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Steven Hayle

Associate Teaching Professor

Criminology and Justice

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

Contact information

Charles Hall - Room 321
Downtown Oshawa
61 Charles Street
Oshawa, ON L1H 4X8

905.721.8668 ext. 5806


Dr. Steven Hayle joined Ontario Tech University in 2018. He previously taught in the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Hayle is a comparative criminologist who studies and teaches about criminal justice systems, procedures, policies and practices from all over the world. The criminology courses he teaches are global in focus and scope, drawing on examples and case studies from across Canada and throughout the world. Comparative and historical analysis are central to his teaching philosophy.

Dr. Hayle’s area of expertise is drug policy and the ways in which it varies both within and across countries. For his dissertation, he drew on social constructionism and theories of social structure in order to investigate the development of harm reduction drug policies in Canada, England and Wales, and Scotland between the years 1900 and the present. He is currently researching the development and establishment of supervised injection sites in the United States. He also researches policing and the police worldwide. In particular, he studies the policing of marginalized populations and the practice of racial profiling.


  • PhD, Sociology University of Toronto

Courses taught

  • Social Control
  • Policing and Security
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Drug Policy
  • Classical Sociological Theory
  • Introductory Sociology

Research and expertise

  • comparative criminal justice
  • globalization of justice
  • comparative drug policy analysis
  • harm reduction
  • comparative policing
  • comparative youth justice policy
  • moral panics


  • Selected publications

    Hayle, Steven (June 7, 2017- online). “A Tale of Drug Policy in Two Canadian Cities: Comparing and Contrasting Supervised Consumption Site Policymaking in Toronto and Vancouver”. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy.

    Hayle, Steven; Wortley, Scot; and Tanner, Julian. “Race, Street Life, and Policing: Investigating Police Racial Profiling of Black High School Students and Street Youth Living in Toronto”. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 58(3).

    Hayle, Steven. 2015. “Comparing Drug Policy Windows Internationally: Drug Consumption Room Policy Making in Canada and England and Wales”. Contemporary Drug Problems, 42(1):20-37.

    Hayle, Steven. 2013. “Folk Devils without Moral Panics: Discovering Concepts in the Sociology of Deviance”. International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, 6(2):1125-1137.