The work of the Robarts Centre is based on one of the largest concentrations of Canadian specialists globally and draws from multiple faculties and disciplines including Arctic sciences, geography, visual and performing arts and cultural studies, political science, anthropology, and cultural and Indigenous studies.
Biographies and Research Profiles
Greg Albo is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. Professor Albo’s research interests are the political economy of contemporary capitalism, labour market policies in Canada, and democratization. He teaches courses on the foundations of political economy, Canadian political economy, alternatives to capitalism, and democratic administration. He is currently co-editor of the Socialist Register.
Steve Bailey is an associate professor for the Humanities Department and the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. His research interests are in the intersections of critical cultural theory, especially psychoanalysis and sociological theory, and contemporary media culture. His current research explores connections between the work of dramaturgical sociologists (especially Erving Goffman) and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, particularly in relationship to issues of social performance and technology. His wider interests are eclectic; he has published on psychoanalytic theory and media culture, aesthetics and post-punk musical culture, media fan culture, teen cinema, and the internet’s rhetorical ironies. He is generally interested in experimenting with unorthodox theoretical combinations and blending high/low culture, old/new theory, and sociological/philosophical perspectives. In terms of undergraduate education, he believes the fundamental task for educators is to free students from the banalities of everyday thinking and the tyranny of inherited circumstances and equip them for cultural and political participation in a public sphere.
Alison Bain is an associate professor in the Department of Geography. She is a feminist urban social geographer who studies contemporary urban and suburban culture. Her research examines the complex relationships of cultural workers and LGBTQ2S populations to cities and suburbs in Canada and Germany with particular attention to questions of identity formation, place-making, spatial politics, and neighbourhood change. Much of her writing has focused on the (sub)urban geographies of artistic labour, creative practice, and cultural production and has involved the development of critiques of creative city theory and cultural planning in their application to small- and mid-sized cities and suburbs. She is especially interested in contested processes of social inclusion and social exclusion in neighbourhoods as triggered by both bottom-up and top-down arts-led urban redevelopment initiatives as well as queer place-making practices. She teaches urban geography at the undergraduate and graduate level, and has developed courses on public space contestations and interventions, the cultures of cities, and the spatial politics of urban place-making.
Research Interests: Arts and Culture, Gender Issues, Urban geography, Arts-led urban redevelopment, Geographies of artistic labour and creative practice, Geographies of sexualities, Feminist pedagogies.
Biology, Faculty Associate
Dawn Bazely is a professor of Biology in the Faculty of Science at York University in Toronto, where she has taught since 1990. She was Director of IRIS, the university-wide Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (2006-11 and 2012-14). At IRIS, Dawn’s mission was to develop, lead and support interdisciplinary research on diverse fronts. The Globe and Mail's 2013 Canadian University Report singled her out as York University's HotShot Professor. Dawn trained as an ecologist in the field of plant-herbivore interactions, and has carried out extensive field research in grasslands and forests, from temperate to Arctic regions.
She is a leader in using social media for science communication, and serves on many government committees and NGO boards relating to the environment.
Research Interests: Herbivory, Plant-Animal Interactions, Restoration Ecology, Forest Management, Invasive Species, Non-indigenous Plants, Prescribed Burning, Fungal Endophytes, Plant Defences, Science Policy, Climate Change Impacts on Ecosystems, Sustainability, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Urban Ecology.
Richard Bello is an associate professor in the Department of Geography. His undergraduate courses link climate science with physical hydrology and plant biology, with a particular emphasis on northern environments. For the past three decades, graduate students have driven his northern field research program, which focuses on the water balance and greenhouse gas exchange from the peatlands and ponds in the Hudson Bay Lowlands based out of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Churchill Manitoba. In collaboration with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Professor Bello and graduate students maintain four flux stations within the City of Toronto where climate change effects on evaporation and the potential for wind derived electrical energy production are examined.
Research Interests: Global/Climate Change , Geography , Climate Science, Northern Environments, Carbon Dynamics
Jody Berland has published widely on Cultural Studies, Canadian Culture and Communication Theory, Music and Media, Culture and the Environment, and The cultural technologies of space. She is the co-editor of; Theory Rules: Art as Theory/Theory and Art (1996); Cultural Capital: A Reader on Modernist Legacies, State Institutions and the Value(s) of Art (2000); and editor of Topia: A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (www.yorku.ca/topia). Her book North of Empire: Essays on the Cultural Technologies of Space (2009) explores changing relations between nation, technology, nature and culture in Canada, and addresses spatial themes in writing, landscapes, borders, music and radio, pianos, the weather, techno-evolution, and other cultural expressions. Her current research, 'Virtual menageries in network cultures' concerns the widespread triangulation of animals, mobile technologies and young consumers in contemporary advertising, popular culture and digital spaces, and its implication for humanist and posthumanist thought. This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Professor Berland was awarded the Association for Canadian Studies 2009 Award of Merit. She was also awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant 2015-2019 for her project "Digital Animalities" amounting to $300,250.00.
Research Interests: Culture and Cultural Studies, Science and Technology, Cultural Studies, Culture and Technology, Canadian Cultural Studies, Animal Studies, Contemporary Environmental and Posthumanist Theory, Music and Technological Mediations, Modernism
Kym Bird is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and Graduate Program Director of the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies. She teaches courses in English, Theatre and Women's Studies and is the recipient of the Parents' Association University-Wide Teaching Award, the Graduate Studies Dissertation Prize, Division of Humanities, “Excellence in Teaching” Award, all awarded in 1997. That same year, her dissertation was nominated for the Canada-wide dissertation prize and the Governor General’s Gold medal. The Association of Canadian Theatre Research presented the 2004 Ann Saddlemyer Award to Professor Bird for her book, Redressing the Past: The Politics of Early, English-Canadian Women's Drama, 1880-1920, published in 2004 by McGill-Queen's University Press.
Research Interests: History, Canadian, English, feminism, theatre particularly women's theatre
Jennifer Bonnell is a historian of public memory and environmental change in nineteenth and twentieth-century Canada. She is the author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and the editor, with Marcel Fortin, of Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014). She is an executive member of the Network in Canadian History & Environment and a co-editor of their group blog, The Otter.
Research Interests: History of Environment and Biodiversity, Water and Urban Environments, Public History and Collective Memory
Projects: Don Valley Historical Mapping Project www.maps.library.utoronto.ca/dvhmp/
Social Science and Women's Studies, Faculty Associate
Linda Briskin is a professor in the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Women's Studies. Her work addresses unions, globalization and women's power, union renewal, equity bargaining/bargaining equity, worker militancies, pedagogies and power, and privileging agency: a strategy for women's studies in troubled times. She is currently researching union leadership, strategies for ensuring equity representation inside unions, women's participation in collective bargaining and social dialogue, and worker militancies, with a special focus on nurses on strike.
Stephen Cain is an associate professor in the Department of English. He specializes in the field of cultural production including matters of book design distribution promotion and other paratextual issues as well as the culture of the small and micro presses in Canada. Other fields include Avant-garde Movements, Poetry and Poetics, Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Canadian Literature in general. With Tim Conley, he has written The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (Greenwood, 2006). He was the editor of a special issue of Open Letter on "The Little Literary Serial in Canada (1980-2000)" and his academic articles have appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Open Letter, Canadian Literature, and as chapters in the books Sound As Sense (2003), The Canadian Modernists Meet (U of Ottawa, 2005), The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto (2006) and Antiphonies: Essays on Women’s Experimental Poetries in Canada (2008).
Research Interests: Canadian Studies, Canadian literature, Canadian poetry, small press, avant-garde movements, poetry, poetics, cultural production, little magazines, postmodernism, modernism
Barbara Cameron is associate professor in the Departments of Equity Studies and Political Science.
