Greg Marquis

Dr. Marquis is a professor at the Department of History and Politics at the University of New Brunswick. He  is prolific scholar, interested in the area of Canadian and criminal justice history, social history of crime, history of policing, history of alcohol control, and other areas of history of law enforcement.

Dr. Marquis is on the editorial board of Acadiensis and the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs. Together with Professor Michael Boudreau he maintains the website Crime and Punishment in New Brunswick.


Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

Policing Canada’s Century: A History of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (Toronto: Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 1993), pp. 459.

Chapters in Osgoode Society Books

‘Vancouver Vice: The Police and the Negotiation of Morality, 1904 – 1935’ in Hamar Foster and John McLaren, eds., Essays in the History of Canadian Law Volume VI: The Legal History of British Columbia and the Yukon (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 1995), pp. 242-274.

Other Legal History Publications

The Vigilant Eye: Policing Canada from 1867 to 9/11 (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing Co. Ltd, 2016).

Truth and Honour: The Death of Richard Oland and the Trial of Dennis Oland (Halifax: Halifax: Nimbus, 2016).

Truth and Honour: The Death of Richard Oland and the Trial of Dennis Oland  expanded paperback ed. (Halifax: Halifax: Nimbus, 2017).

‘Constructing an Urban Drug Ecology in 1970s Canada,’ Urban History Review, vol. 42, No 1, Dec. 2013, pp. 27-40

‘”Incriminating Conditions of the Body”: The Breathalyzer and the Reframing of Alcohol and Deviance in Late 20th-century Canada,’ Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, Vol. 26, No 1, 2012, pp. 46-63

‘The ‘Irish’ Model and Nineteenth Century Canadian Policing’ in Georgina Sinclair, ed., Globalizing British Policing (London: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2011), pp. 99-124.

‘Regime or Coalition? Power Relations and the Urban Agenda in Saint John, 1950-2000’ Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Place in the Global Economy, Vol 3, No 4, 2009, pp. 355-368.

‘Policing Two Imperial Frontiers: The Royal Irish Constabulary and the North-West Mounted Police’ in Louis A. Knafla and Jonathan Swainger, eds., Laws and Societies in the Canadian Prairie West, 1670 – 1940 (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006), pp. 344.

‘From Beverage to Drug: Alcohol and Other Drugs in 1960s and 1970s Canada’ Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol 39, No 2, 2005, pp. 57-79. Republished in Edgar-André Montigny, ed., The Real Dope: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on the Regulation of Drugs in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011) pp. 219-242.

‘Alcohol and the Family in Canada’ Journal of Family History, Vol 29, No 3, 2004, pp. 308-327.

‘ “Brewers and Distillers Paradise”: American Views of Canadian Alcohol Policies, 1919 to 1935’ Canadian Review of American Studies, Vol 34, No 2, 2004, pp. 135-166.

‘ “A Reluctant Concession to Modernity”: Alcohol and Modernization in the Maritimes, 1945-1980’ Acadiensis, Vol 32, No 2, 2003, pp. 31-59.

‘Private Security and Surveillance from the ‘Dossier Society’ to Database Networks,’ in David Lyon,  ed.,  Surveillance as Social Sorting: Privacy, Risk and Digital Discrimination (London: Routledge, 2003), 228 – 248

‘State, Community and Petty Justice in Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1815-67,’ in Louis Knafla, ed.,  Violent Crime in North America (Praeger, 2003), pp. 1-30

‘Uptight Little Island: The Junction ’71 Affair’ Island Magazine, Vol 52, 2002, pp. 10-14.

‘Civilized Drinking: Alcohol and Society in New Brunswick, 1945-1975’ Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Vol 11, No 1, 2000, pp. 173-203.

‘One Hundred and Twenty-Five Years of the RCMP Enigma’ Beaver, Vol 78, No 3, 1998, pp. 2-5.

‘Towards a Canadian Police Historiography’ in Louis A. Knafla and Susan W.S. Binnie, eds., Law, Society, and the State: Essays in Modern Legal History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995), pp. 477-96.

‘The Technology of Professionalism: The Identification of Criminals in Early Twentieth-Century Canada’ Criminal Justice History: An International Annual, Vol 15, 1994, pp. 165-188.

‘Power from the Street: The Canadian Municipal Police’ in R. C. MacLeod and David Schneiderman, eds.,  Police Powers in Canada: The Evolution and Practice of Authority (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994), pp. 356.

‘In Defence of Liberty: 17th-Century England and 19th-Century Maritime Political Culture’ University of New Brunswick Law Journal, Vol. 42, 1993, pp. 69-94.

‘Law, Society and History: Whose Frontier?’ Acadiensis, Vol 21, No 2, 1992, pp. 162-174.

‘The Police as a Social Service in Early Twentieth-Century Toronto’ Histoire Sociale – Social History, Vol 25, No 50, 1992, pp. 335-358.

‘Canadian Police Chiefs and Law Reform: The Historical Perspective’ Canadian Journal of Criminology, Vol 33, No 3, 1991, pp. 385-406.

‘The History of Policing in the Maritime Provinces: Themes and Prospects’ Urban History Review/Revue d’Histoire Urbaine, Vol 19, No 2, 1990, pp. 84-99.

‘Police Unionism in Early Twentieth-Century Toronto’ Ontario History, Vol 81, No 2, 1989, pp. 109-128.

‘Doing Justice to ‘British Justice’: Law, Ideology and Canadian Historiography’ in W. Wesley Pue and Barry Wright, eds., Canadian Perspectives on Law and Society: Issues in Legal History (Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1988), pp. 43-78.

‘Working Men in Uniform: The Early Twentieth-Century Toronto Police’ Histoire Sociale – Social History, Vol 20, 1987, pp. 270.

‘The Contours of Canadian Urban Justice, 1830 -1875’ Urban History Review/Revue d’Histoire Urbaine, Vol 15, No 3, 1987, pp. 269-273.

‘Anti-Lawyer Sentiment in Mid-Victorian New Brunswick’ University of New Brunswick Law Review, Vol 36, 1987, pp. 163-174.

‘ “A Machine of Oppression under the Guise of the Law”: The Saint John Police Establishment’ Acadiensis, Vol 16, No 1, 1986, pp. 58-77.

“The Mounties Meet the Conspiracy Thriller,” Steven Kohm, Sonia Bookman and Pauline Greenhill eds. Screening Justice: Canadian Crime Films, Culture and Society (Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2016): 164-81