Mariana Valverde teaches at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her main research interests are sociolegal theory, moral regulation, and urban governance and law, historically and in the present.
Sole authored books include: Sex, Power, and Pleasure (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1985); The Age of Light, Soap, and Water: Moral Reform in English Canada 1880s-1920s (University of Toronto Press, 1991, 2008); Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom (Cambridge, 1998), co-winner of the Herbert Jacobs prize of the LSA; Law’s Dream of a Common Knowledge (Princeton University Press, 2003); Law and Order: Signs, Meanings, Myths (Routledge, 2006); Everyday law on the Street: City Governance in an Age of Diversity (Chicago University Press, 2012), which also won the Law and Society Association’s Jacobs prize; Chronotopes of Law: Jurisdiction, Scale and Governance (Routledge, 2015), and a forthcoming book for students, Foucault for and against criminology (Routledge in press).
In addition, she has co-edited four anthologies and published over 50 articles in journals ranging from Law and Society Review to Victorian Studies. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006, she was chief editor of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society from 2007 to 2014. In 2016 she received the Harry Kalven award from the Law and Society Association.
Her main current project studies the governance of local infrastructure projects, focusing on the ‘broader public sector’, e.g. the capital projects process in entities such as public housing companies and universities. On hold currently is a major comparative project on how cities used both legal and nonlegal tools to draw and maintain lines separating ‘good’ from ‘bad’ neighbourhoods, in the century of the suburb (1870s to 1970s).