Dr. Lesley Bikos

 Lesley Bikos

Dr. Lesley Bikos

Assistant Professor

Phone: 4753
Email: levans8@uwo.ca

Much of my research, activism, and community work focuses on systemic inequities and justice, with a particular focus on institutions. Currently, my research interests include combining critical criminology and sociology to interrogate the Canadian criminal justice system from an intersectional feminist lens. To-date this work has focused primarily on the institution of policing. Radical transformation of carceral systems including restorative and transformative justice and defunding and abolition movements are further areas of interest.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology (direct entry) – University of Western Ontario (2021)
  • B.A. with Honours in Sociology – Brescia University College (2015)


SOC2223 Policing and Security
SOC2266 Crime and Society
SOC2293 Mental Health and Policing
SOC2145 Sociology of Work
SOC3325 Intersectionality and Policing

Selected Publications

Bikos, L.J. 2022. “Taking the temperature: An intersectional examination of diversity acceptance in Canadian police services.” The British Journal of Criminology https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azac014

Bikos, L.J. 2021. “It's all window dressing:” Canadian police officers' perceptions of mental health stigma in their workplace.” Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management 44(1) 63-76. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-07-2020-0126

Bikos, L.J. 2018. “An insider’s perspective on research with policewomen in Canada” In Kleinknecht, S. W., van den, L.-J. K.S., and Sanders, C. B. The Craft of Qualitative Research: A Handbook. Canadian Scholars, Toronto.