Biography

Dr. Sunera Thobani is Associate Professor at the Institute for Gender,Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia,. Her research focuses on critical race, postcolonial and feminist theory, globalization, citizenship, migration, Muslim women, the War on Terror, and media.Her book, Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada, was published by the University of Toronto Press (2007) and she has also co-edited Asian Women:Interconnections(Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2005) and States of Race:Critical Race Feminist Theory for the 21st Century (Between the Lines, 2010).

Dr. Thobani served as Director of the Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age (RAGA) Centre at the University of British Columbia (2008-12), where she organized numerous projects on equity, diversity and social justice. She is a founding member of the Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity (RACE), a cross-Canada network that promotes the scholarship of academics of colour and of Indigenous Ancestry.

Dr. Thobani was the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Professor in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University (1996-2000) and also past President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), Canada’s then largest feminist organization (1993-1996). She has helped organize, and spoken at, numerous international conferences, including the NGO Forum at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the First International Women’s Conference on APEC in Manila, Philippines, the first Asian-Pacific Women’s Conference in the US, and the National Association of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Councilors and the Black Feminism conference in the UK.

Selected Publications

‘Fighting Terror: Race, Sex and the Monstrosity of Islam’, Razack, S. and S. Perera (eds.) At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2014). 472-496.

‘Race, Sovereignty and Empire: Theorizing the Camp, Theorizing Postmodernity’, Bakan, A. B. and E. Dua (eds), Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 280-310.