Women and Gender Studies

Saint Mary's University Graduate Faculty

Sandra Alfoldy (NSCAD)
Adjunct, Saint Mary's University 
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Azza Anis
Adjunct, Women and Gender Studies - Part Time
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Rohini Bannerjee
Modern Languages and Classics 
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Benita Bunjun

Sociology & Criminology

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Michele Byers
Sociology & Criminology
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Joelle Cauville
Modern Languages & Classics
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Diane Crocker
Sociology & Criminology
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Shelagh Crooks 
Philosophy
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 Alexandra Dobrowolsky 
Political Science
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Alexandra Dobrowolsky is a Professor of Political Science. Who teaches in the areas of: Canadian; Comparative; and Women, Gender and Politics. Her research interests revolve around issues of representation, mobilization, citizenship, democracy and governance. Her recent work focuses on changing citizenship regimes in relation to social policy, as well as to security and immigration in Canada and Britain, and appears in a range of national and international journals. Her most recent book entitled: Women and Public Policy in Canada: Neoliberalism and After? (Oxford 2009) She is also the author of: The Politics of Pragmatism: Women, Representation and Constitutionalism in Canada (Oxford University Press 2000) and has co-edited: Women Making Constitutions: New Politics and Comparative Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2003) with Vivien Hart; and Women, Migration and Citizenship: Making Local, National and Transnational Connections (Asghate 2006) with Evangelia Tastsoglou.
Maryanne Fisher
Psychology 
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Maryanne Fisher received her Ph.D. in Psychology at York University in 2004, after which time she joined Saint Mary's University. Her primary areas of interest are intrasexual competition, women's mate selection and preferences, and how gender influences computing.
 
 Patricia Fitzgerald 
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 Kirrily Freeman 
History
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Stella Gaon 
Political Science
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Stella Gaon (Ph.D., University of Toronto) teaches political theory in the Department of Political Science at Saint Mary's University. She specializes in twentieth century, continental social and political thought. She is interested primarily in questions concerning political action and political critique, particularly as these relate to the political-philosophical theme of 'otherness' and the possibilities for emancipatory change. Dr. Gaon has written on such thinkers as Derrida, Habermas, Lacan, Marx and Nancy, and is the editor of Democracy in Crisis: Violence, Alterity, Community (forthcoming in 2009, Manchester University Press). Two monographs also underway are Risking Deconstruction: Critical Theory and the Politics of Educational Thought , and Beyond Legitimacy: Politics, Law and the State.
 
Judy Haiven
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Teresa Heffernan
English 
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Gugu Hlongwane
English
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Renee Hulan
English 
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Val Marie Johnson 
Sociology & Criminology
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Val Marie Johnson's Ph.D. is in Sociology & Historical Studies (New School for Social Research, NYC). Her research and teaching interests include feminist approaches to history, theory, criminology and law; the intersections between class, race, gender, and sexuality; the construction and regulation of bodies, space and communities, particularly in cities; the theory and history of immigration and migration, citizenship, and nation; the criminalization of poverty; theories and histories of liberalism.
 
Edna Keeble
Political Science 
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Seán Kennedy
English 
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Martha MacDonald
Economics
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Audrey MacNevin
Sociology & Criminology 
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Nicole Neatby
History 
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John Plews
Modern Languages & Classics
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Najma Sharif
Economics
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Goran Stanivukovic
English
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Xiaoping Sun
History 
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Tatjana Takseva 
English 
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Evangelia (Evie) Tastsoglou
Sociology & Criminology
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Evangelia Tastsoglou, Ph.D., born in Piraeus, Greece, holds a Law Degree with Highest Honours from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Athens, Greece, 1981) and a Ph.D.in Sociology from Boston University (Boston, U.S.A., 1990). She is currently Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, at Saint Mary's University, Halifax; the co-leader of the “Gender, Migration and Diversity / Immigrant Women” research domain in the Atlantic Metropolis Centre of Excellence (AMC) for research on migration and diversity; and Chair of the Research Committee on Women in Society (RC 32) of the International Sociological Association. Prior to her joining Saint Mary’s University in 1993, she lived and taught at Ryerson University in Toronto and Boston University.  Her publications are in the areas of gender and international migration; Greek migration and global diaspora; migration and globalization; Canadian immigration; (im)migrant and minority women and citizenship; gender, migration and security; intersections of ethnicity / race, gender and class; multiculturalism and anti-racism; gender and diasporas. Publications include numerous articles in Canadian and international journals, book chapters, peer-reviewed research reports, guest-edited journal issues such as The Experiences of the Second Generation Canadian Youth, special Issue of Canadian Ethnic Studies (Vol. 40, No. 2, 2008) and Gender and International Migration: Focus on Greece, special volume of the Greek Review of Social Research (E.K.K.E., Athens, 2003, co-edited),  and books such as Women, Migration and Citizenship: Making Local, National and Transnational Connections (Ashgate Publishers, 2006, co-edited);; Women, Gender and Diasporic Lives: Labor, Community and Identity in Greek Migrations, (Lexington Books, 2009, edited); Contours of Citizenship: Women, Diversity and the Practice of Citizenship (Ashgate, 2010, co-edited); and Immigrant Women in Atlantic Canada. Challenges, Negotiations and Re-Constructions (Canadian Scholars’ Press and Women’s Press, 2011, co-edited). Her research has been supported by external funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, SSHRC, the Atlantic Metropolis Centre (AMC), and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, among other granting agencies.
 
