Faculty of Arts
• Joyce Chadya is an associate professor of African history whose research deals with social justice and the rights of women and children in post-colonial contexts. She is a member of CHRR’s advisory board
• Dr. Annette Desmarais (PhD in geography) is Canada Research Chair in human rights, social justice and food sovereignty. Her research focuses on food sovereignty, agrarian change, international development theory and practice, and rural social movements. She is conducting research on the theory, practice and politics of food sovereignty in Canada, Spain and Mexico. Desmarais also helped design the new Master of Human Rights program.
• Dr. Shawna Ferris is an assistant professor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She researches and teaches in feminist cultural studies and critical race theory. Her research interests include cultural representations of and responses to sex work/ers, as well as cultural marginalization, and the raced, classed and gendered violence resulting from that. Her current research examines anti-violence, anti-racism and decolonization-oriented commemorative activism stemming from the growing number of missing and murdered women—many of whom are Aboriginal people—in urban centres across the Canadian West.
• Dr. Stephan Jaeger is head of German and Slavic Studies. He researches on narratives, representations, and memory of war (especially World War One and World War Two) in German and European literature, film, historiography, and museums. He asks how moral/legal definitions of war and human rights relate to war’s representation and remembrance, and how war’s representation links past, present, and future. His teaching also includes other human rights-related topics such as German colonialism and genocide, as well as German identity and refugees.
• Political scientist Dr. Kiera Ladner holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous politics and governance. Her research project on constitutional reconciliation examines the potential for political reconciliation between Indigenous nations and the settler state, given the long history of injustice, discrimination, oppression, domination, regime replacement and the (attempted) destruction of nations. Dr. Ladner has also developed Mamawipawin – a space for community-based research with Indigenous Peoples.
• Dr. Adam Muller is preoccupied with rights issues arising from the sometime violent collisions of moral, aesthetic, political, and strategic discourses in works of art, especially works of narrative fiction and film. His work seeks to generate insights into the moral and other indignities accompanying suffering, spectatorial ethics (i.e. with the moral dimension of witnessing atrocity), historical truth claims, and representations of the defence and diminishment of human freedom. His scholarship is deeply implicated in a wider set of juridical, historical, moral-philosophical, and popular conversations about the universality of human rights. Muller played a lead role in development of a Master of Human Rights program.
• Economist Dr. Umut Oguzoglu‘s research interests are in labour economics, health economics, Aboriginal economic development, economic growth, panel data econometrics and applied econometrics. He is currently working on a research project that examines income determinants in First Nations Reserves. He has published papers on the financial protection of health insurance, disability, income support stigma and retirement incentives.
• Dr. Janice Ristock is provost and vice-president (Academic) and professor of women’s and gender studies. Her scholarly work reflects an overarching focus on community mental health and social justice. Her research is in three intersecting areas: gender and sexuality; interpersonal violence; and HIV/AIDS and stigma. She has gained international recognition for her research on violence in same-sex relationships and on communitybased research methodologies.
• Dr. Lara Rosenoff Gauvin is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a scholar, artist, activist, and curator whose work centres the knowledge and practices of survivors of conflict and forced displacement, particularly in Northern Uganda, where she has worked since 2004. Her research interests include: Indigenous knowledge, land tenure and rights, inter-generational relations, social repair, witnessing, museology, and responsive multimodal methodologies. Her current work examines Acoli Indigenous governance and law as it pertains to community-based land protection initiatives in post-conflict and post-displacement contexts.
• Dr. Myroslav Shkandrij is a Slavic studies professor who researches cultural politics in the former Soviet Union, and the history of Ukrainian-Russian and Ukrainian-Jewish relations. His focus is on nationalism, government policies toward Ukrainians and Jews, and the depiction in literature and the arts. He has also worked on issues raised by the Famine of 1932-33 (the Holodomor) and on the role of public intellectuals in Russia and Ukraine.
• Dr. Katherine Starzyk is a Polish-Canadian associate professor in social and personality psychology and director of the Social Justice Laboratory. She is also a founding member of the Centre for Human Rights Research and a research affiliate of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. She aims to understand how to shift attitudes toward past and present human rights issues. Starzyk is responsible for the Canadian Reconciliation Barometer project, funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant. The goal of the project is to develop a measure of reconciliation that is acceptable to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
• Dr. Jocelyn Thorpe is an associate professor in Women’s & Gender Studies and History. Her research examines the history and legacies of colonialism in the Canadian context, seeking to understand how past discourses and relationships of power lead to and naturalize present-day social and environmental inequities. Drawing from critical race, feminist and environmental studies scholarship, her work aims to open up possibilities for just relationships to emerge among humans and between humans and the non-human world.
• Sociologist Dr. Jane Ursel was the founding director of RESOLVE, a tri-provincial research network on interpersonal violence. She has led two longitudinal studies: an 18-year analysis of the first family violence criminal court in Canada and a six-year study of women who have experienced violence in their intimate partner relationships. Ursel now leads research analyzing criminal sexual assault complaint attrition rates.
• Psychology professor Dr. Jacquie Vorauer‘s research centres on “metaperceptions,” that is, people’s beliefs about how they are viewed by others. In particular, she examines communication breakdowns that pose obstacles to positive relationships between individuals and groups. Her long-term goal is to identify ways in which such obstacles can be overcome. Vorauer is applying her expertise to First Nations water rights research co-ordinated by the Centre for Human Rights Research.
