Meet our participating faculty members

Faculty members who participate in our Women & Gender Studies graduate program come from a range of departments and disciplines.


Dr. Catherine Baillie Abidi, Child and Youth Study

Research interests: Children’s Rights, Children, Peace & Security, Violence Prevention & Transformation, Forced Migration, Gender, Youth Engagement, Participatory Social Action. Read more


Adriana Benzaquén, History

Research interests: early modern European History, history of childhood and children, history of women and gender, history of science, sexuality and the body
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Susan Brigham, Education

Research interests: Lifelong Learning; international/intercultural education; critical feminist pedagogy; teacher education; women migrants: immigrant teachers in Canada, domestic workers, “Mail-Order Brides”; school – work transitions; Africentricity in Education. Read more »


Mary Delaney, Women’s Studies

Research interests: Body image; coercion in dating and risk-taking; methodological and statistical approaches to studying change over time; identifying qualitative differences in interpersonal relationships. Read more »


Gabrielle Durepos, Management

Research interests: Organizational history, critical historiography, the history of management thought, methodology and, gender and diversity. Read more »


Maya Eichler, Political Studies

Research interests: Feminist international relations theory, gender and the armed forces, the privatization of military security, and veterans and military families.
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Tammy Findlay, Political and Canadian Studies

Research interests: Canadian politics, gender and politics, gender and public policy, social policy, community engagement, multilevel governance, and representation.
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Tamara A. Franz-Odendaal, Biology

Research interests: Gender Stereotypes within Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, history of women in STEM, youth perceptions of stereotypes, women in STEM in the workplace.
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Marnina Gonick, Education, Women’s Studies

Research interests: Girl studies, identity, visual culture, feminist cultural studies, gender and schooling, feminist pedagogies, feminist post-structural theory, feminist qualitative research.
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Reina Green, English

Research interests: Contemporary film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays; open air productions of Shakespeare, including the work of actor/director Ben Greet; and gendered constructions of space, particularly domestic space or “home,” in contemporary Canadian drama by women. Read more »


El Jones, Political & Canadian Studies


Karen MacFarlane, English

Research interests: The Gothic, particularly monsters and the monstrous body in contemporary culture and late nineteenth century fiction; Theory, especially feminist and queer theories; Imperialism in fin-de-siecle popular fiction; postmodernism; Canadian women’s literature. Read more »


Dr. KelleyAnne Malinen, Sociology and Anthropology

Research interests: Gender, Sexuality, and Racialization, sexual and intimate partner violence that transgresses gender norms, intersectionality and institutionalized privilege and oppressions articulate with sexual consent and sexual violence. Read more


Tracy Moniz, Communication Studies

Research interests: Gender and media, media history, writing practice and pedagogy, and narrative medicine. Read more »


Deborah Norris, Family Studies and Gerontology

Research interests: Military families, critical theories, family relations and social support, qualitative research, health and social service needs of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities, family violence. Read more »


DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Communication Studies

Research interests: The production, distribution and reception of cultural media artifacts or products—online and in print, including: books, television, newspapers and film. Read more »


Meredith Ralston, Political & Canadian Studies, Women’s Studies

Research interests: Prostitution and sex tourism in the Philippines and Canada, feminist epistemology, women in politics, women’s rights as human rights. Read more »


Ian Reilly, Communication Studies


Sarah Reddington, Child & Youth Study

Research Interests: inclusive education, capacity approaches to learning, children and youth’s rights and advocacy, differentiated curriculum, visual and arts-based methods, Universal Design for Learning, and critical approaches to child and youth study. Read more >>


Anna Smol, English

Research interests: Tolkien, Medievalism, Old English Literature, and Pedagogy. Read more »


Randi Warne, Cultural Studies

Research interests: politics, religion and culture; North American cultural history, including social reform movements; material and popular culture. Read more »


