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Barbara Perry, PhD, is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities and renowned authors on Hate Crime. A Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Dr. Perry is helping to frame the field, and foster global education and support for victims of violence. Excited by her ability to challenge the status quo and traditional ways of thinking about the justice system, Dr. Perry has studied hate crime for more than 20 years. What drew her in was the enormous opportunity to fill the many gaps in the system; dealing with victims and their experiences; then sharing their stories to create broader awareness. She is passionate about giving victims a voice and deeply committed to bringing people in marginalized communities back into the fold so that they can realize full citizenship. Her pursuit of social justice stems from her desire to have a more critical perspective. In 1985, Dr. Perry obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Social Behaviour from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario; she received her Master of Arts in Sociology from Queen’s University in 1987, and earned her Doctorate in Sociology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario in 1992. Her previous appointments include Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Southern Maine. Throughout her esteemed career, Dr. Perry has received numerous teaching and research awards for her work including the 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from Auckland University in New Zealand. In 2012, she was appointed Honorary Fellow in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom; and she was awarded the American Society of Criminology’s 2007 Critical Criminologist of the Year.

Expertise


Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick

January 1, 2015

Limerick, Ireland

Founding Board Member, International Institute on Radicalisation and Securities Studies (IIRSS)

January 1, 2014

Established in January 2014, the IIRSS was created to provide research, training and specialized investigative support on matters involving hate propaganda, the promotion of genocide, hate-motivated crimes, criminal extremism and radicalisation. The mandate of the IIRSS is to conduct multi-national strategic intelligence operations, training and research targeting individuals or organized groups involved in radicalised activity and criminal extremism.

2013 Distinguished Visitor Award, Auckland University

September 1, 2013

Auckland, New Zealand

Documentary Producer, Courage in the Face of Hate

May 9, 2013

Courage in the Face of Hate is the first Canadian documentary to focus on the human impact of hate crimes, bullying and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and two-spirited Canadians. Produced in partnership with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust in 2012, the documentary is aimed at students in grades 9 to 11 and includes a lesson plan. One of the most impactful research projects of Dr. Perry’s career, her documentary has been picked up by school boards across Canada.

Co-Chair and Advisory Board Member, International Network For Hate Studies

February 1, 2013

This cross-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary organization aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge about the study of hate and hate crime. Academics and practitioners are working to understand ways that hate and hate crime can be combated in society.

Honorary Fellow, Department of Criminology, University of Leicester

April 1, 2012

Leicester, England

Author, Diversity, Crime and Justice in Canada (Oxford)

March 14, 2011

Dr. Perry brings together 17 of the country���s leading scholars to address issues of inequality as they intersect with crime and social justice. Published in 2011, this invaluable student text examines social inequality in relation to Canada’s criminal justice system.

Board of Directors, PFLAG Canada Durham Region

March 1, 2011

Since 2011, Dr. Perry has served on the Board of Directors of PFLAG Canada Durham Region, the only national organization that helps all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression through support, education and resources. Her other roles within this group include Education Co-ordinator, and LGBT Youth Leadership Camp Committee Chair and Fund Development Committee member.

Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT

July 1, 2008

In July 2004, Dr. Perry joined UOIT as Associate Professor, and in July 2006 she became the first woman at the university to be promoted to Full Professor. From 2008-2014, she served as the faculty's Associate Dean. She received UOIT's Research Excellence Award in 2009.

2007 Critical Criminologist of the Year, American Society of Criminology (ASC)

November 14, 2007

ASC Division on Critical Criminology

Visiting Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University

September 1, 2003

Nottingham, England

Author, In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crimes (Routledge)

March 15, 2001

In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crimes is the first book to offer a comprehensive theory of hate crimes. It provides an historical understanding of hate crimes and provocatively argues that hate crimes are not an aberration of current society, but a by-product of a society still struggling with inequality, difference, fear and hate. Widely regarded as the seminal book in the industry, her first edition broke new ground and helped frame the field.

