Samantha McAleese

PhD Candidate, Sociology, Carleton University

I have an MA in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and I am in my 5th and final year of my PhD in Sociology at Carleton University.

Since 2009 I have worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector in Ottawa, specifically with organizations who have a mandate to support people with criminal records. I've worked both frontline as well as in project management, research, and proposal writing positions.

My research looks at the role of the non-profit sector in the criminal justice system and focuses specifically on the work of frontline practitioners in supporting people with criminal records in the community. Part of this work includes looking at the impact of the changes made to Canada's pardon system in 2010/2012 and other structural barriers that prevent people with criminal records from full participation in their communities.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Sociology, Carleton University


  • 2012 
    University of Ottawa, MA Criminology
  • 2009 
    University of Ottawa, Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences with Specialization in Criminology


  • 2017
    Job Search, Suspended: Changes to Canada's Pardon Program and the Impact on Finding Employment, After Prison: Navigating Employment and Reintegration
  • 2016
    Looking Back on Learning Inside the Walls: A Review of Previous JPP Special Issues on Prison Education, Journal of Prisoners on Prisons

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada