Alana Saulnier

Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, Canada (PhD completed 2016)

2016- Alana Saulnier completed her PhD in sociology at Queen's University. She received her Bachelor (Honours) and Master degrees from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Ontario, Canada. Alana majored in criminology for both these degrees. Her Master’s thesis (completed in 2012) was grounded in forensic psychology and is titled "Benefits of apology for offenders: The effects of victim presence and coercion on apologies". Throughout her post-secondary education Alana’s continued interest has been on the influence and effect various mechanisms of social control wield on individual and group behaviour. This interest has driven Alana to pursue research in the area of surveillance studies. For her doctoral work she focused on the lived reality of surveillance, particularly how people negotiate, resist and defy surveillance practices. Alana has published on the usefulness of employing experimental laboratory research to better understand the procedure of restorative justice and the effects of restorative justice procedures on conference participants. She also has a forthcoming manuscript adapted from her Master’s thesis (co-authored with her Master’s supervisor Dr Diane Sivasubramaniam) on the influence of victim presence and coercion on apology outcome benefits for offenders in restorative justice conferencing. Alana is also an active volunteer in the Kingston community, leading a local Sparks troop within the Girl Guides of Canada organization on a weekly basis.

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