Danielle McNabb

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Danielle McNabb

PhD: Queen’s University (2023)
MA: University of Guelph (2020)
BA (Honours): University of Guelph (2018)

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Danielle McNabb is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brock University. Professor McNabb’s research agenda focuses on Canadian public law and criminal justice policy and administration. A central part of her work in public law examines how and why political actors rely on the courts to resolve issues of politics and public policy. One of her larger projects supported by SSHRC explores “intervention”—a practice by which citizens, organizations, and governments are permitted to participate in legal cases in which they are not directly involved. Focusing specifically on cases involving the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, her research illustrates how interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada pose several important challenges for Canadian democracy.

Moreover, Professor McNabb’s work on criminal justice policy and administration primarily examines policing and police oversight as well as political and legal responses to sexual violence. A central part of her current research program looks at the ways in which civilian oversight agencies, including the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of Ontario, respond to and investigate allegations of police criminality. Her work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Review of Constitutional Studies, Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, and Women & Criminal Justice, among other venues.

In addition to her research, Professor McNabb teaches courses on courts and politics, government, and criminal justice policy in the Forensic Psychology and Criminal Justice (FPAC) program at Brock. She welcomes the opportunity to supervise graduate students in her various areas of expertise.

  • Criminal Justice Policy and Institutions
  • Canadian Law, Courts and Politics
  • Legal Mobilization/Interest Group Litigation
  • Supreme Court of Canada
  • The Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Policing and Police Oversight
  • Legal and Political Responses to Sexual Violence
  • Gender and Politics

Peer Reviewed:

McNabb, Danielle. (2023). “Who Intervenes in Supreme Court Cases in Canada?” Canadian Journal of Political Science, pp. 1-14.

Small, Tamara A. and Danielle McNabb. (2023). “‘It’s Kinda Complicated’ The Uncertain Relationship between Digital Technology and Democracy.” In Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics, 6th Edition. Edited by Janine Brodie, Sandra Rein, and Malinda S. Smith. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chouinard, Stéphanie and Danielle McNabb. (Forthcoming, 2023). Can equity-seeking groups become “haves” in Canada’s judicial system? A study of Francophone minority communities’ strategic intervention in the domain of language rights. Review of Constitutional Studies.

McNabb, Danielle, and Kate Puddister. (2022): To Serve and Protect? An Empirical Study of Police-Involved Sexual Assault. Women & Criminal Justice, DOI: 10.1080/08974454.2022.2126744  

Hausegger, Lori., McNabb, Danielle, and Troy Riddell (2022). “The Provincial Courts of Appeal and Section 24(2) of the Charter.” In Constitutional Crossroads: Reflections on Charter Rights, Reconciliation, and Change. Edited by Emmett Macfarlane and Kate Puddister. UBC Press

Dauda, Carol L. and Danielle McNabb. (2022). Getting to Proportionality: the trouble with sentencing for possession of child pornography in Ontario. Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Vol. 37, pp. 278-311. DOI:https://doi.org/10.22329/wyaj.v37i1.7198

McNabb, Danielle, and Dennis Baker. (2021). Ignoring Implementation: Defects in Canada’s “Rape Shield” Policy Cycle. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 36 (1), pp. 23-46. doi:10.1017/cls.2020.35

Puddister, Kate, and Danielle McNabb. (2021). When the Police Break the Law: The Investigation, Prosecution and Sentencing of Ontario Police Officers. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 1-24, doi:10.1017/cls.2021.3 

Non-Peer Reviewed:

McNabb, Danielle and Kate Puddister. (2022). Convictions remain rare when police are accused of sexual assault. The Conversation. (Reproduced in National Post and Yahoo News). https://theconversation.com/convictions-remain-rare-when-police-are-accused-of-sexual-assault-194965

McNabb, Danielle. (2022). Roe v. Wade highlights the important role of high courts in democratic societies. The Conversation (Reproduced in National Post and Yahoo News). https://theconversation.com/roe-v-wade-highlights-the-important-role-of-high-courts-in-democratic-societies-182725

Puddister, Kate and Danielle McNabb. (2022). What happens when police commit crimes? IRPP Policy Options. https://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/august-2022/police-crimes-oversight/

McNabb, Danielle. (2021). #MeToo in 2021: Global Activists continue to build on the movement against sexual violence. The Conversation (reproduced in the National Post and Yahoo News). https://theconversation.com/metoo-in-2021-global-activists-continue-to-build-on-the-movement-against-sexual-violence-152205

McNabb, Danielle, and Kate Puddister. (2019) #MeToo: In Canada, rape myths continue to prevent justice for sexual assault survivors. The Conversation (reproduced in the National Post). https://theconversation.com/metoo-in-canada-rape-myths-continue-to-prevent-justice-for-sexual-assault-survivors-110568

McNabb, Danielle, Baker, Dennis, and Troy Riddell. (2019). Mandatory police carding data severely lacking across Ontario. The Toronto Star.   https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2019/08/14/mandatory-police-carding-data-severely-lacking-across-ontario.html

Professor McNabb is interested in supervising graduate students working in the areas of:

  • Criminal Justice Policy and Administration: Policing Policy; Police Oversight and Oversight Agencies; Political and Legal Responses to Sexual and Gendered Violence (i.e., Rape Shield Legislation, Police-involved sexual assault; “Unfounded” sexual violence; Courts’ handling of sexual and domestic violence cases); Sentencing Policy and Procedure; Criminal Justice Policymaking, Criminal Justice Institutions and more.
  • Canadian Law and Politics: Interest Group and Government Litigation; the Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; the Supreme Court of Canada; Gender and Representation in Political and Legal Institutions and more.