Sarah Turnbull

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.

Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics

Recent Publications

  • Turnbull, S. 2019, in press. “The Uses and Limits of Photovoice in Research on Life After Immigration Detention and Deportation.” In: M. Deflem and D.M.D. Silva (eds.) Methods of Criminology and Criminal Justice Research. Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, Volume 24, 151-164. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
  • Turnbull, S. and Hasselberg, I. 2019, in press. “Foreign National Prisoners: Precarity and Deportability as Obstacles to Rehabilitation.” In: P. Ugwudike, P. Raynor, F. McNeill, F. Taxman, C. Trotter, and H. Graham (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Balfour, G., Hannah-Moffat, K., and Turnbull, S. 2018. “Planning for Precarity? Experiencing the Carceral Continuum of Imprisonment and Reentry.” In: A. Sarat (ed.) After Imprisonment. Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Volume 77, 31-48. Bingley: Emerald Publishing.
  • Turnbull, S. 2018. “Making Sense of the Shifting ‘Field’: Ethical and Practical Considerations in Researching Life After Immigration Detention.” In: A. Fili, S. Jahnsen, and R. Powell (eds.) Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility, 130-143. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Turnbull, S. 2018. “Starting Again: Life After Deportation from the United Kingdom.” In: S. Khosravi (ed.) After Deportation: Ethnographic Perspectives, 37-61. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Turnbull, S. 2018. “Living the Spectre of Forced Return: Negotiating Deportability in British Immigration Detention.” Migration Studies. Published online 17 July 2018.
  • Turnbull, S. 2017. “Immigration Detention and the Racialized Governance of Illegality in the United Kingdom.” Social Justice 44(1): 142-164.
  • Turnbull, S. 2017. “Immigration Detention and Punishment.” In: H.N. Pontell (ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice [online]. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190264079.013.231.
  • Turnbull, S. and Hasselberg, I. 2017. “From Prison to Detention: The Carceral Trajectories of Foreign-national Prisoners in the United Kingdom.” Punishment & Society 19(2): 135-154.
  • Turnbull, S. 2016. Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System. Vancouver: UBC Press.

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