Ellen Faulkner

Brock University

Ellen Faulkner received her PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto after graduating from Queen’s University with a BA (Honours) in Women’s Studies and a MA in Sociology. For the past few years she has been studying hate crimes committed against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender/transexual persons in Canada. Ellen was recently awarded $47,498 over three years from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to research and understand what impedes or supports hate crime reporting, documentation and case processing. Her research, entitled “Making Hate Crime: A Study of Police Work,” will seek to understand victim experience of hate crime and police and detective discretion in terms of their use of hate crime policy. Faulkner’s areas of research and teaching include anti-gay/lesbian violence, violence against women and children, same-sex partner abuse, reproductive technologies, surrogacy contracts, critical criminological and feminist theories, and qualitative/quantitative research methodologies.

  • Victim No More

    Women’s Resistance to Law, Culture and Power

    Edited by Ellen Faulkner and Gayle MacDonald     March 2009

    This book challenges the idea that women are simply victims. It celebrates women’s resistance. It explores the moments beyond victimization. It argues that women do not stay crushed and broken, but move on, build and grow. The contributors to this edited edition celebrate the various forms of resistance: political resistance at both the collective and individual levels, legal resistance and resistance to cultural forms and labels. The editors argue that “Women-as-victim is not an emancipatory cry that encourages all women to join efforts in combating patriarchy. It is, at its core, highly analogous to the right-wing, conservative agendas that keep women politically passive, smiling stewards of male futures, still adhering to ‘men’s way’ in the boardroom and the bedroom.”

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