Scot Wortley


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Street gangs
  • Policing
  • Youth crime and victimization
  • Corrections
  • Racism in the criminal justice system
  • Social networks and crime


Recent Research Activities

Professor Wortley is currently involved in a number of different research projects including:

  1. a SSHRCC-sponsored survey of Toronto residents regarding their attitudes towards the police and criminal courts;
  2. a study of street gangs in southern Ontario (with Julian Tanner, Department of Sociology);
  3. a study of police stop and search activities in Kingston, Ontario;
  4. an analysis of police use of force in Ontario (with Terry Roswell);
  5. a victimization survey of street youth and high school students in Toronto; and
  6. a study examining the complex relationship between immigration status, ethnicity and criminal justice in Canada. Professor Wortley is currently the Justice and Law Domain Leader for CERIS (the Centre for Excellence in Research on Immigration and Settlement).

Courses Taught

  • CRI 3356H Youth Crime and Youth Justice.
  • WDW200Y Introduction to Criminology.


  • Wortley, Scot and Andrea McCalla. 2008. “Explaining the Immigration-Crime Connection: A Review of Competing Models and Associated Policies.” Journal of International Migration and Integration.
  • Wortley, Scot and Julian Tanner. 2008. “Money, Respect and Defiance: Explaining Ethnic Differences in Gang Activity Among Canadian Youth,” in Frank van Gemert, Dana Peterson and Inger-Lise Lien (eds.), Gangs, Migration and Ethnicity. London: Willan Publishing.
  • Wortley, Scot and Julian Tanner. 2005. “Inflammatory Rhetoric? Baseless Accusations? Responding to Gabor’s Critique of Racial Profiling Research in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Criminology 47 (3): 581-609.
  • Wortley, Scot and Lysandra Marshall. 2005. Race and Police Stops in Kingston, Ontario: Results of a Pilot Project Kingston, ON: Kingston Police Services Board.
  • Asbridge, Mark, Julian Tanner and Scot Wortley. 2005. “Ethno-Specific Patterns of Adolescent Smoking: The Mediating Effects of Acculturation, Peer Smoking and Sibling Smoking.” Addiction 100: 1340-1351.
  • Wortley, Scot and Julian Tanner. 2004. “Social Groups or Criminal Organizations: The Extent and Nature of Youth Gangs in Toronto.” pp. 59-80 in Jim Phillips and Bruce Kidd (Eds.). From Enforcement and Prevention to Civic Engagement: Research on Community Safety Toronto: Centre of Criminology.
  • Wortley, Scot. 2004. “Hidden Intersections: Research on Race, Crime and Criminal Justice in Canada.” Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal 35 (3): 99-117.
  • Wortley, Scot and Julian Tanner. 2004. “Racial Profiling in Canada: Survey Evidence from Toronto.” The Canadian Review of Policing Research 1 (1): 24-36.
  • Wortley, Scot and Julian Tanner. 2004. “Discrimination or Good Policing? The Racial Profiling Debate in Canada” Our Divers Cities 1: 197-201.
  • Harriott, Anthony, Farley Brathwaite and Scot Wortley (Eds). 2004. Crime and Criminal Justice in the Caribbean Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications.
  • Wortley, Scot. 2004. “Images of Disrepute: The Depiction of West Indians in the Canadian Media.” pp. 129-172 in Anthony Harriott, Farley Brathwaite and Scot Wortley (Eds.), Crime and Criminal Justice in the Caribbean Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications.
  • Wortley, Scot and Gail Kellough. 2004. “Racializing Risk: Police and Crown Discretion and the Overrepresentation of Black People in the Ontario Criminal Justice System.” pp. 173-205 in Anthony Harriott, Farley Brathwaite and Scot Wortley (Eds.), Crime and Criminal Justice in the Caribbean and Among Caribbean Peoples Kingston, Jamaica: Arawak Publications.


BA, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto