I received my PhD in Sociology from Wayne State University in 2003 and my MA in Criminology from the University of Windsor in 1998. Prior to arriving at Laurier Brantford, I worked as an assistant professor in the Criminal Justice program at California State University at Bakersfield.
I am a founding member of the Criminology program at Laurier Brantford and have created several courses including Gangsters, Goodfellas and Wiseguys (CC 205), Outlaw Bikers (CC 310), Organized Crime: International Perspectives (CC 316) and Crime, Sports & Deviance (CC 409).
My primary research interest is media criminology. My past work focused on the portrayal of crime in broadcast news and the media's influence on public attitudes toward crime and justice. I have also published several manuscripts in the field of policing. My research has been published in:
Currently, my work is centered on the depictions of crime and justice in film and television. Most recently, I published a book titled Corporate Wrongdoing on Film: 'The Public be Damned’. At present, I am writing a book on the history of the police shows on television and another book on corporate wrongdoing in Canada.
Dowler, K. & Colaguori, C. (2023). Transnational and Organized Crime in the Age of Globalization. (p.p. 485-524).In Claudio Colaguori (ed). Crime, Deviance and Social Control in the 21st Century: A Social Justice Perspective, Canadian Scholars Press
Dowler, K. & Antonowicz, D. (2022). Corporate Wrongdoing on Film: The ‘Public Be Damned’. Routledge
Dowler, K. (2020). Innocence Lost (and then) Found: The Depiction of Wrongful Convictions in Prison Films, In Marcus Harmes, Meredith Harmes and Barbara Harmes (eds) Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Media pp. 139-163.
Dowler, K. (2020). Within These Walls: The History and Themes of PrisonThemed Television Series, In Marcus Harmes, Meredith Harmes, and Barbara Harmes (eds) Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Media, p.p. 375-393.
Dowler, K. (2017). Police Dramas on Television, In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology, Crime, Media and Popular Culture, pp. 1-26. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.175
Dowler, K. (2015). Violence Unchained: Media Images, Behaviours, and Attitudes, in P. O’Reilly and T. Fleming Violence in Canada, pp. 91-106.
Dowler, K. (2015). Unnecessary Roughness: Violence in Sports, in P. O’Reilly and T. Fleming Violence in Canada, pp. 175-191.
Corporate Wrongdoing on Film: The ‘Public Be Damned’ provides a unique and ground-breaking analysis of corporate wrongdoing depictions, identifying, describing, and categorizing harms perpetrated by corporations.