Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Sociology from York University, my MA in Sociology from the University of Windsor, and my BA in Psychology from Carleton University.
Prior to joining Laurier, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. Before completing my doctorate, I worked for six years as a Probation Officer and a Correctional Centre Caseworker in Alberta.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My current research projects focus on women in policing (“police mothers”), police cultures, gendered violence, and security networks. My past projects centered on families and intimate relations and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Critical theorizing, discourse analysis, and other qualitative methodologies guide my research.
Awards and Achievements
Merit Award, Wilfrid Laurier University (2015).
The University-Wide Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty, Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning, York University (2008).
Merit Award, York University (2005).
The John O’Neill Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of Sociology, York University (2001).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I employ fourth-year undergraduate and graduate students as Research Assistants for my projects from my fourth-year advanced criminological theories courses, and my MA courses in qualitative methodologies and research and professionalization. I am a member of the Graduate Program in Criminology, and I enjoy the roles of supervisor or committee member for Master of Arts theses.
Chapters in Books
Langan, Debra. 2012. “Mothering in the Middle and Self Care: Just One More Thing To Do.” (Chapter 14) in Mediating Moms: Mothering in Popular Culture, ed. Liz Podnieks, 268-283. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (This book was awarded the Outstanding Scholarship Prize [2012-2013] by the Women’s and Gender Studies Association, part of Canada’s Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences).
Langan, Debra and Deborah Davidson. 2010. “Rethinking Intimate Questions: Intimacy as Discourse.” (invited) (Chapter 2) in Canadian Families: Diversity, Conflict and Change (Fourth Edition), ed. Nancy Mandell and Ann Duffy, 33-60. Toronto: Nelson Education Limited (This chapter was updated with new material from our originally published chapter in the Third Edition of the same book, 2005).
Langan, Debra, Sheese, Ron, & Davidson, Deborah. 2009. “Constructive Teaching and Learning: Collaboration in a Sociology Classroom.” (invited) In Jack Mezirow, Ed Taylor (Eds.), Transformative Learning in Practice: Insights from Community, Workplace, and Higher Education. (pp 46-56). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Langan, Debra. 2009. “Roll On Down the Highway.” (invited) (Chapter 10) in Gendered Journeys, Mobile Emotions, eds. Gayle Letherby and Gillian Reynolds, 79-82. Abington, UK: Ashgate Publishing.
Langan, Debra. 2001. “Talking About Violence Against Women: Deconstructing Uncontested Discourses.” (invited) In Feminism(s) on the Edge of the Millennium: Rethinking Foundations and Future Debates, ed. Krista Hunt and Christine Saulnier, 87-106. Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education Inc.
Sanders, Carrie and Debra Langan. 2018. New Public Management and the Extension of State Control: Community Safety and Security Networks in Canada. Policing and Society: An International Journal. Online First, January. DOI:10.1080/10439463.2018.1427744
Langan, Debra, Carrie Sanders, and Tricia Agocs. 2016. “Canadian Police Mothers and the Boys’ Club: Pregnancy, Maternity Leave and Returning to Work.” Online First, Women and Criminal Justice, December 21.
Schott, Nicole, Lauren Spring, and Debra Langan. 2016. “Neoliberalism, Pro-ana/mia Websites, and Pathologizing Women: Using Performance Ethnography to Challenge Psychocentrism.” Studies in Social Justice, 10:1:95-115.
Langan, Debra, Nicole Schott, Timothy Wykes, Justin Szeto, Samantha Kolpin, Carla Lopez, and Nathan Smith. 2016. “Students’ Use of Technology in the University Classroom: Analysing the Perceptions of the Digital Generation.” Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 25:1:101-117.
Stewart, Catherine, Debra Langan, and Stacey Hannem. 2013. “Victim Experiences and Perspectives on Police Responses to Verbal Violence in Domestic Settings.” Feminist Criminology, 8:4 (October): 269-294.
Langan, Debra and Mavis Morton. 2009. “Through the Eyes of Farmers’ Daughters: Academics Working on Marginal Land.” Women’s Studies International Forum, 32:6 (November): 395-405.
Langan, Debra and Mavis Morton. 2009. “Reflecting on Community/Academic “Collaboration”: The Challenge of /Doing/ Feminist Participatory Action Research.” Action Research, 7:2 (June): 165-184. (This article is republished in 2014 by invitation in Corridor Talk: Canadian Feminist Scholars Share Stories of Research Partnerships, ed. Rachel Berman. Toronto: Inanna Publications).
Davidson, Deborah and Debra Langan. 2006. “The Breastfeeding Incident: Teaching and Learning Through Transgression.” Studies in Higher Education, 31:4 (August): 439-452.
Langan, Debra and Deborah Davidson. 2005. “Critical Pedagogy and Personal Struggles: Feminist Scholarship Outside Women’s Studies.” Feminist Teacher 15:2 (Winter): 132-158.
Langan, Debra. 2004. “Using Mothering at Work: Embracing the Contradictions in Pedagogy and Praxis.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering: Mothering and Work/Mothering as Work, 6, No.2 (Fall/Winter): 27-35.
Langan, Debra. 2012. "Challenging "Nothing Works" Conclusions: Community Policing Philosophies and Practices in Action." The BLUEPRINT: Ontario Association of Law Enforcement Planners Semi-Annual Newsletter, Issue 05 (Summer):6.
Oliver, Marcia, Debra Langan, and Rebecca Godderis. June 2015. “Confronting Rape Culture and Resistance to Anti-Violence Discourse: Methodological Challenges and Student Training.” A report prepared for the Wilfrid Laurier University Gendered Violence Taskforce.
Sanders, Carrie and Debra Langan. 2015. “’No More Silos’ Survey Report.” Community Risk Identified Situations Intervention Strategy (CRISIS) Table Conference Evaluation Questionnaire.
Langan, Debra, Laurel Atkinson, Tomoko Mizuguchi, Jessica Park, Laural Raine, Rob Teixeira, Catherine Tuey. 2007. “Working Together: Enhancing Collaboration in Tutorials.” TA Resource Handbook, Department of Sociology, York University.
Langan, Debra and Mavis Morton 1998. Region of Peel Emergency Response Sexual Assault Protocol Implementation Project: Training and Implementation Report.