Professor Backhouse is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, where she holds the positions of Distinguished University Professor and University Research Chair. She has a B.A. (University of Manitoba), a J.D. (Osgoode Hall), an LL.M. (Harvard) and four honorary doctorates. She is currently writing a biography of the retired Supreme Court of Canada judge, the Hon. Madam Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé.  Her previous books include Petticoats and Prejudice: Women and the Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada; Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975; Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900-1950; and The Heiress vs the Establishment: Mrs. Campbell’s Campaign for Legal Justice. She has received the Killam Prize for Social Sciences and the Gold Medal for Research from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

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