I acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.


Dr. Susan Boyd is a scholar/activist and Distinguished Professor emerita at the University of Victoria. Her research examines a variety of topics related to the history of drug prohibition and resistance to it, drug law and policy, including maternal drug use, maternal/state conflicts, film and culture, radio and print media, heroin assisted-treatment, community-based research and qualitative research methodology.

Dr. Boyd’s publications include: Heroin: An Illustrated HistoryBusted: An Illustrated History of Prohibition in CanadaMore Harm Than Good: Drug Policy in Canada, (with Connie Carter and Donald MacPherson); Killer Weed: Marijuana grow-ops, media and justice, (with Connie Carter); Raise Shit! Social Action Saving Lives, (with Bud Osborn and Donald MacPherson); Hooked: Drug War Films in Britain, Canada and the U.S.; With Child: Substance Use During Pregnancy, A Woman-Centred Approach, (with Lenora Marcellus); From Witches to Crack Moms: Women, Drug Law, and Policy, published in its revised second edition in 2015; Mothers and Illicit Drugs: Transcending the Myths; and two edited collections with Dorothy Chunn and Robert Menzies, Toxic Criminology: Environment, Law and the State in Canada and Ab/Using Power: The Canadian Experience;

Dr. Boyd works with groups that provide harm reduction services and organizations working to end drug prohibition, such as the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. She was a member of the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation (Ottawa: Ministries of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Health from June 2016 to November 31, 2016). She  is a past member of the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM) based at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. She  was a member of the Centre’s research team for Criminal Justice System, Mental Health, & Substance Use. She teaches several courses including research methodologies, social and cultural perspectives on drug issues, media representations of drug issues, women and drugs, and critical theory.