Robert Alexander is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. Formerly a reporter, he now directs Brock’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies Program where he teaches courses in news writing, literary journalism, the history of language study, and creative writing. He has published articles on such topics as eighteenth century language theory, psychoanalysis and journalism, and the construction of gender in contemporary journalistic discourse. His current research is focused on journalistic subjectivity. http://www.brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/english-language-and-literature/Faculty-and-staff-el/robert-alexander
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 involved in food security and local food initiatives, and is beginning a project on infant/child nutrition, market failures and the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS.
Chair and Assistant Professor of Communication, Popular Culture, and Film
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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. http://www.brocku.ca/applied-health-sciences/Faculty-directory/recreation-leisure-studies/mary-breunig
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 co-editor of ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical
Geographies, and a member of the faculty steering committee of Brock’s new Social Justice Research Institute.
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. 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. 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 into a handbook for practitioners.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Janet Conway’s research focuses on social movements in the context of transformations associated with globalization—including neoliberalization, intensified transnational flows, and new communication technologies. She has particular interest in ‘anti-globalization’ movements, transnational feminisms, indigenous movements and the inter-relation of these with each other and other emancipatory social forces. At the graduate level, Dr. Conway teaches Social Justice and Human Rights and Globalization, Inequality and Social Change. Her most recent book is Edges of Global Justice: the World Social Forum and Its ‘Others’, Routledge, 2012. She is also author of Praxis and Politics: Knowledge Production in Social Movements, Routledge, 2006 and Identity, Place, Knowledge: Social Movements Contesting Globalization, Fernwood, 2004. Her work has appeared in journals in sociology, law, politics, geography and women’s studies. She is currently developing two collaborative research projects: on the North American Occupy movement; and on transnational feminist solidarities focused on the World March of Women. She completed her PhD in Political Science at York University in 2002. She holds two Master’s degrees, Political Science (2000, York) and Theology (1990 University of St. Michael’s College) and a BA (Hons.) History (1984, Memorial) Before coming to Brock in 2007, she taught for five years at Ryerson University, Toronto in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. She is a long-time social justice activist in women’s, anti-poverty, and indigenous solidarity movements, a founder of the Metro Network for Social Justice and founding chair of the Toronto Social Forum.
Gale Coskan-Johnson teaches courses on the history of rhetoric and the rhetorics of history, contemporary rhetorical theory, cultural rhetoric and travel writing. She is the director of Brock University’s Writing Program. 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; rhetorics of the border, the nation, immigration, and globalization; transnational feminism; postcolonial theory; ancient rhetoric and its modern reception; second language writing; and critical pedagogies. She is currently working on a project that explores the often-competing rhetorics of national sovereignty and transnational migration in the context of the 2001 International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and their Families. Specifically, she is examining the deliberative process
that went into the production of the treaty by examining reports written during the 1980s that record the conversations, discussions, arguments and compromises that took place throughout this decade-long collaborative writing process. This set of documents represents rich and rhetorically provocative material in which particular nation-state members of the UN, individually and in alliance, resist, engage, and commit themselves to particular representations of sovereignty, transnational mobility, and, most significantly, the human rights of (un)documented transnational migrants. http://www.brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/english-language-and-literature/Faculty-and-staff-el/gale-coskan-johnson
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
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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 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. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/sociology/Faculty-and-staff#junecorman
Lauren Corman teaches in the area of Critical Animal Studies. Her intersectional research draws
on feminist, anti-racist, posthumanist, and environmental approaches to the "question of the
animal." Dr. Corman's dissertation focused on voice, politics, and the animal rights and liberation
Assistant Professor of Labour Studies
Kendra Coulter is Canada’s leading academic expert on retail work, retail workers’ political action, and strategies for improving retail work. She has written widely on these topics in scholarly and accessible venues, and her book “Revolutionizing Retail” will be out in 2014. Dr. Coulter is also studying animal work -- the work done with and by animals. She is particularly interested in class, gender, work, and agency in show jumping and horse racing, and on the intersections of human and animal welfare. She has an ongoing interest in anti-poverty work and how solidarity is conceptualized and practiced. Conceptually, all of her scholarship is underscored by a commitment to promoting to social justice, and to understanding the relationships among material conditions, political consciousness, and forms of agency.
