About Us

Our Mandate

Robarts is a 21st-century research engine for the study of Canada and “Canada in the World.” Areas of expertise in Canadian studies at York, which has one of the largest concentrations of Canadian specialists globally, span multiple faculties and disciplines including arctic sciences, geography, visual and performing arts and cultural studies; political science; anthropology; and cultural and Indigenous studies. The Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies supports York faculty, post-docs, graduate students, along with adjunct faculty and visiting fellows in critical, diverse and collaborative research, communication and debate leading to engaged research partnerships and projects, publications and policy briefs. Climate change, resource extraction, truth and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples, and diversities of cultural heritage in the Canadian national and international contexts are key concerns of contemporary Canadian Studies


The Robarts Team

Jean Michel Montsion
Acting Director of the Robarts Centre, 2018-19

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

Email: montsion@yorku.ca


Gabrielle SloweyGabrielle Slowey
On sabbatical July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019
Director of the Robarts Centre  

Gabrielle Slowey is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. In July 2015, she became director of the Robarts Centre in Canadian Studies. She has been working with indigenous peoples since 1997. Since that time, travelling to (or working in/with) the Miqmaq and Malisset communities of New Brunswick, the Mikisew Cree First Nation of Alberta, the James Bay Cree of northern Quebec, the Ngai Tahu and Tainui of New Zealand, the Vuntut Gwitchin of Old Crow Yukon, the Inuvialuit of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories and the Delaware of Soutwesthern Ontario. Her research concentrates on the political economy of resource development, land claims and self-government. Her publications reflect her travels. Her approach is very much community-based and community-driven research that draws on broader theoretical concerns.

Area of Specialization: Aboriginal and Arctic Politics

Research Interests: Aboriginal Peoples , Northern Development , Resource Exploration and Development, Treaties and Self-Government, Canadian Politics

Email: gaslowey@yorku.ca


portrait of Laura TamanLaura Taman
Coordinator

Laura Taman joined the Robarts Centre as Coordinator in May 2000. She holds an MA from York University’s Graduate Program in Women's Studies where her research focused on women and public policy. Laura is responsible for administration, research and development support in a wide range of research activities at the Robarts Centre, including project design and administration, assistance to researchers, and facilitating the work of Robarts Centre staff, York faculty, visiting researchers and others engaged in work on the Centre’s initiatives. A member of the York community for many years, Laura has served as: a teacher at the York University Cooperative Day Care; a research assistant at the Office of the Master, Atkinson College; staff at Reception and Course Registration in the Division of Continuing Education (Atkinson College); and Executive Officer of the Atkinson Student's Association.

Email: llt@yorku.ca


We also have a number of faculty associates, listed separately here.