Carleton University

1992
PhD - Sociology

Queen's University

1987
Master of Arts - Sociology

Queen's University

1985
Bachelor of Arts - Social Behaviour
  • More Than Paper Terrorists? A Closer Look at at Freemen-on-the-Land in Canada

    $14270  | September 1, 2016

    Awarded by: The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society
    FOTL refers to a loose movement of anti-statist/anti-authoritarians who challenge the validity of formal state law in favour of "natural" law or sometimes "God's" law. However, there is a dearth of information on FOTL in Canada. What is available is largely anecdotal, fragmentary and unsystematic. A more methodical approach to unpacking their sentiment and activities is warranted. The intent of this project is to engage multiple methodologies that allow us to effectively construct a robust picture of the FOTL movement in Canada.

  • Mediating Crime and Race: How Canadian Ethnic Minority Newspapers Construct Crime

    $6/1/2016  | June 1, 2016

    Awarded by: SSHRC Insight Grant
    There is a growing body of literature on the nexus of media, race and crime, which reveals that crime is exaggerated in mainstream media, and that these same venues tend to racialize crime and criminalize race. The impact of this is to reinforce inaccurate public perceptions about the frequency, seriousness and demographic distribution of crime. Interestingly, however, there have been no focused efforts to explore the ways in which crime is featured within the media serving specific racial and ethnic communities. Little is known about whether such outlets reproduce these patterns. Thus, as co-investigator of this three-year research project, Dr. Perry is interested in uncovering the patterns of crime reporting in such venues, and in comparing the ways in which crime news is presented to different audiences.

  • Right Wing Extremism in Canada: An Environmental Scan

    $77304  | September 1, 2012

    Awarded by: The Kanishka Project, Public Safety Canada
    Through a Public Safety Canada grant program, Dr. Perry is speaking with law enforcement and intelligence communities to identify the scope and nature of white supremacist movements largely between British Columbia and Quebec. Her research aims to identify factors that enable white supremacist groups to emerge; develop law enforcement training to help prevent their emergence; and understand how to disable groups that already exist.

  • Ethnic Lens: How Ethnic Minority Media Cover Crime

    $42930  | May 1, 2012

    Awarded by: SSHRC Insight Development Grant
    PI, Aziz, D. CI, Perry, B.

  • Pilot Study of Islamophobic Violence, Violence Against Muslim Communities in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal

    $66964  | May 1, 2011

    Awarded by: SSHRC
    PI, Perry, B.

  • American Society of Criminology

  • British Society of Criminology

  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

  • American Sociological Association

  • Society for the Study of Social Problems

  • Strategies to Combat Hate Crime and Ensure Safe Communities

    Helen Kennedy, Executive Director, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust  | July 15, 2011

    Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is Canada’s only national charity promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) human rights through research, education and community engagement. Since 2009, Dr. Perry has been actively involved in research aimed at advancing LGBT equality, diversity, education and justice, and serves in an advisory and consulting role. In 2011, Egale Canada announced a research partnership with Dr. Perry. Her current work explores violence against lesbians, gays, and trans women.

Involvement


  • Media appearances

    As Canada Transforms, an Anti-Immigrant Fringe Stirs
    The New York Times print

    January 31, 2017

    Some critics have blamed Donald J. Trump’s nationalistic language, but right-wing extremism has long thrived in Canada among skinheads, white supremacists and others, said Barbara Perry, a global hate crime expert at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario, and the lead author of a report published last year in the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.

    Why White Nationalists Are the Extremists We Should Fear
    Vice News online

    February 1, 2017

    While we still know very little about Alexandre Bissonnette, the university student accused of killing six people at a Quebec City mosque Sunday night, a picture of him has begun to emerge, and it's a picture that everyone on the internet is familiar with.

    Right Wing Extremism in Canada
    tvo tv

    September 8, 2016

    It's known as the "other terror" - the domestic threat posed by right-wing extremism, including white supremacists and anti-government radicals. According to one report, 59 per cent of "lone wolf" attacks in Canada over the last 15 years have been committed by right-wing extremists. Barbara Perry, professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, joins The Agenda to discuss the various right wing extremist groups across Canada, and the threat they pose.

