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Monetta Bailey, PhD

Associate Professor, Sociology
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(403) 407-9462
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Monetta Bailey is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Social Science Department at Ambrose University, Calgary, Alberta. She has taught at Ambrose University since 2014. Her teaching load covers fundamental sociological courses as well as courses related to race, crime and deviance. Prior to this, she worked in the non-profit sector in Calgary as a project coordinator, a researcher and an evaluator. Monetta completed her Ph.D. and MA degrees at the University of Calgary, both in Sociology; and her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include the intersection of race, ethnicity and immigrant status and crime at an institutional level. In particular, she applies a Critical Race Theory perspective to her work where she investigates the impact of racialization on the experiences of racialized and/or immigrant individuals in society highlighting the criminal justice system. Monetta has published on the topic of racialized youth and their experiences of the criminal justice system.

Monetta is originally from Barbados and has been an active member of the Caribbean community in Calgary. She currently serves as the President of the Barbados Canadian Association of Calgary. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Calgary John Howard Society.


PhD (University of Calgary)
MA (University of Calgary)
BA (University of Alberta)

Signature Courses

Principles of Sociology
Introduction to Criminology
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Racialization and Ethnicity
Classical Social Theory
Sociology of Deviance
The Sociology of Youth Crime and Deviance
The Criminal Justice System

Select Publications

Bailey (In progress) Reconciling Critical Race Theory and Institutional Ethnography to understand institutional racism. (working title)
Bailey (In progress). The violence of words: the conditions, construction and harmful impact of racialized and racist public discourse
Bailey, M. (2020). Contested definitions of racialized immigrant youth in the extra-judicial sanctions program: Using institutional ethnography to uncover hidden voices” in the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry
Bailey, M. (2021). Challenging the myth of color-blind policies in the extra-judicial sanctions program in the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Bibby, Thiessen and Bailey (2019). The Millennial Mosaic: How Pluralism and Choice are Shaping Canadian Youth and the Future of Canada. Dundurn Press. Toronto, ON.