Caroline Dick

Associate Professor

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Ph.D., Queen's University; LLB University of Western Ontario
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85167
Office: Social Science Centre 7326

Research Interests

Professor Dick’s research interests lie at the intersection of law and politics with a specific focus on racism and sexism in state structures, including the judiciary. She has a particular interest in the rights of minority social groups, in-group minorities, and Indigenous peoples.

Current Research Projects

1. The Racialization of COVID-19

This research project examines the initial reticence of Canadian health authorities to collect ethnicity and race-based data to track the spread of COVID-19 and the complex issues that the prospect of collecting data on race and ethnicity raise, including Indigenous claims to data sovereignty.

2. Judicial Self-Regulation

The focus of this research project is the self-regulation of judicial misconduct in Canada. By examining alternative models of judicial regulation, the project critically assesses the process presently employed to manage misconduct by the Canadian Judicial Council and offers recommendations for reform.

Selected Publications


  • 2011:Caroline Dick, The Perils of Identity: Group Rights and the Politics of Intragroup Difference, Vancouver: UBC Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2020: Caroline Dick, “Sex, Sexism, and Judicial Misconduct: How the Canadian Judicial Council Perpetuates Sexism in the Legal Realm.” Feminist Legal Studies 28, no. 2: 1-21.
  • 2017: Christopher Alcantara and Caroline Dick, “Decolonization in a Digital Age: Cryptocurrencies and Indigenous Self-Determination in Canada. Canadian Journal of Law and Society 32, no. 1: 19-35.
  • 2011: Caroline Dick, “A Tale of Two Cultures: Intimate Femicide, Cultural Defences, and the Law of Provocation,” Canadian Journal of Women and the Law 23, no. 2: 519-47.
  • 2009: Caroline Dick, “‘Culture and the Courts’ Revisited: Group-Rights Scholarship and the Evolution of s.35(1),” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42, 4: 957-979.
  • 2008: Kiera L. Ladner and Caroline Dick. “Out of the Fires of Hell: Globalization as a Solution to Globalization – An Indigenist Perspective,” Canadian Journal of Law and Society 23: 63-91.
  • 2006: Caroline Dick, “The Politics of Intragroup Difference: First Nations’ Women and the Sawridge Dispute,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 39, no. 1: 97-116.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2011; 2008; 2007: Recipient of the University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll for excellence in teaching.
  • 2010: Finalist for the CPSA’s Jill Vickers Prize for the best paper on gender and politics presented at the 2009 CPSA conference.
  • 2009-2010: Member of the CPSA’s Executive Committee.
  • 2009-2010: Member of the CPSA’s Committee on Professional Ethics struck to investigate and report on the advisability of the Association adopting a professional code of ethics.
  • 2008-2010: Member of the CPSA’s Board of Directors.      
  • 2007: Finalist for the CPSA’s John McMenemy Prize for the best article to appear in the Canadian Journal of Political Science in 2006.