Faculty & Staff


Rusty Souleymanov
Assistant Professor

Office: Room 500C Tier Building
Phone: 204-474-6743
Fax: 204-474-7594

Email: Rusty.Souleymanov@umanitoba.ca


  • Bachelors of Science with Honours (Psychology) – University of Toronto, 2009
  • Masters of Social Work – University of Toronto, 2012 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Social Work & Collaborative Program in Public Health Policy) – University of Toronto, 2018

Dr. Rusty Souleymanov’s interdisciplinary program of study focuses on the impacts of oppression and social injustice on the health and well-being of socially and economically marginalized communities. His research interests include the following areas:

  • HIV/AIDS community-based research 
  • Queer & trans men’s health
  • HIV services & policy 
  • Addictions, harm reduction & drug policy 
  • Racial, ethnic, and cultural disparities & health
  • Sociology of sexuality 
  • Information and communication technologies & healthcare 
  • Community-based research ethics 
  • Structural drivers of HIV & other sexually-transmitted and blood-borne viruses 
  •  Stigma & resilience 
  •  Critical social work & public health

He is currently the Principal Investigator of a mixed-methods community-based research study titled “Manitoba Two-Spirit, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men’s Health Study”, which is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Manitoba Medical Service Foundation, and Winnipeg Foundation. This study seeks to: 1) examine how various forms of marginalization, discrimination, and oppression affect the physical, mental, and sexual health of Manitoba’s Two-Spirit, gay, bisexual, and queer men, and 2) explore this population’s access to, and experiences with HIV-related services and other health care and social programs in Manitoba. This project is a collaboration between the University of Manitoba, Two-Spirited People of Manitoba, Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Rainbow Resource Centre, Our Own Health Centre, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health, and the Manitoba HIV/STBBI Collective Impact Network. The research study will inform culturally sensitive models of HIV service, healthcare, and support program delivery, interventions and campaigns for sexual and gender minority men in Manitoba.

He is also a co-investigator on multiple Canadian and international community-based research projects with people living with HIV and AIDS, sexual and gender minority men, Indigenous and Two-Spirit people, people who use drugs, and commercial blood/plasma donors. You can find more about his research and publications here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rusty_Souleymanov

Teaching and Supervision:
Dr. Souleymanov’s teaching interests include community organizing and development, systematic inquiry in social work, and social work practice with groups. He teaches from a queer-feminist, and anti-colonial perspectives.

He will be teaching the following courses at the University of Manitoba (2018-2020):

  • SWRK 4200/4300 – Community Development: Field Focus of Social Work Practice (2019-2020)
  • SWRK 3100 – Systematic Inquiry in Social Work (2019) 
  • SWRK7650 – Advanced Social Work Practice with Groups (2018)

Dr. Souleymanov is also training, supervising, and building capacity among emerging scholars/students who are entering the field of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, and 2SLGBTQAI+ research and community practice.