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Bernard Schissel

Bernard Schissel




Interdisciplinary Studies


Dr. Bernard Schissel’s areas of academic focus include youth crime and justice, the sociology of children and youth, socio-legal studies and First Nations studies. In general, his research focuses on the marginal position that children and youth occupy in western democracies and the relationship of that marginalization to institutions such as law, education, medicine and the political economy. He is currently working on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project focusing on mentorship and political and civic engagement of students in China and Canada. He is also working on a manuscript focusing on teenage soldiers in western armies in the First World War, the Second World War and the Vietnam War.


Prof. Schissel was the program head of the Doctor of Social Sciences program from its inception in 2009 until 2016. Previously, he spent 20 years in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan where he served as assistant professor, associate professor, professor and department head. Schissel is also an adjunct professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China.


Schissel earned his PhD (1988) and Master of Arts in Sociology (1982) from the University of Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Alberta (1971). In 2008, he was nominated for the Distinguished Graduate Supervisor at the University of Saskatchewan.