Dr. Donn Short

Associate Professor

Room 305F
Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada, R3T 2N2
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+ Teaching & Research Areas

Human Rights Law, Trusts, Property, Scholarly Publications, Educational Law, Bullying, Safe School Legislation and Policies, Legal Pluralism and Youth Culture, Law and Religion

+ Biography

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 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 and current Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights. Dr. Short is a member of the education committee of Egale Canada Human Rights Trust. In 2014, he was appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor for Manitoba to the Manitoba Human Rights Board of Commissioners. His play, Full Frontal Diva: The Forgotten History of A Dead Queer was produced in February, 2015 at La Cite Francophone in Edmonton, Alberta, and Playing With Angels was produced at the Eva O. Howard Theatre in April, 2015, also in Edmonton. Dr. Short's second book, The Every Teacher Project was published in 2015 by MTS and written in collaboration with a team of Canadian researchers. His third book will be published in 2016. Dr. Short is the winner of the 2016 Rh Award for Research in the Social Sciences presented by the Rh Winnipeg Institute Foundation. 


+ Selected Publications

  • "Gaps Between Beliefs, Perceptions and Practices: The Every Teacher Project on LGBTQ-inclusive Education in Canadian Schools”  with Catherine Taylor, Elizabeth J Meyer, Tracey Peter, Janice Ristock & Christopher Campbell (2016) 13:1&2 J of LGBT Youth 112-140.

  • Book:  The Every Teacher Project (Winnipeg: MTS, 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.
  • Book:  Don't Be So Gay! Queers, Bullying, and Making Schools Safe (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013).
  • "A Human Rights Journal" (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).