Dr. Donn Short
Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies)
Executive Director, Legal Research Institute
Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Human Rights
Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada, R3T 2N2
Dr. Donn Short, B.A. (Hons.); M.F.A.; J.D.; Ph.D., is the author of Don’t Be So Gay: Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe, and Am I Safe Here? LGBTQ Teens and Bullying in Schools, both published by UBC Press. In addition to his scholarship dealing with bullying and safe schools, Dr. Short has written a number of dramatic works dealing with themes of youth and youth violence. Dr. Short is the recipient of a research Fellowship from the Law Foundation of British Columbia, a Social Sciences Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant, as well as other academic honours, awards and prizes. He is committed to the rights of artists and is a member of PEN Canada, the Writers Union of Canada, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Manitoba Association of Playwrights and the Manitoba Writers Guild. At Robson Hall, he founded the group Outlaws and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights. Dr. Short is a member of the SSHRC-funded Every Teacher project conducted in partnership with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society. Dr. Short has served as a member of the education committee of Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and on the Board of Commissioners of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. Dr. Short has won the UM/UMFA Merit Award for research, service and teaching on multiple occasions and was the winner of the Rh Institute Foundation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Social Sciences at the University of Manitoba. In 2017, Dr. Short was the winner of the inaugural Aaron Berg Award, presented by the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, awarded to a person involved in the legal profession who has contributed significantly to the advancement of human rights in Manitoba. He is the Executive Director of the Legal Institute at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Short is currently at work on two new books.
- “Religious Beliefs and the Queer Classroom: Measuring the Impact of Religious Affiliation on LGBTQ-inclusive Education Practices” with Tracey Peter and Catherine Taylor. (2018) 185 Can J of Educ Admin & Policy 19.
- Am I Safe Here? (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2017).
“Conflicting Beliefs, Perceptions and Behaviors: Findings from The Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ-inclusive Education in Canadian Schools” with Myer, Elizabeth & Peter, Tracey & Ristock, Janice & Taylor, Catherine in Joe Kosciw (GLSEN) & Oren Pizmony-Levy (Columbia), eds (2016) 13:1 & 2 J LGBT Youth “Special Issue on International Perspectives on Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying In Schools” 112-40.
The Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ-Inclusive Education in Canada’s K-12 Schools with Catherine Taylor & Tracey Peter & Elizabeth Meyer. (Winnipeg: Manitoba Teachers’ Society, 2015).
- “Queering Schools, GSAs and the Law” in Gerald Walton, ed, The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity & Justice (New York: Peter Lang, 2014), 327-43.
- “The Equity Landscape for Sexual Minorities in Canada” with Gerald Hunt & David Rayside in Carol Agocs, ed, Employment Equity in Canada: The Legacy of the Abella Report (Toronto: UTP, 2014), 156-175.
- “AB v Bragg Communications: Law’s Next Steps … Should Bullying be a Tort … Or Even a Crime?” (2013) 37:1 Man LJ. 341.
- “Grounded in Moral Panic” UM Today, October 21, 2013.
- “Bound for Glory: Bill 18, The Public Schools Amendment Act (Safe and Inclusive Schools)” (2013) 36:2 Man LJ 115.
- Don’t Be So Gay! Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013).
- “Human Rights and the Blank Page” (2012) Can J Hum Rts 21.
- “Highway 28” in Rattling the Stage (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2012).
- “The History of Juvenile Justice” and “The Rise of Children’s Rights” in The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America; Wilbur Miller & J Geoffrey Golson, eds, (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc, 2012).
- “Safe Schools: The Threat From Within?” (2011) 51:3 Education Canada 4.
- “Religion-Based Claims for Impinging On Queer Citizenship” with Bruce MacDougall (2010) 33:2 Dal LJ 133.
- “Conversations in Equity and Social Justice: Constructing Safe Schools for Queer Youth” (2010) 8:2 Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies 329.
- “Not Keeping A Straight Face: Matthew Shepard and The Laramie Project” in Laramie Project: Theatre Study Guide (Vancouver, UBC Dept. of Theatre & Film, 2009).
- “Am I Safe Here?” (2008) 19:3/4 Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services 31. Reprinted in Homophobic Bullying, James T. Sears, ed. (NY: Routledge, 2009).
- “Mapping Competing Normative Orders in Canadian High Schools” in Roderick C Flynn, ed, Students at the Centre (Vancouver: CAPSLE, 2008).
- “The Informal Regulation of Gender”, (2007) 16:2 Journal of Gender Studies 183.
- “Sexually Expressive Materials for Gay Men – Sex Discrimination or Subversive Potential?” (2005) 38 UBC Law Rev 111.
- “Playing With Angels” in Instant Applause (Playwrights Canada Press, Toronto, 2004).
- “Moral Rights of Authors and Théberge v Galerie d’Art du Petit Champlain Inc”, (2003) 8 Media & Arts Law Rev 153.
- “Tommy Nights” in Quickies 3, James C. Johnstone, ed., (Arsenal Pulp Press: Vancouver, 2003).