    The disturbing movement against Syrian refugees in Canada
    The Star online

    March 10, 2016

    A 2016 study by academics Barbara Perry and Ryan Scrivens found that right-wing extremism in Canada is “more extensive and more active than public rhetoric would suggest,” comprising at least 100 active groups — many of which are linked to like-minded European and American organizations.

    Right-Wing Extremist Groups in Canada
    Spice Radio radio

    March 10, 2016

    Live broadcast on Spice Mornings.

    Fight Where You Stand: Lessons from the Global Struggle Against Fascism and Racism
    The Link print

    March 7, 2016

    A few weeks ago, my partner was riding the metro when two men got on the train. Another man, sitting across from her, complimented them on the patches they were wearing, which read “A30B,” and carried a symbol resembling a Wolfsangel—a symbol of Nazi Germany. The two men started talking to him in Eastern European accents, describing how they just arrived in Montreal, and were still finding their way around. The other man, a Quebecer, said that he could plug them in with the local movement.

    Study finds white supremacist groups are on the rise in Canada: SFU research notes an uptick in radical activity following arrival of Syrian refugees
    The Peak print

    February 29, 2016

    To many Canadians, the face of violent white supremacy wears the hood of the Klu Klux Klan and lives somewhere in the southern United States, or perhaps even in the past. However, a recent study co-authored by SFU criminology PhD candidate Ryan Scrivens and University of Ontario professor Dr. Barbara Perry suggests otherwise.

    The Early Edition: Extremist Groups
    AM 1150 radio

    February 23, 2016

    Live broadcast hosted by Phil Johnson and Gord Vizzutti.

    Right wing extremism on the rise in Canada
    News Examiner online

    February 22, 2016

    A study recently published by a trio of researchers entitled “Uneasy Alliances: A Look at the Right-Wing Extremist Movement in Canada” found that there are over a hundred such groups operating in the nation, most in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec. We aren’t talking about groups who simply espouse their hate and misinformation online then move along either; we are talking about groups that have carried out attacks and even murders on those whose political beliefs they don’t like.

    Right wing extremism is alive and well in BC: SFU study
    News 1130 AM - Vancouver's Breaking News, Traffic and Weather Station radio

    February 21, 2016

    Right wing extremists are flourishing in BC, Alberta and Quebec according to a new study out of SFU. Co-author of the report, Ryan Scrivens says while these groups aren’t likely to be in Vancouver, they are present in parts of the province.

    Right-Wing Extremism is Thriving in Canada
    Vice News print

    February 19, 2016

    According to a new study, right-wing extremism in Canada is thriving — despite the fact that the movement is fragmented and plagued with infighting. Over the course of three years, authors of a recent study, entitled Uneasy Alliances: A Look at the Right-Wing Extremist Movement in Canada, published in the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, found at least 100 right-wing extremist groups operating in Canada, especially in Alberta, BC, and Quebec. Video: http://en.daily.vice.com/videos/february-19-founding-member-run-dmc-ditched-grammys-record-metal-song-montreal

    Southern Poverty Law Center releases shocking new report
    National Observer online

    February 17, 2016

    In Canada, two researchers just released a report in early February titled Uneasy Alliances: A Look at the Right-Wing Extremist Movement in Canada. The report is behind a journal paywall and the lead author, Ontario professor Barbara Perry, could not be reached for comment, but according to a piece in the Georgia Straight the researchers found about 100 right-wing extremist groups currently operating in Canada.

    University researchers examine white supremacy activity in Canada
    The Georgia Straight print

    February 2, 2016

    Two Canadian researchers—University of Ontario professor Barbara Perry and Simon Fraser University criminology PhD candidate Ryan Scrivens—worked on the project “Right Wing Extremism in Canada: An Environmental Scan" to examine the state of white power groups in the country. They published the results of their study "Uneasy Alliances: A Look at the Right-Wing Extremist Movement in Canada" in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism on February 5.

