Since it is the new year, I suppose it is a good time to re-introduce myself! So, hi everyone! My name is Sarah, and I am the academic behind @academeology.
I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Criminology who is in the midst of dissertating, the Associate Director of a feminist research centre, a lecturer, and, because I notoriously take on way too much for my own good, a research assistant on a few other projects.
My dissertation is a feminist legal and critical gender examination of the fathers’ rights movement and family law systems in Canada. My other research focuses on violence against women and children, domestic violence-related homicides and fatality review, domestic violence and homicide in immigrant and refugee communities, and yoga in prisons.
While I love research, education is my true passion. I began teaching Criminology classes at my alma mater at the ripe ol’ age of 22, and I’ve had the privilege of teaching at the university level for the last 10 years (so, if you’re doing the math on that, I’m now 32-years-old but feel about 105 thanks to #PhDlife). The classes I teach range from introductory level Criminology courses (e.g., criminal justice systems, sociological perspectives on crime) to upper level special topics classes (e.g., domestic violence, women and crime, advanced crim theory, historical reactions to crime). Honestly, out of anywhere in the world one of the places I feel most at home is in the classroom.
On a personal note, I am a wife (and so lucky to have such a wonderful, loving husband who puts up with my intense, stressful academic life – without @supremeoverlordconnor I would be lost), mom to two fur babies, and, I fear (because I moved far away from home for my Ph.D.) a somewhat absentee daughter, sister, aunt, and niece. I am also a certified yoga instructor (for self-care, not work), first generation student, and Canadian immigrant who was born and raised in a single parent household in an impoverished small town in southern Arizona. If you want to know more about my non-academic life you’re welcome to follow my personal account (@piecesofsarahmac).