Dr. Sarah Turnbull is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. She has published in the areas of immigration detention, deportation, parole and reentry, and punishment. Dr Turnbull researches, teaches, and supervises in the areas of critical border and migration studies and border criminology; criminology and sociolegal studies; punishment, parole, and reentry; postcolonial, antiracist, and feminist thought; and qualitative research methods.
Dr. Turnbull is currently completing a research project examining immigration detention and deportation in the United Kingdom (UK), with specific focus on the experiences of confinement and removal in relation to affective issues of home, belonging, and identity in (post)colonial, multicultural Britain. This project is based on ethnographic research at four immigration removal centres (IRCs) in the UK along with follow-up research with detained individuals who were released and/or deported. Dr Turnbull is writing up this research as a book, tentatively titled Migration Penality: Detention and Deportation in (Post)colonial Britain (Routledge).
Dr. Turnbull’s second main area of research involves the Prison Transparency Project, a collaborative study funded initially through a three-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, which explores questions of imprisonment and immigration detention, human rights, and carceral transparency and accountability.
Dr. Turnbull welcomes graduate students to contact her about their research interests on topics related to critical border and migration studies as well as criminology and sociolegal studies.