Katharina Maier holds a Law Degree (J.D. equivalent) from the University of Münster (Germany) and a Master’s degree and PhD from the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. As a qualitative researcher, she is interested in examining issues around punishment and penal governance, prisoner re-entry and penal supervision, policing, urban poverty and social marginality, and the work of front-line penal actors. Dr. Maier also has a special interest in comparative criminal justice theory, practice, and law. Her work has been supported by SSHRC, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and other funding sources. She has published on issues pertaining to prison violence, prison masculinities, prisoner re-entry, and halfway houses in Theoretical Criminology, Punishment & Society, and the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice. Dr. Maier is currently leading a 2-year SSHRC funded project on policing, public health, and methamphetamine use in Winnipeg.