The Director of the Institute for the Humanities is Dr Hee-Jung Serenity Joo.

My work is driven by a commitment to public humanities, and I am a firm believer in the powers of culture and cultural literacy in helping to transform the world for the better.  When not on campus, I volunteer with the Prison Library Committee, Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) Winnipeg, and serve on the board of Plug-In Institute for Contemporary Art.  My research and teaching interests include ethnic American literature, speculative fiction, critical race studies, and queer studies. Currently, I'm working on a project on racial futurities. For politically marginalized populations, culture is the site at which their dreams, desires, and demands for a more just world are articulated. I'm drawn to texts by writers and artists of colour who are critical of capitalist, developmental time and dare to imagine alternative futures of resistance, survival, and flourishing.


The Institute's Assistant to the Director is Ekene Emeka-Maduka.

Please contact the Institute for the Humanities by phone on 204 474 9599,
by email at,
or visit us in person in 407 Tier Building.


The Institute's Undergraduate Student Interns:

Alex Watson (English, Theatre, Film & Media)
George Gibson


The Institute for the Humanities Board of Management

The Board of Management of the Institute for the Humanities assists and advises the Director, approves the budget, and selects the research affiliates and clusters. All members of the Board are faculty members at the University of Manitoba.

Board Members

Mark Hudson (Sociology)
Heidi Marx-Wolf (Religion)
Jocelyn Thorpe (Women’s & Gender Studies, History)
Michael Sampson (Classics)
Erin Keating (ETFM)
Michelle Faubert (ETFM)
Armelle St. Martin (French, Spanish, and Italian)
Joyce Chadya (History)
Cary Miller (Native Studies)
Oliver Botar (School of Art)
Fenton Litwiller (Kinesiology and Recreation Management)
Naomi Woo (Desautels Faculty of Music)