Research Interests: Policy , Women , Women and Public Policy, The Political Economy of Women's Equality/Inequality, Labour Market Policy and Precarious Employment
Lily Cho is an associate professor in the Department of English. Her research focuses on diasporic subjectivity within the fields of cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, and Asian North American and Canadian literature. Her book, Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2010) examines the relationship between Chinese restaurants and Canadian culture. She is currently conducting research on a set of Chinese Canadian head tax certificates known as "C.I. 9's." These certificates mark one of the first uses of identification photography in Canada. Drawing from this archive, her research explores the relationship between citizenship, photography, and anticipation as a mode of agency. She is also co-editor, with Jody Berland, of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.
Colin Coates holds the Canada Research Chair in Canadian Cultural Landscapes at Glendon College, where he teaches in the Canadian Studies programme. He was director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies from 2011-2015. He was also president of the newly formed Canadian Studies Network - Réseau d'études canadiennes, an association dedicated to the scholarly study of Canada. A specialist in the history of early French Canada and environmental history, he has been conducting research on Canadian utopias since coming to York University in 2003.
Patrick J. Connor received his Ph.D. in History from York University in June, 2012. Since then, he has been the R. Roy McMurtry Fellow in Canadian Legal History. His research has focused on the history of crime and punishment in nineteenth century Canada, with an emphasis on Executive clemency and pardons/parole in criminal cases.
Current projects include an examination of masculine identity among Canadian WWI soldiers; the intersection of crime and gender in 19th century Ontario; and a larger project focused on sexual assault – and, particularly incest – in Canadian history.
Patrick currently teaches the history of crime and punishment in the History Department at York University.
Boyd Cothran is an assistant professor of U.S. Indigenous and Cultural History. His current research investigates the intersection of cultural history and critical Indigenous studies with special focus on historical memory, historiography, and popular representations of American Indigenous peoples. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Marketplaces of Remembering: American Innocence and the Making of the Modoc War, which will focus on the historiography of the Modoc War (1872-1873), California’s so-called last Indian war, to explore the complex and often overlooked relationship between how Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals alike have remembered incidents of U.S.-Indian violence and the marketplaces – the systems, institutions, procedures, social relations, and arenas of trade – within which those remembrances have circulated. He argues that individuals have shaped their historical remembrances of the conflict, transforming an episode of Reconstruction Era violence and ethnic cleansing into a redemptive narrative of American innocence as they sought to negotiate these marketplaces. The aim in looking at these cultural and commercial associations is to delve into the question of how, since the nineteenth century, they have been directly related to the widespread belief that the Modoc War and other incidents of U.S.-Indian violence were ultimately justified and the tendency to view the westward expansion of the United States within the framework of inevitability.
Cheryl Cowdy is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities. Her current research explores the ideological work of play, ritual, and of trauma in 19th-century and contemporary English-Canadian adventure novels, in YA fiction and in graphic texts. Her work also explores the psychogeographical, examining the relationship between spaces and subjectivity in English-Canadian suburban texts for adults and young people. She is dedicated to interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.
Warren Crichlow is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education.
Peter Cumming is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities and coordinator of the Children's Studies Program. His work--in theatre, creative writing, and elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education--focuses on children and youth. His academic research focuses on children's and youth literature and culture; contemporary Canadian fiction; constructions of masculinities in contemporary literature; digital culture; and First Nations writing in English (he worked for six years in Inuit communities in Nunavut). Peter is currently developing new undergraduate and graduate courses related to his research. He is President of the Association for Research in Cultures of Young People (ARCYP).
Megan J. Davies is a BC historian with research interests and publications in madness, marginal and alternative health practices, old age, rural medicine and social welfare. She is currently engaging in curating After the Asylum, a national History of Madness research site about the history of deinstitutionalization in Canada, is a team member for the post-secondary on-line education project History in Practice: Community-Informed Mental Health Curriculum, and was executive producer and collective member on the documentary project, The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Stories from MPA.
Research Interests: Madness, marginal and alternative health practices, old age, rural medicine and social welfare
Daniel Drache is a Senior Faculty Associate and former director of the Robarts Centre and Emeritus Professor of Political Science, York University. He has written extensively on global governance, the WTO and the global south as well many studies on North American integration and its consequences for Canadian public policy. His latest book Defiant Publics: The Unprecedented Reach of the Global Citizen, Polity 2008 examines the impact of new social media and the rise of citizen web 2.0 activism. He teaches in Culture and Communication and Political Science.
Robert Drummond is a University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science and in the School of Public Policy and Administration. His early research was on electoral behaviour and survey research, but has more recently turned to public policy and provincial politics. He has an interest particularly in policy as it is affected by population aging, and more specifically policy in the realm of pensions (public and private), and an interest (but limited expertise) in policy regarding labour, health care, and post-secondary education. He is currently gathering information for a possible policy history of the Davis government in Ontario -- 1971-85 -- as that was a period of considerable change in public policy in the province.
Denielle Elliott is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Science. Interested in the anthropology of medicine, science, and technology, her research explores the unintended consequences of “good intentioned” interventions with postcolonial communities. Her doctoral research focused on the unanticipated effects of the declaration of a public health emergency in Vancouver’s inner city, focusing on injection drug users, HIV/AIDS, and the Canadian state. She is co-founder and a curator of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography.
Research Interests: Biomedicine, community development (medicine, aid and science), and governmentality.
Andrea Emberly is an ethnomusicologist and Associate Professor in the Children, Childhood & Youth program at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her work focuses on the study of children’s musical cultures and the relationship between childhood, wellbeing, and musical arts practices. She is presently leading the Connecting Culture and Childhood Project (SSHRC Partnership Development) that brings together young people, community leaders, and researchers to explore how connection to archival and heritage musical materials can contribute to the sustainment of musical traditions.
Research Interests: Music , Children, Ethnomusicology.
Geoffrey Ewen is an assistant professor at Glendon in the Department of History and the coordinator of the Canadian Studies Program.
Seth Feldman teaches in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts where he is known for his research into Canadian and Documentary cinema. He is the author of 26 radio documentaries for the CBC program, IDEAS and has recently directed two documentary films. Professor Feldman is the former Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and the former Director of the Robarts Centre. He holds the honorific title of University Professor, one of twenty awards given to York University professors who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching and administration.
Gilberto Fernandes is a postdoctoral fellow with the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, Toronto, where he coordinates the Toronto Migration Memory Collective. His research focuses on the social, cultural and political history of diasporic communities in North America, particularly Lusophones. His doctoral dissertation was nominated for the Canadian Historical Association’s John Bullen Prize’s national competition and is currently undergoing peer review for publication with the University of Toronto Press. Fernandes is the co-founder and president of the Portuguese Canadian History Project, through which he has led an archival outreach campaign in that community and produced various public history initiatives and digital humanities resources.
Research Interests: Migration, ethnicity and race in North America and the Lusophone world; the making and maintenance of diasporic communities and identities; the intersection of (post)imperial, national and diasporic memory and heritage; transnational migrant communities as agents and venues for international relations; the mental geographies of Toronto's ethnic communities.
Fred Fletcher is a University Professor Emeritus. His interests include mass media and politics, communication policy, election campaigns and public opinion (all with a focus on Canada), also federalism and environmental issues. Publications include articles in many journals and edited books. He is the co-author of Canadian Attitude Trends, 1960-78, The Newspaper and Public Affairs, Canadian Politics Through Press Reports, Media Elections and Democracy, and Reaching the Voter: Constituency Campaigning in Canada. He has worked for three Royal Commissions, including the recent Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, where as Research Coordinator, Media and Elections. His current research focuses on the impact of the Internet on Canadian culture and society and on civic engagement in Canadian politics. He is president of the Canadian Internet Project Research Group -- an affiliate of the World Internet Project -- and is the co-author (with Charles Zamaria, Ryerson University) of two major reports on Internet use in Canada.
