Shawna Ferris focuses on the areas of sex work and prostitution studies, critical race studies, decolonization and violence against women, with an emphasis on representation and resistance. Her current research examines anti-violence, anti-racism and decolonization-oriented commemorative activism stemming from the growing number of missing and murdered women in urban centres across Canada.
Of mixed French and Métis ancestry, Dr. Mylène Gamache's work is committed to the decolonizing potential of dream-work and contemporary feminine storytelling. Her doctoral work attempts to read 'non-canonical' texts in ways which deliberately fail to settle on a fixed meaning or secure immediate understanding. Future research work involves assessing how a range of feminine texts write over or beyond settler-sanctioned forms of recognition and reconciliation.
Dr. Nancy Kang specializes in transnational, multi-ethnic and diaspora women’s literature. Dr. Kang is the recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Gold Medal for Academics and the Governor General of Canada’s Academic Medal. Her current research project examines narratives of alternative mothering, interracialism and manifestations of violence against women of colour in North America and beyond.
Dr. Liz Millward holds a BA(Hons) from Nottingham University, and an MA and PhD in Women’s Studies from York University. Her research interests are in the history and geography of women’s spaces, with a particular focus on the role of transportation and mobility in the development and spread of culture and community.
Dr. Adele Perry is the Director for the UM Centre for Human Rights Research. Her research focuses on Canadian colonialism, transnationalism and migration in relation to gender and sexuality.
A passionate assistant professor, Dr. Jocelyn Thorpe’s research research examines the history and legacies of colonialism in the Canadian context, seeking to understand how past discourses and relationships of power lead to and naturalize present-day social and environmental inequities. Drawing from critical race, feminist and environmental studies scholarship, her work aims to open up possibilities for just relationships to emerge among humans and between humans and the non-human world.