People

Faculty
Core Faculty

Alifa Bandali

Alifa Bandali

Lecturer

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 ...Read more

Annette Henry

Annette Henry

Professor | 2021 Wall Scholar

Biography 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...Read more

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

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

phonephone 604 827 0376
Biography Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice and Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia. She is a Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow. She has held r...Read more

Becki Ross

Becki Ross

Professor

phonephone 604 822 9487
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, 1992, Ph.D., Sociology of Education Queen’s University, 1984, MA, Physical and Health Education Biography Since 1995, Dr. Becki Ross has held a joint appointment in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and...Read more

Christopher Patterson

Christopher Patterson

Associate Professor

phone604 827 2156
Biography Christopher B. Patterson is an Associate 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 first book, ...Read more

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Professor

Biography 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...Read more

Dory Nason

Dory Nason

Associate Professor of Teaching

phone604 827 5688
location_onBuchanan E-261
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 Nas...Read more

Gillian Creese

Gillian Creese

Professor

Biography Gillian Creese is Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and Professor at the Department of Sociology. She is current the Associate Dean of Arts, Faculty and Equity. She has been engaged in intersectional feminist research and teaching about social just...Read more

Janice Stewart

Janice Stewart

Professor of Teaching | Associate Dean, Faculty

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PhD, McGill University (2001) Biography Currently Dr. Stewart's work engages the teaching and learning benefits of socially networked, online Community Mapping tools and the unique potential of locative media for social justice initiatives on the UBC campus. Social Justice @UBC considers how of...Read more

John Paul (JP) Catungal

John Paul (JP) Catungal

Assistant Professor, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (On Leave)

BA Honours, Geography with Sociology minor, Simon Fraser University (2006) MA, Geography, University of Toronto (2007) PhD, Geography, University of Toronto (2014)   Biography Dr. John Paul (JP) Catungal is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in the nexus of critical human geogra...Read more

Kim Snowden

Kim Snowden

Assistant Professor of Teaching | Undergraduate Chair and Advisor

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Assistant Professor of Teaching, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, Chair, Undergraduate Program and Undergraduate Academic Advisor Biography Dr. Kim Snowden is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Feminist Media Studies and Popular Culture at the Institute for Gender, Rac...Read more

Leila Harris

Leila Harris

Professor

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Geography with minor in Development Studies and Social Change, 2004, PhD Biography I am most interested in gender, inequality and justice in relation to environment and development (from a feminist political ecology perspective), as well as intersections of g...Read more

Leonora Angeles

Leonora Angeles

Director | Associate Professor

phonephone 604 822 9312
Biography 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 wher...Read more

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Associate Professor

Biography 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 ...Read more

Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani

Associate Professor | Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies

Minelle Mahtani is Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Justice at UBC. She held the role of the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty where she supported the recruitment and retention of racialized faculty. She is also a former national television news journalist at the CBC...Read more

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

Professor | Professor Graduate Chair and Advisor

Biography Pilar Riaño-Alcalá is a professor at the 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 and the lived experience of violence in the afterlives of mass...Read more

Rosanne Sia

Rosanne Sia

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 e...Read more

Tara Mayer

Tara Mayer

Associate Professor of Teaching (On Leave)

Dr. Tara Mayer is a historian of colonial South Asia whose scholarship traces material and aesthetic exchanges between India, Britain, and France in ways that blur the boundaries of her discipline. Through visual and textual sources that connect the metropole to the colony, her work examines the ten...Read more
Emeritus

Sneja Gunew

Sneja Gunew

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

Biography 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 Briti...Read more

Valerie Raoul

Valerie Raoul

Professor Emerita, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Biography Professor Emerita Valerie Raoul retired in 2007, after 28 years at UBC as a member of the French Department (now FIHS), of which she was Head from 1991-6. Her background before coming to Canada from England in 1970 was already interdisciplinary (BA Cambridge, Modern Languages; Teaching Ce...Read more

Veronica Strong-Boag

Veronica Strong-Boag

Professor Emerita, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and Educational Studies. University of British Columbia | Director, womensuffrage.org, UBC

Biography Dr. Veronica (Nikki) Strong-Boag is a feminist historian focusing on women, children, and social justice in Canada. Professor Emerita with UBC's Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Department of Educational Studies, she is a former president of the Canadian H...Read more
Faculty

Alifa Bandali

Alifa Bandali

Lecturer

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 ...Read more

Annette Henry

Annette Henry

Professor | 2021 Wall Scholar

Biography 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...Read more

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

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

phonephone 604 827 0376
Biography Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice and Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia. She is a Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow. She has held r...Read more

