Steven Hayle

Steven Hayle
Assistant Professor


Professor Hayle is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto who will be defending his dissertation in September of 2017. His main area of expertise is the sociology of drug policy, and he is particularly interested in how and why drug policies vary across Canada and around the world. His current Ontario government funded research draws on social constructionism and critical theory in order to investigate the evolution of harm reduction drug policies in Canada and the United Kingdom between the years 1900 and 2017. Steven also researches policing, and in particular is interested in the policing of marginalised populations. His most recent work (2016) in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice (co-authored with Scot Wortley and Julian Tanner) examines high school and street youth’s experiences with racial profiling by police officers in the City of Toronto.


  • PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA, University of Waterloo

Research Interests: 

Comparative and international drug policy; comparative criminal justice; policing; the social construction of crime and deviance


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

Hayle, Steven; Wortley, Scot; and Tanner, Julian. 2016. “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