Victoria Freeman is a public historian and a course director in the Department of History, LA&PS, and in the Canadian Studies Program at Glendon. She engages in community-based research through First Story Toronto on the Indigenous history of Toronto, with projects on local treaties, digital mapping, and Indigenous women’s experience as community builders and activists. The author of Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America and also a multidisciplinary artist, she conducts arts-based research and education focused on treaty awareness and decolonization through a joint project between First Story Toronto and Jumblies Theatre called Talking Treaties, which will culminate in an installation and community arts performance at the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York in June 2017. She is also involved in projects to create a new heritage trail along the Credit River and increase Indigenous content in programming at Evergreen Brickworks and other Toronto community and heritage sites.
Research Interests: Decolonization and reconciliation; Toronto’s Indigenous history; treaties; history of Canadian Indigenous-settler relations; arts-based decolonization education; digital mapping.
Janet Friskney is a Research Officer in the Department of Research Support, Office of the Dean, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.
Janet B. Friskney is a book historian with a particular specialty in Canadian publishing history. The author of New Canadian Library: The Ross-McClelland Years (2007), Dr. Friskney has also introduced and edited Thirty Years of Storytelling: Short Fiction by Ethelwyn Wetherald (2011), served as associate editor to volume three of the History of the Book in Canada (2007), and wrote the introduction to Formac’s 2012 reprint of Helen Milecete Duffus’s The Strawberry Girls. Her article literature includes studies related to the Methodist Book and Publishing House / The Ryerson Press, Canadian bible and tract societies, and the history of library and publishing services for the blind in Canada. At the moment Past President of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, she works in research administration at York University, where she also completed her undergraduate degree. Janet also holds a master’s in Canadian Heritage & Development Studies from Trent University, and a doctorate in Canadian history from Carleton University. She has taught courses in publishing history at York and Simon Fraser University.
Ian Garrett is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre. His work focuses on the intersection of sustainable development and the arts, where he researches the impacts of cultural participation, ecoarts practices, and practical resource management for artistic production. His research includes sustainable production practices in Ontario theatres, audience transportation and cultural offsetting. He is currently coordinating sustainability programming for World Stage Design, a quadrennial festival/symposium on global design for performance which will be in Cardiff in September 2013 and started in Toronto in 2005. He is also an accomplished theatrical designer and manager and co-director of Los Angeles based Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts (CSPA).
Shelley A.M. Gavigan is a Full Professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School and member of the Graduate Faculties in Law, Socio-Legal Studies, and Women’s Studies at York University.
Following graduation from law school in 1975, she articled in a rural-based community legal clinic, was called to the Bar in 1976, and continued to practise in Saskatchewan, as a legal clinic lawyer. Appointed to the faculty of the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University in 1984, she joined the Osgoode faculty in 1986. She has held appointments as Associate Dean and as Academic Director of Osgoode’s Intensive Program in Poverty Law at Parkdale Community Legal Services.
Her publications include Hunger, Horses, and Government Men: Criminal Law on the Aboriginal Plains, 1870-1905 (UBC Press & The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History, 2012); “Something Old, Something New? Re-theorizing Patriarchal Relations and Privatization from the Outskirts of Family Law” (2012) 13 Theoretical Inquiries in Law 271; The Legal Tender of Gender: Welfare Law and the Regulation of Women’s Poverty, Shelley A.M. Gavigan & Dorothy E. Chunn, eds. (Hart, 2010); The Politics of Abortion with Jane Jenson and Janine Brodie (OUP, 1992); and, several articles informed by feminist, socio-legal, and historical perspectives on the legal regulation of familial relations, lesbian parenting, welfare law, abortion and access to justice.
Professor Gavigan’s areas of teaching include Criminal Law, Family Law, Children & Law, Law & Poverty, Law & Social Justice, and Clinical Legal Education.
Research Interests: Socio-Legal Studies, Legal History, Criminal Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Family Law, Clinical Education
Liette Gilbert is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Her research interests are articulated around two poles: Immigration, Multiculturalism and Citizenship (multicultural cities and identities; politics of difference in the city; neoliberalisation of immigration policy; social justice, media representations of immigration and multiculturalism, and North American border politics) and Urban and Environmental Politics (planning, design and urbanism; exurban growth and environmental conservation; political ecology of landscapes; and environmental justice).
Philip Girard is a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Professor Girard is one of Canada’s most distinguished and pre-eminent legal academics and legal historians. In 2011, he was made an honorary fellow of the American Society for Legal History, the first Canadian to be so recognized.
His publications include Lawyers and Legal Culture in British North America: Beamish Murdoch of Halifax (Toronto: University of Toronto Press for the Osgoode Society, 2011), winner of the Clio-Atlantic Prize awarded by the Canadian Historical Association; Bora Laskin: Bringing Law to Life (Toronto: University of Toronto Press for the Osgoode Society, 2005) (for which he was awarded the Champlain Society’s Floyd S. Chalmers Award 2006, for best book published on Ontario history in previous year, and shortlisted for the John A. Macdonald Prize 2006, for best book published on Canadian history in 2005).
Christian Haas is a professor in the Department of Earth, Space Science and Engineering and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair for Arctic Sea Ice Geophysics. For 15 years, Christian has worked with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany, where he was the Head of the Sea Ice Section. In 2007 he moved to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, as an Alberta Ingenuity Scholar. Christian is still an adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta and continues to supervise graduate students. Since 2012 he has been a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arctic Sea Ice Geophysics at York University, Toronto.\
Research interests: Sea ice and snow thickness, ocean-ice-atmosphere interaction, Arctic climate change, airborne geophysics, electromagnetic induction sounding, sensor development, satellite remote sensing, ice engineering,
Jan Hadlaw is an associate professor in the Department of Design and holds appointments in the Communications & Culture, Science & Technology Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Art History & Visual Culture graduate programs. Her research interests focus on histories of modern technologies and the imaginaries that have shaped their design and meaning. She is especially interested in 20th century technological artifacts, their representation in popular culture, and the roles they played in shaping and advancing modern conceptions of time, space, and identity. She is currently working on two research projects: the first examines the interconnections of technology, design, and Canadian national identity in the post WWII years to 1975; the second is a history of the development and introduction of dial telephony in Central Canada, 1890 to 1930.
Celia Haig-Brown is a professor and Associate Dean of Research and Professional Development in the Faculty of Education
Research Interests: (De)colonizing research and practice; Critical ethnography; Critical/feminist pedagogy; Learning from place; Adult & community education; Curriculum development; Ways of knowing
Alison Halsall is an assistant professor in the Department of Humanities. Her teaching and scholarly strengths are interdisciplinary and trans-generic, and she has won several teaching awards, including the 2017 Department of Humanities Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2010 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. She specializes in Victorian and modernist literatures, with a particular emphasis on Visual Cultures, which includes the study of paintings and illustrations, contemporary film, comics and graphic novels. She has also developed a substantial expertise in Children's Literature, and is currently working on a project that looks at graphic narratives for and about children and youth.
Research Interests:English, Children and Youth, Victorian, Visual Cultures, Adaptation and Transmedia Studies
Eve Haque is an associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and the Graduate Program Director for Social and Political Thought. Her research interests include white settler nationalism and colonialism in the Canadian context, ethnolinguistic nationalism, language policy, multiculturalism and critical race studies. Her book Multiculturalism within a bilingual framework (University of Toronto Press, 2012) examines the intertwined roots of multiculturalism and bilingualism in Canada. Her current work explores how policy imperatives for the integration of im/migrants are embedded in racializing discourses.
