Room: BRS 325
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 3305
Work E-mail: kyle.kirkup@uOttawa.ca
Dr. Kyle Kirkup's research explores the role of constitutional law, criminal law, and family law in regulating contemporary norms of gender identity and sexuality.
Professor Kirkup’s work has appeared in the University of Toronto Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the Ottawa Law Review, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, and the Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity. He is currently working on a book length manuscript, under contract with UBC Press, titled Law and Order Queers: Respectability, Victimhood, and the Carceral State. Professor Kirkup's SSHRC-funded research program with Dr. Lee Airton (Queen’s University), titled “'Gender expression' under construction: How school boards are shaping Ontario’s newest human rights category,” investigates how Ontario publicly-funded school boards are interpreting ‘gender expression’ protections in policy.
Professor Kirkup holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (SJD 2017), where he was a 2013 Trudeau Scholar and a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar. He also studied at Yale Law School (LLM 2012), the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (JD 2009), and the College of the Humanities at Carleton University (BHum 2006).
In 2010-2011, Professor Kirkup served as a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Louise Charron at the Supreme Court of Canada. He also taught advanced constitutional law in the Faculty of Law at Western University and worked at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Professor Kirkup is a frequent media contributor, most recently publishing editorials in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and TVO on topics including same-sex marriage, solitary confinement, trans people in Canadian prisons, judicial complaints, sex work, and HIV non-disclosure. He has also been interviewed by media outlets including the CBC, The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, Global News, the Toronto Star, the National Post, TVO’s The Agenda, BBC Canada, The McGill Law Journal Podcast, and Torontoist about his research.
Professor Kirkup has appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as an expert witness and has written expert reports for the Office of the Correctional Investigator and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. He also served as the principal investigator and author of Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario. Commissioned by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, this two-year study is the first of its kind in Canada. Professor Kirkup serves on the Board of Directors of MAX: Ottawa’s Health Connection for Guys into Guys. He is also a member of the Egale Canada Legal Issues Committee, and he served as the Conference Coordinator for the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014.