Mariana Valverde, University of Toronto

Criminology Professor Toronto, Ontario m.valverde@utoronto.ca Office: (416) 978-2011 ext. 229

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Bio/Research

In the 1980s, Mariana Valverde began to take an interest in sexual politics. At the time, Sexuality studies was not a subject of academic study. Therefore, her first book, Sex, Power and Pleasure, was commissioned by the Toronto Women's Press as a trade book, not a scholarly book. Published in 19...

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Bio/Research

In the 1980s, Mariana Valverde began to take an interest in sexual politics. At the time, Sexuality studies was not a subject of academic study. Therefore, her first book, Sex, Power and Pleasure, was commissioned by the Toronto Women's Press as a trade book, not a scholarly book. Published in 1985, the book became internationally translated and published, including a mass-market German edition by Fischer Verlag in the 1990s Valverde's next work, The Age of Light, Soap and Water: Moral Reform in English Canada, 1880s-1920s, chronicled the history of moral regulation movements in Canada, and the role of sexuality as part of the work of nation building.

Following the rapid production of scholarly work within sexuality studies, Mariana turned an eye to another neglected area of moral regulation, namely, the field of alcohol -- from alcoholism and its medicalization to liquor control systems. She published a major original work in 1998 entitled Diseases of the Will: Alcohol and the Dilemmas of Freedom. The work was critically acclaimed, awarding Valverde the Herbert Jacob award "for a major contribution to sociolegal scholarship" from the US Law and Society Association. Her next book pursued more theoretical interests in the sociology of law, using both drinking/alcohol and sexuality as the sites of investigation. Law's Dream of a Common Knowledge, published by Princeton University Press in 2003, contains insight into the invention of 'sexual orientation', as well as an analysis of two Toronto sexuality trials involving Remington's Male Strip Club and the madam of an s/m establishment. Mariana's current research is an investigation of the regulatory work carried out in the name of urban order by municipal officials and municipal legal bodies (tribunals and committees).In the meantime she continues to engage with sexuality studies. Mariana teaches in the undergraduate Criminology program at Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, and has been a member of the steering committee of the Sexual Diversity Studies program at University College since its inception.


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