Department of Social Justice & Community Studies


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Faculty and Staff

Full- time SJCS Faculty

Benita Bunjun
Associate Professor
McNally South 205
902-496-8161
benita.bunjun@smu.ca

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Val Marie Johnson
Associate Professor, Department Chair
McNally South 203
902-420-5877
vjohnson@smu.ca

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Darryl Leroux
Associate Professor
McNally South 209
902-420-5879
darryl.leroux@smu.ca

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Rachel Zellars 
Assistant Professor
McNally South 207
902-420-6617
rachel.zellars@smu.ca

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Adjunct SJCS Facilty 

Yvonne Brown
yvonne.brown@smu.ca 

Dr. Yvonne Brown brings to SJCS over forty years of training, experience, and innovation at all levels of the education system. At the post-secondary level, she has engaged in extensive and ongoing research and teaching in feminism, critical multiculturalism, slavery, anti-racism, globalization, decolonization, African and diaspora literature and history, and Caribbean Studies. Yvonne has a strong commitment to mentoring students as they navigate their way through very complex university bureaucracies, mindful of the obstacles facing students with challenges of indigeneity, race, class, disabilities and language. She believes in making racism and other forms of discrimination objects of scholarly inquiry that aim to transform curricula, policies, and practices in ways that acknowledge emotions of pain, shame, rage, and fear, and look at ways we can provide spaces for healing, dialogue, and reconciliation. Dr. Brown is the author of the autoethnography Dead Woman Pickney: A Memoir of Childhood in Jamaica (2010), and in the process of preparing a second edition. 

Part- time SJCS Faculty

Neil Balan
neil.balan@smu.ca
Neil Balan holds a PhD in Humanities from York University and has 10 years of university teaching experiences at all undergraduate levels at different universities. Their teaching and scholarly work is broadly interested in biopolitics, state violence, the drift of counterinsurgency and war, critical infrastructures of settler colonialism, and the political economy of neoliberal life. By foregrounding decolonial, racial, economic, and ecological justice as guiding pedagogical imperatives, Neil develops intersectional and interdisciplinary courses that work with students where they're at by locating different social relations, operations, and forces and making them intelligible in local community-based environments.

Cooper Lee Bombardier
Pronouns: he/him/his
McNally Main 219
cooperlee.bombardier@smu.ca 
Cooper Lee Bombardier, MS, MFA, is the author of Pass With Care: Memoirs. He is a writer, artist, editor, and educator based in K'jipuktuk (Halifax). His writings on queer and trans issues have been widely anthologized. He's taught at the university level for over eight years and began teaching and mentoring through community, experiential, and popular education programs over twenty years ago. He also teaches in Women and Gender Studies (SMU), and the University of King's College MFA Program. Cooper is a longtime AIDS, harm reduction, and queer and trans liberation activist.

El Jones
el.jones@smu.ca
El Jones is a critical race scholar, journalist, activist and prison abolitionist, and poet and spoken word artist. She has served as Halifax Poet Laureate and Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) and is Adjunct Faculty at MSVU.

SJCS Staff

Ghalia Mohamed
SJCS Administrator
McNally South 211
902-491-6624
ghalia.mohamed@smu.ca