Jennifer VanderBurgh
English 
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Madine VanderPlaat
Sociology & Criminology
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Russell Westhaver
Sociology & Criminology
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Mount Saint Vincent University

Susan Brigham 
Education
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Mary Delaney, Coordinator 
Psychology & Women's Studies
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Deborah Stienstra, Nancy's Chair
Women's Studies
Frances Early 
History & Women's Studies
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Marnina Gonick
Canada Research Chair in Gender
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Jane Gordon 
Sociology & Women's Studies
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Reina Green 
English
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Janet Guildford 
History
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Karen Macfarlane
English
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Sheva Mejuck
Sociology/Anthropology 
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Lorri Neilsen 
Education
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Lorri Neilsen, Professor of Education, teaches courses in literary studies, writing, and qualitative research at Mount Saint Vincent University. The author and editor of six scholarly books on literacy and research, she is also the author, as Lorri Neilsen Glenn, of three poetry collections.  The 2005 recipient of the MSVU Award for Research Excellence, Lorri is the Poet Laureate for Halifax for 2005-2009. Her current SSHRC-funded project focuses on the role of place in contemporary Canadian women's poetry.
 
Deborah Norris
Family Studies & Gerontology 
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Meredith Ralston
Political and Canadian Studies & Women's Studies
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DeNel Rehberg Sedo
Public Relations, Cultural Studies‌
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Donna Varga
Child and Youth Study
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Anna Smol
English
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Anna Smol teaches courses on medieval literature, women's literature, and on Tolkien. Her research interests range from Old English literature to contemporary cultural studies. Much of her research has involved examining the construction of masculinities in Old English heroic literature and the adaptation of such ideals in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, particularly for children. She has also done biographical and critical work on Elizabeth Elstob, an eighteenth-century Anglo-Saxonist, and her teaching of women. Recently, she has become involved in studies of gender and fandom, particularly Tolkien fandom and slash fan fiction (i.e. erotic writing by women, usually composed for Internet communities, about male relationships primarily). She is one of the editors of a projected anthology of essays on fan fiction. Recent publications include “ ‘Oh…Oh… Frodo!': Readings of Male Intimacy in The Lord of the Rings” in Modern Fiction Studies; entries on “Gender,” “Sexuality,” and “Anglo-Saxon History” in The Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment; and “Pleasure, Progress, and the Profession: Elizabeth Elstob and Contemporary Anglo-Saxon Studies” in Studies in Medievalism. For more information, see Dr. Smol's web-site.
   
Susan Walsh
Education
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Rhoda Zuk
English
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Randi Warne 
Cultural Studies, Philosophy/Religious Studies
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Randi R. Warne works in the area of religion and culture, with particular attention to gender and gender theory. She is interested in the politics of knowledge, and how existing social structures and patterns may be disrupted through the creation of sites of resistence and transformation. Recent publications include articles on "Gender"; "Making the Gender Critical Turn"; The Second Chance: Nellie McClung's Vision of the Prairie West as Promised Land" and a two volume co-edited work New Approaches to the Study of Religion, covering the last quarter century and published by Walter de Gruyter.