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Robert Alexander is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. Formerly a reporter, he works in Brock’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies Program where he teaches courses in literary journalism, creative nonfiction, and the history of language study. He has published articles on such topics as eighteenth century language theory, the construction of gender in contemporary journalistic discourse, and journalist-source relations. His current research projects are focused on journalistic subjectivity and the potential of long-form narrative journalism to contest the anthropocentric bias of mainstream news.
Kate Bezanson works in the areas of social and labour market policy, comparative and Canadian political economy, welfare state theory and international development. Her research centres on the dynamics of the reconfiguration of the Canadian welfare state in relation to families and social policy. Dr. Bezanson's recent scholarship considers the ways in which new forms of Canadian federalism reconfigure the relationship between the state and social reproduction. Dr. Bezanson is also involved in food security and local food initiatives.
Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication, Popular Culture, and Film
Dale Bradley has published on technological history of office spaces, and on the political discourse of the Open Source software movement. His primary research interests are centered upon on the historical emergence of techno society and, in particular, the critical analysis of the discourses and practices surrounding contemporary cyberculture. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/cpcf/Faculty#bradley
Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies
Mary Breunig teaches courses in experiential education and outdoor leadership. Her main areas of research include: outdoor and experiential education and issues of social and environmental justice; critical pedagogy and Freirean praxis; and environmental education within the Ontario K-12 schools. Mary supervises graduate students in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, the Faculty of Education, and the Social Justice and Equity Studies Program at Brock University and students at Prescott College in Arizona. She is co-author of Outdoor Leadership: Theory and Practice, the Outdoor Classroom, Critical Pedagogy as Praxis and is co-editor of the Environmental Education Reader. Mary is President of the Association for Experiential Education and continues to enjoy leading wilderness trips for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Brock University Recreation and Leisure Studies students. Visit her website: www.marybreunig.com
David Butz teaches sonic geographies, geographies of international development, political ecology of the Global South and qualitative research design. He has completed two SSHRC-funded research projects, one that examined colonial and contemporary labour relations in the mountains of northern Pakistan, and another dealing with the constitution of spatiality in Jamaican reggae music. He has also investigated the implications of corporate restructuring for General Motors auto workers in St. Catharines, Ontario. The three projects are linked by an interest in the geographies of exploitation, resistance and self-representation. The latter concern has led to publications relating to research ethics and the method of autoethnography. Professor Butz has also published on irrigated mountain agriculture and sustainable development, and is involved with grassroots political and environmental activism in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan. He is currently co-investigator with Nancy Cook on an SSHRC-funded study of the impacts of road construction on social organization in an agricultural village in northern Pakistan. He and Dr. Cook are also studying the implications of food relief for local agricultural production in northern Pakistan, and are in the midst of an “autophotography” project, also in northern Pakistan and funded by the Brock Council for Research in the Social Sciences.He is on the Faculty Steering Committee of Brock’s Social Justice Research Instititue, Editor-in-Chief of the journal Studies in Social Justice, and editorial board member of three additional journals.
Assistant Professor of Education
Diane Collier conducts research in the areas of multimodalities and literacies with a special interest in connections across home and school. In particular, she looks to home and community to inform how out-of-school resources might be valued differently in schools. Current research projects use visual methods of working with children, educators, and families as they represent their imagined lives through visual texts and photographs. Using critical qualitative and ethnographic case study methodologies her work focuses on the processes of textmaking, how children use community resources (particularly, popular culture), and what can be learned from children about their consumption and production of texts. Her research interests also include ethical considerations of children’s participation in research, teaching for social justice, and the use of children's literature in classrooms. She studies how conceptions of inquiry and creativity are used in educational discourse. Her ethnographic research explores issues of gender and class as they related to valued literacy practices. Past projects include case studies of children’s textmaking at home and at school, a cross-Canada study of teachers using Canadian children’s literature to teach for social change, and translation of research about family literacy programs for practitioners.http://www.brocku.ca/education/directory/teachered/dr-diane-collier
Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Associate Professor of Sociology
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I am building on a decade of research on the World Social Forum, on feminist and indigenous positionalities in this process, on tensions between the politics of difference and solidarity, and on the problem of colonial difference in the global justice movements. This resulted in a recent book, Edges of Global Justice: The World Social Forum and Its ‘Others’, Routledge 2013. In my current work, I continue to ask how the emancipatory discourses of Western modernity (liberalism, socialism, anarchism, feminism) are being challenged and remade through their encounter with subaltern movements, e.g. peasant and indigenous movements. I am doing this through ongoing empirical studies as well as through more theoretical and conceptual work on social movements.
