Dr. James Gacek has been with Robson Crim from the get go, first as a doctoral student of law at the University of Edinburgh Law School, one of the world's foremost research institutions, and now, as a Faculty Member at the University of Regina in Justice Studies. Dr. Gacek has emerged as one of Canada's brightest and most promising scholars in corrections & carcerality, critical security studies, judicial reasoning, green criminology and media & popular culture. We are delighted to welcome him to the team of editors at Robson Crim. His appointment will add an extra layer of expertise in the running of the Criminal Law Edition of the Manitoba Law Journal and of our blog content.
We continue to bring strong content to Robsoncrim.com and the journal and we know that Dr. Gacek will further strengthen our goal to be an interdisciplinary home to criminological, and sociol-legal content, in addition to our criminal law core. With the addition of Dr. Gacek our editorship are residents of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, and contributors span the nation and indeed the world. Welcome aboard, Dr. Gacek!
Dr. James Gacek's Biography
Dr. James Gacek is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina. With Professor Rose Ricciardelli, he recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship through the Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he engaged in a national longitudinal study with Correctional Services Canada. He recently completed his doctoral studies at Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh, and hisdoctoral thesis focuses upon electronic monitoring in contemporary Scotland, a measure that is wholly provided by one private contractor (G4S Scotland). James’s work concerns the experience of delivering and receiving this form of supervision, and the texture of the new form of carcerality that it creates (Gacek, 2019; forthcoming; Sparks and Gacek, 2019; Gacek and Sparks, forthcoming). Arguably, this is precisely an example of Malcolm Feeley’s (1991, 2014) new techniques and modalities of punishment. So for James the question of what forms of penal subjectivity (and subjection) are brought into play through a contractual relationship between state authorities and private providers is a central one.
He has lectured in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. He continues to publish in areas of incarceration, genocidal carcerality, critical issues in media, justice, and security studies, the exploitation of human-animal relations, and the broader politics of judicial reasoning. With Richard Jochelson, he has recently co-authored Criminal Law and Precrime: Legal Studies in Canadian Punishment and Surveillance in Anticipation of Criminal Guilt (2018, Routledge) as well as co-edited the forthcoming anthology Sexual Regulation and the Law: A Canadian Perspective (Demeter Press, 2019).