BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Chair / Convenor / Instructor
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences

604.986.1911 ext. 7461


PhD, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, 2011.

MA, Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University, 2004.

BA (Honours), Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Allison University, 2000.


Sean Ashley (PhD, Simon Fraser University, 2011) joined the sociology and criminology department at Capilano University in the fall of 2013.

Teaching for me is a process whereby students and instructors develop together. I strive to create a learning environment where students feel safe to explore ideas within the classroom by stressing respect, understanding and the freedom to change one's mind.

I believe that teachers must be willing to change, just as we expect our students to change over the course their studies.

Religion, sociology of law, human mobility, violence.

Ashley, S. (2022). Chapter 1: What is Crime? and Chapter 8: Sociological Theories of Crime. In S. Hassan & D. Letts (Eds.), Introduction to Criminology: A Canadian Open Education Resource. Kwantlen Polytechnic University. https://kpu.pressbooks.pub/introcrim

Ashley, S. (2017). Khruba Holy Men within Daraang Buddhism. In P. Cohen (Ed.), Charismatic Monks in Lanna Buddhism (pp. 171-180). NIAS Press.

Ashley, S. (2016). Buddhist Distinctions in the Mountains of Northern Thailand. In. J. Lee & M Ferrarese (Eds.), Punks, Monks and Politics: Authenticity in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia (pp. 211-226). Rowman and Littlefield International.

Ashley, S. (2014). 'Sincere But Naive': Methodological Queries Concerning the British Columbia Polygamy Reference Trial. Canadian Review of Sociology, 51(4), 325-342.

CARS-SSHRC Explore Grant (Gender-Based Violence and International Student Housing), 2022.

Centre for Teaching Excellence Open Education Grant, Capilano University, 2021.

Team Award for Service and Innovation Award (Pathways Program), Capilano University, 2014.

Empowering Network for International Thai Studies Fellowship, Chulalongkorn University, 2009.

Departmental Award for Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Allison University, 2000.

Marjorie Bell Scholarship Award, Mount Allison University, 1999.