I am currently engaged in two collaborative research projects:
With Dominique Masson and Pascale Dufour, I am investigating the politics of solidarity in a transnational feminist network, the World March of Women, around food sovereignty. This involves study of the political dynamics of alliance between transnational feminist and peasant movements, and between urban and rural women’s groups, as they play out in different places and at multiple scales. This is a five-year project funded through a SSHRC Insight grant.
With post-doctoral researcher Elise Thorburn, I am analyzing the wave of anti-austerity and pro-democracy social movements that appeared in 2011, from the Arab Spring to Occupy, including their transnational connectivity; their dis/continuity with the anti-globalization movements; their race, class and gender dynamics; their relation to macro-historical, macro-structural transformations, and the role and significance of digital and social media in constituting these movements.
Associate Professor of Sociology, Graduate Program Director MA Critical Sociology,
Nancy Cook teaches and supervises in the areas of gender and sexuality, qualitative research methodologies, imperialism and globalization, gender relations in Pakistan, critical mobilities studies, and feminist, postcolonial and poststructural theory. She has published a book and several articles on transcultural interactions between Western women development workers and local populations in northern Pakistan. An interest in transcultural interactions extends through more recent work on professional development workers who lived in Pakistan for an extended period of time to understanding how their experiences of working abroad have affected their lives back in Canada. In her current research she is studying the impacts of a newly opened road to Shimshal, northern Pakistan on women’s lives and gender relations in the village. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/graduate-programs/critical-sociology/Faculty/dr-nancy-cook
Professor of Sociology
June Corman teaches in the fields of work, gender and research design. She has served as Chair of Sociology and Director of both Women’s Studies and Labour Studies. She is co-author (with Meg Luxton) of Getting By in Hard Times: Gendered Labour At Home and on the Job (University of Toronto Press, 2001), which received Honourable Mention for the John Porter Prize 2002. Research interests include: political economy, women and work, and social reproduction. She is author of articles on women working in the steel industry, in the education sector, and on farms. Housed in Sociology, she is also involved with the Social Justice Research Institute, Women's Studies and Labour Studies. She has held SSHRC research grants to examine how changes in employment have consequences for families in Hamilton and in Welland, as well as the employment and community relations of rural teachers.
Lauren Corman teaches in the areas of Critical Animal Studies and contemporary social theory. Her intersectional research draws on feminist, anti-racist, posthumanist, post/decolonial, and environmental approaches to the "question of the animal." Subsequent to her studies on slaughterhouse labour, Dr. Corman's Ph.D. focused on voice, politics, and the animal rights and liberation movements. Her current scholarship carries forward these threads to investigate ideas related to agency, resistance, and (interspecies) subjectivity. As such, her interdisciplinary work bridges the social and natural sciences through cognitive ethology, which explores nonhuman animal cultures and societies.
Broadly, Dr. Corman is interested in coalition-building across social, environmental, and animal movements, and links her work to larger anti-capitalist struggles. She maintains her longstanding commitments to critical pedagogy, and also publishes in this area. She hosted and produced the animal advocacy radio show, Animal Voices, for about a decade. She is currently collaborating with filmmaker Karol Orzechowski (Maximum Tolerated Dose) on a documentary about nonhuman animals and intersectionality.
Director, Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse Studies Program; Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature
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Gale Coskan-Johnson teaches courses on the history of rhetoric and the rhetorics of history, contemporary rhetorical theory, cultural rhetoric, travel writing and public writing. She is the director of the Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse Studies Program (WRDS). She has a BA in History from UW-Madison, an MA -TESOL from Northern Arizona University, and a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University. Her research interests include rhetorical theory, critical theory, rhetorics of the border, the nation, immigration, and globalization, transnational feminism, postcolonial theory, ancient rhetoric and its modern reception, and writing and critical pedagogies. She is especially interested in the entangled rhetorics of sovereignty and transnational migration as they emerge in public, popular, and “official” discourses. She is currently working on a book project that explores the 2001 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Transnational Migrant Workers and their Families, both as a product and as a collaborative writing process that brings into relief the ways that a rhetorics of sovereignty circulates in the deliberative discourses of the United Nations.http://www.brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/english-language-and-literature/Faculty-and-staff-el/gale-coskan-johnson
Associate Professor of Labour Studies
Kendra Coulter’s scholarship focuses on how to improve jobs and work-lives, and foster solidaristic, sustainable societies. Her most recent book is Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity (2015), and she is now developing a unique way of approaching human-animal labour through the concept of humane jobs -- jobs that are good for both people and animals. A frequent media commentator, she is recognized as Canada’s leading academic expert on retail work. Professor Coulter is the author of Revolutionizing Retail: Workers, Political Action, and Social Change (2014), which was awarded the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies 2015 Book Prize. She welcomes inquiries from dedicated students interested in work and labour, human-animal studies and social justice, gender and feminist political economy, and anti-poverty work.
