Tanya Friesen

TanyaI have recently completed a BA with a Sociology major and Women’s and Gender Studies minor at the University of Alberta. In the Fall of 2018 I began an MA in Gender and Social Justice in the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Alberta. My main academic interests are prison abolitionism and feminist critical prison studies. Specifically, I am examining bureaucratic processes through an abolitionist perspective to determine the reasons why reform has failed to produce positive social change. Additionally, I am interested in exploring transformative justice that emphasizes victim healing and empowerment, non-retributive forms of justice, and community-based strategies.

DaisyI am currently a Personal Development Instructor at the Edmonton Remand Centre. I was also a youth worker with the Edmonton John Howard Society, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, and the Youth Emergency Shelter Society. I am also a member of the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies interdisciplinary research cluster on Prisons, Teaching, and Social Justice, which examines how education for people who have come in contact with the criminal justice system, including incarceration, can improve their life chances. My hope is to merge my professional experience and academic research to implement real life strategies that address issues of social injustice.

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Invited Lectures and Conference Presentations

“Reform and the Social Production of Indifference,” at the 5th Biennial Alberta Criminal Justice Symposium, Sponsored by the John Howard Society of Alberta and MacEwan University, May 8, 2019

“Anti-Prison Activism and Prison Resistance,” Feminist Research Speakers Series, University of Alberta, November 24, 2017

“The Eugenic Structure of Family Law,” Interdisciplinary Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Conference, University of Alberta, March 24, 2017