Faculty


Associate Professor

Dr. Dina Al-Kassim is a critical theorist who works on political subjectivation, sexuality and aesthetics in transnational modernist and contemporary postcolonial cultures, including the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the United States. She is the author of On Pain of Speech: Fantasies of the First Order and the Literary Rant (University of California Press, 2010), which examines parrhesia and the politics of address in the practice of literary ranting. Al-Kassim is an Associate at the PWIAS and now teaches in the Department of English and The Social Justice Institute at UBC.

Associate Professor

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.

Lecturer

Lecturers are unable to supervise graduate students

Alifa Bandali is a lecturer in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (GRSJ). Dr. Bandali’s research focuses on feminist activism both in institutional and creative spaces. Her PhD thesis titled: “Paid to care: Women’s experiences in non-profit/NGO work in Malaysia” examined how women working in the non-profit/NGO sector saw themselves in their work and the meaningfulness of ‘good work’.

Assistant Professor, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in the nexus of critical human geography and intersectional feminist theorizing. His research interests concern Filipinx and Asian Canadian studies; feminist and queer of colour critique; migrant, anti-racist and queer community organizing; and the politics of education, mentorship, teaching and learning. His active research projects include “Mentorship as Political Practice”, a community partnered research project with the Kababayan Academic Mentorship Program (KAMP); “Queer World Cities”, in partnership with Dr. Natalie Oswin (at McGill University); and an oral history of HIV/AIDS in Vancouver BC.

Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice

Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice and Associate Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia. In 2018, she was named a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow and in 2019, has been inducted as Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. She is the author of Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014). She has consulted on high-level national and international cases concerning human rights, religious freedom, and pluralism. She is currently working on two major projects, one entitled “Feminist Shari’a” and a trilogy entitled “The Colour of God”.

 

Professor
Associate Dean. Faculty & Equity

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.

Director
Professor

An academic and practicing artist, Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva’s work addresses the ethico-political challenges of the global present. She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), A Dívida Impagavel (Oficina da Imaginaçāo Política and Living Commons, 2019), Unpayable Debt (Stenberg/MIT Press, forthcoming) and co-editor (with Paula Chakravartty) of Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Her several articles have been published in leading interdisciplinary journals, such as Social TextTheory, Culture & SocietySocial Identities, PhiloSOPHIA, Griffith Law Review, Theory & Event, The Black Scholar, to name a few. Her artistic works includes the films Serpent Rain (2016) and 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018)in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman; and the relational art practices Poethical Readings and Sensing Salon, in collaboration with Valentina Desideri. She has exhibited and lectured at major art venues, such as the Pompidou Center (Paris), Whitechapel Gallery (London, MASP (Sāo Paulo), Guggenheim (New York), and MoMa (New York). She has also written for publications for major art events (Liverpool Biennale, 2017; Sao Paulo Biennale, 2016, Venice Biennale, 2017, and Documenta 14) and published in art venues, such as Canadian ArtTexte Zur Kunst, and E-Flux. `

She is a member of several boards including Haus de Kulturen de Welt (Berlin), International Consortium for Critical Theory Programs and the journals Postmodern Culture, Social Identities, and Dark Matter.

Professor

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.

Associate Professor

Dr. Mark Harris is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. His research focuses on Indigenous rights in relation to cultural heritage, land claims, the stolen generations, intellectual property and criminal justice issues. He has worked as a lawyer giving advice on native title claims for the Wurundjeri, Gunai Kurnai, Manatunga and Gubbi Gubbi Indigenous communities in Australia and continues to provide advice to Indigenous groups on a range of issues. His recent research projects have included reviews of the operation of Koori (Aboriginal) courts in Victoria (a program that is not dissimilar to Toronto’s First Nations Gladue Courts), and the experience of Koori youth in the justice system.

Professor

On leave from July 2020 – June 2021

Annette Henry holds the David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She is a Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education and cross-appointed to the Institute for Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice.  Her scholarship examines race, class, language, gender and culture in socio-cultural contexts of teaching and learning in the lives of Black students, Black oral histories, and Black women teachers’ practice in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. She has written extensively about equity in the academy, diverse feminisms and conceptual and methodological research issues especially in culture-specific contexts.

Associate Professor
Senior Advisor for Racialized Faculty, Provost

Minelle Mahtani is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Justice at UBC. She is also the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty where she supports the recruitment and retention of racialized faculty. She is also a former national television news journalist at the CBC and was previously a journalism and geography professor at University of Toronto. She has been hosting a radio show at Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 Vancouver for the last three years. Her award-winning show was unapologetically anti-racist and feminist in its approach, focusing on the stories of systemically disadvantaged communities. She is the author of “Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality” with UBC Press.

Senior Instructor

Dory Nason (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Her areas of research include contemporary Indigenous Feminisms and related Native women’s intellectual history and literature. At UBC, Professor Nason teaches Indigenous Literature and Criticism; Indigenous Theory and Research Methods; and Indigenous Feminisms. Specializing in Indigenous feminism and literature, Dory holds a joint position with the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. In 2013, she was awarded a prestigious Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of her contributions to teaching excellence at UBC.

Assistant Professor

Christopher B. Patterson is an Assistant Professor in the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on transpacific discourses of literature, games, and films through the lens of empire studies, queer theory and creative writing. His academic books include: Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific (Rutgers University Press, 2018) and Open World Empire: Race, Erotics, and the Global Rise of Video Games (New York University Press, 2020). His articles have appeared in venues such as Cultural Studies, American Quarterly, and many others. Chris writes fiction under his pseudonym Kawika Guillermo, and is the author of Stamped: an anti-travel novel (Westphalia Press, 2018), and the queer speculative novel All Flowers Bloom (Westphalia Press, 2020). 

Professor

Dr. Pilar Riaño-Alcalá is a professor at the Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice Institute and co-lead of the Memory and Justice Research Stream. She is an anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar. Her research interests are on historical memory, the lived experience of violence and the ethnography of social repair; and performance and community public art.

Professor
Graduate Chair and Advisor

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 served as the Harry Lyman Hooker Fellow at McMaster University in September 2013.

Assistant Professor

Rosanne Sia works across Cold War cultural history, performance studies, critical race studies, and queer studies. Her book manuscript, Mujer Peregrina: Performing Racial Fantasies in the early Cold War, focuses on women of Asian and Latinx descent who danced and sang on nightclub circuits in the early Cold War. Drawing on forty-five oral histories, she argues that performers crossed boundaries of genre, nation, language, race, and sexuality that exceeded Cold War narratives of racial integration. Community engaged scholarship through oral history methodology and practice is at the heart of her research projects.

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Undergraduate Chair and Advisor

Dr. Kim Snowden is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Feminist Media Studies and Popular Culture at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She has a PhD in Women’s and Gender Studies from UBC 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 teaches courses on social media, folk and fairy tales, vampires, science fiction and fantasy, social justice storytelling, young adult literature, and monsters. She is currently a GRSJ Academic Advisor for undergraduate students.

Professor of Teaching
Associate Dean, Innovation and Strategy

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.


Teaching Faculty

Please note: teaching faculty cannot supervise graduate students. If you are seeking a prospective supervisor please see the list of core faculty above.

 

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. Jessi Taylor is a queer feminist interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding violence, international relations and security studies, and feminist analyses of terrorism.  Her research focuses on religious and sexual violence in conflict zones.  She is interested in queer and feminist organizing during and after conflict, religious feminisms, and activism in Canada, especially regarding sex worker’s rights, reproductive justice, and harm reduction.  Outside academia, she is an experienced sex educator and reproductive justice activist.