Dr. Kyle Kirkup's research explores the role of constitutional law, criminal law, and family law in regulating contemporary norms of gender identity and sexuality.
Professor Kirkup’s work has appeared in the University of Toronto Law Journal, the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, the Ottawa Law Review, the Supreme Court Law Review, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, and the Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity. He is currently working on a book length manuscript, under contract with UBC Press, titled Law and Order Queers: Respectability, Victimhood, and the Carceral State.
In 2010-2011, Professor Kirkup served as a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Louise Charron at the . He also taught advanced constitutional law in the at Western University and worked at in Toronto. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2010.
Professor Kirkup is a frequent media contributor, most recently publishing editorials in The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and TVO on topics including , , , , and . He has also been interviewed by media outlets including the , The Globe and Mail, , , the , the , , , , and about his research.
Professor Kirkup has appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights as an expert witness on the criminalization of and . He has appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights as an expert witness on human rights in Canada's federal prisons. He has written expert reports on LGBTQ human rights issues in policing and corrections settings for the and the . He also served as the principal investigator and author of . Professor Kirkup also served on the Board of Directors of .