Program Faculty & Instructors

 

Kim Anderson

Department of 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.

Contact: kimberle@uoguelph.ca


 

Adam Davies

Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
 

Research Interests: Early childhood education & care, queer theory, critical disability studies, masculinities studies, poststructural theory, inclusion, feminist theory, LGBTQ+ identity, sexuality education, K-12 schooling, queer and trans theory, sociology of childhood and youth.

Contact: adam.davies@uoguelph.ca


 

Roberta Hawkins

Department of 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.

Contact: rhawkins@uoguelph.ca


 

Mervyn Horgan

Department of Sociology and 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.

Contact: mhorgan@uoguelph.ca


 

Elizabeth Jackson

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.

Note: As a University of Guelph staff member, Liz has special faculty status which allows her to participate on students' committees, but she is not able to act as an advisor.

Contact: e.jackson@uoguelph.ca


 

Candace Johnson

Department of Political Science
 

Research Interests: Professor Johnson is a political theorist who is interested in the empirical complexities of global maternal health politics and reproductive justice in comparative perspective. Her approach to research is focused on community engaged collaborations and transnational dialogue, and she is currently working with research partners in Mexico to examine the ways in which various contexts interact with reproductive autonomy.

Contact: cajohnso@uoguelph.ca


 

Satsuki Kawano

Department of Sociology and 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.

Contact: skawano@uoguelph.ca


 

Belinda Leach

Department of Sociology and 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.

Note: Belinda will not take on new students as primary advisor but will support students in other ways through committee memberships and informal mentoring.

Contact: bleach@uoguelph.ca


 

Leah Levac

Department of 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.

Contact: llevac@uoguelph.ca


 

Saara Liinamaa

Department of Sociology and 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.

Contact: sliinama@uoguelph.ca


 

Mark Lipton

School of English and Theatre Studies
 

Research Interests: Digital knowledge production, Culture, Communication, Media, Technology, Education, Teaching, Learning, Pedagogy, English Education, Writing Across the Curriculum, Literacy, Media Literacy, Activism, Educational Technology, Digital Divide, Social Inclusion, Digital Storytelling, Research-Creation, Social Media, Digital Humanities, Social Justice, Confronting Sexism, Health, Wellness, Digital Policy Literacy, Privacy, Surveillance, Visual Communication, Bio-Hacking, Bio-Art, Perception, Performance, Identity, Queer Theory, LGBTQ+ Youth, Camp.

Contact: liptonm@uoguelph.ca


 

Philip Loring

Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics
 

Research Interests: Philip Loring is a broadly trained ecological anthropologist with interests in food security and sovereignty, community sustainability, and environmental change. His research explores the various issues facing coastal communities—what unites them, what divides them, and what makes them sustainable, or not. He and his students have ongoing research in communities across Alaska and Western and Arctic Canada, as well as in Ecuador and Saskatchewan.

Contact: phil.loring@uoguelph.ca


 

Tad McIlwraith

Department of Sociology and Anthropology
 

Research Interests: I work with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia, Canada, to document of territoriality, food and resource harvesting practices, and to identify the Indigenous rights to land. These days, this usually means an effort to understand contemporary Indigenous land use in the context of mining and logging. My work includes an effort to understand the attitudes and biases that underpin consulting anthropology projects such as traditional land use and occupancy studies.

Contact: tad.mcilwraith@uoguelph.ca


 

Mavis Morton

Department of Sociology and 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.

Contact: mortonm@uoguelph.ca


 

Ingrid Mündel

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).

Note: As a University of Guelph staff member, Ingrid has a special faculty designation with the SOPR program which allows her to participate in mentoring students in the program, but she is not able to act as an advisor.

Contact: imundel@uoguelph.ca


 

Erin Nelson

Department of Sociology and 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.

Contact: enelson@uoguelph.ca


 

Kieran O'Doherty

Department of Psychology
 

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

Contact: odohertk@uoguelph.ca


 

Kate Parizeau

Department of 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.

Contact: kparizea@uoguelph.ca


 

Carla Rice

Department of 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.

Contact: carlar@uoguelph.ca


 

Robin Roth

Department of 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.

Contact: rroth01@uoguelph.ca


 

Saba Safdar

Department of Psychology
 

Research Interests: My research interests lie broadly within the area of cross-cultural psychology. To date, my work has primarily examined a wide range of factors that could help to understand adaptation processes of immigrants and international students, including studying resilience, acculturation strategies, and ethnic and national identity. I have a commitment both to the theoretical and the applied aspects of cross-cultural psychology.

Contact: ssafdar@uoguelph.ca


 

Sharada Srinivasan

Department of Sociology and 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.

Contact: sharada@uoguelph.ca


 

Deborah Stienstra

Department of 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.

Contact: deborah.stienstra@uoguelph.ca


 

Renée Sylvain

Department of Sociology and 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.

Contact: rsylvain@uoguelph.ca


 

Kim Wilson

Department of Family Relations & 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.

Contact: kim.wilson@uoguelph.ca