Department of Social Justice & Community Studies

Benita Bunjun, Associate Professor, Full-Time Faculty

Department of Social Justice and Community Studies
Graduate Program in Women & Gender Studies
Saint Mary's University

923 Robie Street
K'jipuktuk, Halifax, Mi'kmaq Territory
Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3
Phone: 902-496-8161


Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Interdisciplinary Studies (2012)
PDF Simon Fraser University (2014)

Research Interests

  • Indigenous and Settler Relations
  • Feminist Organizational Studies; Social Movements
  • Race, Chattel Slavery, and Indenture Labour; Migration and Racialized Gendered Labour;
  • Racial Profiling and Violence; Colonial Gendered Encounters; Racialization and Feminization of Poverty
  • Mental Health, Labour and Nation-Building
  • Migration, Diaspora, and Youth; Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students

Research Projects 

  • The Presence of Racialized Mauritian Immigrant Health Care Workers at Riverview Hospital research examines the intersections of immigration, racialization of labour, mental health providers, psychiatric institutions/organizations and the nation-state. The research documents the historical presence and contributions of Mauritian nurses and health care workers at Riverview Hospital in British Columbia from 1960 to 2010.

  • The Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students Project investigates racialized students' adult education intersecting experiences of racial exclusion and disentitlement within Western academia. The project centres interdisciplinary critical Indigenous, race and feminist scholarship, community knowledge, and social justice work. In collaboration with The Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age (RAGA), the project includes an internship program that employs a multiple level mentorship/peer framework of reciprocity between undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. 
  • The Feminization & Racialization of Poverty Project is a multi-year project with the Vancouver Status of Women which engages in research, media relations, public education, lobbying, and evaluation. The project examines how State policies regarding Indigeneity, immigration, child apprehension, housing, and welfare disproportionately legislate poverty and social inequalities onto marginalized racialized communities.

Teaching Areas 

  • Qualitative Research Methods; Archival Research
  • Critical Race Studies; Critical Whiteness Studies
  • Race, Immigration and the State; Indigenous-Settler Relations
  • Social Power Relations; Canadian Society; Social Control and Regulation
  • Gender Relations; Introduction to Women's Studies; Intersectionality
  • Migration Labour, Social Movements; International and Community Organizing

Courses Currently Teaching

  • SJCS 1211: Social Power Relations
  • SJCS 2100: Community Organizing 
  • SJCS 3218: Racialization & Social Control
  • SJCS 3608: Forms of Servitude
  • SJCS 4740 / WGST 6740: Intersectionality: Theory, Methods and Praxis

 Other Courses

  • SJCS 4570: Indigenous-Settler Relations
  • SJCS 4739 / WGST 6739: Transnational Community Organizing
  • WGST 6602: Feminist Methodologies

Selected Publications

Bunjun, B. (Forthcoming). The Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students. Edited Volume. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing Co. 

Bunjun, B. (Forthcoming). Centering academic well-being of racialized students. In B. Bunjun (Ed.). The Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing Co.

Bunjun, B & Brown, Y. (Forthcoming). A way of being: The making of transnational kinship relations in institutions of higher learning. In B. Bunjun (Ed). The Academic Well-Being of Racialized Students. Halifax : Fernwood Publishing Co.

Wei, M. L. & Bunjun, B. (Forthcoming). "We don't need another one in our group": Racism and Intervention on the Mental Health and well- Being of Racialized International Students in Business Schools. Journal Management Education- Special Issue on Mental Health and Psychological Well-Being Among Management Students and Educators.

Wei, M. L. & Bunjun, B. (Forthcoming). We are not the shoes of white supremacists: A critical race perspective of consumer responses to brand attempts at countering racist associations. Journal of Marketing Management—Special Issue on Marketing and Managing Racial Dynamics in Theory and Practice.

Bunjun, B. (Forthcoming). Interrogating white supremacy in academia: Creating alternative spaces for racialized students' scholarship and well-being. In Sunera Thobani (Ed.), Racial (In) Justice in the Canadian Academy. University of Toronto Press.

Bunjun, B. (2018). The making of a colonial archive: The Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Education for Change, 22(2), 1-24.

Bunjun, B. (2015). Organizational colonial encounters: A critical intersectional analysis of entitlement and nation-building. The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, 15(1), 1-15.

Bunjun, B. (2014). Diasporic entanglements and negotiations: Invoking subjectivities. In Roksana Badruddoja (Ed.), X Does Not Mark My Spot: Voices from the South Asian Diaspora (pp. 258-268). New Delhi: Zubaan.

Bunjun, B. (2014). The racialized feminist killjoy in white academia: Contesting white entitlement. In George Yancy and Maria Del Guadalupe Davidson (Eds.), Exploring Race in Predominantly White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect (pp. 147-161). New York: Routledge. 

Bunjun, B. (2010). Feminist organizations and intersectionality: Contesting hegemonic feminism. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, & Social Justice, 34(2), 115-126. 

Morris, M. & Bunjun, B. (2007). Using Intersectional Feminist Frameworks in Research: A Resource for Embracing the Complexities of Women's Lives. Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.