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.

Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

Matt Browning is a visual artist and PhD student in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. He’s interested in the ways normative and discursive values within art, which are already historically exclusionary on racial, gendered, and cultural grounds, are increasingly expressed in the economic value of artworks. Browning is relatedly interested in how formal abstractions like value and exchange catalyze expropriation and bar access to markets.

Dr. Mary K. Bryson is Senior Associate Dean, Administration, Faculty Affairs & Innovation and Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia ( Dr. Bryson is the author of multiple publications concerning the social, cultural and educational significance of networked media technologies and publics that make significant contributions to theoretical accounts of gendered and sexual marginality, knowledge mobilization and resilience. Dr. Bryson chairs the UBC Vice-Presidential Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender Diversity Task Force and is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Global Education Initiative.

Supervisor: Dr. Dina Al-Kassim / Dr. Judy Segal

Shruti is a literature postgraduate from India. She has worked as an editor at a newspaper and an international children’s publishing house. Shruti is also a poet and book reviewer, published widely in both, national and international literary journals. Her interests span across disciplines, ranging from poetry, literary theory, history and science to children’s literature, all sorts of tea, horror movies, and comic + graphic novels.

Supervisor: Dr. Dina Al-Kassim

Cate May Burton hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and draws strength from the ocean on the East and the West coast. Her research at the Social Justice Institute centres on conjoined critiques of liberalism as cultural supremacy and neoliberalism as evacuation of sociality and public space. Her work engages with critical theory, intersectional feminism, critical race, anti-colonial, and indigenous theories, and aims to intervene in the field of education. Her current PhD proposal is concerned with eurocentrism and cultural supremacy in settler-colonial (Canadian) teacher education, and asks how cross-cultural discussions of values and positionality might enhance non-indigenous teachers’ capacities to move toward transformative integration of indigenous material into k-12 classrooms. She is a member of the Critical Racial & Anti-Colonial Studies research network at the Social Justice Institute, and the Global Indigenous Politics Collective at the Liu Institute. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Social Justice Grad Student Association, and seeks community wherever she goes.

Morgan Camley is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP.  Her varied practice includes general complex commercial litigation and Aboriginal law, as well as municipal, regulatory, and  criminal law. Morgan represents clients at all levels of court and in arbitration in British Columbia and Yukon. Morgan is a contributing editor to Fraser, Horn & Griffin, The Conduct of Civil Litigation in British Columbia, looseleaf (Ontario: LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2007), a cornerstone resource for the litigation bar in British Columbia.

Morgan is a graduate of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and of Queens Law.  Following graduation from Queens, Morgan was a judicial law clerk at the British Columbia Supreme Court.

Morgan maintains a busy pro bono practice representing clients with a variety of legal issues including criminal law. As a result of her work, Morgan was named the recipient of the 2009 Salvation Army Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award. Morgan is a past member at large on the Board of Directors for Access Pro Bono.  Morgan demonstrates a strong commitment to community through her volunteer activities which include acting as the Chair of the Board of Directors for QMUNITY, British Columbia’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre. In 2014, Morgan was named a finalist for the PRIDE Legacy Awards recognizing her outstanding achievement as a Community Leader.


Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

Kristi Carey graduated with an MA in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies from Colgate University. Her research interests lie in the university’s self-management and management of relations with other institutions, and namely, how student resistance interacts with these bureaucratic and increasingly corporate processes in the context of censorship and increased professionalism of higher education.

Assistant Professor, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

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. JP is currently Assistant Professor in Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies with UBC’s Social Justice Institute, where he was previously Instructor I (from January 2016 to June 2018) and Postdoctoral Fellow (from 2014-2015). 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, with various local community partners. He teaches courses on theories of subjectivity, representation and queer of colour critique, as well as global social justice issues and Asian Canadian studies.

JP was co-editor of the landmark 2012 volume Filipinos in Canada: Disturbing Invisibility (University of Toronto Press), as well as of recent journal special issues on the intersections of sexuality, race and nation in the Canadian context in ACME: International Journal of Critical Geographies and TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. He has been co-editor of ACME: International Journal of Critical Geographies since August 2017. Since coming to UBC, JP has also been active in media-based public pedagogy through expert interviews and writing on local and national issues concerning sexuality, LGBTQ issues, immigration and racism. He also holds faculty affiliations with Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies and the Department of Geography.

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.

Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice. She is Associate Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia, where she also serves on the Board of Governors. She was a 2016-17 Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at the UBC and she was the 2015-16 Rita E. Hauser fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the author of Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Chaudhry’s research focuses on Islamic legal and theological reform, with an eye towards promoting human rights by focusing on women’s rights. Dr. Chaudhry is deeply committed to bridging the academic and civil society divide. In service of this commitment, she is actively engaged in civic discourse around religion. She has consulted on high-level national and international cases concerning human rights, religious freedom, and pluralism. She works with NGOs and international development organizations to improve women’s rights and promote pluralism. She is currently working on two major projects, one entitled “Feminist Shari’a” and the other “The Colour of God”.