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2019-10-10

Banting Postdoc Affiliated with Nexus

William Hébert is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University’s Department of Sociology. During his doctoral studies in Anthropology at University of Toronto, he was affiliated as a Visiting Scholar at McGill University’s Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (2018-2019), a Junior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies (2017-2018), and a Visiting Doctoral Student at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil (2015-2016).

Funded by Trudeau Foundation and SSHRC scholarships, his doctoral research traced the conditions of possibility of recent Canadian trans correctional reforms and explored the outcome of their early implementation. This book project is based on 24 months of multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork that involved participant-observation, case law and policy analysis, as well as interviews, focus groups, and informal recorded conversations with more than 100 participants, including trans prisoners and correctional staff recruited in federal correctional institutions. At Memorial, William will launch a new ethnographic project on fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) in the Canadian criminal justice system.

As an engaged researcher, William has collaborated on studies on trans Ontarians’ legal needs, elderly trans people’s access to health care and social services in Quebec, trans youth’s wellbeing, and the implementation of addiction services in public health centres. He also co-organized events designed to foster conversations between researchers, practitioners, and community experts working towards social justice, such as the symposium On the Margins of Trans Legal Change (McGill University, 2019) and the first edition of the Canadian Prison Law Conference (Dalhousie University, 2018).