Research Interests: Language, race, immigration, multiculturalism, colonialism
Wilburn Hayden is a professor in the School of Social Work. A leading expert on Black Appalachians, Hayden joined York University after a long and distinguished career of university teaching, academic leadership and social work practice. His last post before coming to York was at the California University of Pennsylvania where he was professor and director of the Master of Social Work Program. Having grown up in the county of Forsyth in North Carolina, he has worked and been involved in Appalachian studies for a lifetime and has taught in three Appalachian universities. He was featured in the PBS documentary film "The Appalachians", which has been shown regularly on local PBS stations since April 2005. His scholarship has been complemented by extensive community practice as well as professional credentials that include the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He has been selected the National Association Social Workers Social Worker of the Year in North Carolina, 1988 and Pennsylvania, 2007. Since returning to Canada, Hayden has continued his earlier research on black Canadians and is currently on sabbatical building his research agenda, which includes field visits to early historical black sites throughout Canada funded through a YUFA grant.
Craig Heron is a professor in the Department of History. His research interests are Canadian Social History, especially relating to class and gender.
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Christina Hoicka is Assistant Professor and PowerStream Chair in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. With degrees in engineering, environmental studies and geography, her approach to research is cross- and interdisciplinary and she employs mixed-methods approaches. Her research examines problems where communities and energy systems intersect. Her current research investigates the relationships between pro-environmental behaviour (energy decisions taken by people and organizations) in communities and energy system innovation in Ontario. She is also investigating the financing of green energy decisions in the commercial property sector. Her teaching focuses on energy and environment. She has developed and taught new curriculum for community energy planning. In the past, she has conducted research on: the adoption of clean energy technologies; household engagement with smart grids; participation in community-based energy efficiency programs; and renewables integration into the electricity grid.
She is a member of the Environmental Research Group cluster.
To learn more about her research visit: http://cehoicka.lab.yorku.ca
Anna Hudson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts & Art History and a Tier II - York Research Chair in the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design.
Dr. Hudson is an art historian, curator, writer and educator specializing in Canadian art and visual culture. Formerly associate curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she brings to her teaching extensive hands-on experience in institutional curatorial practice.
Dr. Hudson is currently leading a major Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Grant project titled “Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage: a multi-media/multi-platform re-engagement of voice in visual art and performance” with 10 researchers – including Professor Susan Dion in the Faculty of Education and Professor Angela Norwood from the Faculty of Fine Arts – and nine partner organizations. The goal of the project is to conduct collaborative research on the contribution of Inuit visual culture, art and performance to Inuit language preservation, social well-being and cultural identity. The project builds on “Breaking the Boundaries of Inuit Art: New Contexts for Cultural Influence,” a previous SSHRC supported project for which she and her research team organized School’s Out -- a four-day workshop and two-day concert in Iqaluit, Nunavut (celebrating National Aboriginal Day and the end of the school term), co-produced by Alianait Arts Festival.
Dr. Hudson’s curatorial credits include the international touring show Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (with Ian Dejardin and Katerina Atanassova, for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, UK); inVisibility: Indigenous in the City, part of INVISIBILITY: An Urban Aboriginal Education Connections Project (for the John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto); The Nude in Modern Canadian Art, 1920-1950 (with Michèle Grandbois, for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec); and the AGO exhibitions Woman as Goddess: Liberated Nudes by Robert Markle and Joyce Wieland and Inuit Art in Motion (co-curated with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory).
Professor Hudson continues to pursue research in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933-1950). Her most recent publications include “Jock Macdonald’s weave of reality” (forthcoming 2014), “Time and Image: Picturing Consciousness in Modern Canadian Painting” (2013), “Stepping into the Light of Clark McDougall’s Landscapes” (2011) and “Landscape Atomysticism: A Revelation of Tom Thomson” (2011).
Research Interests: Art in Canada; Art in the Americas; Circumpolar Art; Indigenous Thought; Inuit Art; 20th C humanism
William Jenkins is an associate professor in the Department of Geography. He is a historical geographer whose primary research interest lies in the immigration of Irish men, women and children to Canada and the United States between 1815 and 1914. He also has research and teaching interests in the historical geographies of cities in the West, Irish history in the 19th and 20th centuries, transnational and diaspora studies and the political geographies of nationalism. His latest book Between Raid and Rebellion: the Irish in Buffalo and Toronto 1867-1916 was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Research Interests: Immigration, History, Geography, Transnational Studies, Nationalism.
Edward Jones-Imhotep is an associate professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies. Professor Jones-Imhotep is an historian of technology at York University, focusing on modern Europe and North America. He received his PhD in history of science from Harvard University and is currently finishing a book on technology and national identity entitled The Unreliable Nation. His current research focuses on the intertwined cultural histories of reliable humans and trustworthy machines.
Research Interests: Modern technology; modern physics; science, technology and identity; 20th c. Canadian science.
Patricia Keeney teaches in the Department of English. Her creative and critical work, as well as her teaching interests, are broadly interdisciplinary. Having lived and worked for extended periods of time in England, France, Mexico, Hungary, Brazil, China, India and South Africa, she is widely published both in Canada and abroad. As an editor and critic (literary and theatre), she has written extensively in Canadian journals such as the Canadian Forum and MacLean's Magazine and served as a consulting editor (1990-2000) on The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre, published by Routledge. A Professor of English and Creative Writing at York University for many years, Keeney has concentrated on areas of Canadian culture and literature, children's literature, modern poetry and literature by and about women. Her most recent publications are First Woman (Inanna Publications 2011) and You Bring Me Wings (Antares Publishing House of Spanish Culture, 2011).
Sean Kheraj is an assistant professor in the Department of History. He teaches in the fields of Canadian and environmental history. His current research looks at the interrelationship between humans, non-human animals, and urbanization in Canada. Previously, his research examined historical conservation and parks policy to understand the role that people have played in creating protected natural spaces in Canada. Dr. Kheraj is also the host and producer of Nature's Past a monthly audio podcast on environmental history research in Canada.
For more information on Dr. Kheraj's work, please visit www.seankheraj.com
Katherine Knight is an associate professor in Visual Art and Art History in the School of Arts, Media, performance and Design. She is nationally recognized for her photographic and installation works, which often incorporates black and white stills, text and archival material. Her work explores the intersection of private and public experience through landscape-based approaches.
Professor Knight has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows across Canada and in the United States, and her works are held in many public and corporate collections including the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Banff Centre for the Arts and The Canada Council Art Bank. She was awarded the Canada Council’s Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography in 2000 in recognition of the excellence of her work.
Exhibition highlights include Marguerite, which tells the story of Marguerite Bourgeoys, Canada’s first uncloistered teaching nun and founder of the Congregation Notre-Dame, using photography and narrative to interpret history and contemporary experience, and I Became Unconscious, which combines references to an 1883 London, Ontario shipwreck and Hurricane Hazel, developing the image of water as a metaphor for unconscious choices of will.
In 2006, Professor Knight founded Site Media Inc to produce documentaries on creative individuals in extraordinary places. Site Media has produced six documentaries on Canadian artists: Annie Pootoogook; Kinngait: Riding Light into the World; Pretend Not to See Me: The Art of Colette Urban, which received Special Mention at the 2010 Ecofilm Festival in Rhodos, Greece; and KOOP – The Art of Wanda Koop, which premiered as the gala night selection at the 2011 Reel Artists Film Festival, Toronto (see story); Spring & Arnaud, a top ten audience award at Hot Docs 2013 and Strange and Familiar; Architecture on Fogo Island.
David Koffman is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry at the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies.
Research Interests: Modern Jewish history, historiography, 19th and 20th Canadian and U.S. social and cultural history, race, religion, medicine and gender.
Professor Jennifer Korosi is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography. Her research examines how human activities drive ecological and biogeochemical change in aquatic ecosystems, including the use of lake sediment cores (the field of paleolimnology)to study recent aquatic ecosystem change over the context of the last several hundred years. She works in both temperate and high latitude regions throughout Canada, and currently has a strong focus in the Northwest Territories..
Research Interests: Environment, Global/Climate Change , limnology, biogeography, biogeochemistry.
