Canada Research Chair in Social Theory, Culture and Law
Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Alberta
George Pavlich received his BA and BA (Hons) degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), an MA from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD from the University of British Columbia.
His research interests include the areas of social theory, socio-legal studies, sociology of law and culture, theories of governance and sovereignty, criminal accusation, restorative justice, the legal person and the politics of law, and critical criminology. He is the author of numerous journal articles and books in these areas, most recently, Law and Society Redefined (Oxford University Press, 2011). A second edition of a co-edited collection with Myra Hird, Questioning Sociology, was published in 2012 (Oxford University Press).
Dr Pavlich's current research program involves drawing on social theory and historical context to make sense of what it means to govern through notions of crime and punishment. This research pursues ways to limit the number of people who enter the system in the first place, and seeks socially inclusive, but effective, ways to govern many actions now defined as crime. Focussing specifically on how processes of criminal accusation and notions of the criminal person have historically shaped a broad reliance on punitive criminal justice, this research promises to highlight more inclusive and socially just strategies by which to reassess attachments to old concepts of crime and punishment.