Dominique Clément

Dominique Clément is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta and a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is a Canadian historical sociologist who specializes in human rights and social movements. His is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of History and Classics as well as Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta and the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University.

He is the founder and creator of Canada's Human Rights History, which is a popular teaching and research portal on the history of human rights in Canada. His Facebook (HistoryOfRights) and Twitter (@HistoryOfRights) sites explore current affairs in human rights and social movements in Canada. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a SSHRC-funded national research team that includes numerous community partners engaged in an unprecedented examination of the relationship between public funding and the non-profit sector: State Funding for Social Movements.


He earned his B.A. (Honours) from Queen's University Kingston, a Master of Arts from University of British Columbia, and his PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham and the University of Victoria. He has also been a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney in Australia, Beijing Normal University in China and KU-Leuven University in Belgium.

Clément is a public intellectual whose work has been profiled on radio, television and print media including the CBC, Radio-Canada, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Edmonton Journal and the Vancouver Sun. He is the author of award-winning books including Canada’s Rights Revolution: Social Movements and Social Change, Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia’s Human Rights State, Human Rights in Canada: A History and Debating Rights Inflation: A Sociology of Human Rights. He is also the co-editor for Alberta's Human Rights Story and Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties. Clément is the author of numerous articles on human rights, social movements, immigration policy, public finances, Olympic Games, Freedom of information, national security and counter-terrorism policy, legal history, labour history and women’s history. He has consulted for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Canadian Heritage Information Network. He is a former board member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Centre for Constitutional Studies, the Canadian Committee on Women’s History, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, Association for Canadian Studies, L’Institut d’études canadiennes de l’Université de l’Alberta, Canadian Committee on Labour History, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Historical Association. Clément is currently an Associate Editor for the Canadian Review of Sociology and a Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society as well as a Co-Investigator with the Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition.

Dr. Dominique Clément at the McGill Faculty of Law


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Clément was elected to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2018. He was awarded the John Porter Traditional of Excellence Book Award from the Canadian Sociological Association for Canada’s Rights Revolution. His book, Equality Deferred, was awarded the Canadian Historical Association Clio Book Prize and an Honourable Mention for the Canadian Law and Society Association book award (it was also a finalist for the Canada Prize in Social Sciences and shortlisted for the Donald V. Smiley award from the Canadian Political Science Association). Another book, Human Rights in Canada, was a finalist for the INDIE Book Awards. In 2014 and 2017, he was awarded the Faculty of Arts Research Award at the University of Alberta.