Jacqueline Krikorian is an associate professor and a member of the bar of Ontario. She received a PhD from the University of Toronto (Political Science), an MA from Dalhousie (Political Science), an MLitt from the University of Oxford (Modern History) and her law degree from Queen's University. In the winter 2014 term, Professor Krikorian held the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in US-Canada Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and was also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economic Law at Georgetown University Law Center.
Professor Krikorian teaches in the Department of Political Science and in the Law & Society program at York University. She specializes in government and public law, with a particular emphasis on Canada and US relations. She has been the recipient of funding from a number of institutions including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fulbright Canada, and the Commonwealth awards program.
Her book, International Trade Law and Domestic Public Policy: Canada, the United States and the WTO (2012), has received strong reviews. It adopts the methodological approaches traditionally used to study the effect of domestic high courts in order to analyze the policy impact of decisions issued by the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. She has published her research in a number of noted refereed journals including the Journal of International Economic Law, the University of Toronto Law Journal, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.
Research Interests: Constitutional politics, international law, government, Canadian government and politics
Fuyuki Kurasawa is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology.
Basic Fields of Interest: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory; Political Sociology; Cultural Studies/Sociology.
Research Interests: 1. The history of humanitarianism. 2. Global justice and human rights. 3. Visuality and distant suffering. 4. Contemporary critical theories.
Anita Lam is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Science. Her research has focused on the television production of Canadian crime dramas, using actor-network theory to examine representations of crime. Her new project explores the sociolegal regulation and policing of urban Chinese grocery stores in Toronto, documenting their historical trajectory from suspect spaces to model businesses.
Laura Levin is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre. She is a performance theorist and practitioner whose research focuses primarily on contemporary North American theatre and performance art. Her areas of interest include: performance theory; gender and sexuality in/as performance; urban, site-specific and environmental performance; intermedial and online performance; practice as research; photographic theory and performance; disciplinary genealogies in performance studies. She is the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Theatre Review.
Brenda Longfellow is an associate professor of Cinema and Media Studies, Production and director of Graduate Programs in Cinema and Media Studies (MA,PhD).
Professor Longfellow has published articles on documentary, feminist film theory and Canadian cinema in Public, CineTracts, Screen, and the Journal of Canadian Film Studies. She is a co-editor (with Scott MacKenzie and Tom Waugh) of the anthology The Perils of Pedagogy: the Works of John Greyson (2013) and Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women Filmmakers (1992). Her documentaries have been screened and broadcast internationally, winning prestigious awards including the Audience Award for Best Experimental Film for Dead Ducks at the Santa Cruz Film Festival (2011); A Bronze Remi Award for Weather Report at the Houston Film Festival (2008); Best Cultural Documentary for Tina in Mexico at the Havana International Film Festival (2002); a Canadian Genie for Shadowmaker/ Gwendolyn MacEwen, Poet (1998) and the Grand Prix at Oberhausen for Our Marilyn (1988). Other films include Gerda, (1992), A Balkan Journey(1996) and Carpe Diem (2010).
She recently launched the SSHRC funded interactive web documentary OFFSHORE, co-directed with Glen Richards and Helios Design Lab. OFFSHORE may be viewed at www.offshore-interactive.com/site/
Anne MacLennan is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University and former Graduate Program Director of the Joint Program in Communication & Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. Her ongoing work includes: a book on early Canadian radio programming; SSHRC funded research project entitled, “Remembering Radio: The Canadian Radio Audience in the 1930s” and a Canadian Media Research Consortium funded project, First Person Plural: Transcribing the Perspectives of Canadian Broadcast Pioneers for a Digital Age” with Prof. Paul Moore, Ryerson. In 2017 she curated a show of historical radios and radio advertising accompanied by the book Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-1956 with Michael Windover for a SSHRC Insight Grant. On its first stops the shows were "Making Space for Radio in Canada," at the Archives of Ontario; Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, Sound and Moving Image Library, York University; Radio in Canada, 1922-1956 MacOdrum Library Discovery Centre, Carleton University; Making Radio Space in 1930s Canada, Carleton University Art Gallery, and will soon be moving on to Montreal. She has published in the Journal of Radio & Audio Media and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, The Radio Journal, Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Urban History Review and in a variety of collections. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Radio and Audio Media. Her work includes work on community radio, media history, broadcasting, popular culture, radio, Canadian history and Canadian studies, women, social welfare, poverty and cultural representations in the media.
Research Interests: Communications, Canadian Studies, Media history, Popular culture, Broadcasting, oral history, advertising, consumption, social welfare, poverty, labour and methodology
Janine Marchessault is a professor of Cinema and Media Studies in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University, where she held the Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization (2003-2013). She was the co-founder of Future Cinema Lab and the inaugural Director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology Research at York University. In 2012, Professor Marchessault was awarded a prestigious Trudeau Fellowship to pursue her ground breaking curatorial and public art research around the problem of sustainable development. She has (co)curated numerous large-scale public art exhibitions in Toronto and beyond—Being on Time (2001), The Leona Drive Project (2009), Museum for the End of the World (2012) and Land|Slide, Possible Futures (2013) which are all site specific exhibitions. Land|Slide was named one of the best exhibitions in Canada in 2013 by Canadian Art Magazine, and was invited to be part of the Shenzhen/Hong-Kong Architectural Biennale (2013-2014).
For over the past five years she has also worked with researchers and curators to uncover some of missing film experiments pioneered at Expo 67. Her latest co-edited anthology (with M. K. Gagnon) Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (McGill-Queen’s Press, Fall 2014) documents these multiscreen events. She is also involved in on-going archival research related to Edmund Carpenter and Marshall Mcluhan’s media think-tank and journal Explorations in the early 1950s at the University of Toronto under the rubric of the Explorations Seminar. The anthology Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban (with M. Darroch, McGill-Queen’s 2014) examines new models of the media city. Marchessault is the author of ten monographs and (co)edited volumes, and over fifty articles in books, journals and catalogues devoted to cinema, new media, and contemporary art. She is a past President of the Film Studies Association of Canada and a co-founder of the Future Cinema Lab devoted to creating ‘new stories for new screens’. She has lectured widely, and held faculty positions at McGill University and Ryerson University. Monographs in preparation: Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias, Ecology (forthcoming MIT Press); and Archival Imaginary: Creative Approaches to Digital Memory. Collections in preparation include The Oxford Handbook to Canadian Cinema (with Will Straw, Oxford) and Process Cinema: HandMade Film in the Digital Age (with S. MacKenzie McGill-Queen’s). Exhibition in preparation includes a site specific engagement with revitalization in Toronto’s Lawrence Heights, Houses on Pengarth (2016-2019).
Marcel Martel is a professor in the Department of History and holder of the Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute Chair in Canadian History. He is a specialist in twentieth-century Canadian history and has published on nationalism, relations between Quebec and the French-speaking minorities of Canada, moral regulation, public policy and counterculture, and RCMP surveillance activities.
Recent monographs: Canada the Good? A Short History of Vice Since 1500 (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014) 189 p. Translated in French Une brève histoire du vice au Canada depuis 1500 (Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval, 2015) 225 p.
Not This Time: Canadians, Public Policy and the Marijuana Question, 1961-1975 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006) 277 p.
with Martin Paquet, Langue et politique au Canada et au Québec (Montréal: Boréal, 2010) 335 p. Translated by Patricia Dumas:SpeakingUp. A History of Language and Politics in Canada and Quebec (Toronto:Between the Lines, 2012) 300 p.
Research Interests: Moral regulation, social activism, and state; Minority rights, activism, courts and state; Surveillance, deviance, and activism; Nations, myths, identity, and memory; Language rights and public policy
Patricia Mazepa is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies and is the interim program director in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. She was appointed to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Arts, Division of Social Sciences in July 2004. Prior to joining York University, she was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Ottawa. She teaches in the Politics and Policy stream at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and is the 2012/13 course director for AP/COMN 4214 “Media, Publics and Democracy”.
