Dorothy Chunn

Professor Emerita


Dorothy E. Chunn, Professor Emerita (Sociology), received her B.A. in English and History from the University of British Columbia and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Her research and publications are concentrated primarily in the area of feminist socio-legal studies. Recent research projects have focused on feminism, law, and social change in Canada since the 1960s; poor women’s experiences of health and housing; and the reform of Canadian child custody law.

Research Interests

Feminism, law and social change; politics of family; historical sociology of crime, madness and social welfare; media representations of women/feminism; "policing" violence against women.

Selected Publications

Racialization, Crime and Criminal Justice in Canada Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2014 (co-authors: Wendy Chan and Dorothy Chun)
   Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law and Social Change Vancouver: UBC Press, Fall 2007 (co-editors: Susan B. Boyd, Dorothy Chunn & Hester Lessard)

Women, Madness and the Law: A Feminist Reader
London: Glasshouse/Cavendish, 2005 (co-editors: Wendy Chan, Dorothy Chunn & Robert Menzies)

Contesting Canadian Citizenship: Historical Readings. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2002 (co-editors: Robert. Adamoski, Dorothy Chunn & Robert Menzies)


  Regulating Lives: Historical Essays on the State, Society, the Individual and the Law, Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2002 (co-editors: John P.S. McLaren, Robert Menzies & Dorothy Chunn)    
  • 2007  "Feminism, Law, and Social Change: An Overview" in, Reaction and Resistance: Feminsm Law, and Social Change, Dorothy E. Chunn, Susand B. Boyd and Lessard (eds.) 1-28, Vancouver, BC: UBC Press

  • 2007  "Take It Easy Girls': Feminism, Equality, and Social Change in the Media" in, Reaction and Resistance: Feminsm Law, and Social Change, Dorothy E. Chunn, Susand B. Boyd and Lessard (eds.) 31-64, Vancouver, BC: UBC Press

  • 2006  “So what does this all have to do with criminology? Surviving the Restructuring of the Discipline in the Twenty-First Century” Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 48(5): 663-680. Special Issue on Critical Socio-Legal Studies in Canada (co-author Robert Menzies).

  • 2006  “Charlotte’s Story Revisited: The Criminal and Psychiatric Control of Women.” In G. Balfour and E. Comack, eds., Criminalizing Women: Gender and (In)Justice in Neo-Liberal Times, c.6. Halifax: Fernwood, (co-author Robert Menzies).

  • 2004  “Welfare Law, Welfare Fraud, and the Moral Regulation of the ‘Never Deserving Poor’” Social & Legal Studies 13(2): 219-243 (co-author S.A.M. Gavigan).

  • 2004  “‘Politicizing the Personal’: Feminism, Law, and Public Policy.” In N. Mandell and A. Duffy, eds. Canadian Families: Diversity, Conflict and Change, pp.276-310. 3d ed. Toronto: Nelson.

Research Awards and Funding

SSHRC: Standard Research Grant 
"Autonomous Motherhood?  A Socio-Legal Investigation" 
Principal Investigator: Susan B. Boyd