Dr. Wortley has been a professor at the Centre of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto since 1996. His academic career began in 1993 as a researcher with the Commission on Systemic Racism in the Ontario Criminal Justice System.
Over the past 25 years Professor Wortley has conducted numerous studies on various issues including youth violence and victimization, street gangs, public perceptions of the police and criminal courts and racial disparity within the Canadian criminal justice system. In 2007, he was appointed by Metropolis to the position of National Priority Leader for research on Immigration, Justice, Policing and Security. Professor Wortley has also served as research director for several government commissions including the Ontario Government’s Roots of Youth Violence Inquiry. In 2017 Professor Wortley worked with Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate to develop standards and guidelines for the collection and dissemination of race-based data within the public sector. Professor Wortley is currently leading two major investigations into possible racial bias within policing for both the Nova Scotia and Ontario Human Rights Commissions.