Dr. Susan Boyd is Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development 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: Busted: An Illustrated History of Prohibition in Canada; More 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.