About Us
Susan Dianne Brophy
Susan Dianne Brophy
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology & Legal Studies

PhD, York University

MA, Carleton University

BA, Carleton University


Website: uwaterloo.ca/scholar/s3brophy
SH 2009

My interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research in Legal Studies draws on political theory, philosophy, history, and political economy.


Current research:
•    law, capitalism, and colonialism


Ongoing research:
•    uneven and combined development as dialectical materialist methodology
•    liberal democratic state law and authority
•    politico-legal subjectivity
•    continental philosophy (Kant, Marx, Agamben)
•    anticolonialist methodology and analysis (Fanon)
•    idealist vs. materialist approaches to law


Please visit my website.


The content that follows may only represent a portion of the Faculty member’s work.



Brophy, Susan Dianne. A Legacy of Exploitation: Early Capitalism in the Red River Colony, 1763-1821. UBC Press, 2022.


Brophy, Susan Dianne. “Immanuel Kant”. In Agamben's Philosophical Lineage. Edinburgh University Press, 2017.



Brophy, Susan Dianne. “Reciprocity as Dispossession: A Dialectical Materialist Analysis of the Fur Trade”. Settler Colonial Studies (Accepted).


Brophy, Susan Dianne and Blokhuis, J.C. “Defining Legal Studies in Canada”. Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education 12, no. 1 (2017): 7-18.


Brophy, Susan Dianne. “An Uneven and Combined Development Theory of Law: Initiation”. Law and Critique 28, no. 2 (2017): 167-191.


Brophy, Susan Dianne. “The Emancipatory Praxis of Ukrainian Canadians (1891-1919) and the Necessity of a Situated Critique”. Labour/Le travail: Journal of Canadian Labour Studies 77, no. Spring (2016): 151-179.


Brophy, Susan Dianne. “Freedom without Being: Kant’s Corrective as the Philosophical Crux of Agamben’s ‘Homo Sacer’ Series”. European Journal of Political Theory (2016): Online First.


Brophy, Susan Dianne. “Agamben and the Political Act: Traces of a Regressive Logic”. Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 22, no. 4 (2015): 555-570.


Brophy, Susan Dianne. “Meaningless Authenticity: The Ethical Subject in Agamben’s Early Works”. Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory 16, no. 3 (2015): 246-263.


Brophy, Susan Dianne. “Freedom, Law, and the Colonial Project”. Law and Critique 24, no. 1 (2013): 39-61.


LS 101: Introduction to Legal Studies

ARTS 130: Inquiry and Communication [Topic: Law & Colonialism]

LS 386: Law and Violence

LS 401: Law, Culture, and Rights

LS 402: Legal Authority & Subjectivity

LS 431: Corporate Governance