Faculty & Staff
Full- time SJCS Faculty
Benita Bunjun (on sabbatical Sept.1 2022 – Aug.31 2023)
McNally South 205
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Val Marie Johnson
Associate Professor, Department Chair
McNally South 203
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McNally South 203
For details on Dr. Ticar's work, please see:
For details on Dr. Zellars's work, please see:
Adjunct SJCS Faculty
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
McNally South 220
Neil Balan has over 12 years of university teaching experience at four different Canadian universities, across multiple programs, and in undergraduate levels. He holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities (York U) and a MA in Media Studies (Concordia). He's interested broadly in critical studies of settler colonialism, racial capitalism, austerity and neoliberalism, petrocultures and climate change, biopolitics, infrastructure space, and state violence in relation to military affairs, militarization, and counterinsurgency. In 2020, Neil published two essays in Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies: "Government-in-a-Box, or Understanding Pandemic Measures as Biopolitics" as part of special collection on the COVID-19 pandemic; and, "Pandemic Time and Wartime, All Out of Joint," as part of a special themed issue.
Community Educators Collaborating with SJCS
Michelle Paul (Dalhousie University, Sociology/Anthropology; University of King's College, journalism) is a mother, treaty rightsholder, water protector, land defender, advocate, and activist. Her rights-based advocacy work is within Indigenous communities in solidarity with allies, and mainly around resistance to colonial interests’ infringements on Mi’kmaw sovereignty in their unceded territory. This importantly includes environmental concerns and resisting industry exploitation of Mi’kmaq lands without Mi’kmaq consent, such as in the Alton Gas Resistance.
Interim SJCS Administrator
McNally South 211