People

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.

Supervisor: Dr. Janice Stewart

Jenn Clark is a first year MA student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her primary research interests include: the distinct differences between sexual orientation and gender; homophobic humor and its implications; and patriarchal sex practices. Other research interests include: gender, sexual orientation, and stereotyping. In her spare time, Jenn is working hard to provide quantitative evidence toward the female seduction myth.

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

Gillian Creese is Professor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and Professor at the Department of Sociology. She has been engaged in intersectional feminist research and teaching about social justice issues in Canada for more than thirty years. Her current research focuses on the gendered and racialized dimensions of immigration and settlement in Canada, as well as the experiences of the second generation. She also continues to work on inequalities and exclusions in the labour market, unions, and the impacts of neo-liberal governance.

Supervisor: Dr. Janice Stewart

Pedro Daher graduated in the MA program at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Postgraduate degree in Literature, Art, and Contemporary Thought, both from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil. His work seeks to rethink and redeploy difference, releasing it from the shackles of the projects of cultural and racial difference from the 19th and 20th-centuries and also 20th-century reworkings of the concept, as the famous Deleuzian solution of difference in itself. To do so, he is interested in performing a sort of genealogical work of reading the texts that wrote the Modern text itself to understand how subaltern populations were written as subaltern and forever placed outside of Universality, allowing them to suffer violence without any sort of ethical crisis ensuing from it. Since he is Brazilian, he is interested in understanding how Western metaphysics deployed itself in Brazil. This brings us back to difference and why it is important to rethink it: in order to change how we write, that is, to arrive at a moment wherein writing does not require the original violence explained by Derrida, he is convinced that a complete new sociality must be created, a sociality that writes itself from without the Modern text while inhabiting it simply to fully escape it.

Supervisor: Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry

Aidan Davis is a Master’s student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. She is a poet, advocate, and aspiring fantasy writer. Her interests include how those marked other are broken but not fragile, how to love, the meaning of loving, and the joy of the oppressed. Using a black feminist/womanist lens, her honors thesis focused on her personal negotiations of self-love, black love, and their political intersections with colourism and black joy in the U.S. Her current research scope is the policing of black women and the ways in which their humanity is marked “debatable.” She is driven by what makes her feel lost. Additionally, she claims to love coffee but secretly just likes cream and sugar and she loves/hates young adult fiction.

Dr. Douglas’ research and writing are interdisciplinary, drawing upon cultural studies, critical race and gender studies, post colonial and transnational feminist scholarship. Dr. Douglas has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in both Canada and the US. Her areas of interest are diverse and include necropolitics: violence, everyday racism, and racialized misogyny, sport and the social production of blackness, anti-racist and feminist qualitative methodologies, equity and the academy, and race and the law.

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: Dina Al-Kassim

Evelyn Elgie is a queer settler-culture Canadian. She is a poet, writer and editor whose work deals with landscape, embodiment, and dislocation. Her current research is focused on asexuality, the split-attraction model, and essentialist discourse surrounding (a)sexuality as identity, as well as gendered understandings of intimacy and family structures.

Dakota was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her home communities are Peepeekisis Cree Nation and the Qu’Appelle Valley Métis community. She received her B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the First Nations University of Canada, and is currently a first year Master’s student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. Her research focuses on anti-racist organizing within LGBTQ communities and two-spirit representation.

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).