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 19th century animal welfare campaigns, a project which investigates connections between animal welfare activism and other types of campaigning that were taking place during the same historical moment. http://www.brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/visual-arts/Faculty-3/visual-arts/keri-cronin
Professor Dashwood’s broad research interests encompass international relations, international development and Canadian foreign policy. Her current research on Canadian corporate social responsibility (CSR) was funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Dashwood is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on CSR in the mining sector. Dashwood is working on a book manuscript on corporate social responsibility and Canadian mining companies. 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 CBERB as a partner, Dashwood is a co-investigator in a new (as of 2007) collaborative, multi-perspective case study project on Canadian mining companies in developing countries. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/political-science/Faculty-and-staff/professors-by-area/hevina-dashwood
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
Andrea Doucet has published widely on themes of gender/work/care, changing fatherhood, 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). She is currently completing three long-standing book projects: one entitled Slow Method
(with Natasha Mauthner, University of Aberdeen, for Sage), one on genealogies of breadwinning and caregiving; and a second edition of Gender Relations and Intersectionalities
(with Siltanen). 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: feminist materialist approaches to embodiment; affective inequalities; linkages between a broad range of care practices (including ecological) and social justice; visual methods and the use of documentary film in research; entanglements of care, work and consumption; and performativity and boundary-making in concepts and methods. http://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/sociology/faculty-and-staff#Andrea_Doucet
Dean (on Academic leave), Faculty of Social Sciences and 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.” http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/sociology/Faculty-and-staff#Thomas_Dunk
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. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/cpcf/Faculty#good
Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
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Tamari Kitossa's areas of course instruction inclusive of: critical perspectives on the criminal legal system; sociology of law, punishment, and society; and counter-colonial approach to criminological theory. Research interests include: counter-colonial theorizing of racial profiling; Marxian approach to police, the state and repression; sexual racism and hypersexualism of African males; and qualitative and theoretical approaches to interracial couples. Immediate research projects include: mainstream criminological discourse as 'epistemic violence' and 'bad faith' toward blackness; and, with Dr. Katerina Deliovsky is developing the theory of 'repressive tolerance' toward interracial couples. He is Co-Chair of the Brock African Recognition Committee (http://brockniagaraafricangroup.weebly.com/
) and Secretary to the Black Canadian Studies Association (http://bcsa.wordpress.com/the-bcsa/
); and, he continues to work with colleagues to develop an undergraduate Africana program of study.
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) and he has just finished writing his next book, Its Baneful Influences: Opium, Medicine, and the Origins of Canada’s Drug Laws. Dr Malleck is also a certified Dive Master and an obsessive-compulsive brewer. http://www.brocku.ca/applied-health-sciences/faculty-directory/community-health-sciences/dan-malleck
Voula Marinos received her M.A. and Ph.D in Criminology from the University of Toronto, and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Faculty of Law, Queen's University. Her research is focused on sentencing and punishment of young and adult offenders, including public attitudes, plea-bargaining, short lengths of custody, accused persons with intellectual disabilities in the courtroom, and alternatives to imprisonment. Her current research includes extrajudicial measures under the YCJA for youth, probation for young offenders, and public attitudes towards plea-bargaining. Dr. Marinos teaches courses in the Department of Child & Youth Studies on youth and the law, young offenders, and sentencing and punishment. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/child-and-youth-studies/Faculty-contacts/voula-marinos
Dr. Mitchell is an Associate Professor in the Child and Youth Studies Department at Brock where he has been a Faculty member since 2004. He is 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. His teaching of undergraduate and graduate coursework within childhood and youth studies includes theories of childhood, qualitative research methods and analyses, social policy, and equity issues. His research, teaching, service and consulting are focused upon international and transdisciplinary approaches to implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child within political, institutional and community-based settings. Recently, Dr. Mitchell has built upon these international frameworks as a core Faculty within Brock's Environmental Sustainability Research Centre where he serves as Communications Director. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/child-and-youth-studies/Faculty-contacts/richard-mitchell
Director, Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies
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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
Dr. Nash is an Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Brock University. Her research interests are geographies of sexuality/queer/ feminist and trans geographies, mobilities and digital technologies. Catherine has examined the historical geographies of Toronto's gay village, queer women's bathhouse spaces, trans urban spaces, new LGBTQ neighbourhoods, as well as methodologies and pedagogical issues. Recent work considers intergenerational changes in sexual and gendered identities, behaviours and practices in traditional gay villages. Catherine is currently working with Dr. Kath Browne tracing transnational oppositions to LGBTQ rights in Canada and the UK and with Dr. Andrew Gorman-Murray on changing LGBT and queer neighbourhoods in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada. She has published in a wide range of journals including Acme, Antipode, Area, Canadian Geographer, Geoforum, DAG, IJURR and Canadian Studies and is co-editor with Dr. Browne of Queer Methods and Methodologies: Queer Theories in Social Science Research.
