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Dr. Dominique Clément

Professor, Department of Sociology
Royal Society of Canada (CNSAS)

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

Introduction: Research (1 minute)

My scholarship is divided into two fields: human rights and social movements. I am working on variety of projects that include human rights law and activism; state funding for Canada’s nonprofit sector; national security policies and counterterrorism; security and the Olympics; feminism and the women’s movement; freedom of information policy; and civilian review of police misconduct. In general, 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.

I am currently the Principal Investigator leading a national research team examining the impact of state funding on Canada’s nonprofit sector. We explore 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 nonprofits in Canada, and thus it offers the most comprehensive survey of how the sector has evolved over time.

My recent books include studies on human rights law as well as a sociology of human rights. The link below to the presentations page includes videos of recent presentations on my research.

Dragging the Liberal Arts into the Twentieth Century (21st Pending) (7 minutes)


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


The following presentations are samples of my recent work.     Historical Sociology and Human Rights (9 minutes) ...

Published Articles

  Articles   Dominique Clément, “Sex Discrimination in Canadian Law: From Equal Citizenship to Hu...

Published Books

Books and edited collections  

Research Projects

  Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition, 2018-2019: Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Programs in Alberta: Trends in Federal...


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

Beijing Normal University (China)

KU Leven University (Belgium)

NUI Galway (Ireland)

University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)

University of Sydney (Australia)

Queen’s University (B.A.H.)


University of British Columbia (M.A.)


Memorial University of Newfoundland (PhD)


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