalized identities within the law, religious minority rights, and gender-based violence and harassment.


Selected Publications

Erentzen, C.A., Schuller, R.A., & Clow, K.A. (2021). Advocacy and the Innocent Client: Defence Counsel Experiences with Wrongful Convictions and False Guilty Pleas. Wrongful Convictions Law Review, 2(1), 1 – 21. 

Salerno, A.C., Erentzen, C., & Schuller, R.A. (2021). University women’s experiences with male stranger harassment online. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Schuller, R.A., Clow, K.A., & Erentzen, C. (2021). Twenty years for nothing: An exploration of wrongful conviction cases in Canada. Criminal Law Quarterly, 69(1), 110-147.

Erentzen, C. & Schuller, R.A. (2020). Exploring the dark figure of hate: An exploration of self-reported victimization and police-reported rates of hate crime in Canada. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 62(2), 64-97.

Erentzen, C., Schuller, R.A., & Gardner, R.C. (2018). Model victims of hate: Victim blaming in the context of Islamophobic hate crime. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-24.  doi: 10.1177/0886260518805097


Professional Affiliations

American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

Social for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Law Society of Ontario