Keri Cronin teaches courses on the history of visual culture. Her research interests focus on the ways in which visual representations of the nonhuman world have historically shaped, challenged and, at times, subverted dominant human attitudes towards the species they share the planet with. Her current work explores the role of visual culture in late 19th- and early 20th- century animal advocacy campaigns.
Ronald Cummings teaches queer and postcolonial literatures in the Department of English. He holds a PhD (English) from the University of Leeds and an Interdisciplinary M.A. (Diversity, Culture and Identity) from the University of Hull. He has studied and worked in higher education in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and the United States. His work brings together the critical fields of Maroon Studies, Queer Theory, Black Atlantic Studies and Postcolonial Theory.
Dashwood’s research interests within international relations encompass international development, the role of non-state actors in global governance, and Canadian foreign policy. Her current research is concerned with corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the extractive sector. Dashwood's book on corporate social responsibility and Canadian mining companies was recently published by Cambridge University Press 2012. This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), through a Standard Research Grant (SRG). She is a collaborator with the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN), the recipient of a $2.3 million SSHRC Strategic Clusters grant over seven years. With CBERN as a partner, Dashwood is a co-investigator in a collaborative, multi-perspective case study project on Canadian mining companies in developing countries. This research was funded by SSHRC's International Opportunities Fund (IOF). In the first phase of this project, Dashwood conducted research on a Canadian mining company and its CSR activities in Ghana.
Stefan Dolgert is a political theorist. He writes and teaches on democratic theory, the ethics of violence, critical animal studies, posthumanism, environmental politics, and ancient Greek political philosophy. His primary interest relating to social justice concerns the “question of the animal” – how humans have historically constituted themselves in opposition to something called “animals” – and how this human/animal dichotomy has legitimated oppression in the form of racism, imperialism, sexism, ableism, and speciesism. He is currently working on three major projects: a manuscript on the rich non-anthropocentric tradition in ancient Greek thought, focusing on Homer, Empedocles, Plato, and Aristotle; another manuscript, that critiques the sacrificial model of politics derived from juridical thought; and finally an edited volume that highlights the productive relationship between critical animal studies and disability studies. http://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/political-science/faculty-and-staff/professors-by-area/stefan-dolgert
Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work, and Care, Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies
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Andrea Doucet has published widely on themes of g
ender/work/care; stay-at-home fathers and breadwinning mothers; masculinities, parental leave policies, embodiment, reflexivity, ‘responsible knowing’, and knowledge construction processes. Her book Do Men Mother
? (University of Toronto Press) was awarded the 2007 John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award from the Canadian Sociology Association. She is also co-author of Gender Relations: Intersectionality and Beyond
(with Janet Siltanen, Oxford, 2008; revised second edition forthcoming in 2016). Andrea approaches her teaching and research from an eclectic interdisciplinary perspective and background; she has degrees in political theory and creative writing (York), international development studies (Carleton), and a PhD in social and political sciences (Cambridge University, funded as a Commonwealth Scholar). Her research on theories and practices of care work has been influenced by her co-parenting of three daughters; her work on knowing processes began thirty years ago when she spent nearly six years as a participatory research facilitator, working mainly for the United Nations Development Program in water supply and sanitation projects in in Central and South America. She is currently exploring and writing about: ethics of care approaches to parental leave (with postdoctoral fellow Lindsey McKay); feminism, ecologies, and new materialism; entanglements of care, work and consumption; family photographs and family practices in a diversity of family forms (with post doctoral fellow Lisa-Jo van den Scott); genealogies of concepts; and performative approaches to narrative and visual methods. She is currently collaborating with two Banting post doctoral fellows at Brock: Robyn Lee (Sociology) and Rachel Epstein (Women’s and Gender Studies).
Ann Duffy is a Professor at Brock University in Sociology and Labour Studies. Her research interests focus on the intersections between women, work (paid and unpaid), social inequality and the economy. She has co-authored and co-edited a variety of books on the sociology of work, sociology of the family and family violence. With Professors Daniel Glenday and Norene Pupo, she is presently co-authoring a book on the crisis in Canadian employment. Having just completed a SSHRC-funded project on deindustrialization with Professors June Corman and Norene Pupo, she is also co-authoring a book on the collapse of manufacturing in Niagara.
Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology
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Thomas Dunk’s research program is in the area of linkages between economy, culture and society, with particular focus on class, masculinity, and economic transformation. He is the author of It’s a Working Man’s Town: Male Working Class Culture;
the editor of Social Relations in Resource Hinterlands;
and the co-editor of The Training Trap: Ideology, Training and the Labour Market.
He is currently working on two SSHRC-funded projects: “Adaptation and Resistance to the Information Age in Natural Resource Dependent Regions in Canada and Norway,” and “Hunters, Bears, Masculinity and the Politics of Identity in Ontario and France.”
Ifeanyi Ezeonu has published on the impact of neo-liberal economic policies on sub-Saharan Africa (with special focus on the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO) and the international politics of environmental protection. Research interests include: globalization and international development, gang violence, racialised crime, social construction of crime, transnational crime, environmental crime in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, and contemporary African Diaspora. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/sociology/Faculty-and-staff#ifeanyiezeonu
Margot Francis is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, cross appointed to the Department of Sociology. She teaches courses on queer communities and popular culture, the construction of gender and race in Canadian culture and the Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests include: feminist and post-colonial perspectives on settler societies, critical explorations of culture, arts and identity and integrative approaches to gender, sexuality and the body.
Francis’ book, Creative Subversions: Whiteness and Indigeneity in the National Imaginary (UBC Press, 2011) explores how whiteness and Indigeneity are articulated through iconic images of Canadian identity - and the contradictory and contested meanings these images evoke. Juxtaposing historical images with work by contemporary artists she explores how artists are giving taken-for-granted symbols new and suggestive meanings opening up new questions about history, memory and national identity.
Tami Friedman teaches 20th-century U.S. history at Brock. Her courses cover U.S. history since 1865, U.S. foreign policy, the Cold War, the 1960s, women in North America, and class and capitalism in the United States. She also teaches a graduate course on women and work in U.S. history. Her interests include labour history, women's history, racial/ethnic history, and the social history of economic change. Her research examines the causes and consequences of industry migration within the United States after World War II, with an emphasis on workers, communities, and industrial policy at the local, state, regional, and federal levels. Her publications explore the relationship between economic restructuring and such developments as the decline of organized labour, the rise of the modern Right, and the limits of unionism in the U.S. South. Possible areas of supervision include: deindustrialization, capital flight, economic development policy, corporate globalization, corporate power, union growth and decline, sexual and racial/ethnic divisions of labour, women and work, working-class culture, and class formation/identity.
Associate Professor of Communication, Popular Culture, and Film
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Jennifer Good’s research and teaching interests sit at the intersection of the mass media, materialism and our relationship with the natural environment. She has a B.A. in International Relations from U.B.C., a Master’s degree from York University in Environmental Studies and a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Communication. Current work includes looking at the mass communication of climate change, investigating how parents’ television viewing relates to their willingness to let their children play in the outdoors, and generally exploring the relationships between the mass media (television viewing in particular), materialism and environmentalism.
An economist and journalist in his past lives, Blayne Haggart teaches and writes in the area of International Relations and International Political Economy. His current research focuses on North American regional governance and economic integration, and the political economy of copyright. He is particularly interested in questions of small-country autonomy, Mexican politics, Canada-U.S. relations, the political effects of social media, and democratic accountability in an age of globalization. His research into North American integration draws on his past experience as an economist for various parliamentary committees, including the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. His first book, Copyfight: The global politics of digital copyright reform, was published in Spring 2014 by University of Toronto Press.
Jane Helleiner was trained in social/cultural anthropology at the University of Toronto. She has conducted research in Ireland and Canada. Her newest research examines the expansion of Working Holiday migration and she is completing an earlier study of Canada/US border life. Areas of graduate supervision include global migration, border studies, racism/antiracism, gender and sexuality, childhood and youth.
Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies
Ana Isla conducts research on women, underdevelopment and environmental issues. Research interests include: development and underdevelopment, feminism, and environmentalism. Ana is author of The "Greening" of Costa Rica: Women, Peasants, Indigenous People and the Remaking of Nature (University of Toronto Press, 2015).
Associate Professor of Sociology
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Dr. Tamari Kitossa is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Brock University. Areas of instruction: sociology of the criminal legal system, sociology of punishment, criminology as a science of morality and race and the war for drugs. Research interests include: counter-colonial perspective of criminology and racial profiling; Eurocentric bio-medical, cultural and religious sexualization of the African males; critical police studies. He is currently engaged in research with Dr. Katerina Deliovsky on interracial couples in Canada. With Drs. Philip Howard and Erica Lawson he is co-editor for Re/Visioning African Canadian Leadership: Perspectives: Perspectives on continuity, transition and transformation (2017, U of T Press).
Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
Wendee Kubik teaches courses on women’s issues; women’s health; violence against women, and women in the economy. Her research interests focus on Aboriginal women, violence against women, gender analysis, community action research, farm women, food and water security and sustainability, and global health issues. Wendee is currently a co-investigator in a five year (2011 – 2016) SSHRC – CURA project“Rural and Northern Response to Intimate Partner Violence” on behalf of the RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse) Tri-provincial Research Network. Some of her previous research projects included a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) – UPCD Program,Rural Community Water Conservation Project in Chile, aSSHRC – (CURA)project entitled “The Healing Journey” (a longitudinal study following the healing journey of women who had been abused by their intimate partners), plus research looking at the health and program needs of Aboriginal grandmothers caring for their grandchildren. She has published articles and books about farm women’s work and health, food sustainability, climate-induced water stressand missing Indigenous women.
She is also an Adjunct Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Regina. http://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/womens-studies
Dan Malleck teaches the history of medicine, specifically the regulation of drugs and alcohol, pharmacy and medical professions. His other areas of interest include inter-health-professional conflicts, medicalization, alternative medicine, and the role of the pharmaceutical industry in health care. He is also interested in less conventional teaching methods, notably Problem-Based Learning, Self-Directed Learning, and Community-Based Participatory Research. Dr. Malleck is the editor-in-chief of the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: An Interdisciplinary Journal. His first book, Try to Control Yourself: The Regulation of Public Drinking in Post-Prohibition Ontario, 1927-1944 (UBC Press, 2012) won the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Award for Ontario history for 2012. He is the co-editor with Cheryl Krasnick Warsh of Consuming Modernity: Gendered Behaviour and Consumerism before the Baby Boom (UBC Press 2013. His most recent book, When Good Drugs Go Bad: Opium, Medicine, and the Origins of Canada’s Drug Laws is scheduled for release in July 2015 from UBC Press. Dr Malleck is also a certified Dive Master and an obsessive-compulsive brewer.
Voula Marinos received her Ph.D in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Faculty of Law, Queen's University. She has published on topics including court processes and sentencing of young and adult offenders, public attitudes towards sentencing, plea-bargaining processes, short lengths of custody, accused persons with intellectual disabilities in the courtroom, mental disorder and the law, and alternatives to imprisonment. Her current research project includes interviews with defence counsel about plea bargaining practices that are outside of the courtroom, for both adult and youth accused. Another area of research involves mental health, intellectual disabilities, and court processes. Dr. Marinos teaches courses in the Department of Child & Youth Studies on youth and the law, young offenders, and sentencing and punishment.
Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies
Richard Mitchell is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Child & Youth Studies, Brock University, a graduate of the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and completed his Ph.D in Sociology and Social Policy with Scotland's University of Stirling. Previously, Richard worked as a child and youth counsellor in British Columbia education, mental health and specialized foster- care for two decades. His research and consultancy focus upon implementing the human rights of children and young people within institutional and community-based settings. With colleague and partner Shannon A. Moore, he has co-edited two volumes utilizing transdisciplinary thinking to apply human rights in research and pedagogy: "Politics, Participation & Power Relations: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Critical Citizenship in the Classroom and Community" (R.C. Mitchell and S.A. Moore, Eds., 2012) and "Power, Pedagogy and Praxis: Social Justice in the Globalized Classroom" (S.A. Moore and R.C. Mitchell, Eds., 2008) - both volumes with Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, Boston and Taipei.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
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Dolana Mogadime is Associate Professor in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education. Her research interests include school ethnography, classroom research in language arts and social studies, teacher as researcher, action research and self-study, critical pedagogy and anti-racist feminist pedagogy, autobiography and teachers life histories, and curriculum reform.
Shannon Moore holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Victoria. Her scholarship emphasizes community-based implementation of UN human rights and justice instruments. (e.g. UN Basic Principles for Restorative Justice, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities). This focus on social and transformational justice includes investigations that bridge education, critical theory, human rights and mental health. As a clinical counselor, Shannon Moore has practiced both privately and as a consultant within educational, social service, mental health and correctional service contexts in Canada and the United Kingdom. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/child-and-youth-studies/Faculty-contacts/shannon-moore
Director, Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies
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Trent Newmeyer teaches the sociology of leisure, research methods (primarily qualitative research design), and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. His research interests include the social history of tourism and leisure, crafting as politics, and issues around HIV/AIDS from pregnancy planning to the use of crafting (body mapping) in mediating cultural stigma around HIV.