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
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Joe Norris is professor of Drama in Education & Applied Theatre in the Department of Dramatic Arts, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts at Brock University. He advocates the arts as ways of knowing, doing and being. His book, “Play building as Qualitative Research: A Participatory Arts-based Approach” purports that play building is a legitimate research methodology and received The American Educational Research Association’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. 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. http://www.brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/dramatic-arts/Faculty-dart/dr-joe-norris
Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Pomerantz is interested in the construction of youth and girlhood through the complimentary lenses of sociology and cultural studies. She focuses on how young people use cultural texts to make sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them, paying particular attention to the institution of the school, where teenagers must learn to negotiate complex social worlds and categories. She is also committed to doing qualitative research with young people, particularly 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 used style to negotiate their identities in an urban, multicultural high school. Her current SSHRC-funded study (with Rebecca Raby), is entitled, Smart Girls: Negotiating Academic Success in a “Post-Feminist” Era
. She received her PhD from the University of British Columbia, where she studied Sociology of Education and taught in the areas of feminisms, child and youth culture, and social justice. 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 daughter, Miriam. http://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/child-and-youth-studies/Faculty-contacts/shauna-pomerantz
Associate Professor of History
Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas received her PhD from the Departments of History and Art History at McGill University, and her B.F.A from the Department of Fine Arts at Concordia University. She specializes in modern Latin America with a concentration on Colombia from the 1920s. Her publications open up general domains of study such as art and art institutions, literature, politics and economics to cultural analysis. Her current research, collaboration, and supervisory interests include truth, reconciliation and reparation, conflict resolution, memory and social change. http://www.brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/history/Faculty-staff/8303
Chair and Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies
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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. My current project with Shauna Pomerantz examines academic smarts, gender and inequality in high school. http://brocku.ca/socialsciences/undergraduate-programs/child-and-youth-studies/Faculty-contacts/rebecca-raby
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
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Jennifer Rowsell is a Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies at Brock University’s Faculty of Education where she directs the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies. Jennifer has written and co-written several books, journal articles, and book chapters over the past ten years. Jennifer has presented at many national and international conferences. Her current research projects include: a high school ethnography in an urban and suburban high school in the Toronto and Welland areas where she applies design principles and uses multimodality to teach and learn secondary English with ethnically diverse youth; a SSHRC-funded international research study on 21st
century reading processes; finally, Jennifer has completed research with thirty producers who apply a variety of modes from sound to visual to digital environments to broaden our understandings of literacy. Her research encourages a socio-cultural view of literacy built on the principles of the SJES Program.
John Sorenson gives courses on animals and society, racism, and corporate globalization. Much of his research has been on war, nationalism and refugees and he has been active in solidarity groups in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East. He was also actively engaged in humanitarian relief work in the Horn of Africa with the Eritrean Relief Association. His most recent book is Ape (forthcoming from Reaktion Press) and other books include 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. In 2006 he received a three-year SSHRC research grant to investigate animal advocacy as a social justice movement. http://www.brocku.ca/social-sciences/graduate-programs/critical-sociology/Faculty/dr-john-sorenson
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.
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 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. http://www.brocku.ca/humanities/departments-and-centres/visual-arts/faculty-3/donna-szoke
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.
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 equity issues. She is also researching social justice networks between university and community workers in the Niagara region. http://www.brocku.ca/education/directory/undergradgradedstudies/leannetaylor
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.
Ebru Ustundag teaches courses on community development, urban planning, cities and globalization. She has a BSc (Political Science and Public Administration) and MSc (Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments) degrees from Middle East Technical University (Turkey) and Ph.D. (Geography) from York University. Her doctoral dissertation ‘Turkish republican citizenship and rights to the city’ analyzes the constitutions, contestations and transformations of the Turkish republican project’s citizenship practices and strategies, through the spaces of a historical neighborhood in Istanbul: Beyoðlu. In so doing, it establishes the link that has been neglected between the city and citizenship in studies on Turkish republicanism, citizenship and nationalism. Currently she is working on two projects: ‘Women and Awqaf in Ottoman Istanbul’ (with Professor Engin Isin) and ‘Security Discourses and Democratic Paradoxes’. Her major areas of interest are: theories of space and cities, citizenship studies, feminist geographies, urban geographies as well as political and cultural geographies of Middle East. http://brocku.ca/social-sciences/departments-and-centres/geography/Faculty/ebru-ustundag