People

Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Dr. Leonora (Nora) C. Angeles is Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. She is also faculty research associate at the UBC Centre for Human Settlements where she has been involved in a number of applied research and capacity-building research projects in Brazil, Vietnam and Southeast Asian countries. Her continuing research and interests are on community and international development studies and social policy, participatory planning and governance, participatory action research, and the politics of transnational feminist networks, women’s movements and agrarian issues, particularly in the Southeast Asian region.

Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice. She is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia, where she also serves on the Board of Governors. She was a 2016-17 Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at the UBC and she was the 2015-16 Rita E. Hauser fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the author of Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Chaudhry’s research focuses on Islamic legal and theological reform, with an eye towards promoting human rights by focusing on women’s rights. Dr. Chaudhry is deeply committed to bridging the academic and civil society divide. In service of this commitment, she is actively engaged in civic discourse around religion. She has consulted on high-level national and international cases concerning human rights, religious freedom, and pluralism. She works with NGOs and international development organizations to improve women’s rights and promote pluralism. She is currently working on two major projects, one entitled “Feminist Shari’a” and the other “The Colour of God”.

Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Fellow of Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Sneja Gunew (FRSC) B.A. (Melbourne), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Newcastle, NSW) has taught in England, Australia and Canada. She has published widely on multicultural, postcolonial and feminist critical theory and is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was Director of the Centre for Research in Women’s and Gender Studies (2002-7) and North American editor of Feminist Theory (Sage) 2006-10. She was Associate Principal of the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, UBC, 2008-11.

Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Dr. Leila Harris is most interested in gender, inequality and justice in relation to environment and development (from a feminist political ecology perspective), as well as intersections of gender, citizenship, narrative and state building. Projects include: state-led developmental and environmental change in Turkey (with focus on gender and ethnicity); everyday water access, narrative and and citizenship in Ghana and South Africa First Nations water governance in British Columbia; and discourses of reproduction in North American green politics.

Lecturer, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Dr. Heather Latimer is a Lecturer at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, and in the Coordinated Arts Program, where she teachers literature and academic writing. Her teaching and research focus on the links between representational politics and social identities, and she specializes in feminist theory, sexuality studies, science studies, and the body. She has published articles in Feminist TheorySocial Text, and Modern Fiction Studies, and her first book Reproductive Acts was published 2013. She is a recent winner of the prestigious UBC Killam Teaching Prize.

Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Since 1995, Dr. Becki Ross has held a joint appointment in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and the Department of Sociology. She teaches and researches in the areas of the history of sexuality, ‘the family’, gender/queer relations, qualitative methods, anti-racist studies, and critical sport studies. Becki is the recipient of two teaching awards (2005 & 2008. She will serve as the Harry Lyman Hooker Fellow at McMaster University in September 2013.

Lecturer, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice
Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Dr. Kim Snowden is a 12-month Lecturer in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and the Coordinated Arts Program. She received her PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from UBC in 2007 and has taught at the Institute since 2004. Her primary fields of scholarship and teaching are cultural studies, literary studies, film studies, popular culture, and fairy tale studies. She is currently a GRSJ Academic Advisor for undergraduate students.

Senior Instructor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Chair, Undergraduate Program and Undergraduate Advisor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Chair, Critical Studies in Sexuality

Dr. Janice Stewart has a PhD from McGill University in English Literature. She teaches in the Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice program as well as in the Critical Studies in Sexuality program. Her interests include critical theory, gender theory, anti-racist work as well an interest in Modernist writers such as Virginia Woolf and Emily Carr.

Dr. Litsa Chatzivasileiou has a PhD in Hispanic Studies with a specialization in feminist philosophy and cultural theory, in particular post-structuralism and post-colonial studies. She has worked as an assistant professor at the Hispanic Studies at the University of British Columbia and is currently teaching as a sessional instructor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice.

Dr. Douglas’ research and writing are interdisciplinary, drawing upon cultural studies, critical race and gender studies, post colonial and transnational feminist scholarship. Dr. Douglas has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in both Canada and the US. Her areas of interest are diverse and include necropolitics: violence, everyday racism, and racialized misogyny, sport and the social production of blackness, anti-racist and feminist qualitative methodologies, equity and the academy, and race and the law.