source: Michael Bailey, Richland Correctional Institution
Michael Bailey’s picture, which shows Lady Justice has left the court building and has taken off her blindfold to go to the streets of our communities to mend the wounds, restore the peace, and bring hope where there is despair, represents and exemplifies my wide schooling in Social Sciences and the Law and my firm commitment to social justice based on an appreciation of social and intellectual diversity and an awareness of social inequality.
I have had a privileged well-rounded undergraduate and graduate education. While theoretically varied, my undergraduate and graduate works have been interdisciplinary in nature, which has permitted me to be exposed to a wide range of disciplines within the social science field, and to an even wider range of –classical and modern- criminological, sociological, and legal theories and perspectives.
I did my undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and Law, where I first embarked on the systematic study of sociology, political science, and law. The simultaneous and methodical study of social science and law gave me a unique insight into the understanding of crime and society, together with -criminal and non criminal- justice institutions, and the main justice actors. I repeated this experience in the interdisciplinary study of Law and Social Sciences both at the doctoral -Catholic University of Cordoba- and postdoctoral –University of Ottawa- levels.
My work in my second doctorate at McGill University let me specialize in Law Reform and Participatory Theories in the international field and to design a theoretical framework, which I have since been using to develop a broad mosaic of research endeavors related to crime, aerospace security, terrorism, and human rights, among others. Additionally, my doctoral and master’s programs at McGill gave me the necessary tools to understand Canadian society, its justice institutions, constitutional protections, and main legal debates.
My theoretical approach
I focus the study of legal issues, crime, justice institutions, and social problems from a multi-disciplinary standpoint, searching for the connections among the legal, political, economic, and cultural elements in society.
The goal of my teaching and research is to locate the genesis of crime, legal, and sociolegal problems within a structure of class and status inequalities. I see laws –both criminal and non criminal- and prosecuting practices as deeply connected to a system of social inequality, which tends to reproduce the social injustices of the capitalist system.