Marcia Oliver is an assistant professor in law and society, and a research fellow at the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Before joining Laurier, she was a post-doctoral fellow with the Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair of Health Services Research (York University) and a Postgraduate and Early Career Academics Network of Scholars visiting scholar at the Research Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at the University of Kent. She has also held visiting scholar positions in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University and at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain.
Marcia’s research interests are in the areas of socio-legal studies, global governance and development, sexuality and gender, and inequality and justice. Her research has examined the intersections of moral conservatism and neoliberalism in development practices; the construction of a particular vision of civil society through new HIV/AIDS funding and governance mechanisms in Uganda; and conservative Christianity and antigay activism in Uganda. Her current research projects examine rape culture on Canadian university campuses (with Debra Langan and Rebecca Godderis), and international development and humanitarian responses to displaced populations in Namibia and Uganda (with Suzan Ilcan).