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KPU Faculty Picks for Diving into the Disciplines

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present

So many explorations of systemic racism in the criminal legal system focus on the U.S. context, and this sometimes gives rise to the impression that 'we don't have those problems here, in Canada'. Robyn Maynard presents a timely, accessible, and powerful analysis of the deep historical roots of anti-Black racism in Canada and the ways that racism is embedded in current institutions and practices.
~ Mike Larsen, Criminology

Wonder Drug

The book is an illustrated book that will help students absorb and comprehend LSD's complicated history.

~ Mike Ma, Criminology


This is a fantastic book for students who are interested in learning about surveillance and privacy. Harcourt provides an accessible, insightful overview of some of the metaphors we have used to make sense of surveillance - the Orwellian Big Brother, the Surveillance State, the Panopticon - and then explains why these ideas fail to capture the lived experience of being watched and watching others in a digital society. He focuses on the ways that contemporary surveillance practices function by inviting, encouraging, and rewarding us for exposing our lives and selves (for example, through social media). Harcourt takes the time to 'unpack' theories, events, and technologies. Students of criminology, law, and sociology will find lots of points of connection between 'Exposed' and topics that are covered in introductory courses.
~ Mike Larsen, Criminology

Science and Secrets of Ending Violent Crime

Are there proven strategies to reduce violence? Is there any evidence showing how to do this? Yes! This book brings together evidence-based solutions to reducing violence and shows how this can be possible.

~ Lisa Monchalin, Criminology


It is an "illustrated" history that will speak to students.

~ Mike Ma, Criminology

The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Prison

It gives a perspective on the criminal justice system that questions its very core. Is its purpose to actually eliminate crime, or just to relay a false message to make you think that's the purpose?

~ Lisa Monchalin, Criminology