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Brian Burtch

Photo: Mike Maughan 2021

Brian Burtch completed a B.A. (Sociology) at Queen's University, an M.A. (Criminology) at the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. (Sociology) at the University of British Columbia. Professor Emeritus (retiring in 2016) in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, he established the Dr. Brian Burtch Graduate Award in Criminology to support MA students.

Brian was the BC/Yukon Regional Representative for TWUC from 1999-2001 and a Float on National Council from 2001-2002. A North Vancouver resident, he was with Carol Hird, the love of his life, for over 34 years.  Following her passing on April 29, 2020 the Carol Hird award was created to support incoming students in the midwifery program at the UBC.  The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation also established a fundraising webpage in Carol's memory.  Over 40 trees have been planted in Carol's honour under the auspices of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and the Arbor Day Foundation.  A permanent memory page has been established in Carol's honour.

Brian and Carol have a daughter, Leora Gibson, son-in-law Trent Gibson, and grandchildren Maeve, Torsten and Ella.  Brian's interests include postsecondary program evaulation, photography, hiking on the North Shore and slo-pitch softball. He served as TWUC representative on the BC/Yukon Book Prizes Board for seven years, retiring from the Board in 2017.

His recent academic work included serving on an expert panel for the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) in BC in 2017, a site visit and report as part of an external review of Saint Thomas University's Criminology & Criminal Justice Department in 2016, and a peer review for the Journal of Homosexuality. He served as a BC and Yukon Book Prizes judge for the 2019 Roderick Haig-Brown regional prize category and volunteered at the 20th anniversary North Shore Writers Festival in April 2019. He presented in a Zoom session on LGBTQ2S+ bullying for North Shore Eldercollege in September 2021. He is currently writing a memoir via the Storyworth platform.

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B. Burtch, Aynsley Pescitelli and R. Haskell, "LGBT movements in Western Canada: British Columbia", in Manon Tremblay (ed.), Queer Mobilizations: Social movement activism and Canadian public policy.. University of British Columbia Press, 2014
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, pages 239-255.. Peter Lang Publishing, 2014
Rebecca Haskell and Brian Burtch, "'Get That Freak!': Homophobia and Transphobia in Canadian High Schools" in Larsen and Burtch (eds.), Law in Society, 3rd edition. Nelson Education, 2010
Nick Larsen and Brian Burtch (eds.) Law and Society: Canadian Readings (third edition). Nelson Education Ltd, 2010 (3rd edition)
Rebecca Haskell and Brian Burtch, "Confronting Homophobia in High Schools". Academic Exchange Quarterly 11(4), pages 187-191, 2007
"Oppression", in M. Flood et al. (eds.) International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. Routledge, 2007
Law in Society: Canadian Perspectives. 2nd edition Co-edited with Nick Larsen. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2006
Review of Further Education/Higher Education links in Canada. J. Gallacher and M. Osborne (eds.), A Contested Landscape: International Perspectives on Diversity in Mass Higher Education. Leicester, National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education, pages 47-62., 2005
The Sociology of Law: Critical Approaches to Social Control. 2nd edition Toronto: Nelson, 2003.
Catherine Dunlop and B. Burtch "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), pages 2-21, 2003
"Interview with Brian Burtch, the BC/Yukon Regional Representative of the Writers' Union of Canada" (Interview by John Whatley). Arts Vancouver 16:3, pages 18-20, 1999 (Winter)
Trials of Labour: The Re-emergence of Midwifery. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1994.
Discovering Barriers to Legal Education: First-Generation Immigrants in Greater Vancouver. Brian Burtch and Kerri Reid with assistance from Paul Woodward. Department of Justice Canada [also published in French], 1993
"An Interview with Claire Culhane". Crime and Social Justice, Volume 26, pages 135-150, 1986
The Silent System: An Inquiry into Prisoners who Suicide and Annotated Bibliography. Brian E. Burtch and Richard V. Ericson. Published by the Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, 1979
The Wolves [poem]. The Canadian Forum, (684) p. 12, 1978
1. Burtch, B. and Yercich, Sarah. Review of Lander, I., Ravn, S and Jon, N. (Eds.) Masculinities in the Criminological Field: Control, Vulnerability and Risk-Taking. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2016


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, 1980-84
AMTEC award for Midwifery and the Law video, 1991
University of Toronto Open Fellowship (M.A.), 1976-77
John J.Ll.J. Edwards Award for Centre of Criminology, U of Toronto, 1978
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