Faculty & Staff


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Full- time SJCS Faculty

Benita Bunjun (on sabbatical Sept.1 2022 – Aug.31 2023)
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
902-420-5879
vjohnson@smu.ca

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Jessica Ticar
Assistant Professor
McNally South 203
jessica.ticar@smu.ca

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Rachel Zellars 
Associate Professor
Senior Research Fellow
rachel.zellars@smu.ca

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Adjunct SJCS Faculty 

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
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:
michelle.paul@smu.ca
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.

SJCS Staff

Kazi Ahmed
Interim SJCS Administrator
McNally South 211
902-491-6624
sjcs@smu.ca