Queen's University Faculty

Faculty on the Executive Committee:

Arthur Cockfield, Faculty of Law (co-investigator of The New Transparency)
David Murakami Wood, Sociology
Elia Zureik, Sociology (co-investigator of The New Transparency)

Associated Faculty:

Sharryn J. Aiken, Faculty of Law
Martin Hand, Sociology
Clarke Mackey, Film Studies
Vincent Mosco, Sociology
David Skillicorn, School of Computing
Laureen Snider, Sociology (co-investigator of The New Transparency)
Norma Möllers, Sociology

Visiting Faculty:

Marta Kanashiro, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil


Arthur Cockfield, Faculty of Law (co-investigator of The New Transparency)

Arthur Cockfield, HBA (University of Western Ontario), LL.B (Queen’s University), JSM and JSD (Stanford University), is an Associate Professor at Queen’s University Faculty of Law where he was appointed as a Queen’s National Scholar.  Prior to joining Queen’s, he worked as a lawyer in Toronto and as a law professor in San Diego.  He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Texas and is a senior research fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  Professor Cockfield has authored, co-authored or edited nine books and over forty academic articles and book chapters that focus on tax law as well as law and technology theory and privacy law. He is the recipient of a number of fellowships and external research grants for this research, including four grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, an American Tax Policy Institute grant, the Charles D. Gonthier research fellowship for privacy law research, and two publication grants from the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His writings have been translated into over twenty languages (mainly through his work as an author and editor for UNESCO) and have been published in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

David Murakami Wood, Sociology

Educated at Oxford and Newcastle, UK, David Murakami Wood is a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) and Associate Professor of Surveillance Studies in the Department of Sociology.

David Murakami Wood specialises in the study of the history, technologies, practices and ethics of surveillance. He is also interested in: ubiquitous computing; urban resilience to disaster, war and terrorism; and in international cross-cultural comparative studies of these and other urban developments, particularly in the UK, Japan and Brazil. In 2006, he was an Exchange Visiting Fellow at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, and in 2009 he was a Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Parana and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.

He is a co-founder and Managing Editor of the international journal of surveillance studies, Surveillance & Society, and a co-founder and trustee of the Surveillance Studies Network (SSN), the new charitable global association for surveillance studies. He co-ordinated and edited the aclaimed Report on the Surveillance Society, for the Office of the Information Commissioner, in the UK, published in November 2006. He has been published in a wide range of academic journals including Urban Studies, International Relations and Society & Space. A new book, The Everyday Resilience of the City is out now, and he is currently working on two books on globalization and surveillance, and on new space and scale of surveillance. His current research work includes projects on implants and cultures of urban surveillance.

Elia Zureik, Sociology

Elia Zureik is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. In 2008, he received Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Research, and in 2005 he held the UNESCO Chair in applied education at Sharjah Women's College in the United Arab Emirates. His research deals with two areas: the Middle East and surveillance studies. With regard to the Middle East, he published the following books: The Palestinians in Israel: A Study of Internal Colonialism (1979) and Palestinian Refugees and the Peace Process (1996). He is the co-editor of Reinterpreting the Historical Record. The Uses of Palestinian Refugee Archives for Social Science and Policy Analysis (2001), Sociology of the Palestinians (1980), and International Public Opinion and the Palestine Question (1981). His articles appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Third World Quarterly, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Global Dialogue, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Social Justice, Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Palestine Studies, Arab Studies Quarterly, and Dissent, among others.
Dr. Zureik is the author of many reports on Palestinian refugees which include the use of the Internet in Palestine (2005), UNRWA Family Archives (2010), Public Opinion and the Refugee Issue (1997), and others. He was a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Refugee Working Group under the Oslo peace process.

As well, Professor Zureik researched the impact of computers on society. He is the co-editor of Computers, Surveillance and Privacy (1996), Global Surveillance and Policing. Borders, Security and Identity (2005), Surveillance, Privacy and the Globalization of Personal Data: International Comparisons (2010), and Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine: Population, Territory and Power (2010). His articles on information technology appeared in Studies in Political Economy, Industrial Relations, Telecommunications Policy, Communications of the ACM, and Computers and Society, among others.

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Martin Hand, Sociology

Martin Hand is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University. He has degrees in Applied Social Science, Cultural Studies, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of York, UK. Before coming to Queen’s in 2004 he was a research associate in the Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition at the University of Manchester, UK.    

Martin Hand’s research tries to understand relationships between social theory and ordinary practice focused upon the consumption of technologies of varying kinds across a range of contexts. This has involved collaborative research on sustainable domestic technologies, Internet governance, use and appropriation, and most recently the rise and proliferation of digital photography. His research takes a largely ethnographic approach to studying consumption and use. His recent work has been about the shifting relationships between analogue and digital technologies. He is currently developing a new project which will look at how digitization relates to new mobilities in a range of institutional contexts.       

He is currently completing a book called Ubiquitous Photography (forthcoming, Polity Press) stemming from the research on the digitization of photography. His previous book Making Digital Cultures: access, interactivity and authenticity (2008, Ashgate) focused upon how the ‘digital turn’ has been understood in theoretical and discursive terms and how such understandings have in turn shaped the ways in which institutions adopt and manage digitization. His co-authored book The Design of Everyday Life (2007, Berg) stems from collaborative research in the UK on intersections of technology, design and practice across a range of ordinary aspects of everyday life, such as kitchen renovation and DIY. He has also published in a range of journals and collections, including Theory, Culture & Society, Journal of Consumer Culture, and Environment and Planning.

