Dan Malleck, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Sciences

Dan Malleck

Office: STH 307
905 688 5550 x5108

Dan Malleck is an internationally recognized expert in drug and alcohol regulation and prohibition. Has spoken to audiences in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia about the challenges of regulating substances that are considered socially problematic, including cannabis, liquor, opiates, and cocaine.

He is an associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences and the director of Brock’s Centre for Canadian Studies. He has published books and articles on that topic including Try to Control Yourself: The regulation of public drinking in post-prohibition Ontario, 1927-44 (UBC Press 2012) which won the Canadian Historical Association’s 2013 Clio Prize for Ontario history, and When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, medicine, and the origins of Canada’s drug laws (UBC Press, 2015).

He is the editor, with Cheryl Warsh, of the essay collection Consuming Modernity: Gendered behaviour and consumerism before the baby boom (UBC Press, 2013) and editor of the four-volume primary source collection Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction in the Long Nineteenth Century (Routledge, 2020).

He contributes to the current discussions on cannabis legalization, the opioid crisis, and liquor laws, using historically-grounded analysis to provide insight into current issues and in this capacity has appeared on CBC radio and television, as well as regional media across Canada and in the United Kingdom. He has recently completed a monograph on liquor licensing in Ontario before prohibition and is currently researching the professionalization of pharmacy in Canada. As a cultural historian he is interested in hearing from students who would like to work on understanding cultures of substance use, not merely neurochemistry, pharmacology, or biology.

  • Alcohol and drug history and contemporary policy
  • Government regulation of deviance
  • The professionalization of health occupations

Dan Malleck, When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, Medicine, and the Origins of Canada’s Drug Laws (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015).

Cheryl Warsh and Dan Malleck, eds., Consuming Modernity: Gendered Behaviour and Consumerism Before the Baby Boom (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013).

Dan Malleck, Try to Control Yourself: The regulation of public drinking in post-prohibition Ontario, 1927-1944 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012).

Dan Malleck, “Filthy glasses and healthy spaces:  Public drinking, public health, and bureaucratic territorialism in post-prohibition Ontario,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/ Bulletin canadien d’histoire de la medicine (forthcoming).

Dan Malleck , “Stick handling sobriety: Public drinking and morally healthy sport in Ontario, 1934-1944,” Journal of Canadian Studies. Vol 49 No 3 (Fall 2015): 144-69.

Dan Malleck , “Liquor Regulation, Drinking and the Private Clubs of Ontario, 1934-44,” Canadian Historical Review Vol 93 (Dec 2012): 555-82.

Dan Malleck, “Niagara wine and the regulatory environment: 1850s-1944” in The World of Niagara Wine, ed. Michael Ripmeester, Phillip Gordon Mackintosh, and Christopher Fullerton (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013).

  • Issues in Health Policy
  • Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • History of Disease in Society
  • The Processes of Health and Wellness