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

B.A., Environmental Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder (2013)
M.A., Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC (2017)

Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

BA, Anthropology & Law, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (2015)
MA, Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC (2017)

Thesis:  Reading the threat, imagining otherwise : Notting Hill Carnival, the London Riots and a global issue of blackness

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

B.A., Sociology and Law and Society, UBC (2015)
M.A., Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC (2017)

Thesis: Engendering unification: Family law and women’s legal subjectivity in Southern Yemen

Supervisor: Dr. Dina Al-Kassim

Fabiola Bazo’s research examines the evolution of gender politics in the history of rock and roll made in Lima, Peru. Fabiola became interested in the politics of gender in the course of writing her book Desborde Subterráneo(Underground Overflow) about the 1980s punk rock scene in Lima. The monograph, published by The Contemporary Art Institute (Lima 2017), is based on extensive primary archival research (Do-It-Yourself recordings, printed publications and videos) and over a hundred interviews. Building on her findings about gender issues in punk rock, Fabiola seeks to identify changes and continuities in the Peruvian rock scene with the analytical tools of intersectionality and anticolonial feminist research methodologies.

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.

B.A., Honours in Communication, Media & Culture joint Publishing Media, Oxford Brookes University (2013)
A.A., Sociology, The College of The Bahamas (2007)
M.A., Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC (2016)