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Lucia Benaquisto

Lucia Benaquisto
Associate Professor

(On Leave)

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 713
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-6852
Fax: 514-398-3403
E-Mail: lucia [dot] benaquisto [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Lucia Benaquisto)
Office: Leacock 820

Research Areas

Evolution of social control in early modern and modern society, particularly systems of correction (punishment) and of poor relief; crime and criminal motivation; punishment and prisons; the politics of moral regulation.



(PhD, Harvard University, 1991). Associate Professor, at McGill University since 1989. Her research agenda centers on issues of state repression, punishment and social control. She has carried out research on the comparative and historical use of legal repression by the state and on the relation of political crises to outbursts of repression. Her research also concerns prison inmates' perceptions of justice norms. She published a paper on this topic in Law and Society Review, vol. 1, 1996, entitled "The Myth of Inmate Lawlessness" and another in 2000 entitled "Inattention to Sanctions in Criminal Conduct" published in Crime in Canadian Society. Professor Benaquisto continues her historical examination of the French criminal justice system. Concentrating on three major time periods -- the 1870s, 1904 to 1912 and 1950 to 1960 -- she is attempting to determine the factors accounting for historical fluctuations in the levels of imprisonment.

Professor Benaquisto recently completed her book, Fundamentals of Social Research, (with Earl Babbie), Scarborough, ON: Thompson/Nelson, 2002. She has also just completed a report on Children of Offenders in Canada for the Department of Justice and plans to continue work in this area. She works with graduate students interested in issues of criminal justice, such as punishment, sentencing, drug legislation, and racial disparities. She also works with students interested in state repression and broader social control issues such as scientific misconduct, social control in the workplace and in private communities. Her research spans a variety of methodologies, including historical methods, interviews and observation, and analysis of government statistics. Professor Benaquisto teaches undergraduate courses on sociological inquiry, social problems and graduate seminars on deviance and social control and research design and methods.


Selected Publications


Benaquisto, L. and E. Babbie. 2002. Fundamentals of Social Research.. Scarborough, ON: Thompson/Nelson.

Benaquisto, L. 2000. "Inattention to sanctions in criminal conduct," in R. Silverman, Teevan and V. Sacco, eds., Crime in Canadian Society. 6th ed. Toronto: Harcourt Brace & Co. 203-215.


Benaquisto, L. 2000. "Graduate supervision: learning from experience." The McGill Journal of Education, Special Supplement.

Benaquisto, L. and P. J. Freed. 1996. "The myth of inmate lawlessness: the perceived contradiction between self and other in inmates' support for criminal justice sanctioning norms." Law and Society Review, 30(3): 481-511.

Book Review

Benaquisto, L. 2003. Review of J. L. Nolan's, Jr. (ed.)Drug Courts in Theory and Practice. In Canadian Journal of Sociology Online, March-April.

Benaquisto, L. 1998. Review of N. Shover's Great Pretenders: Pursuits and Careers of Persistent Thieves. In Social Forces, 76(3): 1151-2.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOCI 211 Sociological Inquiry
SOCI 250 Social Problems
SOCI 460 Responses To Social Problems

Graduate Seminars:
SOCI 571 Deviance and Social Control
SOCI 580 The Design & Practice of Social Research


Research Grants

1998-2002. SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). "Repression and the Operation of Criminal Justice in France: Outbursts of Incarceration in the 1870s, During and After World War I, and in the 1960s."


Other Professional Activities

1999-present Editorial Board Member, Empirical and Applied Criminal Justice Research