I am a Professor in the School of Criminology and an associate member in SFU's Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (GSWS). My key interests are law in society, gender and the state, law and human reproduction, critical criminology, and efforts to support non-traditional postsecondary students, especially mid-career, mature students. I chaired the Ad Hoc Committee on Lifelong Learning at SFU and served as the BC/Yukon regional representative for the Writers' Union of Canada from 1999-2001. I also teach with online technology, authoring online and distance-education courses such as Law and Human Reproduction (Crim 334), and support cohort-based education such as the Integrated Studies Program at SFU and the Criminology Honours program. I am a member of the BC Book Prizes Board.
My publications include Trials of Labour: The Reemergence of Midwifery (1994), The Sociology of Law (1992, 2003), an edited book with Nick Larsen, Law in Society: Canadian Readings (1999, 2006, 2010), and a co-authored book with Rebecca Haskell, Get That Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools (1010). With a longstanding interest in social justice, dating back to my earlier work with Richard Ericson on suicide by Canadian prisoners and my continuing work on anti-racism and anti-homophobia, the opportunity to work within a restorative framework offers an important way of addressing the limited dichotomy of punishment versus leniency that has characterized much of criminal justice research and policy. I became more interested in restorative approaches through work with colleagues when I served on the North Shore Family Court and Youth Justice Committee for three years in my community of North Vancouver.