Professor Mazepa’s research concentrates on social movement media in Canada, and the critical political economy of communication in general. She is currently working on analyzing corporate, government and military relationships in policy development and computer networking, including a history of Canadian Inter/Intra-net developments.
Dr. Deborah McGregor (Anishinaabe), holds the Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice. She is cross appointed to Osgoode Hall Law School and Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES). Professor McGregor's research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy, and management, and sustainable development. Her research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability. She co-edited Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy: Insights for a Global Age with Mario Blaser, Ravi De Costa, and William Coleman (2010). She is co-editor (with Alan Corbiere, Mary Ann Corbiere and Crystal Migwans) of the Anishinaabewin conference proceedings series.
Laura McKinnon is an assistant professor in the Department of Multi-Disciplinary Studies, Glendon and the Graduate Program in Biology. Her long term research examines the ecology and evolution of migratory birds. Her current research explores interactions between migration strategies and life history traits in arctic-nesting birds. Much of this research involves quantifying the costs and benefits of migration by estimating adult survival, reproductive success, and ecological conditions for birds breeding at various latitudes. She is also investigating how potential reproductive benefits of migration may be threatened by climate change by combining an ecosystem approach with physiological investigations to study the growth and survival of offspring in a changing arctic climate. This research will provide valuable insight into the potential effects of climate change on arctic-nesting birds.
Research Interests: Arctic, behavioural ecology, climate change, evolutionary biology, trophic interactions, migration, Ecology and evolution of migratory strategies of Arctic nesting birds; Trade-offs between direct (physiological) and indirect (trophic interactions) effects of climate change on the growth and survival of chicks of Arctic nesting birds; Effects of spatial and temporal variations of trophic constraints (predation risk, food availability on reproduction of migratory birds).
David McNab is a Métis historian who has worked for almost forty years on Aboriginal land and treaty rights issues in Canada. He is an associate professor in the Departments of Equity Studies/Humanities and teaches Indigenous and Canadian Studies. He is also a co-director of the Centre for the Study of Indigenous Border Issues housed at Michigan State University. He has also been a claims advisor for Nin.Da.Waab.Jig., Walpole Island Heritage Center, Bkejwanong First Nations since 1992.
Research Interests: Indigenous Thought, Metis Resistance and Family History, Land and Treaty Rights, The North, Indigenous Dis/Abilities
Kent McNeil teaches Property Law, First Nations and the Law, and Trusts. He has been a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School since 1987, and was formerly the Research Director of the University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre. In 2006, he was awarded a prestigious Killam Fellowship to pursue research on the legality of European assertions of sovereignty in North America.
His primary research interest is the rights of Indigenous peoples, particularly in Canada, Australia, and the United States. He has written a book, Common Law Aboriginal Title, and numerous monographs and articles on this subject, some of which are collected in Emerging Justice? Essays on Indigenous Rights in Canada and Australia. Aspects of his work include land rights, treaty rights, and self-government. He has acted as a consultant and expert witness on these matters, most recently in relation to a land claim by Mayan people in Belize.
Kathryn McPherson is an associate professor in the Department of History.
Research Interests: History of Women and Health; History of Nursing; Gender and Colonialism in the Canadian West
Andrew Medeiros is an expert in freshwater ecology, biogeochemical processes, and Arctic environments. His research focuses on the use of biological, hydrological, and geochemical indicators to examine responses to environmental change in northern ecosystems; past, present, and future. This is applied through the examination of gradients of ecological condition (e.g., climate change, ecological sustainability, anthropogenic disturbance) over large spatial and temporal scales. His research on the evolution of northern ecosystems over the past 10,000 years allows for predictions and modeling of future responses to environmental change
Research Interests: Global/Climate Change; Geography; Biogeochemistry; Paleoecology; Arctic Environments
Andrea Medovarski teaches in the departments of Humanities and English, and in York’s Transition Year Program. An interdisciplinary scholar, her research focuses on situating Canada within the context of the Americas and exploring histories of transatlantic slavery and colonization. Her published work examines black diasporic cultural productions with a particular focus on black Canadian literature and film. Her current research projects include an examination of the second-generation children of immigrants in black Canadian and black British women’s writing, and an exploration of cultural representations of the Middle Passage. She also serves on the editorial boards of the journal Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, and Inanna Publications, a feminist press.
Jean-Michel Montsion is an associate professor in the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at Glendon College. Jean Michel's research focuses on the intersection of ethnicity, mobility and urban research. From Singapore and Vancouver to Canadian Northern communities, he investigates the role of 'gateway strategies' in local and translocal community politics.
Research Interests: Asia, Globalization, Immigration, Indigenous People, International and Community Engagement, Language and Society, Northern Canada, Social and Political Thought
Marina Morrow is Chair of the School of Health Policy and Management in the Faculty of Health. She has a research focus in critical health policy that explores the following themes: 1) Mental health reform, service provision and access to health services, 2) Mental health and social inequity, 3) Mental health, citizen engagement and social justice, 4) Neoliberal reforms, gender and health and, 5) Intersectional theory and approaches in mental health. Before joining the School of Health Policy and Management Marina was a charter faculty member in the Faculty of Health Sciences as Simon Fraser University in BC. Marina is the lead editor of Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health, forthcoming University of Toronto Press. Marina’s research strongly supports public scholarship and collaborative research partnerships with community-based organizations, health care practitioners, advocates and policy decision makers.
Research Interests: Critical health policy; mental health reform; service provision; access to health services; mental health and social inequity; mental health, citizen engagement and social justice; neoliberal reforms; gender and health; intersectional theory and approaches in mental health
Karen Bridget Murray is associate professor of political science. She teaches courses on Canadian politics, urban governance, and women and politics. Karen draws heavily on neo-Foucaultian themes with a primary emphasis on biopower, urban governance, state racism, reproduction, and the governance of children. She is a member of the editorial boards of Global Discourse, and BC Studies, which recently published her “Making Space in Vancouver’s East End: From Leonard Marsh to the Vancouver Agreement.” She has also recently published a piece on colonial urbanism entitled “The Silence of Urban Aboriginal Policy in New Brunswick,” Urban Aboriginal Policy Making in Canadian Municipalities, edited by Evelyn Peters (McGill-University Press 2012). Her work also has appeared in various other edited collections and journals, including the Canadian Historical Review, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, Canadian Public Administration, and the Canadian Review of Social Policy.
Sarah Parsons is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Art and Art History. Professor Parsons teaches courses in the history and theory of photography, modern art, Canadian art, and art crime.
Her research focuses primarily on photography and her current book project explores the interconnected histories of privacy and photography.
In 2014, Professor Parsons contributed an e-book for the Art Canada Institute: William Notman: Life & Work (www.aci-iac.ca/william-notman/). Her research on the prolific 19th century Montreal photographer continues with an essay on the performative space of Notman’s studio for an upcoming exhibition at the McCord Museum, Montreal. Parsons is also the editor of Emergence: Contemporary Canadian Photography (Gallery 44 and Ryerson University, 2009) and a forthcoming volume of essays on gender, genre, and photography (Duke University Press, 2016).
Roberto Perin is a professor in the History Department and in the School of Public and International Affairs, Glendon College. His areas of specialization include immigration, religion, and Québec.
Ellie Perkins is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. She is an economist concerned with the relationship between international trade, the environment, and local economies. She is interested in the study of globalization, and how local economies may grow as an antidote to international trade. She also looks at international means of controlling air pollution in the Arctic, and at the metals and minerals resource industries. She teaches courses in Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics, and Community Economic Development. She often works with students pursuing research themes related to community economic development, trade and the environment, and feminist economics.
Research Interests: International trade, Trade and environment, Ecological economics, Community economic development, Metal markets and trade, Debt, poverty, and environmental degradation, Women, ecology and economics.
