Professor Wilks joined the Duncan School of Law after a decade of legal practice and
three years of post-secondary teaching. His primary research interests explore the
cross-disciplinary field of governance and regulation. His doctoral thesis, titled
“Swimming in the Crosscurrents: Rethinking the Dynamics of Remittance Regulation Within
the Framework of Networked Global Governance”, examined the strategic importance of
domestic and global payment systems as governance instruments. Over the past year, he has
written about the regulation of prosecutors in Canada and the U.S; and the governance
implications of using Electronic Benefits Transfer platforms to deliver America’s
national food stamp program. His latest article, The Governance Ecology Of Electronic
Food Stamp Delivery will appear in the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice.
Other research activities explore the racial implications of providing federal benefits
using electronic benefits transfers; and expressions of identity politics in payment
environments. 

Professor Wilks was educated in Canada where he practiced law and gained his initial
teaching experience. He has taught undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional courses
at York University, Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and Humber College. He
holds undergraduate and law degrees from Queen’s University at Kingston; a Master of
Social Work Degree from the University of Toronto; and his LL.M. and Ph.D. from York
University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. During his studies at Osgoode Hall, Professor Wilks
received the Harry Arthurs Fellowship (2008), the Willard Estey Teaching Fellowship
(2009-2010), and the Nathanson Fellowship (2010). 

Professor Wilks has been assigned to teach the following courses since joining the law
school: Business Organizations and Commercial Transactions (2011-2012); Contracts I,
Business Organizations, and Secured Transactions (2012-2013); and Contracts I and II,
Property I, and Secured Transactions (2013-2014) 

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