Martha Walls, History

Research interests: Atlantic Canadian First Nations history, with a specialization in the historical experiences of 20th century First Nations women. Read more »


Rhoda Zuk, English

Research interests: Feminist theory, cultural studies, women’s literary tradition, children’s literature, popular culture, contemporary feminist literature.
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Meet Women & Gender Studies faculty members at SMU »

Rohini Bannerjee (Modern Languages and Classics)

Francophone Literatures and Cultures of the Indian Ocean

Michele Byers (Sociology & Criminology)

Gender, sexuality, critical theory and cultural studies, feminist theory, girl studies, media and communication studies, television studies, YA fiction, Canadian studies, celebrity, collective biography, identity and representation, intersectionality, ethnicity and Jewish studies

Benita Bunjun

Research area: colonial gendered encounters, academic well-being of racialized students, mental health and labour, (im)migrant/indentured labour, and intersectionality.

Teaching area: Qualitative Research Methods; Archival Research; Critical Race Studies; Social Power Relations; Canadian Society; Social Control and Regulation; Migration Labour, Transnational Community Organizing.

Diane Crocker (Sociology & Criminology)

Violence against women, restorative justice, research methods, prisons

Shelagh Crooks (Philosophy)

Alexandra Dobrowolsky (Political Science)

Citizenship; representation; social movements; identity politics; constitutional politics and constitutional mobilization; states, and parties and policy (e.g., social policy, immigration policy); Canada and the United Kingdom.

Patricia Fitzgerald (Management)

Kirrily Freeman (History)

Twentieth Century Europe; Vichy France; Nazi Germany; The Holocaust; The First World War; The Second World War; War and Memory

Stella Gaon (Political Science)

Continental philosophy; Deconstruction; Feminist theory; Frankfurt School; French feminism; Jacques Derrida; Marxism; Political theory; Poststructuralism; Psychoanalytic theory

Maria Gomez

Teresa Heffernan (English)

Feminist literary theory, women writers, Lady Mary Montagu, cyborgs, robots, posthumanism

Gugu Hlongwane

Renee Hulan (English)

Val Marie Johnson (Sociology & Criminology)

Theories and histories of gender and sexuality, intersection with race & colonialism, class & economic resources, citizenship, urban social relations & space, criminalization and law, social & institutional harm (by states, corporations, and institutions), formal politics, liberalism & neoliberalism, youth

Edna Keeble (Political Science)

Security: national security, feminist definitions of security, and human security

Seán Kennedy (English)

Martha MacDonald (Economics)

Feminist economics, household livelihood strategies, gendered labour markets, long term care, rural restructuring, income security policies

Audrey MacNevin (Sociology & Criminology)

Nicole Neatby (History)

Canadian Women’s History, women’s higher education, student protest movements, and public history (commemoration, memory, invention of tradition)

Najma Sharif (Economics)

Goran Stanivukovic (English)

Queer early modern studies, queer temporalities, queer theory, literary and cultural constructions of masculinity, history

Tim Stretton

Xiaoping Sun (History)

Chinese women’s history, the power dynamics between the state and society, migration and identity in Communist Northeast China, food and environmental changes in Northeast China

Tatjana Takseva (English)

Motherhood Studies; Feminism and Motherhood; Motherhood–History; Renaissance Women/Mothers; Motherhood/Feminism/The Balkans; Women/Mothers and consumerism; Women/Mothers and globalization; Women/Mothers and teaching/pedagogy; Women and Wartime/Rape

Evangelia (Evie) Tastsoglou (Sociology & Criminology)

International migration and immigration; immigrant integration and citizenship, globalization and development; diasporas and identities; crisis and migration in European societies; transnational care; immigration, settlement and diversity policies; second generation Canadian youth.

Jennifer VanderBurgh (English)

Madine VanderPlaat (Sociology & Criminology)

Women, children and families; marginalized populations; immigration; health equity; feminist research practices

Lyndan Warner

Augie Westhaver