Biography

Gillian Creese is Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and Professor at the Department of Sociology. She has been engaged in intersectional feminist research and teaching about social justice issues in Canada for more than thirty years. Her current research focuses on the gendered and racialized dimensions of immigration and settlement in Canada, as well as the experiences of the second generation. She also continues to work on inequalities and exclusions in the labour market, unions, and the impacts of neo-liberal governance. She is the author of The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging (University of Toronto, 2011) and Contracting Masculinity: Gender, Class and Race in a White-Collar Union, 1944-1994 (Oxford University Press, 1999); and Co-Editor of Feminist Community Research: Case Studies and Methodologies (UBC Press, 2011), and British Columbia Reconsidered: Essays on Women (Press Gang Publishers, 1992).

Research

“The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging”, examines gendered differences in experiences of resettlement, including persistent marginalization and exclusion alongside diverse community building practices, among African immigrants and refugees in metro Vancouver (funded by SSHRC).

“African Immigrant Youth: Challenges Facing Teen Migrants”, in collaboration with Umoja Operation Compassion Society/African Family Services, the project addresses the challenges, needs, and strategies developed by youth who migrate during their teen years (funded by Metropolis).

“Growing up African-Canadian in Metro Vancouver: Child Migrants Negotiate Adulthood”, this project investigates longer term integration, community building, and identities among the 2nd generation in the new African diaspora (funded by SSHRC).

Selected Publications

Gillian Creese, “Gender, Generation and Identities in Vancouver’s African Diaspora”, African Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World. Volume 6, No. 2: 155-178.

Gillian Creese, “Growing up where ‘no one looked like me’: Gender, race, hip hop and identity in Vancouver”, Gender Issues (available ‘on-line first’, DOI 10.1007/s12147-015-9138-1).

Gillian Creese, “Gendered Diasporas across generations: The new African Diaspora in Vancouver” in Michael Kimmel, Amy Aronson and Amy Kraler, editors., The Gendered Society Reader, Third Canadian Edition. Don Mills:Oxford University Press, 2015: 111-117.

Gillian Creese, 2011. The New African Diaspora in Vancouver: Migration, Exclusion and Belonging. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

Gillian Creese and Wendy Frisby, editors, 2011. Feminist Community Research: Case Studies and Methodologies. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press

Gillian Creese (2007). “Racializing Work/Reproducing White Privilege”, Work and Labour in Tumultuous Times: Critical Perspectives, edited by Vivian Shalla and Wallace Clement. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press: 192-226.

Gillian Creese, (2007). “From Africa to Canada: Bordered Spaces, Border Crossings and Imagined Communities, Interrogating Race and Racism, edited by Vijay Agnew. Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 348-381.

Gillian Creese and Edith Kambere, (2007). “What Colour is Your English?”, reprinted in Reading Sociology: Canadian Perspectives, edited by Lorne Tepperman and Harley Dickinson. Toronto: Oxford University Press: 231-233.

Gillian Creese, Isabelle Dyck and Arlene Tigar McLaren (2008), “The ‘Flexible’ Immigrant? Human Capital Discourse, the Family Household and Labour Market Strategies” Journal of International Migration and Integration, Vol. 9, pp 269-288.

Gillian Creese and Veronica Strong-Boag (2008), “Canada”, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, edited by Bonnie G. Smith. Oxford University Press, 2008 (Feb). In print and on web (13 pages) at www.oxford-womenworldhistory.com/entry

Gillian Creese, Arlene Tigar McLaren and Jane Pulkingham (2009), “Rethinking Burawoy: Reflections from Canadian feminist sociology”, Canadian Journal of Sociology, Vol. 34, No. 3: 601- 622.

Gillian Creese and Brenda Beagan (2009), “Gender at Work: Strategies for Equality in Neo-liberal Times”, Social Inequality in Canada, Fifth Edition, Edward Grabb and Neil Guppy (eds.), Pearson Education Canada: 224-236.

Gillian Creese, Isabel Dyck and Arlene Tigar McLaren (2009), “Gender, Generation and the ‘Immigrant Family: Negotiating Migration Processes”, Family Patterns, Gender Relations, Third Edition, Bonnie Fox (ed.), Oxford University Press:496-508.

Gillian Creese (2010) “Erasing English language competency: African immigrants in Vancouver, Canada”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Volume 11, No. 3: 295-313.

Isabel Dyck, Gillian Creese and Arlene Tigar McLaren (2011), “The problem of ‘human capital’: Gender, place and immigrant household strategies of reskilling in Vancouver, Canada”, Gender, Generations and the Family in International Migration, Albert Kraler (Ed), IMISCOE book series, Amsterdam University Press: 97-113.

Gillian Creese, Wendy Frisby, Xin Huang and Edith Kambere (2011), “Working across race, language and culture with African and Chinese immigrant communities”, in Creese and Frisby, editors, Feminist Community Research: Case Studies and Methodologies. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press: 89-108

Gillian Creese (2011), “Negotiating Migration, Destabilizing Masculine Identities”, in Jason Laker, editor, Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities: An Introductory Reader. Don Mills: Oxford University Press: 292-306.

Gillian Creese and Brandy Wiebe (2012) “Survival Employment: Gender and deskilling among African immigrants in Canada”, International Migration, Volume 50, Issue 5: 56 – 76

Gillian Creese, Edith Ngene Kambere and Mambo Masinda (2013), “Voices of African Immigrant and Refugee Youth: Negotiating Migration and Schooling in Canada”, in Immaculee Harushimana, Chinwe Ikpeze and Shrley Mthethwa-Sommers, editors, African-born Educators and Students in Transnational America: Reprocessing Race, Language and Ability. New York: Peter Lang: 169-184.

Gillian Creese (2013), “Gender, Generation and Identities in Vancouver’s African Diaspora”, African Diaspora, Volume 6, Issue 2: 155-178.

Gillian Creese, Isabel Dyck and Arlene Tigar McLaren (2014), “Gender, Generation and the ‘Immigrant Family: Negotiating Migration Processes”, in Bonnie Fox, editor, Family Patterns, Gender Relations, fourth edition. Don Mills: Oxford University Press: 386-398.