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Gail Super is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, with a cross appointment at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. Her research programme focuses on the political context of penal policy-making, specifically the role of crime and punishment in constituting political authority and vice versa. Her current research is funded by a Canadian SSHRC Insight Development Grant where she is researching the relationship between state penal forms and popular justice in former black townships and informal settlements in South Africa. She has published in Theoretical Criminology, Law and Society Review, Social and Legal Studies and British Journal of Criminology. Her book Governing through Crime in South Africa was published by Ashgate in 2013.