Dr. Derek Silva

Dr. Derek Silva

Dr. Derek Silva

Assistant Professor

Office: W230
Phone: 4415
Email: dsilva28@uwo.ca


  • Ph.D. in Sociology - University of South Carolina
  • M.A. in Sociology - Carleton University
  • B.A. with Honours in Criminology - UOIT


  • Sociology 1020 – Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 2205 - Statistics for Sociology
  • Sociology 3363 - Sociology of Terrorism
  • Sociology 3355 – Sociology of Catastrophe
  • Sociology 3336 - Sociology of Sport
  • Sociology/Political Science 3387 – Surveillance and Society
  • Sociology 4409 – Seminary in Criminological Theory and Research
  • Sociology/Political Science 4480 – Critical Security Studies


My areas of interest include critical sociology and criminology, sport, punishment, terrorism and ‘radicalization’ studies. Broadly speaking, my research focuses on how we make sense of a variety of social issues and the interventions we craft to alleviate associated harm. More specifically, I have written on Canadian and international counter-radicalization programs, the diffusion of transnational counter-terrorism policing, practices of 'scouting' high school football athletes, and constructions of national identity in response to tragedy, and cultural understandings of crime and punishment in sport.  My work can be found in Punishment and Society, Crime, Media, Culture, Sociology of Sport Journal, Sociological Forum, Race & Class, Educational Gerontology, TIME Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Guardian, and ​Jacobin Magazine. 

In addition to my scholarship, I serve on the editorial board of the Sociology of Sport Journal, as OCUFA Director on King's University College Faculty Association, and am co-editor of Emerald's Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance book series.

​I am currently working on two SSHRC-funded projects. The first is entitled "How radicalization has become the dominant framework for understanding terrorism." This project is funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2019-2021) and traces the emergence of radicalization as the primary framework for understanding transitions toward political violence. The second, funded by a SSHRC Partnership Engage COVID-19 Initiative Grant (2020-21) looks at how participants in serious leisure activities make sense of the loss of sport during COVID-19 lockdown and how they perceive risk as they return to activity during and after the pandemic.

I also co-host a podcast called The End of Sport , which you can find on iTunes, Google Play Music, and Spotify, or simply click the link below for a sneak peek. I teach a number of courses in sociology and criminology, including introductory sociology and criminology, quantitative and qualitative research methods, sociology of sport, sociology of catastrophe, critical security studies, surveillance, criminological theory, and sociology of terrorism.

Selected Publications


Silva, Derek and Mathieu Deflem (eds.). 2020. Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization (Volume 25). Sociology of Crime Law and Deviance.Bingley, UK: Emerald.



Deflem, Mathieu and Derek M.D. Silva (eds.). 2019. Methods of Criminology and Criminal Justice Research (Volume 24). Sociology of Crime Law and Deviance. Bingley, UK: Emerald.



Journal Articles

Kennedy, Liam and Derek Silva. 2020. “Discipline That Hurts”: Punitive Logics and Governance in Sport. Punishment & Society. Online first.

Kennedy, Liam and Derek Silva. 2020. “Knuckle-Dragging Thugs”: Civilizing Processes and the Biosocial Revolution in the National Hockey League.” Crime, Media, Culture. Online first.

Castleton, Alex, Alejandro Cid, and Derek Silva. 2020. “For Older Folks Like Me, These Things Are Over Us…”: The Challenge of Embedding iPads in Everyday Life Within a Long-term Care Facility.” Educational Gerontology 46(4): 167-181.

Kennedy, Liam, Derek Silva, William Cipolli, and Madelaine Coehlo. 2019. “We Are All Broncos: Hockey, Tragedy, and the Formation of Canadian National Identity.''  Sociology of Sport Journal 36(4): 189-202.

Silva, Derek, William Cipolli, and Roy Bower. 2018. "In Search of a Five-Star: The Centrality of Body Discourses in the Scouting of High School Football Athletes." Sociology of Sport Journal 35(3): 324-333.

Silva, Derek. 2018. "Radicalisation: The Journey of a Concept Revisited." Race & Class 59(4): 34-53.

Silva, Derek M.D. 2017. "The Othering of Muslims: Discourses of Radicalization in the New York Times, 1969-2014." Sociological Forum 32(1): 138-161.

Book Chapters

Silva, Derek and Mathieu Deflem. 2020. “Exporting Preemption: The Transnational Diffusion of Counter-Radicalisation Policing Strategies.” Pp. 179-200 in The Development of Transnational Policing:  Past, Present and Future, edited by J.L.M McDaniel, K. E. Stonard & D.J. Cox. Albingdon, UK: Routledge.

Silva, Derek. 2019 "Police and Radicalization." Pp. 249-262 in The Handbook of Social Control, edited by M. Deflem. Walden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Deflem, Mathieu, Derek Silva, and Anna S. Rogers. 2018. "Domestic Spying: A Comparative Historical Perspective." Pp. 109-125 in the Cambridge Handbook of Social Problems, Edited by A. Javier Trevino. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Silva, Derek. 2018. “Committing Sociology in an Age of “Fake News”: Mass Media, Twitter and the Struggle for Knowledge in the Public Sphere.” Pp. 87-120 in Sociological Theory in Scientific Perspective, edited by J. Michalski. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Deflem, Mathieu and Derek Silva. "Comparative and Historical Analysis." Forthcoming chapter in the Encyclopedia of Research Methods and Statistical Techniques in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Edited by J.C. Barnes and D.R. Forde. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.

Popular Writing

Johanna Mellis, Nathan Kalman-Lamb, and Derek Silva. 2020. “Red-Scare Rhetoric Isn‘t Gone From American Sport.“ Jacobin Magazine, August 30.

Silva, Derek, Nathan  Kalman-Lamb, and Johanna Mellis. 2020. “Cancelling the college football season is about union busting, not health.“ The Guardian, August 12.

Nathan Kalman-Lamb, Silva, Derek, and Johanna Mellis. 2020.“’We Need Help’:  College Football Players Respond to COVID-19on Campus.“ The Guardian, August 3.

Nathan Kalman-Lamb, Johanna Mellis, and Derek Silva. 2020.“Canceling the College-Football Season Isn’t Enough.“ The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 17.