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Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
Bonnie Burstow

Bonnie Burstow
Professor, Teaching Stream
Chair Admissions, Adult Education and Community Development Program

phone: (416) 978-0887
phone: (416) 538-7103
email: bonnie.burstow@utoronto.ca  
website: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/aecdcp/faculty/burstow.html

Department: Leadership, Higher and Adult Education

Research Overview

Populations with respect to and in alliance with whom Dr. Burstow does ongoing research include: psychiatric survivors, people who are homeless, the imprisoned, undocumented populations, non-prescription drugs users, and sex workers. She is a world renowned critic of institutional psychiatry and information about her very extensive research in this area may be found at www.bizomadness.blogspot.ca. More generally Dr. Burstow's research interests include popular education, anarchist theory, qualitative research (with special emphasis on political informed methodologies like institutional ethnography and critical discourse analysis), working with psychiatric survivors, global feminism, feminist therapy; violence against women, working with trauma survivors, transgenerational trauma, transnational disability, Holocaust studies, anti-racism education, fascism and anti-fascism, social movements, use of the arts in adult education and social movements. She is also interested in the psychology of disenfranchised populations (people who are homeless, people who have been imprisoned, psychiatric survivors, people who use illicit drugs).

Academic History

1995-current day. (current status Professor, Teaching Stream), Adult Education and Community Development, OISE
1988-1989: Assistant Professor, Carleton University of Social Work
1987-1988: Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba, Faculty of Social Work
1975-1976: Lecturer, Brock University, Drama Department
1968-1969: Lecturer, Memorial University of Newfoundland,English Department

Teaching Overview

Dr. Burstow has taught the following courses at OISE:

AEC1101H: Program Planning in Adult Education
LHA1105H Introduction to Qualitative Research Part I [RM]
LHA1106HS-0101 Introduction to Qualitative Research Part II [RM]
LHA1111HF-0101 Working with Survivors of Trauma
LHA1109HS-0101 Creative Empowerment Work with the Disenfranchised
LHA 3183 Introduction to Institutional Ethnography

Representative Publications

(2019). Revolt Against Psychiatry: A Counterhegemonic Dialogue. New York: Palgrave.

(2017). The Other Mrs. Smith: A Novel. Toronto: Inanna Publications

(2016). Psychiatry Interrogated: An Insitututional Ethnography Anthology. New York: Palgrave: Macmillan.

(2015). Psychiatry and the Business of Madness: An Ethical and Epistemological Accounting. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

(2015). “Doing Antipsychiatry on all Cylinders: Possibilities, Enigmas, Challenges. Mad In America.

(2014).  Psychiatry Disrupted: Theorizing Resistance and Crafting the (R)evolution (ed. Bonnie Burstow, Brenda LeFrançois, and Shaindl Diamond). Montreal: McGill/Queen’s University Press.

(2014). Neo-Kraepelinian Psychiatry. In Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness (Andrew Scull, ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage, 2014, pp. 575-576. Neo-Kraepelinian Psychiatry. In Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness (Andrew Scull, ed.). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage, 2014, pp. 575-576

(2014). Liberal “Mental Health" Reform:  A “fail-proof” way to fail.  Mad in America, November 2014.

(2013). A Rose by any Other Name: Naming and the Battle against Psychiatry.  In Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Mad Studies, ed. Brenda Lefrançois, Robert Menzies,  and Geoffrey Reaume. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press, 2013, pp. 79-93.

(2010). Proceedings of the Psychout Conference (Burstow, first editor, Diamond second editor)

(2008). Invisible Theatre, Ethics, and the Adult Educator,” International Journal of Lifelong Education, 27(3), 273-288.

(2006). Understanding and Ending ECT: A Feminist Imperative. Canadian Woman Studies, 15(2/3), 115-122.

(2006). The House on Lippincott (a novel about a Holocaust survivor family) Toronto: Inanna Press.

(2006). Electroshock as a Form of Violence Against Women. Violence Against Women, 12(4), 372-392.

(2006). Sartre: A Possible Foundation for Educational Theory.  In From Adult Education to the Learning Society, ed. Peter Jarvis, London, England: Taylor and Francis

(2005). Radikalna Feministicka Terapija (translation of Radical Feminist Therapy, G. Popovic, trans.). Zagreb: Centre for Women War Victims in Zagreb.

(2005). Feminist Antipsychiatry Praxis: Women and the Movement(s). In W. Chan, D. Chunn, & R. Menzies (Eds.), Women, Madness and the Law: A Feminist Reader (pp. 245-258). London: Glasshouse Press.

(2005). A Critique of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the DSM. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 45(4), 429-445.

(2003). Toward a Radical Understanding of Trauma and Trauma Work, Violence Against Women, Vol. 10, No. 11, pp. 1293-1317.

(1991). Freirian Codifications and Social Work Education." The Journal of Social Work Education.  Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 196-207.

(1989). Conscientization: A New Direction for Exinmate Education." International Journal of Lifelong Education. Vol. 8, No. 1,  pp. 25-45.

Honours and Awards

David E. Hunt Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (2011)

Friendly Spike Award for Lifetime Activism (2005)

Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women, City of Toronto (2003)

Rebel with a Cause Award, Elizabeth Frye Society (2000)

Professional Activities

professional researcher, professional feminist psychotherapist, blogger for 3 different blogsites; full-time philosopher and activist

Other Information

Visit the website for her novel, The House on Lippincott: http://aecp.oise.utoronto.ca/main/faculty/burstow_novel/newhome.html

Transformative Learning Centre OISE/UT: http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca