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Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Graduate Studies Chair

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. Her publications have appeared in Grey Room, International Journal of Middle East Women’s StudiesPublic CultureCultural Dynamics, and the volume Islamicate Sexualities. Al-Kassim has been a Mellon Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, a Senior Seminar Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute, and a Sawyer Seminar, Residency Fellow at the University California Humanities Research Institute. A much invited speaker here and abroad, Al-Kassim now divides her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Supervisor: Dr. Leila Harris

Noal Amir graduated in the MA program at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She plans to research the relationship between gender and international wildlife conservation, specifically the roles of women in rural communities. She is interested in indigenous knowledge, political ecology and global justice. Her research interests are inspired by her work in West Africa and Central Asia.

Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

Emmanuelle Andrews is a Master’s student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, from England (though prides herself less on being British and more on her Grenadan and Seychelloise roots). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently researching the way black bodies in the UK are utilised by the state, reading particularly the moment after the so-called London Riots in 2011 when Notting Hill Carnival was threatened to be cancelled as a racialised threat that continues to the present in rhetoric that sees carnival reported for its crimes and in actions that contribute to the global, violent othering of blackness. As such, she is interested in black ontology, notions of security, cultural difference and British (white) self-preservation. Recently dipping her toes into the arena of film-making, Emmanuelle has been embracing her creative side, and she also enjoys embroidery, writing poetry and dance.

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.

Graduate Programs Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry / Dr. Dina Al-Kassim

Iman graduated in the MA program at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, and is an artist from Yemen. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Law and Society from UBC. Her research examines the intertwining of legal history and gender relations in southern Yemen through an investigation of shifts in Family Law. Complementing her research, Iman’s art touches upon topics of social justice and gender within Yemeni society and the Middle East.

Supervisor: Dr. Becki Ross / Dr. Annette Henry

Ine Beljaars is PhD candidate at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Ine is a feminist, anti-racist cultural anthropologist interested in how power and ideology re/produce difference and inequality intersectionally along the lines of gender, race, class and sexuality within Western popular culture and the cultural industries. Interested in urban performance and the performative mechanisms in which they are embedded, Ine takes the micropolitics of the body and the bodily as points of departure to study the politics of difference. Her main field of inquiry includes Afro-diasporic dance and music cultures, including but not limited to salsa, kizomba, rap, hip-hop and jazz.

Supervisor: Dr. Annette Browne

Taq Bhandal is a PhD Student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She is a feminist and anti-racist scholar with a specific interest in women’s health. Her research uses postcolonial feminist and feminist political economy theories to study racialized immigrant women’s health in the context of a neoliberal Canada.

Simone graduated in the MA program at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, Media & Culture joint Publishing Media from Oxford Brookes University. Her current research project examines the intersectional positions of Black women and their production of self narratives in the face of representational bias. Simone is also interested in representation of radicalized bodies in the Media, sexual practices, interracial relationships, destabilizing gendered and raced HIV/AIDS bodies of knowledge.