People

Dr. Chris Shelley received his doctorate in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations from UBC. He also holds a MPhil in Education with a focus on critical pedagogy and a MA in Counselling Psychology. Chris is a sessional lecturer at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice and in the graduate program in Counselling Psychology. His interests include feminist and intersectional theories, LGBTQ health and wellness, social justice and mental health, feminist and Indigenous counselling practices.

Chany Chea with an MA in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice,  whose autoethnographical research focuses on the intergenerational dynamics postmemory work involving the Cambodian genocide. She is interested in memory work, public histories, intergenerational knowledge sharing, trauma and representational politics.

Hedda Hakvag graduated with an MA at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She holds a BA with distinction in Women’s Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Alberta. Her research interests are diverse and include social discourses of the body/embodiment, consumerism, children’s toys and teen culture, gender violence activism, and terrorism and Islamophobia.

Kate Reid is a professional queer-musical-activist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. With rapid-fire wit, a raw and often irreverent delivery, Kate is a guitar-playing, harmonica-slinging, singer-songwriter and bona-fide entertainer. Her lyrics are honest and poignant, sometimes hard-hitting and sometimes hilarious and she is known for her self-deprecating and tongue-in-cheek humour.

Supervisor: Dr. Gillian Creese

Serah Gazali joined the GRSJ institute M.A. program in the fall of 2013. Her studies are focused on issues affecting the process of gender mobility and migration. She has been involved with refugees cases since 2008, both in the Mexican Aid Committee for Refugees and the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia where she works now as the assigned resettlement counselor for the Arabic and Spanish speaking communities. Her current research scope is concerned with gender roles’ reconstruction and negotiation strategies among Iraqi women who are resettled to Metro Vancouver.

Supervisor: Dr. Gillian Creese

Amel Eldihaib is a researcher and social activist. Over the last ten years she worked and volunteered with different international and national civil society organizations in Sudan (both South and North), as well in other countries in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Her work and activism is mainly around areas of social justice, active citizenship, peace building and environment.

Supervisor: Dr. Erin Baines

Beth Stewart is a PhD candidate and Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. In collaboration with The Justice and Reconciliation Project (JRP) in Gulu town, Northern Uganda, her PhD research examines the everyday lives of children who were born into the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). These are children whose mothers (and often fathers) were abducted as children and forced to ‘marry’ into the ranks of the LRA, and subsequently forced to bear children.

Hanna Dahlstrom is a PhD Student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her research examines alliances between indigenous and feminist social movements for autonomy in the urban context of Eastern Bolivia and how they theorize on decolonization and depatriarchalization in the context of the politics of the state and the new constitution. She is also interested in anti-racism and feminism in Sweden, Swedish colonial history and neocolonialism, as well as art and political change.

Supervisor: Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh

Joshua M. Ferguson graduated with a PhD at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Joshua (they/them/their pronouns) is a non-binary transgender filmmaker and scholar whose work employs film studies, film production, feminist poststructuralist theory and autoethnography to focus on expanding trans* and gender theory in order to raise awareness for the societal and cultural recognition of non-binary gender(s).