    Right-wing extremist groups ‘prevalent’ across Canada, study warns
    National Post print

    February 14, 2016

    Canada’s right-wing extremist movement is a motley crew of white supremacists, anti-government “sovereignists” and pro-militia crusaders who, despite being disorganized and prone to booze-fuelled in-fighting, are “more extensive and more active” than most people think, says a new study.

    Hate crimes centre around sexual orientation: Oshawa professor
    Oshawa This Week print

    August 7, 2011

    UOIT professor hopes to make difference with hate crime research

  • Past speaking engagements
    • Missing Pieces and Misplaced Priorities: An Acknowledgement of Right Wing Extremism in Canada

      Vancouver, British Columbia
      February 6, 2016

      Western Society of Criminology Annual Conference

    • The “Right” Response to Right Wing Extremism in Canada

      Washington, DC
      November 21, 2015

      American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting

    • Right Wing Extremism in Canada: An Environmental Scan of the Current State of the Canadian “Movement"

      San Francisco, California
      November 18, 2015

      71st Annual Meeting of American Society of Criminology

    • Identifying and Responding to Right Wing Extremism

      Durham Regional Police Service Headquarters, Whitby, Ontario
      September 1, 2015

      Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police Diversity Council

    • White Pride Worldwide: Constructing Global Identities Online

      Brighton, United Kingdom
      May 7, 2015

      Symposium on Internationalizing Hate Crime, Sussex University

    • Visibilities, Vilification and Violence: Islamophobic Hate Crime in Canada (

      Auckland, New Zealand
      June 4, 2014

      Department of Sociology, Auckland University

    • Community Impacts of Hate Crime

      Auckland, New Zealand
      June 4, 2014

      Auckland University

    • Universal Suffering: A Global Continuum of Violence

      University of Limerick, Ireland
      May 13, 2014

      Symposium on Regulating Emotions, Research Cluster in Emotions and Society

    • Universal Suffering: Intervening Globally in Hate Crime

      University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
      May 9, 2014

      International Network for Hate Studies Conference

    • “Three Man Wrecking Crews”: Right Wing Extremism in Canada

      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      February 20, 2014

      Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting

    • Bound by the Code: Legal Constraints of Policing Gender-Motivated Violence in Canada

      Atlanta, Georgia
      November 22, 2013

      American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting

    • Seeing Muslims: Identities, Visibilities, and Islamophobic Violence in Canada

      Nottingham, United Kingdom
      May 9, 2013

      Nottingham-Trent University

    • Rejected and Dejected: The Impacts of Islamophobic Violence on Community Members

      Leicester, United Kingdom
      May 8, 2013

      Scarman Public Lecture, University of Leicester

    • I Don’t Know Where it is Safe: Trans Identified Womens' Experience of Violence

      Albany, New York
      April 18, 2013

      Explorations in Justice Conference, University of Albany

    • Right Wing Extremism in Canada: Preliminary Observations

      Ottawa, Ontario
      March 15, 2013

      Metropolis Conference

    • Community Impacts of Hate Crime

      Niagara Falls, Ontario
      February 7, 2013

      Ontario Provincial Police Blue Sky Conference on Hate Crime and Extremism

    • Confronting Homophobia: Full-day Workshop

      Timmins, Ontario
      November 21, 2012

      Council of Social Services

    • Right Wing Extremism in Canada: Acknowledging the Problem

      Ottawa, Ontario
      November 9, 2012

      Kanishka Opening Conference

    • UOIT’s Contribution to Oshawa’s Downtown Revitalization

      Seattle, Washington
      November 2, 2012

      Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

    • Community Impacts of Hate Crime

      Toronto Police College
      October 22, 2012

      Hate Crime Symposium

    • Impacts of Islamophobic Violence

      Salaheddin Islamic Centre, Scarborough, Ontario
      July 28, 2012

      Islamophobia Symposium

    • Promising Practices in Responding to Hate Crime

      Oxford, United Kingdom
      June 29, 2012

      Hate Crime Symposium, Oxford Brookes University

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