Rhada Persaud is a course director in the Department of Political Science at Glendon College.
Research Interests: Quebec government, role of Lieutenant Governor in Quebec
Dennis Pilon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University. His research focuses on Canadian and comparative democratization, with a particular focus on the politics of institutional reform. He also researches in the areas of provincial politics, questions of working class identity, and left politics. He is the author of two books, The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada's Electoral System, (Emond Montgomery 2007), and Wrestling with Democracy: Electoral Reform as Politics in the Twentieth Century West, (University of Toronto Press 2012), and co-editor (with Michael Howlett and Tracy Summerville) of British Columbia Politics and Government (Emond Montgomery 2010). His research has also appeared in the Journal of Canadian Studies and the Canadian Political Science Review.
Carolyn Podruchny is an associate professor in the Department of History.
Research Interests: Aboriginal Peoples, History, Early Canadian history, Metis history, fur trade history.
Valerie Preston is a professor in the Department of Geography.
Research interests: gender and urban labour markets, immigration and Canadian cities, social and economic effects of economic restructuring
Roberto Quinlan is an associate professor in the Department of Biology. His research interests are primarily focused on the effects of human disturbances on aquatic ecosystem health and functioning. Using the natural archives of environmental information preserved in the sediments of lake and ponds, he uses a long-term perspective to examine changes in water quality and ecological communities, with study sites across the Canadian Arctic and southern temperate areas.
Research Interests: Biology, ecology, lakes, aquatic ecosystems, paleolimnology, climate change, Arctic
Geoffrey Reaume is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health.
Research Interests: Mad People's History, Medical History, Critical Disability Studies, History of People with Disabilities, Class, Labour and Disability; Disability and the Left, Psychiatric Survivor/Consumer Movement, Archiving Psychiatric Survivor and Disability History, Health Care Ethics
Ian Roberge is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Glendon College.
Research Interests: Politics and government; International relations, Canadian financial services sector policy; Canadian and comparative public policy; public administration.
Joanna Robinson is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Glendon College. Her research interests include social movements, globalization, the environment, climate change, labour and inequality. Her first book, Contested Water: The Struggle against Water Privatization in the United States and Canada (forthcoming from MIT Press, March 2013) is based on a cross-national comparative study of anti-water privatization movements in the U.S. and Canada. The book examines how globalization shapes the development, dynamics and outcomes of social movements at the local level. Her current research projects include a comparative study of environmental-labour coalitions and green jobs in Canada and the U.S. and a study of the changing world of work for individuals and organizations in traditional carbon-intensive sectors in the transition to a low-carbon economy in Canada.
Leslie Sanders was made a University Professor in 2003. She teaches in Humanities, Graduate English, and the Writing Department. She works in African American and Black Canadian literatures. She is the author of The Development of Black Theater in America (l988), a general editor of the Collected Works of Langston Hughes, and the volume editor for two volumes of plays and other performance works. Aside from publications on Hughes, she has published on such Black Canadian writers as Austin Clarke, Dionne Brand, Nourbese Philip, Claire Harris, George Elliot Clarke, Maxine Tynes and Djanet Sears. She is a founder of the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada and webmaster for African Canadian Online (www.yorku.ca/aconline).
In 2015, Professor Sanders gave the Annual Robarts Lecture in Canadian Studies, 'The People Who Led to My Ideas': Thinking About Black Canadian Studies.
Catriona Sandilands is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture.
Research Interests: Environmental cultural studies; Environmental/ecological literary criticism, environmental writing; Sexuality, gender and environments: queer ecologies, ecological feminisms; Nature and environment in social and political thought.
Sandra Schecter is a professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Graduate Program in Education. Her research is interested in the education of linguistic minority students in Canada, in particular, Generation 1.5 students.
Albert Schrauwers is chair and undergraduate program director of the Department of Anthropology. As an economic anthropologist, he examines the cultural and political history of the corporation. He analyzes this relatively new form of social organization through the lens of colonial historiography, governmentality, and development theory. He has written extensively on the corporate origins of early Canada’s transition to a capitalist economy.
Jamie Scott is a professor in the Department of Humanities.He has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Religion and Culture, and his current research interests include interdisciplinary work in Religion and Film and Religion and Geography. He is contributing editor of The Religions of Canadians (University of Toronto Press, 2012), the first comprehensive study of world religions in Canada. His current research interests include interdisciplinary work in Religion and Film and Religion and Geography. Professor Scott serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, and he is a member of the graduate programs in Geography, English and Humanities.
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Marlene Shore is a professor in the Department of History.
Research Interests: Intellectual and cultural history of Canada and United States
Bruce Smardon is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science.
Research interests: Political economy of Canadian economic development; state-business relations; political economy of technological change; comparative innovative systems.
Miriam Smith is a professor in the Department of Social Science.
Research interests: Canadian & U.S. politics, public policy, public law, social movements, sexuality and politics
Karen Stanworth is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education.
Professor Stanworth has published on topics related to visual culture and pedagogy; higher education and the arts; feminist cultural theory and production; and narrative and history. Her teaching and research address issues of knowledge formation within visual culture, with a particular emphasis on the representation of identities, and the paradox of belonging and difference.
Dr. Stanworth is completing a manuscript on visual culture and identity in 19th century Canada which examines the ways in which visual culture participates in the construction and mediation of social identities, particularly in early museum pedagogies, visual spectacle and the representation of group identities. Current research initiatives include the development of a collaborative network for historical research in visual culture in Canada, and a research project of case studies about bawdy images in 20th century Canada.
Jennifer Stephen is an associate professor in the Department of History.
Peter A. Stevens teaches a range of Canadian Studies courses in the Department of Humanities. His teaching and research interests include tourism, environmental history, nationalism, popular culture, and the history of sport and leisure. Dr. Stevens received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Programme in History at York University.
Research Interests: Tourism, nationalism, the environment, cultural history
Aparna Mishra Tarc is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. She received her doctorate from York University in 2007 and joined the Faculty at York in 2009. She has worked as an elementary school teacher in the Philippines, Vietnam and Canada. Her work presently conducts a series of philosophical investigations into the problem of studying and learning from the lives of others. Professor Tarc seeks to foster, with students and colleagues, more imaginative and responsive modes of living, learning and relating to others and to develop committed and justice-seeking pedagogical interventions and practices.
Scholarly Interests: Aesthetics, Diaspora, History and Memory, Literature, Pedagogy, Psychoanalysis, Urban Education
Laura Taylor is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, who teaches undergraduate courses in urban ecologies and courses in the MES Planning Program.
Research Interests: Exurban political ecology and landscape studies; planning and growth management in the Toronto region, including the Lake Simcoe watershed; climate change and land-use planning in Ontario; and greenbelts.
Gregory Thiemann is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His research focuses on the foraging ecology and conservation of Arctic carnivores. By examining the trophic relationships between top predators and their prey, we can define the structure of food webs and monitor changes in ecosystems over time. By understanding where, when, and how predators hunt for food, we can better act to protect wildlife populations and entire ecosystems.
Research Interests: Arctic ecosystems, food web ecology, wildlife conservation, resource management, animal physiology
Kelly Thomson is an assistant professor in the School of Administrative Studies. She does research on the transition of internationally educated professionals to Canada and the emergence of the Canadian cable industry. She uses social constructivist frameworks and qualitative methods to analyse organizing processes in a variety of domains. She is engaged in research examining how professionals, patients and their families organize health care and how adverse events are reported. She also studies how entrepreneurs engage with other actors (e.g. regulators, financiers, associations) to contest existing structures and constitute new ones as they create new opportunities, fields and industries. Finally, she looks at processes of change in fields.
Malcolm Thurlby is a professor in the Department of Visual Arts. He is an internationally renowned specialist in medieval art and architecture and Canadian architectural history.
