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Dr. Dominique Clément

Professor, Department of Sociology
Adjunct Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University
Adjunct Professor, Department of History & Classics
Adjunct Professor, Department of Educational Policy Studies
University of Alberta


My scholarship is concerned with social and political change in Canada and the ability of marginalized people to challenge state power as well as the hegemony of law. In particular, I am interested in the impact of rights discourse on social movements. My most recent research projects include a study of human rights law in Canada as well as a project that explores how our rights culture has evolved in recent years. I am also working on projects that deal with state funding for social movements; national security policies and counterterrorism; security and the Olympics; feminism and the history of the women’s movement in Canada; freedom of information policy; and civilian review of police misconduct.

I am the principal investigator for a five-year (2014-19) study that examines the history of state funding for social movements in Canada and how the relationship between the funding and the movements differs across movements, regions, and time periods. Public funding in Canada has enabled the emergence of a thriving social movement sector, but recent changes in government policy have brought the sustainability of social movements to the forefront of public debate. Some organizations have struggled under these conditions, whereas others have thrived because of innovations in leadership, governance, fundraising, and community outreach. This project addresses a broad range of themes, including governance, federalism, social change, state policy, citizenship, gender, Aboriginal and environmental issues, and leadership and innovation in civic engagement. It is the first systematic examination of the breadth of state funding for social movements in Canada, and thus it offers the most comprehensive survey of how the social movement sector has evolved over time. As part of this project, I am writing a history of second-wave feminism in Canada.


Human Rights in Canada: A History (40 minutes) [aussi en français]


Dragging the Liberal Arts into the Twentieth Century (21st Pending) (3 minutes)


I am committed to the principle that the community should benefit from the expertise of scholars. Currently, I sit on the board of ...


CBC Radio. "Sexual harassment in the workplace." CBC Radioactive, 22 November 2017. CBC Radio. “Sex Discrimination in Northern B...


      Historical Sociology and Human Rights (9 minutes) A presentation on sociology as interdisciplinary studies,...

Published Articles

  Articles   Dominique Clément. “The State and Social Movements: Public Funding in British Columbia.” Canadian Revi...

Published Books

Books and edited collections published by the author/webmaster.  

Research Projects

  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Partner Engage Grant, 2017-2018: Exploring New Technologies for Research:...


I supervise graduate students who are pursuing degrees in the Departments of Sociology or History & Classics (or a combination ...

Queen’s University (B.A.H.)


University of British Columbia (M.A.)


Memorial University of Newfoundland (PhD)


University of Sydney, Australia (Visiting Scholar)


University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (Postdoctoral Fellow)


University of Victoria, British Columbia (Postdoctoral Fellow)







Human Rights (law and activism)
Social Movements/Social Justice
Women’s History
Law and Society
Labour Studies
International Politics


General Fields

Comparative Research

Historical Sociology

Research Methods

Social Policy