JOSEPH NORRIS Professor of Dramatic Arts
, Ext. 3596)Joe Norris, recipient of the 2015 Tom Barone Award for Distinguished Contributions to Arts Based Educational Research from the Arts Based Educational Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), teaches drama in education, applied theatre and research methods at Brock University. He advocates the arts as ways of knowing, doing and being and encourages playful, creative, participatory and socially aware stances toward self and Other. His book, “Playbuilding as Qualitative Research: A Participatory Arts-based Approach" purports that playbuilding is a legitimate research methodology and received The AERA's Qualitative Research SIG's Outstanding Book Award in 2011. It documents how data generation, its interpretation, and its dissemination, all can be mediated through theatrical means. Using forum theatre he invites audiences to reconceptualize both the issues and themselves after the performance. His work with duoethnography furthers his interest in designing dialogic qualitative research methodologies that assist in the reconceptualization of the world and of self. His and Rick Sawyer’s book, ‘Understanding Qualitative Research: Duoethnography’, received the 2015 AERA Division D’s Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award. His SSHRC funded research “Reuniting form and content: Generating, mediating, and disseminating social science research and arts-based performance genres through digital media” is expanding the understanding and use of video in research and his website, www.joenorrisplaybuilding.ca, contains videos of arts-based research performances of his own collaborative work and that of colleagues. Driving his research agendas is the belief that an unreflected-life is a life half-lived and that we need the Other to assist us in understanding that which we cannot comprehend alone.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Pomerantz is interested in the discursive-material contexts within which young people produce and negotiate identities. Her research sits at the crossroads of sociology and cultural studies, with a particular focus on girlhood studies. She explores how young people use cultural texts, embodiment, language, and stories to make sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them, paying particular attention to the school, where teenagers negotiate complex social worlds and categories. She is committed to doing qualitative research with young people, including interviews and ethnography. Her past projects include Girl Power, a long-term study of girls’ expressions of empowerment and understandings of feminism, and Dressing the Part, an ethnographic study of how girls use style to negotiate their identities in an urban, multicultural high school. Her most recent book project (with Rebecca Raby), is entitled Smart Girls: Negotiating Academic Success in a 'Post-Feminist' Era (University of California Press). Shauna teaches in the areas of socio-cultural theory, sociology of childhood and youth, popular culture, social justice, and qualitative research methodologies. When not working, she likes to listen to indie rock, read popular teen novels, catch up on smart television shows, and hang out with her kids.
Associate Professor of History
Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas trained as a visual artist (B.F.A.), art historian (M.A. and Ph.D.), and historian (Ph.D.). Her teaching at the undergraduate level focuses on the social and cultural history of Latin America from the sixteenth century up to the present, in particular the Colonial and Republican periods; revolutions; and race, class and gender. At the fourth-year and graduate level, her teaching focuses on Canada-Latin America and Caribbean relations; social change; narrative and the visual field; multi- and/or inter-disciplinary approaches; and comparative analysis. Her publications explore the cultural history of 1930s-1940s Colombia; art, politics, and gender; memory and history; art, art history and history as complementary disciplines; grounded approaches to development issues; solidarity, empathy in art and culture; and Latin America and the Caribbean made in Canada. She has supervised graduate work of students at Brock and internationally in History, History and Art History as complementary disciplines, and on Film and Literature in comparative perspective. She also supervises international exchange students. She welcomes directed graduate reading courses and graduate supervision in her disciplines and subjects of interest. She is also interested in supporting graduate students develop collaborative/team research and community partnerships locally and internationally, and get involved in helping advance knowledge, develop talent, and forge connections from an early stage of their training as junior scholars.
Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts
, Ext. 3221)Gyllian Raby was the founding artistic director of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre in Calgary (1981-88), chronicled in Martin Morrow's book "Wild Theatre". AT OYR, she devised original work using a creative process of "contracting audiences" while investigating the social functions of theatre. Her particular interests focus on Theatre about Science, on the group dynamics of devising, and on adapting classics to contemporary contexts in a "writing back" process. As artistic Director of Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton (1988-93), Gyllian did extended collaborations in these areas with Ray Bradbury and Robert Lepage. Following this, she worked across Canada and in the USA as a freelance director, dramaturge, and playwright/adaptor. She has taught these subjects on faculty at University of Manitoba, University of King's College and Dalhousie University, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University Ohio, and Queen's University. At Brock University since 2001, her SSHRC-funded project Commotion resulted in a documentary film that received the Prestige gold medal film award for educational documentary film, 2015.
