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WGST Faculty Profiles
Margot Francis - Associate Professor
PhD, OISE, University of Toronto
MEd, OISE, University of Toronto
BA, University of Western Ontario
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 decolonializing perspectives on settler societies, critical explorations of culture, arts and identity and integrative approaches to gender, sexuality and the body. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Theory and Policy Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (2002).
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. These benign, even kitschy symbols, she argues, are haunted by ideas about race, masculinity, and sexuality that circulated during the formative years of Anglo-Canadian nationhood. Through a richly illustrated text Francis explores how national symbols such as the beaver, the railway, the wilderness of Banff National Park, and ideas about 'Indianness' evoke nostalgic versions of a past that cannot be expelled of assimilated. The irony is that insofar as Canadians consume versions of a past that do not nourish, the living can themselves become ghostly. Juxtaposing historical images with work by contemporary artists she explores how artistc are giving taken-for-granted symbols new and suggestive meanings. From director Richard Fung's Dirty Laundry, to the work of Indigenous artists Jeff Thomas and Kent Monkman, to Shauna Dempsey and Lorri Milan's performance work Lesbian Park Rangers, the book explores how banal objects can be re-imagined in wasy that offer the possibility of moving from an unproblematized possesion by the past to an imaginative reconsideration of it.
Recent Refereed Journal Articles
Sarita Srivastava and Margot Francis, “The Problem of ‘Authentic Experience’: ‘Storytelling’ in Anti-Racism and Anti-Homophobia Education.” Critical Sociology. Special Issue on Race. 32(2-3): pp. 275-307. Wayne State University Press, 2006.
“The strange career of the Canadian beaver: anthropomorphic discourses and imperial history.” The Journal of Historical Sociology. Blackwell Publishers, July 2004.
“The Myth of Sexual Orientation: ‘field notes’ from the personal, pedagogical and historical discourses of identity,” in Maureen Fitzgerald and Scott Rayter eds. Queerly Canadian. Canadian Scholars' Press, 2012.
“The Imaginary Indian: Unpacking the Romance of Domination,” in D. Brock, R. Raby and M. Thomas eds., Power and Everyday Practice, Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd., 2011.
Ana Isla - Associate Professor
PhD, OISE-University of Toronto
MA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
BA, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
BA, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia
Ana Isla teaches courses in social and feminist theories. Professor Isla has two BAs, one in Education and the other in Sociology, an MA from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a PhD from OISE-University of Toronto. Her doctoral dissertation examined the structure and functioning of the complex Canada-Costa Rica debt-for-nature investment relationship and the projects developed by two non-governmental organizations. Her dissertation received an award in an international competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation for young scholars. Professor Isla's research within the gift economy and the subsistence economy is highly reputed. Her research on ecofeminism is widely published and has secured financial support. Her scholarly work has been included in journal debates and her readers are in English- and Spanish-speaking communities. Her publications and conference presentations have been picked up by the popular media several times because of their relevance to policy development, as well as to broad social concerns. Professor Isla is currently conducting research in two areas: an exploration of subsistence economies in the Peruvian rainforest, and mining in Latin America. Dr. Isla has a positive international reputation and serves as a Board Member for both the Canadian Woman Studies and Capitalism Nature Socialism journals.
Wendee Kubik - Associate Professor
Wendee Kubik is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock University, as well as an Adjunct Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Regina. Her research interests focus on women’s health, Aboriginal women, women and work, farm women, gender analysis, changing gender roles, participatory action research, food and water security and sustainability, and global health issues. Her research interests specific to the Niagara region centre on female migrant workers and the work of women in the wine industry.
Wendee is currently a co-investigator in a five year (2011 – 2016) SSHRC – Community-University Research Alliance Program (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 at the University of Regina.
Some of her previous research projects included a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) – UPCD Program, Rural Community Water Conservation Project (Canada & Chile) that involved working to establish more women in the water industries and corporations in Chile, a SSHRC – (CURA) project entitled “The Healing Journey” (a longitudinal study following the healing journey of women who had been abused by their intimate partners) through RESOLVE, plus research looking at the health and program needs of Aboriginal grandmothers caring for their grandchildren.
Dr. Kubik has published articles about farm women’s work and health, Aboriginal women’s health, food sustainability, climate-induced water stress and missing Indigenous women. She has presented her research and spoken about women’s issues at conferences in Canada, Australia, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, and the United States.
• Project Team: The RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and
Abuse) /CURA team involves eighteen academic researchers from universities in the Prairie provinces and 15 community partners in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. RESOLVE is a prairie-based research network that co-ordinates and supports research aimed at ending violence, especially violence involving girls and women.
• Title: RURAL AND NORTHERN RESPONSE TO INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
• Funder: Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) awarded through the Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) program
• Description: Rural and Northern Response to Intimate Partner Violence was awarded $1,000,000 over five years to investigate intimate partner violence in rural and northern communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. The goal of the project is to enhance the understanding of effective community response to intimate partner violence in rural and northern regions of the Canadian Prairie provinces and the NWT and lead to policy change through actions of our community partners. The study builds upon the established connections among three RESOLVE prairie province research offices, researchers in the Northwest Territory (NWT), and justice and community family violence agencies across the provinces/territory.