Program Faculty & Instructors

Kim Anderson

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Family Relations & Applied Nutrition

Research Interests: Indigenous health and social well-being; gender and Indigenous peoples; Indigenous masculinities; Indigenous feminisms; Indigenous identity; Indigenous youth; Indigenous traditional knowledge; Indigenous environmental knowledge; and urban Indigenous peoples.


Roberta Hawkins

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Research Interests: The ways in which people and places in the Global North and the Global South are connected (or not) through understandings and practices of development; examining the roles that new actors play in International Development networks, for example the role that consumers and corporations play in funding and raising awareness about development projects.


Mervyn Horgan

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests: Cities; public space; neighbourhood change; housing; social solidarity; cultural sociology; social and political theory; morality; sociology of art and artists; destigmatization; sociability and incivility.


Elizabeth Jackson

Position: Director, CESI

Department: Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI)

Research Interests: Community engaged scholarship, critical studies in improvisation, practice-based research, art-based community making, interdisciplinary approaches to social justice and critical and experiential pedagogy.


Satsuki Kawano

Position: Professor

Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests: Learning disabilities; child rearing; personhood; family and kinship; death; ritual; religion; morality; space and place; body; emplacement; gender; identity; aging; and Japan.


Belinda Leach

Position: Professor

Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests: How forms of inequality are produced and reproduced socially and culturally through changes in livelihoods in restructuring economies. Work, labour and livelihoods; migration and immigration policy; gender and feminist theory; community-engaged scholarship; organizational change and sustainability; taxation; rurality; families and households.


Leah Levac

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Political Science

Research Interests: The interplay between historically marginalized citizens – particularly young women and women in northern communities – and the framing and development of public policy.


Saara Liinamaa

Position: Assistant Professor

Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests: My research agenda is guided by an overarching concern with how individuals and organizations navigate and make sense of conditions of uncertainty—for example, institutional responses to economic austerity or the social dimensions of precarious citizenship status. I pursue this interest through theoretically informed, qualitative research on a range of topics, including urban cultural production and creativity-led urban development, migrant agricultural workers in Nova Scotia, and shifting agendas within public institutions and policy. I am currently finishing a book on creativity and cultural work for a university press. As a graduate of Social and Political Thought (York), I am committed to supporting interdisciplinary inquiry and research in the social sciences.


Mavis Morton

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests: Rural and urban community partners (advocates, community committees, criminal justice and social service organizations and government) engaging in research, education, community development, advocacy and service coordination on issues related to violence against women and their children and other social justice issues.


Ingrid Mündel

Position: Managing Director, ReVision

Department: ReVision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice

Research Interests: Qualitative research methods, especially in digital storytelling methodologies; critical disability studies; storytelling in research, policy, and activism (including narrative analysis, multimedia storytelling, narrative methods etc); social movement theory; community engaged scholarship (including experiential learning, participatory action research, community service learning, problem based learning).


Erin Nelson

Position: Assistant Professor

Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests: With a background in International Development and Rural Studies, my research explores the development of more sustainable food systems with a particular focus on agroecology initiatives in both Canada and Latin America. In particular, I am interested in how knowledge-exchange can build capacity for agroecological production, and how agroecology can contribute to ecological resilience and community wellbeing. As a community engaged scholar, I work in close collaboration with a wide range of partners, including civil society organizations and farmer networks. I also have a strong interest in experiential learning and have developed agroecology-based educational programs with Cuba’s National Institute of Agricultural Sciences.


Kieran O'Doherty

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Psychology

Research Interests: Community engagement & public deliberation; social & ethical implications of genetics/genomics; qualitative methods; discourse analysis; risk & uncertainty; human agency.


Kate Parizeau

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Research Interests: How notions of filth and environmental contamination can affect an object’s life course (including disposal), and also how the socio-cultural values of waste and dirt adhere to the people associated with such commodities either through their work or other types of proximity. a ‘brown agenda’ of environmental issues, including the provision of sanitation services and other environmental health matters arising from human urban development.


Carla Rice

Position: Professor

Department: Family Relations & Applied Nutrition

Research Interests: How new technology and artistic techniques can be used to transform the views that the public and policy-makers have of people who embody differences (this is a broad category that includes people with size differences, disabilities, unusual or altered appearances, and atypical bodies). The misconceptions and marginalization of women with a wide range of differences in cultural imagery and health- and social-care encounters, and investigates the causes behind pervasive stereotyping and exclusion in systems, institutions, and communities.


Robin Roth

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Geography, Environment and Geomatics

Research Interests: I identify as a broadly trained human-environment geographer with expertise in conservation governance and conflict, political ecology, livelihood change and Indigenous approaches to conservation. My work is characterized by empirical, field-based research informed by relevant theory, attentive to both discursive and related material processes, and committed to improving the social and ecological outcomes of environmental governance.


Sharada Srinivasan

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests: Young people's pathways into farming in Canada, China, India and Indonesia; and relative contributions of daughters and sons to their elderly parents' well-being. Another emerging area of research is related to engaging men in preventing sexual violence in particular on university campuses.


Deborah Stienstra

Position: Professor

Department: Political Science

Research Interests: The voice of marginalized groups and advocate for change. Her extensive research and experience complement her humanity and compassion as she works with women, those with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and those from racialized groups.


Renée Sylvain

Position: Associate Professor

Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Research Interests: The intersections of gender, race/ethnic and class inequalities, human rights, and indigenous peoples' issues in southern Africa. Current research examines human rights issues and concepts of social justice from the perspective of indigenous minorities in southern Africa, in particular on the perspectives of the San on the changing nature of harms and injustice from apartheid to post-apartheid contexts.


Kim Wilson

Position: Assistant Professor

Department: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition

Research Interests: Dr. Kimberley Wilson is an assistant professor who studies adult development and aging, with a specific focus on aging and mental health. As a social gerontologist, her current research interests include health and mental health, ageism, stigma, social and health policy. Dr. Wilson is also interested in the inclusion of social determinants of health and social inclusion/equity lenses into gerontology research. Her teaching and research philosophies are influenced by her social work background and her interest in promoting gerontology in higher education.