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New faculty member in 2021-22: Dr. Amelia Curran

Sun. Jan. 23, 2022

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to welcome new faculty members in several departments this year including: Criminal Justice; English; History; Political Science; Psychology; Religion and Culture; Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications; Sociology; Theatre and Film; and Urban and Inner-City Studies.

We're asking each of our new faculty members to introduce themselves by providing us with a brief profile highlighting their research, a list of courses they'll teach, and a photo. That way we'll recognize them when we meet them in the halls on campus or in Zoom meetings online.

Dr. Amelia Curran (Criminal Justice)

Dr. Amelia CurranDr. Kelly Gorkoff, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, says, [Amelia Curran's] locally-based research, pedagogical skill, and keen interest in service will greatly benefit the university community.”

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Today we highlight Dr. Amelia Curran, Instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice. Dr. Curran is a University of Winnipeg alumna, who returns to Winnipeg after completing her PhD at Carleton University in Ottawa, where her dissertation examined the material and affective qualities of gang territories. She looks forward to continuing her externally-funded research at UWinnipeg.

Dr. Kelly Gorkoff, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, enthuses "We are delighted to have Dr Curran as a new faculty member. Her locally based research, pedagogical skill, and keen interest in service will greatly benefit the university community."

Please join us all in welcoming Dr. Curran to the Faculty of Arts. And thank you to her for providing her profile info and photo.


PhD – Sociology, Carleton

MA – Sociology, University of Manitoba

BA Honours – Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg


Dr. Amelia Curran received her PhD from the University of Carleton Sociology and Anthropology Department where she wrote her dissertation on the material and affective qualities of gang territories.

Dr. Curran is currently involved in two research projects. She is the Principal Investigator on a Manitoba Research Alliance/SSHRC-funded project studying the use, experiences, and implications of bail conditions, (e.g., do-not-attend/no contact/area restrictions, residential conditions, curfews) for marginalized communities in Manitoba.  

The second is the NHS-funded, IRCOM-led research project, Addressing the Housing Needs of Refugee Families Through Transitional Housing and Wrap-Around Supports, which studies the relationship between housing, holistic programming, and refugees’ complex resettlement needs.


• Introduction to Criminal Justice – CJ-1002
• Green Criminology – SOC/CJ-3223
• Foundations of Criminal Justice – CJ-2100

Research Interests

Social Justice, Youth Justice, Youth Gangs, Carceral Geographies and Geographies of Crime/Justice, Critical Carcerality, Social Justice Policy, Policing, Housing and Justice, New Materialist Theory and Methodologies, environmental justice


Mopas, M & Curran, A. (2016). Seeing the similarities in songs: Music plagiarism, forensic musicology, and the translation of sound in the courtroom, pp 73-88, In Hamilton, S., Sargent, N. Wilke, C., Majury, D., and Moore, D. (eds), Sensing the Law, New York: Routledge.

Mopas, M & Curran, A. (2016). Translating the Sound of Music: Forensic Musicology and Visual Evidence in Music Copyright Infringement Cases. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 31(1), 25-46. 

Woolford, A. & Curran, A. (2013). Community Positions, Neoliberal Dispositions: Managing Nonprofit Social Services Within the Bureaucratic Field, Critical Sociology, 39(1), 45-63.

Woolford, A. & Curran, A. (2011). NeoLiberal Restructuring, Limited Autonomy, and Relational Distance in Manitoba’s Nonprofit Field, Critical Social Policy, 31(4), 583-606.

Curran, A., Bowness, E. & Comack, E. (2010). Meeting the Needs of Youth: Perspectives from Youth-Serving Agencies. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Manitoba. ISBN: 978-1-926888-12-5. 

Martin, T., Curran, A., & Lapierre, J. (2006). Banking in Winnipeg’s Aboriginal and Impoverished Neighbourhood. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies XXVI, 2: 331-359.

Buckland, J., Martin, T., Reimer, B., Barbour, N., Curran, A. & McDonald, R. (2005). Fringe Banking in Winnipeg’s North End. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba. ISBN: 0-88627-428-1 

Buckland, J., Martin, T., Barbour, N., Curran, A., McDonald, R. & Reimer, B. (2003). The Rise of Fringe Financial Services in Winnipeg’s North End: Client Experiences, Firm Legitimacy and Community-Based Alternatives. Winnipeg Inner-City Research Alliance, Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg. Available at: http://ius.uwinnipeg.ca/WIRA/wira_pub-fringe-financial.htm