Vincent Mosco, Sociology

Vincent Mosco is Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society, Queen’s University, Canada. Professor Mosco graduated from Georgetown University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in 1970 and received the Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1975.

He is the author of numerous books in communication, technology, and society. His most recent books include The Political Economy of Communication, second edition (Sage, 2009), The Laboring of Communication: Will Knowledge Workers of the World Unite (co-authored with Catherine McKercher, Lexington Books, 2008), Knowledge Workers in the Information Society (co-edited with Catherine McKercher, Lexington Books, 2007), and The Digital Sublime: Myth, Power, and Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2004). The Digital Sublime won the 2005 Olson Award for outstanding book in the field of rhetoric and cultural studies.

Professor Mosco is a member of the editorial boards of academic journals in the North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has held research positions in the U.S. government with the White House Office of Telecommunication Policy, the National Research Council and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment and in Canada with the Federal Department of Communication. Professor Mosco is a founding member of the Union for Democratic Communication and has also been a longtime research associate of the Harvard University Program on Information Resources Policy. In addition, he has served as a consultant to trade unions and worker organizations in Canada and the United States. In 2004 Professor Mosco received the Dallas W. Smythe Award for outstanding achievement in communication research and in 2000 he was awarded one of three teacher of the year awards given by the Carleton University Student Association.

Professor Mosco is currently working on a project funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council that addresses knowledge and communication workers in a global information society. Specifically, it examines how workers around the world are responding to the challenges of technological change, transnational business, and the neo-liberal state. The results are reported in a special expanded issue of the Canadian Journal of Communication which he edited with Professor Catherine McKercher (October, 2006), as well as in Knowledge Workers in the Information Society and in The Laboring of Communication. Having completed a new edition of The Political Economy of Communication, Professor Mosco has begun a project that examines the relationship between the political economy tradition and that of science, technology and society.

David Skillicorn, School of Computing

David Skillicorn is a Professor in the School of Computing, where he heads the Smart Information Management Laboratory.  His research interests are in knowledge discovery in adversarial settings, particularly counterterrorism and law enforcement; he has also worked extensively in parallel and distributed computing.  He has authored more than a hundred papers, and several books including the recent "Knowledge Discovery for Counterterrorism and Law Enforcement" (Taylor and Francis). He is the coordinator for Research in Information Security in Kingston (RISK) and is also an adjunct Professor at the Royal Military College of Canada.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Manitoba, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney.

Laureen Snider, Sociology

Laureen Snider is a Professor of Sociology who specializes in the study of Corporate Crime, Surveillance and Regulation, Feminism and Sociologies of Punishment. Her most recent research, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada, examines financial corporate crime, specifically the discontinuities and asymmetries that produce the under-use of surveillance and surveillance technologies in the governance of stock market fraud. The study documents and interrogates the “visibility covers” and “regions of shadow” negotiated by the powerful bankers, lawyers, accountants and stock brokers who dominate global financial markets.

Recent publications include (2010) “Tracking Environmental Crime Through CEPA: Canada’s Environment Cops or Industry’s Best Friend?”, with Suzanne Day and April Girard, in the Canadian Journal of Sociology; (2009) “Regulating Competition in Canada”, with Suzanne Day and Jordan Watters, in the Canadian Journal of Law & Society; and (2009) “Accommodating Power: The ‘Common Sense’ of Regulators” (2008), in Social & Legal Studies. Forthcoming publications assessing the most recent financial crisis, the technological arms race among Wall Street traders and its implications for regulatory agencies, the circular nature of crises, reform and regulatory back-tracking will be (or have just been) published in a number of journals, including Criminology & Public Policy and the Annual Review of Law & Social Sciences, and a number of edited books, titled European Developments in Corporate Criminal Liability (Sage, 2011); How They Got Away With It: White-Collar Crime and the Financial Meltdown (Columbia University Press, Forthcoming); Surveillance Games, (Routledge, 2011); and The Political Economy of Surveillance, (forthcoming 2011 or 2012). The latter 2 articles were both co-authored with Adam Molnar.

Norma Möllers, Sociology

Broadly speaking, Norma Möllers’ research interests are located at the intersections of science, technology, and politics: What kinds of values shape science & technology, and how are science & technology implicated in maintaining social order? She is specifically interested in the science and technology of security and surveillance. Further research interests include cybersecurity, digital work/labor (with particular focus on its gendered and global dimensions), and ‘neoliberal’ technoscience.

Currently, she is working on her first book manuscript. Based on an ethnography of the development of a ‘smart’ video surveillance system, it deals with the ways in which science and technology become enrolled in national strategies concerning security, and how this connects to broader shifts in technoscientific knowledge production. She has also started work on her second project which will address the question how governments deal with problems of national territory in cyberspace.

Norma Möllers joined Queen’s Sociology department in Fall 2015. Prior to coming to Queen’s, she worked as a researcher at Humboldt-University’s science studies department in Berlin, as a visiting researcher at UC Irvine, and worked as a researcher at Potsdam University, Germany, which is also where she obtained her PhD. She has studied at Passau University, Germany, and at Sapienza University, Rome.

Marta Kanashiro

Marta Mourão Kanashiro has been working as professor and researcher at Unicamp (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) in Brazil, since 2003. She is also a member and coordinator of the Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies. Her latest research and papers focus on the monitoring of personal data, internet, cyberculture, activism and social networking, surveillance and privacy, sociology of technology and science communication. You can find a full CV here