Trained as a sociologist, I draw primarily on critical, feminist and post-structural theorizing to study social justice in childhood and youth. My research and teaching investigate discrimination against young people, especially as age intersects with gender, race, class and sexual orientation; sociology of education, with a focus on school disciplinary and surveillance practices as well as sex education; constructions of childhood and adolescence, particularly how they are experienced by children and adolescents themselves; theories of rebellion, resistance and contestation among adolescents/youth; and children and youth as active participants in broader society. My recent book School Rules: Discipline, Obedience and Elusive Democracy problematizes secondary school dress and discipline codes in terms of the kind of student and future citizen they aim to construct, and how they are received, negotiated and often challenged by teachers and students. I am also co-editor of the textbook Power and Everyday Practices (with Deborah Brock and Mark Thomas, York University), which draws on Marxist and Foucauldian thinking in order to complicate everyday activities. I am currently completing a project with Shauna Pomerantz (Brock CHYS) which examines girls, smartness, gender and inequality in high school and I am also involved in a project studying participatory voice and youth on Youtube with Caroline Caron (UQO) and Claudia Mitchell (McGill). I am particularly interested in working with students who wish to bring a social justice lens to studying facets of childhood and youth.
Graduate Program Director, Social Justice and Equity Studies and Associate Professor of Sociology
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Mary-Beth Raddon researches topics of money and finance from the vantage point of social history, political economy and culture. She is especially interested in economic institutions, such as inheritance, charity, philanthropy, social welfare, households and cooperatives, whose primary logic is not market exchange. She has written a book on community currencies, which explores how new local exchange networks expose existing gendered patterns of reciprocity, work and shopping. Mary-Beth also researches on civic participation, social activism, and community-based research. These interests dovetail with her work in service-learning, a method of teaching that combines formal learning with community engagement. Areas of supervision include economic sociology and critical pedagogy.
JENNIFER ROWSELL Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, Associate Professor of Education
Jennifer Rowsell is Professor and Canada Research Chair at Brock University’s Faculty of Education in Canada where she directs the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies. Her current research interests include: applying multimodal, arts-based practices with youth across formal and informal contexts; expanding research methodologies and theories of literacy for digital, immersive, and game-based research; and, longitudinal research with families examining ways of visualizing identities and redefining literacy in the home. Dr. Rowsell is currently involved in four federally funded research projects on a range of topics from Minecraft and Adolescent Thinking Through Game-based Design work to Multimodal Composition and Co-Production Work with Youth. She has authored and co-authored nineteen books in the areas of New Literacy Studies, multiliteracies, multimodality and digital literacies. Her most recent books include Schooling Zombies – Engaging with youth, popular culture and new pedagogies in a landscape of crisis (2015) with Victoria Carrington, Esther Priyadharsini, and Rebecca Westrup and the Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies (2015) with Kate Pahl.
Professor of Sociology
, Ext. 4369)John Sorenson gives courses on nonhuman animals and human society and on corporate globalization. Much of his past research has been on war, nationalism and refugees and he has been active in Third World solidarity groups. He was also engaged in humanitarian relief work in the Horn of Africa with the Eritrean Relief Association. His most recent books are Critical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable (Canadian Scholars Press) and Defining Critical Animal Studies: An Intersectional Social Justice Approach for Liberation (Peter Lang Publishers). Other books include Animal Rights; Ape; Culture of Prejudice: Arguments in Critical Social Science; Ghosts and Shadows: Construction of Identity and Community in an African Diaspora; Imagining Ethiopia: Struggles for History and Identity in the Horn of Africa; Disaster and Development in the Horn of Africa; and African Refugees. Current projects include a book about animal rights activism and the repression of dissent, a book about canid-human relations and research on wildlife in Asia.
Dennis Soron's teaching and research interests include social and cultural theory, the political economy of consumption, radical ecology, and the intersection of labour and environmental politics. He has published various book chapters, articles, and interviews on consumerism, work, the environment, and the issue of depoliticization. He is (with Gordon Laxer) the co-editor of Not For Sale: Decommodifying Public Life (Broadview/Garamond, 2006). http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/sociology/Faculty-and-staff#dennissoron
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature
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Susan Spearey’s research interests focus on literary/cultural responses to contemporary histories of mass violence, on the one hand, and to projects of transitional justice and social reconstruction, on the other. She also works on pedagogy, witnessing and the ethics of reception. Courses taught include Literature of Trauma and Recovery, Postcolonial Literature, South African Literatures of Transition; Textualizing Post-conflict Histories, Social Justice and the Arts, literary theory, and graduate seminars on research skills.
