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Viviane Saleh-Hanna, PhD

Professor

Crime & Justice Studies

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Liberal Arts 399E

Education

2007Indiana UniversityPhD in Criminal Justice
2000Simon Fraser UniversityMA in Criminology
1998University of OttawaBA in Criminology

Teaching

  • Crime and Justice Studies
  • Black Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

The history of criminology through a study of the theorists who comprise the field's three dominant schools of thought: Classical Criminology, Positivism and Critical Criminology. Students will be introduced to critical deconstructions of each paradigm through a fourth school of thought: Anti-Colonial Criminology. The historical and political contexts of each theory and theorist will be emphasized to highlight the impact criminology has on policy, society and human relations.

The history of criminology through a study of the theorists who comprise the field's three dominant schools of thought: Classical Criminology, Positivism and Critical Criminology. Students will be introduced to critical deconstructions of each paradigm through a fourth school of thought: Anti-Colonial Criminology. The historical and political contexts of each theory and theorist will be emphasized to highlight the impact criminology has on policy, society and human relations.

Selected topics in Black Studies. May be repeated with change of content/topic.

The history of criminology through a study of the theorists who comprise the field's three dominant schools of thought: Classical Criminology, Positivism and Critical Criminology. Students will be introduced to critical deconstructions of each paradigm through a fourth school of thought: Anti-Colonial Criminology. The historical and political contexts of each theory and theorist will be emphasized to highlight the impact criminology has on policy, society and human relations.

The history of criminology through a study of the theorists who comprise the field's three dominant schools of thought: Classical Criminology, Positivism and Critical Criminology. Students will be introduced to critical deconstructions of each paradigm through a fourth school of thought: Anti-Colonial Criminology. The historical and political contexts of each theory and theorist will be emphasized to highlight the impact criminology has on policy, society and human relations.

Assesses the racializing and heteropatriarchal pathways upon which contemporary colonizing societies manifest and enforce criminal legal systems of power. Students will read Black Feminist writings that articulate and locate how time, life, death and the afterlife have been colonized by historic carceral institutions of power, primarily chattel slavery and European colonialism as they extend within criminal, legal and carceral institutions.

Assesses the racializing and heteropatriarchal pathways upon which contemporary colonizing societies manifest and enforce criminal legal systems of power. Students will read Black Feminist writings that articulate and locate how time, life, death and the afterlife have been colonized by historic carceral institutions of power, primarily chattel slavery and European colonialism as they extend within criminal, legal and carceral institutions.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

The internship experience is designed to provide a broad exposure to the workings of crime and justice related organizations, businesses, agencies, and collectives¿including but not limited to advocacy groups, community based programs and organizations, nonprofit organizations, courts, law offices, social service, law enforcement agencies, and research related positions, including academia.  
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Assesses the racializing and heteropatriarchal pathways upon which contemporary colonizing societies manifest and enforce criminal legal systems of power. Students will read Black Feminist writings that articulate and locate how time, life, death and the afterlife have been colonized by historic carceral institutions of power, primarily chattel slavery and European colonialism as they extend within criminal, legal and carceral institutions.
Register for this course.

Select publications

  • Viviane Saleh-Hanna (2016).
    Reversing Criminology's White Gaze: as Lombroso's Disembodied Head Peers through a Glass Jar in a Museum foreshadowed by Sara Baarman's Ghost
    The Palgrave Handbook on Prison Tourism
  • VIviane Saleh-Hanna (2015).
    Black Feminist Hauntology: Rememory the Ghosts of Abolition?
    Penal Field/Champ Penal, 12
  • Viviane Saleh-Hanna (2008).
    Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria

Viviane Saleh-Hanna received her Master of Arts from the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and her Ph.d in Criminal Justice at Indiana University in Bloomington. She has worked with prisoners all over the world including Canada, the United States, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt. Before moving to the United States she lived in Nigeria and worked with prisoners along the West African coastline. Her book, Colonial Systems of Control: Criminal Justice in Nigeria (2008) is the first to include first-hand accounts about life in prison written by prisoners in a West African prison. These rare chapters provide an in-depth view of the segments of Nigerian prisoners’ lives and struggles that they have decided to share with the world.

Her doctoral research was on Crime, Resistance and Song. Tracing the Cross-Atlantic slave route through lyrics Dr. Saleh-Hanna highlights the world views artists contribute to struggles for justice in Nigeria through Afrobeat, Jamaica through Reggae and the United States through Hip Hop. Her work includes lyrics and music by artists such as Fela Kuti, Lagbaja, Miriam Makeba, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Dead Prez, Immortal Technique, Spiritchild and the Welfare Poets. She has been involved in penal abolition movements and international gatherings for more than 20 years. Her most recent research and publications have included hauntology and the sociological study of ghosts, historic memory, abusive structural relationships and works inspired by Toni Morrison’s and Octavia Butler’s novels. As an example of this work please read Black Feminist Hauntology: Rememory the ghosts of abolition? Dr. Saleh-Hanna serves on the board of editors for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons and the African Journal of Criminology and Justice Studies.

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