Bio (Bernard Schissel)

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Bernard Schissel

Bernard Schissel


Professor Emeritus


Interdisciplinary Studies


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 working on a SSHRC-funded project on mentorship and political and civic engagement of students in China and Canada and is also working on a manuscript focusing on teenage soldiers in western armies in WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War.

Schissel's books include: Applied Interdisciplinarity and the Scholar Practitioner: Narratives of Social Change (with Siomonn Pulla, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018); Marginality and Condemnation: An Introduction to Criminology, 3rd (with Carolyn Brooks, Fernwood, 2016); About Canada: Children and Youth (Fernwood, 2011); Still Blaming Children: Youth Conduct and the Politics of Child Hating (Fernwood, 2008); and The Legacy of School for Aboriginal People: Education, Oppression, and Emancipation (with Terry Wotherspoon, Oxford UP, 2003).


Schissel is the former head of the Doctor of Social Sciences Program at Royal Roads University and a former professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.


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).