Dafnos, Tia

University of New Brunswick
20 Apr 2020 to 22 May 2020

I am an Associate Professor (untenured) in the Department of Sociology and the Coordinator of the Law in Society program at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). I received my doctorate in Sociology from York University in 2014. My research and teaching is informed by historical materialism, critical race, feminist, Indigenous, post-, and anti-/de-colonial perspectives. Through interviews and document analysis, my doctoral research examined changes in the policing of protests and activism in Canada since the mid-1990s, with a focus on the policing of Indigenous peoples’ protests after the 1995 Ipperwash reclamation.

My current work examines relationships between government, law enforcement, and energy companies in national security practices in Canada. This work interrogates how these relationships assert settler-colonial (state) sovereignty and considers the implications for Indigenous peoples’ self-determination. I am also interested in research methodologies in studying dominant or ‘powerful’institutions. An integral method(ology) in my research is the use of freedom of information/access to information to obtain records held by government organizations. Since 2010, I have been part of the Anti-Security group collective, an international network of scholars and activists engaged in critical studies on law, security, surveillance, policing, and pacification.

Academic title/s: Associate Professor

Area(s) of expertise: 1) Policing, security, pacification; 2) racism & colonialisms;  3) resistance, protest, social movements; 4) infrastructure