Dr. Virginia Torrie’s research explores the interplay between bankruptcy and insolvency law and secured creditor rights. Her interdisciplinary research approach draws on ideas from socio-legal theory and historical institutionalism to study cycles of legal change. She is currently working on the history of Canadian business restructuring from the Great Depression through to the 21st century. Dr. Torrie is interested in how contemporary notions of the terms “bankruptcy and insolvency” have been shaped by the evolution of ideas, commercial practices, interest groups and institutions, economic recessions, political exigencies, changing methods of statutory interpretation, greater judicial review, and constitutional doctrine. Dr. Torrie hopes to shed light on how “bankruptcy and insolvency”, in the space of 100 years, went from being an unused constitutional head of power to assuming its present status as a robust field of federal jurisdiction.