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Dr. Brian Burtch

Professor Emeritus

School of Criminology




School of Criminology

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, British Columbia   V5A 1S6





I am a fully retired Professor Emeritus in the School of Criminology. My key interests are: Sociology of Law, Gender and Law, Social Inclusion and Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying, Midwifery and the State, Critical Criminology, Penal abolition, Academic integrity, 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. Other key interests include cohort-based learning and teaching with online technology. I have worked on the academic integrity committee in Criminology and I am a board member and President of the West Coast Book Prize Society.



Selected Publications and works-in-progress 


Brian Burtch, Aynsley Pescitelli and Rebecca Haskell (2014) “LGBT Movements in Western Canada: British Columbia,” in Manon Tremblay (ed.),
Queer Mobilizations: Social Movement Activism and Canadian Public Policy, Vancouver: UBC Press, 142-162.

Brian Burtch and Rebecca Haskell (2014) “Learning Gender, Sexuality, and the ‘Gay Agenda’ in Schools,” in Gerald Walton (ed.),
The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity and Justice, Bern: Peter Lang Publishing, 239-255.


Brian Burtch (2012) 
Education Matters: Confronting Homophobia and Transphobia in Schools” in Malinda Smith and Monica Jaffer (eds.), Beyond the Queer Alphabet, Teaching Equity Matters E-Book Series, pages 87-90.
R. Haskell and B. Burtch (2010) Get that Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools. Halifax & Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.

R. Price and B. Burtch (2010) “Degree Completion for Aboriginal People in British Columbia: A Case Study.” Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education 36(1): 1-17
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N. Larsen and B. Burtch (eds.) (2010) Law in Society: Canadian Readings [3rd edition]. Toronto: Nelson Education.

R. Haskell and B. Burtch (2010, “’Teachers Don’t Hear the Word ‘Fag’: Homophobia and Transphobia in Canadian Schools” in N. Larsen and B. Burtch, Law in Society (2010, see above), pages 320-337.


Law in Society: Canadian Readings, Second Canadian Edition

B. Burtch and N. Larsen (eds.) (2006) Law in Society: Canadian Readings [2nd edition]. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.



Cover of A Contested Landscape 
B. Burtch (2005) “Review of Further Education/Higher Education Links in Canada.” In J. Gallagher and M. Osborne (eds.) A Contested Landscape: International Perspectives on Diversity in Mass Higher Education. National Institute for Adult Education [NIACE], pages 47-62.

B. Burtch (2006) “Legal Basis for Widening Access.” In A. Oduaran and H.S. Bhola (eds.), [Ch. 5], Hamburg, Germany: Kluwer (Springer) and UNESCO Institute for Education (UIE). Widening Access to Education and Social Justice: Essays in Honour of Professor Michael Omolea, pages 83-94.

B. Burtch (2003) The Sociology of Law: critical perspectives on social control [2nd edition]. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.


C. Dunlop and B. Burtch (2003) “Doors Close, Windows Open” A British Columbia Case Study on Widening Access to Further and Higher Education.” Journal of Adult and Continuing Education 9(1): 2-21

B. Burtch (2000) “Racial Discrimination in Law: An International Perspective” In Robynne Neugebauer (ed.), Criminal Injustice: Racism in the Criminal Justice System,  Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, pages 65-81

N. Larsen and B. Burtch (eds.) [1999] Law in Society: Canadian Readings. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.


C. Hird and B. Burtch (1997) “Midwives and Safe Motherhood: International Perspectives.” In Farah Shroff (ed.), The New Midwifery: Reflections on Renaissance and Regulation. Toronto: The Women’s Press, pages 115-145.


K. Burke and B. Burtch (1996) “Men, Masculinities, and Crime.” In Thomas O’Reilly-Fleming (ed.), Post-Critical Criminology. Scarborough, Prentice-Hall Canada, pages 216-229.


B. Burtch (1994) Trials of Labour: The Re-emergence of Midwifery. Montréal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.


B. Burtch, K. Reid with the assistance of P. Woodward (1994) Discovering Barriers to Legal Information: First
Generation Immigrants in Greater Vancouver.
Ottawa: Department of Justice Canada.

R.S. Ratner, John McMullan and B. Burtch (1987) “The Problem of Relative Autonomy and Criminal Justice in the Canadian State” In R.S. Ratner and J.L. McMullan (eds.), State Control: Criminal Justice Politics in Canada, Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, pages 85-125.


B. Burtch (1986) “Interview with Claire Culhane.” Crime and Social Justice v. 26, pages 135-150.


B. Burtch and R.V. Ericson (1979) The Silent System: An Inquiry into Prisoners who Suicide and Annotated Bibliography. Toronto: Centre of Criminology.



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