A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, he has published more than 80 articles on aspects of Romanesque and Gothic architecture and sculpture in Britain and 19th century architecture in Canada.
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Priscila Uppal is a professor in the Department of English.
Research Interests: English Poetry, European Poetry, Canadian Literature, World Literature, reading culture and representations of readers in art, revisionist mythmaking, adaptation, the artistic process, medical humanities, sports literature, mourning and grief, and creative writing in all its forms.
Leah Vosko is a professor in the Department of Political Science and a Canada Research Chair in Feminist Political Economy. Her latest book, Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment (2010) is published with Oxford University Press, UK. Since 2001, she has overseen collaborative Gender and Work Database-Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database project (GWD-CPD) involving co-investigators from across Europe and North America as well as Australia.
Research Interests: Comparative labour and social policy; the political economy of work; gender and work; economic restructuring; globalization
James Walker is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. He specializes in linguistic variation and change. His interests include sociolinguistics, multilingualism, ethnicity, language contact, phonology and morphosyntax. He has worked on variation in English (including African American English, Canadian English and Caribbean English) and Sango (the national language of the Central African Republic).
Professor Allan Weiss is an Associate Professor in the Division of Humanities. He is a creative writer and scholar with a variety of interests. He has published mainstream/literary, science fiction, and fantasy short stories in numerous periodicals and anthologies.
His story collection, Living Room--a story cycle--appeared in 2001. He has also been working on historical fiction and other creative projects. As a scholar, he specializes in Canadian literature and fantastic fiction; among his publications are A Comprehensive Bibliography of English-Canadian Short Stories, 1950-1983 (ECW Press, 1988) and two volumes of proceedings of the Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction, of which he is Chair. As both a writer and academic, he is interested in questions of genre: how it works and how we respond to and understand it.
Agnes Whitfield is a professor in the Department of English. She teaches primarily in the area of Canadian literature, and her research focuses on the work of Canadian Francophone and Anglophone women writers and translators, the role of literary translation in fostering cultural exchange, and issues in language and gender in intercultural communication.
Research Interests: Institutions and practices of French-English and English-French literary translation in Canada, Theories of translation and cultural exchange, The role of literary translators as dynamic cultural agents, Francophone and Anglophone women writers and translators, Issues of language and gender in inter-cultural communication, Contemporary Canadian literature (novel and short story),Voice in translation
William C. Wicken is a Professor of history and has published various books, articles, reports and chapters covering the areas of Native & Colonial North American history, with a focus on government policies towards Aboriginal people in Eastern (the Maritimes) and Central Canada (Ontario/Quebec). He has been qualified as an expert in 16 constitutional trials, mostly in Atlantic Canada, and including R. v. Donald Marshall Jr (SCC 1999), R. v. Josh Bernard (SCC 2005), R. v. Stephen Frederick Marshall (SCC 2005), and Daniels v. Canada, which is currently before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2015, he served on a government-appointed Environmental Impact Assessment in New Brunswick (the Sisson Project). He is the author of The Colonization of Mi’kmaw Memory and History, 1794-1928: The King v. Gabriel Sylliboy which in 2013 won the Canadian Historical Association’s Sir John A. Macdonald for the best book published in 2012 on Canadian History. This book was also awarded a Governor General’s award for Scholarly Achievement. Professor Wicken is also the author of Mi’kmaq Treaties on Trial: History, Land and Donald Marshall Junior (2002), and co-author of The Conquest of Acadia, 1710: An Interpretive and Contextual History (2004). His current project examines the history of the Six Nations Grand River reserve, and analyses the factors, which led many indigenous people in the early twentieth century to merge into the ‘white’, urban, working classes of southern Ontario.
Research Interests: Native and Colonial North America
Mark Winfield is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, the Co-Chair of the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) and coordinator of the MES/JD joint program.
Current research and teaching activities are focused in three areas: Environmental Policy and governance; Sustainable energy; Sustainability of urban communities
Areas of Academic Interest: Environmental Policy; Environmental Law; Sustainable Energy; Urban Sustainability; Climate Change Policy
Kathy Young is a professor in the Department of Geography.
The long-term goal of my research is focused on improving our understanding of the inter-relationships that exist between climate, hydrology and ecology of permafrost environments. My High Arctic research continues to evaluate the processes leading to the sustainability of ponds and wetlands across various scales (local to regional) and climatic regimes (polar desert to polar oasis). Since 2007, my students and I have worked at Polar Bear Pass, a large wetland in the middle of Bathurst Island, Nunavut. We now know that not all ponds are created equal. Depending on their location in the landscape, linkages with other water sources, and substrate type, ponds, including wet meadows can respond quite differently to extended dry periods or extreme rainfall events. This is an important finding as we consider how northern wetlands will respond to future mining and oil & gas development here, including global warming. Much more work is still required to better understand runoff processes and storage changes in our High Arctic wetlands. In 2014-2015, considerable emphasis will be placed on evaluating groundwater flow and watershed runoff at Polar Bear Pass. This research is supported by NCE-ArcticNet: Sub-projects No. 2.1-Freshwater Resources of the Eastern Canadian Arctic (P.I.: Warwick Vincent, Laval U); No. 1.3-High Arctic hydrological, Landscape and Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change (co P.Is: Scott Lamoureux, Melissa Lafreniere, Queen’s University). In the future, we plan to extend our hydrologic research to Iceland-the Land of Ice and Fire!
Research Interests: arctic wetland hydrology; arctic ecohydrology; hillslope and catchment hydrology; regional snowmelt modelling;impact of extreme events on arctic hydrology
Robert Zacharias is an assistant professor in the Department of English.
Research Interests: Canadian literature, diaspora studies, Mennonite writing, literary history, and spatiality.
Joyce Zemans is a University Professor, Emerita and Director of the Arts and Media Administration Program in the Schulich School of Business.
Her current research projects are on the role of cultural diplomacy in Canadian foreign policy, youth arts policy in Canada, and the work of Canadian artist Jock Macdonald. Past research has focused on cultural policy, curatorial practice and Canadian art. Her work on cultural policy includes Where is Here? Canadian Cultural Policy in a Globalized Environment (Robarts Centre, 1996), and Comparing Cultural Policy: A Study of Japan and the United States(AltaMira/Sage, 1999),). Her art historical and gallery work include exhibitions of the work of Kathleen Munn and Edna Taçon, Jock Macdonald, Christopher Pratt and Tony Urquhart. Her work on Canadian art history includes a series of articles in The Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales d’histoire de l’art canadien examining the role of reproductions in framing the notion of Canadian art; and articles in RACAR on the status of women artists in Canada: A Tale of Three Women The Visual Arts in Canada / A Current Account/ing » (RACAR, vol. XXV, no 1–2) and Where are the Women? Updating the Account, (RACAR, vol. XXXVIII, no. 1) with Amy Wallace. She is co-editor, with Griselda Pollock of Strategies of Engagement: Museums after Modernism (Blackwells, 2007).
Research Interests: Cultural policy with specific reference to the Canadian experience, Canadian art history, and arts and cultural management.
Michael Zryd is Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at the Department of Film, and is appointed to the Graduate Programs in Cinema and Media Studies, and Communication and Culture, at York University in Toronto. He was founding co-chair of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group (ExFM) and of the Toronto Film Seminar. He is a past President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, and served on the boards of SCMS and the Images Festival. His research areas include experimental film & media, Hollis Frampton, and the history of the discipline of cinema and media studies, and media education in the 1960s and 1970s. He has published essays in Canadian Journal of Film Studies, CineAction, Cinema Journal, The Moving Image, October, and Public, in addition to several edited collections, including the Wiley-Blackwell History of American Cinema, Useful Cinema, Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom, Optic Antics: Ken Jacobs, and Inventing Film Studies. He has lectured in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Spain, United States, and United Kingdom. In 2011, he was awarded the Faculty of Fine Arts Senior Faculty Teaching Award.