Tamara O'Doherty

School of Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Tamara O’Doherty is a lecturer in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Her research expertise includes critical criminology, human rights and criminal law, collaborative and legal research methods.

In addition to post-secondary teaching and decolonizing legal pedagogy contributions, O'Doherty’s research and publications have focused on the effects of criminalization, victimization, commercial sex, and human trafficking law.


Critical legal studies; criminal law; human rights and civil liberties; victimization and commercial sex; gender and law; mixed methods and legal analysis; evidentiary issues in criminal law; criminalization of immigration; human trafficking; and social policy analysis.


  • BA (UFV)
  • JD (UBC)
  • MA (SFU)
  • PhD (SFU)

Selected Publications

  • O’Doherty, T. & Millar, H. (forthcoming). Prosecuting Trafficking in Persons Offences: problems and pitfalls in the Post-PCEPA era. In K. Roots, A. De Shalit, and E. van der Meulen (Eds) Trafficking Harms: Critical Perspectives on Human Trafficking in Canada. Fernwood.
  • O’Doherty, T., Love, H., & Scott, Marsha-Ann. (forthcoming). Decolonization and Anti-Racism in Criminology: Student perceptions on faculty teaching practices. In N. Tzouvala, F. Adebisi, S. Jivraj, & R. Manjoo, (Eds). Anti-Racist/Decolonial Legal Pedagogy.  Routledge.
  • O’Doherty, T. & Cherrington, K. (2022). Commodified BDSM Services: Professional Dominatrices’ views on their work and its criminalization. Archives for Sexual Behaviour.
  • Murdoch, D., O’Doherty, T., & Todd, H. (2021) Preparing and Supporting Graduate Students in their role as Teaching Assistants: An Exploration of TA training in a School of Criminology. Journal of Criminal Justice Education32(1), 42-59.
  • Millar, H. & O’Doherty, T. (2020). Racialized, Gendered, and Sensationalized: An examination of Canadian anti-trafficking laws, their enforcement, and their (re)presentation. Canadian Journal of Law and Society. 35(1), 23-44.
  • O’Doherty, T. & Waters, I. (2019). Gender, victimization, and commercial sex: A comparative study. Atlantis, 40(1), 18-29.
  • Kaye, J., Millar, H., & O’Doherty, T. (2019) Exploring Human Rights in the Context of Enforcement-Based Ant-Trafficking in Persons Responses. In Winterdyke, J., Jones, J. (eds). The Palgrave International Handbook of Human Trafficking. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • O’Doherty, T., Millar, H., Clancey, A., & MacKenzie, K. (2018). Misrepresentations, Inadequate Evidence, and Impediments to Justice: Human Rights Impacts of Canada’s Anti-Trafficking Efforts. In van der Meulen, E., Durisin, E., & Bruckert, C. Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance. UBC Press.
  • Bowen, R. & O’Doherty, T. (2014). Participant-Driven Action Research (PDAR) with Sex Workers in Vancouver, BC. In C. Showden & S. Majic (Eds), Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism (pp.53-74). University of Minnesota Press.
  • O’Doherty, T. (2011). Criminalization and Off-Street Sex Work in Canada. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 53(3), 217- 245.

Selected Grants

  • Funded through the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (now TILT)
  • Addressing Social Inequities as they relate to Law. Final Report
  • Reflecting on the Legal Studies in SFU’s School of Criminology: Alumni Perspectives. Final Report
  • Understanding the Needs of Indigenous Students at SFU. Final Report
  • Working with and Supporting Teaching Assistants (Final ReportToolkit for instructors, Toolkit for TAs)
  • Harm-Reduction and Resiliency-Building in Lectures: Teaching about victimization in respectful and inclusive ways. Final Report

Service and other Professional Activities

  • Chair, SFU Human Rights Policy Board (Aug. 2020- present)
  • Research Associate, SWAN Vancouver Society (2016-present)
  • Legal Expert, Research Ethics Board (Spring 2017-Spring 2020)
  • Collaborative Research Network Co-Chair, CRN 6, Law and Society Association (Summer 2017- Summer 2020)


  • CRIM 135: Introduction to Canadian Legal Institutions
  • CRIM 230: Criminal Law
  • CRIM 302: Critical Approaches to Crime and Deviance
  • CRIM 317: Sex, Work, and the Law
  • CRIM 335: Human Rights and Civil Liberties


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.