People

Supervisor: Dr. Leslie Robertson / Dr. Erin Baines

Katherine Fobear graduated with a PhD at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Katherine is a queer scholar and activist whose work revolves around LGBTQ refugee settlement in North America. Katherine uses participatory photography, oral history, and community-based art projects to explore LGBTQ refugees’ stories of settlement. Through storytelling and art Katherine works with LGBTQ refugees and newcomers to share their story and fight for social justice.

Supervisor: Dr. Dina Al-Kassim

Magnolia Pauker is a lecturer in Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design on the unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, Canada. A doctoral candidate at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, she is currently writing her dissertation entitled, “Philosophy as Radical Journalism: The Public Intellectual and The Rise of the Philosopher Journalist.” Her practice takes up the philosophical interview as a model for critical engagement, knowledge production, and pedagogy. Sketching the edges of philosophy, cultural studies, journalism, and critical media studies she is committed to working in response to contemporary aesthetic and political events. In her ongoing dedication to learning in public, she co-facilitates a feminist free school, Pleasure + Protest, Sometimes Simultaneously! She is co-editor with Anna Street and Julien Alliot of Inter Views in Performance Philosophy: Crossings and Conversations forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan (2016).

Manuela Valle’s research interests include the gendered and sexual narratives of neoliberalism, militarism and imperialism, and the intersections between gender and nationalism. Her research project aims to explore how in Latin American post-dictatorship societies such as the Chilean, the continued legacy of an authoritarian culture limits the exercise of citizenship and rights for women and men and children, arguing that a real democratization in these societies requires the transformation of gender meanings and sexual imaginaries through a repoliticization of the domestic space and gender relations.

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Cole

Peter Wanyenya has roots in eastern Africa and also calls Toronto, Ontario home. He currently serves in multiple student-centred roles at the University of British Columbia and in several local and national organisations that are children and youth focused. Peter is driven by core values of equity, diversity, and intercultural understanding and draws from his deep commitment to these values to work towards passionate and positive social change.

Supervisor: Dr. Sunera Thobani

Sheila Sengupta, currently a PhD candidate and formerly a Visiting Scholar at the IGRSSJ (2011), has a M.Sc in Mathematics from the University of Calgary. Previously a senior corporate executive in India, she is also a professional translator and has published early feminist and autobiographical writings from Bengal. A recipient of several academic honours including the Michelle Lynn Rosa Memorial Prize in 2013, she currently researches issues relating to women and Nation-building in South Asia.

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.

Graduate Programs Assistant
Administrative Manager

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 (ubc.academia.edu/MaryKBryson). 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.

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Faculty Affiliate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Dr. Amin Ghaziani is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern in 2006. Before joining the faculty at UBC, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Society of Fellows. Ghaziani is a sociologist of sexualities with additional interests in culture, social movements, and cities.