Before becoming a Professor of Criminology at SFU, Brockman practiced law. During her time in the legal profession she was passed over in favour of a male colleague. Her book, Gender in the Legal Profession (UBC Press, 2001), examines the history of gender bias in the legal field. Constructing Crime examines why particular behaviors and individuals are defined as criminal by demonstrating the connection to social location and status.

Her Introduction to Canadian Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Fourth Edition, offers a comprehensive introduction to criminal procedure and provides a critical overview of the gathering and admissibility of evidence.

Mr. Big (2010) is Joan Brockman's co-authored study of a sting operation designed to obtain a confession and other evidence from a suspect targeted by undercover police officers posing as members of the criminal underworld. In a typical scenario, undercover operatives convince the suspects that they are big-time criminals, offer them various amounts of money and other incentives to help make their legal problems go away. In order to evaluate the legitimacy of this police practice, Kouri Keenan and Brockman survey over 80 cases of the use of the Mr. Big ruse by police in Canada - and find that this procedure is not as successful as it appears. The authors argue that the Mr. Big procedure encourages a police culture of violence and convictions rather than justice and suggest that this practice must be drastically curtailed if we are to have a legal system that is focused on the pursuit of justice.


Gender in the Legal Profession: fitting or breaking the mould (UBC Press 2001)

Constructing Crime: Contemporary Processes of Criminalization (UBC Press 2010) 978-0-7748-1819-3 $85.00

Brockman, Joan and V. Gordon Rose. An Introduction to Canadian Criminal Procedure and Evidence (Toronto: Nelson Thomson Learning, 2011 4th edition; released April, 2010).

Keenan, Kouri and Joan Brockman. Mr. Big: Exposing Undercover Investigations in Canada (Halifax and Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2010).

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