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About Stephen Wilks

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)