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Criminologist Jordan Harel, PhD, aims to better understand white collar criminal offending, and consequently help prevent its victimization. A Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, and a social justice advocate, Dr. Harel joined UOIT in 2013, and teaches courses including Issues in Organized Crime, Social Control, and Cybercrime. His journey to criminology began with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Human Behaviour - Psychological and Social Perspectives at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). The financial crisis of 2008 prompted growing attention to the issue of white collar crime, intriguing Dr. Harel who earned a Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Waterloo. In an effort to connect business with criminology, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Sociology at UWO. His doctoral research explored the notion of the exceptionality of white collar criminals. For his analysis, he examined the criminal backgrounds and substance abuse histories of white collar offenders, comparing them to other types of offenders. Additionally, his work also led to the creation of a typology of occupational offending. He is currently supervising undergraduate research on digital piracy and white collar crime. In 2015, he was awarded a UOIT Teaching and Innovation Fund grant to create two videos to foster a sense of community and awareness of services to help new students succeed academically in a supportive campus environment. He also serves on a number of university committees.


University of Western Ontario Graduate Research Scholarship

September 1, 2009

A four-year research scholarship to support his graduate research.

Unviersity of Waterloo Graduate Scholarship

September 1, 2009

Dr. Harel earned a scholarship to support his graduate studies.

University Gold Medal, University of Western Ontario

June 1, 2008

For his undergraduate program success, Dr. Harel earned the University Gold Medal from the UWO, Faculty of Social Science.

University of Western Ontario

PhD - Sociology

University of Waterloo

MBET - Entrepreneurship and Technology

University of Western Ontario

BA - Honours Scholar's Electives: Human Behaviour - Psychological and Social Perspectives
  • Breaking Down Barriers: Digital Media, Community and First Year Retention

    $  | January 1, 2015

    Awarded by: UOIT Teaching and Innovation Fund
    This project supported the creation of two videos to raise awareness of the resources available to help new students establish a sense of community and support academic success.

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