Mark Spencer’s teaching and research focus on the social history of ideas in the British Atlantic World, especially in the eighteenth century. Many of his publications (he has authored and edited twelve volumes) explore aspects of the American and British Enlightenments. He has a particular interest in the life, writings and subsequent impact of David Hume, especially Hume’s History of England (a SSHRC funded project on that topic was published in 2013). He has also published on Edmund Burke, John Locke, and Adam Smith, among others, and is the editor of the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment, which was published earlier this year. He welcomes graduate supervision in any of these fields.
Donna Szoke is an Assistant Professor in Visual Art, in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. As an artist-researcher, her practice includes video, animation, writing, installation, experimental collaboration, drawing and printmaking. Her work exhibits in public art, interactive video installation, outdoor site-specific video installation, film festivals and galleries. Her ideas investigate immanence, encounter, failure, haptic perception and non-visual knowledge in moving images.Her recent body of work includes locative media and site-specific interactive media art in public venues. This terrain of art-as-encounter resonates with dance, theatre and other multi-medial expressions in that it is located in the overlapping terrain between the body, the image and contemporary technology. Her work has shown in Canada, US, France, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Cuba, UAE and Turkey. She has received numerous research awards and grants for her work, including SSHRC, BC Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.
Associate Professor of Education
Nancy Taber is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University. Her research explores the ways in which learning, gender, and militarism interact in daily life, popular culture, academic institutions, and military organizations. Her work often draws on her own experiences serving in the Canadian military as a Sea King helicopter air navigator. Nancy also collaborates in research about the experiences of girls and women in media discussion clubs that engage in a societal gendered analysis. She is interested in feminist methodologies such as institutional ethnography, feminist discourse analysis, and life history. Nancy has published in journals such as Women's Studies International Forum, Adult Education Quarterly, International Journal for Lifelong Education, Studies in Continuing Education, Gender and Education, Children's Literature in Education, and Qualitative Research. She is currently editing a book about gender, education, and militarism in Canadian culture. Nancy is also active with the university's faculty union, BUFA.
Assistant Professor of Education
, Ext. 4965)Leanne Taylor teaches courses addressing the sociocultural contexts of education, including diversity and equity issues in schooling and the interrelationship between pedagogy, culture and identity. Her ongoing research explores the social construction of racialized identities; multiracial discourses and critiques of critical ‘mixed race’ theory; transnational and immigrant student aspirations; the experiences of marginalized and ‘at risk’ youth in secondary and postsecondary schools; and the effects of school policies and teacher conduct on student experiences. A key focus of her work addresses how education that strives to be equitable and socially just must continually engage with the complexities of race and ethnicity, including multiracial experiences. She is currently investigating the use of digital media as a way of fostering teacher candidates’ engagement with social justice and equity issues in education.
Professor of Education
Susan Tilley has worked as both teacher and curriculum coordinator in public school contexts. Her interest in social justice and equity became more formalized as a result of the critical ethnography she conducted with women attending a school while incarcerated in a federal-provincial prison. She teaches graduate courses in curriculum theory, contemporary issues in curriculum studies, and qualitative research methodologies in the Faculty of Education. Her research interests include curriculum, teacher education, antiracism, critical white studies, pedagogical practices, research ethics, qualitative research, teacher research, critical ethnography, and education in alternative sites. She began her term as Graduate Director of the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies July 2010.
Dawn Trussell teaches courses on qualitative methodology; gender, leisure and families; child and youth work in community recreation. Her research interests focus on sport and family leisure experiences with an emphasis on the connection to gender and parenting ideologies. She is currently working on two projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The first project (with Dr. Trent Newmeyer) seeks to understand the complexities of diverse family structures within the social realm of organized youth sport, notably families of LGBTQ parents. Dawn is also working with a research team from Concordia University (with Dr. Stephanie Paterson and Dr. Shannon Hebblethwaite) that is examining the nexus of public policy, leisure and well-being for women as they experience the transition to motherhood. In addition, Dawn has a keen interest in the methodological and ethical issues in the research process, when working with vulnerable and socially marginalized populations such as children, youth, and those living in poverty.
Ebru Ustundag got her PhD from York U and she has her MSc in Urban Planning and Bsc in Political Science and Public Administration from Middle East Technical University, Ankara Turkey. Her recent research project titled “Witnessing Social Citizenship: Microgeographies of street level sex workers in St. Catharines” where she collaborates with various local community organizations. Her areas of research are: citizenship studies, feminist geographies, health geographies, geographies of inequalities and exclusion, and theories of social justice.