Dr. Rusty Souleymanov is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. He is also cross appointed to the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.  



Dr. Souleymanov’s interdisciplinary program of study focuses on the impacts of oppression and injustice on the health and wellbeing of socially and economically marginalized communities, particularly those who are living with HIV, sexual and gender minority men and Two-Spirit people, Indigenous people, immigrants and refugees, blood donors, and people who use drugs. His research interests include the following areas:

Dr. Souleymanov is currently the principal investigator on several community-based research projects including:  

Dr. Souleymanov’s program of study is funded by multiple grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation, the Winnipeg Foundation, as well as the financial support from the University of Manitoba. He is also currently a co-investigator on ten different Canadian and international community-based research projects. 

Through his new and emerging community-based health research lab (“Village Lab”) in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Souleymanov is hosting an active research training program called “Investigaytors Winnipeg”. This research capacity training program is funded through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and supported by the Community-Based Research Centre.  

Teaching and supervision

Dr. Souleymanov's teaching interests include community organizing and development, social work research, and social work practice with groups. He teaches from a queer-feminist, and anti-racist perspectives. Dr. Souleymanov is also training, supervising, and building capacity among emerging scholars/students who are entering the field of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, migrant health, and 2SLGBTQIA+ research and community practice. 

Service and membership

Dr. Souleymanov is currently serving on a Board of Directors of Nine Circles Community Health Centre, and on a stewardship team of the Manitoba HIV/STBBI Collective Impact Network. He is also a member of University of Manitoba Senate Committee on Admissions, Senate Committee on Appeals, and Senate Executive Committee.