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Faculty Profiles

Rory Sommers

Rory Sommers


Rory Sommers completed his BA in Criminology from Wilfrid Laurier and his MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph.  Rory received his PhD in Sociological-Criminology at the University of Guelph where he examined how municipal by-laws govern the everyday lives of urban citizens.  Rory’s past research has focused on homelessness and poverty in Canada.  

Recent Publications

Sommers, R. (2013). Governing the Streets: The Legal, Social and Moral Regulation of Homeless Youth. In Gaetz, S., O’Grady, B., Buccieri, K., Karabanow, J., & Marsolais, A. (Eds.), Youth Homelessness in Canada: Implications for Policy and Practice (369-386). Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press.

Research and Teaching Interests

Social inequality, Urban sociology, Urban Governance, Municipal Law and Politics.