Brian Burtch explores the themes of social order, conflict and power relations expressed through law in The Sociology of Law. One chapter is also devoted to feminist theory and the law; another examines the wrongful conviction of Donald Marshall Jr. In 1994 the SFU Criminology professor published Trials of Labour: The Re-emergence of Midwifery which examines midwifery practice in Canada and the role of the state in defining its practice.

Rebecca Haskell and Brian Burtch address harassment experienced by many queer youth during their high school years in Get That Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools (Fernwood 2010). They draw on accounts from young adults in BC to identify resources used to combat homophobic and transphobic harassment and strategies for establishing safe spaces for queer high school youth.

CITY/TOWN: North Vancouver

DATE OF BIRTH: November 10, 1949

PLACE OF BIRTH: Barrie, Ontario


EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Professor, Simon Fraser University, School of Criminology


Get That Freak: Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in High Schools (Fernwood Books, 2010). Co-authored with Rebecca Haskell.

The Sociology of Law: Critical Perspectives on Social Control (Nelson Thomson, 2003)

Law in Society: Canadian Perspectives (co-edited, with Nick Larsen) (Nelson Thomson, 1999; 2nd edition, Thomson Nelson Canada, 2006)

Trials of Labour: The Re-emergence of Midwifery (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994)

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS: Raised on Air Force bases until his family moved to Kingston, Ontario. Completed degrees in Sociology and Criminology at Queen's University, University of Toronto, and UBC. Active with the Writers' Union of Canada, including two years as BC/Yukon representative (1999-2001). [Kristina Wray photo]

[BCBW 2010] "Law"