Becki Ross

Becki Ross

Professor

phonephone 604 822 9487
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, 1992, Ph.D., Sociology of Education Queen’s University, 1984, MA, Physical and Health Education Biography Since 1995, Dr. Becki Ross has held a joint appointment in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and...Read more

Christopher Patterson

Christopher Patterson

Associate Professor

phone604 827 2156
Biography Christopher B. Patterson is an Associate 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 first book, ...Read more

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Denise Ferreira da Silva

Professor

Biography 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...Read more

Dory Nason

Dory Nason

Associate Professor of Teaching

phone604 827 5688
location_onBuchanan E-261
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 Nas...Read more

Gillian Creese

Gillian Creese

Professor

Biography Gillian Creese is Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and Professor at the Department of Sociology. She is current the Associate Dean of Arts, Faculty and Equity. She has been engaged in intersectional feminist research and teaching about social just...Read more

Janice Stewart

Janice Stewart

Professor of Teaching | Associate Dean, Faculty

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PhD, McGill University (2001) Biography Currently Dr. Stewart's work engages the teaching and learning benefits of socially networked, online Community Mapping tools and the unique potential of locative media for social justice initiatives on the UBC campus. Social Justice @UBC considers how of...Read more

Kim Snowden

Kim Snowden

Assistant Professor of Teaching | Undergraduate Chair and Advisor

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Assistant Professor of Teaching, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, Chair, Undergraduate Program and Undergraduate Academic Advisor Biography Dr. Kim Snowden is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in Feminist Media Studies and Popular Culture at the Institute for Gender, Rac...Read more

Leila Harris

Leila Harris

Professor

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Geography with minor in Development Studies and Social Change, 2004, PhD Biography I am most interested in gender, inequality and justice in relation to environment and development (from a feminist political ecology perspective), as well as intersections of g...Read more

Leonora Angeles

Leonora Angeles

Director | Associate Professor

phonephone 604 822 9312
Biography 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 wher...Read more

Mark Harris

Mark Harris

Associate Professor

Biography 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 ...Read more

Minelle Mahtani

Minelle Mahtani

Associate Professor | Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies

Minelle Mahtani is Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Justice at UBC. She held the role of the Senior Advisor to the Provost on Racialized Faculty where she supported the recruitment and retention of racialized faculty. She is also a former national television news journalist at the CBC...Read more

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá

Professor | Professor Graduate Chair and Advisor

Biography Pilar Riaño-Alcalá is a professor at the 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 and the lived experience of violence in the afterlives of mass...Read more

Rosanne Sia

Rosanne Sia

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 e...Read more

Tara Mayer

Tara Mayer

Associate Professor of Teaching (On Leave)

Dr. Tara Mayer is a historian of colonial South Asia whose scholarship traces material and aesthetic exchanges between India, Britain, and France in ways that blur the boundaries of her discipline. Through visual and textual sources that connect the metropole to the colony, her work examines the ten...Read more
Teaching Faculty

Jessi Taylor

Jessi Taylor

Sessional Lecturer

PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of New Brunswick (2017) MA, Women’s Studies, University of Ottawa (2010) Theology, Saint Paul University (2009) Biography Jessi Taylor is a queer feminist interested in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding violence, international relations an...Read more

Litsa Chatzivasileiou

Litsa Chatzivasileiou

Sessional Lecturer

PhD, Hispanic Studies, University of British Columbia (2001) Biography Litsa Chatzivasileiou 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 So...Read more
Visiting Professors

Ezekiel Dixon-Román

Ezekiel Dixon-Román

Honorary Associate Professor

Ezekiel Dixon-Román's research seeks to make cultural and critical theoretical interventions toward rethinking and reconceptualizing the technologies and practices of quantification as mediums and agencies of systems of sociopolitical relations whereby race and other assemblages of difference are b...Read more

Hortense Spillers

Hortense Spillers

Honorary Professor & Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Justice

Dr. Hortense Spillers was the Peter Wall Visiting Scholar at the Institute during the 2018 fall term. She is an American literary critic, Black Feminist scholar and the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor at Vanderbilt University. A scholar of the African diaspora, Spillers is known for her essay...Read more

Karen Barad

Karen Barad

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Justice

Karen Barad is Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Barad is also affiliated with the program in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, and is the former Director of the Graduate Training Program for the Science & Justi...Read more

Stefano Harney

Stefano Harney

Honorary Professor

Stefano Harney is author with Fred Moten of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (2013) and All Incomplete (2020) both published by Minor Compositions/Autonomedia.  He has taught widely in South East Asia, North America, and Europe.  He works in a number of collectives including...Read more