Susila Gurusami

Assistant Professor - Sociology


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

Black feminisms, intersectional geographies


I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and a sociologist of race, gender, labor, and politics, with particular interests in carceral governance and intersectionality.  

I am also a former UC Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow and received my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in June 2017.

My work has been published in Gender & Society, Social Problems, and Punishment and Society. Recognitions for this scholarship include funding and awards from the American Sociological Association, Sociologists for Women in Society, and the Racial Democracy, Crime, and Justice Network.

I am currently working on a book manuscript investigating how Black women navigate state surveillance, regulation, and punishment in their everyday lives after returning home from prison and jail.

Research Areas

Race, Gender, Intersectionality, Punishment, Carceral Politics, Urban Ethnography

Cities of Focus

Los Angeles