• Sociologist Dr. Lori Wilkinson focuses on the migration and resettlement experiences of refugees, particularly children, youth and their families. She is editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration and the director of Immigration Research West. Wilkinson is working on a nationally funded study on the arrival experiences of Syrian refugees to Western Canada and is involved with the Canadian Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition.
• Dr. Nicole Wilson is an assistant professor from the Department of Environment & Geography and the Centre for Earth Observation Sciences. She is a scholar of settler origin whose research focuses on Indigenous peoples, environmental governance and environmental change in the Arctic. In particular, her research examines the many ways that Indigenous peoples are asserting their self-determination and revitalizing their governance systems to respond to various stressors, including climate change and resource development. She has examined these topics in a number of contexts, including Indigenous-led community-based monitoring, water governance and policy, and climate change adaptation.
• Sociologist Dr. Andrew Woolford is professor of sociology and criminology and former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. His research focuses on settler colonial and critical genocide studies, as well as on intersections between ecocidal and genocidal destruction. He is working on two community-based research projects with residential school Survivors: 1) Embodying Empathy, which has designed, built and tested a virtual Indian Residential School to serve as a site of knowledge mobilization and empathy formation; and 2) Remembering Assiniboia, which focuses on commemoration of the Assiniboia Residential School. He has initiated a project on human and other-than-human relations within genocidal processes under the title “symbiogenetic destruction”.
Faculty of Law
• Dr. Kjell Anderson is a jurist and social scientist who studies human rights, mass violence and mass atrocities. He has worked in Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Netherlands and Ireland. His current research focuses on perpetrators of international crimes, the criminology of genocide, transitional justice, and the Dominic Ongwen trial at the International Criminal Court.
• Prof. Karen Busby was the founding director of the Centre for Human Rights Research. Her research interests include laws connected to sex, sexuality, violence and the human right to safe drinking water. Her current research is on human rights laws affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) people; sexual violence; surrogacy; religious freedom; and child protection. Achieving Fairness: A Guide to Campus Sexual Violence Complaints by Busby and co-author Joanna Birenbaum was published in 2020.
• Dr. Gerald Heckman’s research interests include administrative and constitutional law, human rights law and refugee law. His recent publications have focused on the influence of international human rights norms on states’ domestic legal systems. His dissertation focused on the gap between procedural rights guaranteed to refugee claimants by international human rights treaties and the domestic procedural protections provided claimants under the Canadian, American and Australian systems for refugee protection decision making.
• Prof. David Ireland practiced criminal law as both Crown and defence counsel before joining the Faculty of Law. His research interests include the effect of social class on justice system outcomes.
• Prof. Darcy MacPherson’s research is diverse, covering areas such as corporate law, corporate criminality and disability rights. His service work is largely in the area of human rights, particularly as they relate to disability issues. He is both the president and chair of the board of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies and chair of the steering committee of Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in Ukraine, a five-year, $4.7-million project whose major funder is the Canadian International Development Agency.
• Dr. Mary Shariff is associate dean of the Faculty of Law’s Juris Doctor Program and also teaches at the University of Manitoba’s Natural Resources Institute. Her diverse research interests include bioethics and law; law of contracts; natural resources law; biogerontology, aging and the law; and assisted death and palliative care.
• Dr. Donn Short’s primary research interest is safe schools, with a focus on homophobic and transphobic bullying. He is the recipient of a research fellowship from the Law Foundation of British Columbia, as well as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council standard research grant. Dr. Short is committed to the rights of artists and is a member of PEN Canada and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. At Robson Hall, he founded the group Outlaws and he is the founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Human Rights.
• Dr. Lorna Turnbull’s primary areas of research include women’s equality as shaped by laws related to economic rights and obligations, and workplace regulation and social inclusion as these impact upon care for dependents. Her teaching interests include international and domestic human rights law, taxation law and policy, gender and equality and women’s rights in a global context. Dr. Turnbull holds a cross appointment with the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice at St. Paul’s College.
Faculty of Education
• Dr. Marlene Atleo is a senior scholar. She focuses on understanding the development and delivery of diverse and non-traditional community programs for credentials in post-secondary education. She also works on human rights to socio-historical integrity in education, on capacity development and on heritage language rights for educational success of Aboriginal people.
• Dr. Nadine Bartlett is as assistant professor with 22 years of experience in the public school system as a classroom teacher, resource teacher and student-services administrator. Her career as an educator has included teaching in urban, rural and northern Indigenous communities. Her research focuses on inclusive, person-centered and strength-based models of support for marginalized children, youth and families.
• Dr. Michelle Honeyford‘s research focuses on literacy, identity and citizenship, particularly around issues related to rights and representation. Her work involves building partnerships with teachers, schools, and communities to design more equitable, advocative and activist pedagogies for youth – including undocumented immigrant youth, youth in alternative education, and youth in afterschool programs – largely through writing, digital photography and multimodal literacies. She co-leads the Manitoba Writing Project with colleague Wayne Serebrin.
• Dr. Melanie Janzen is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Manitoba. Her research is informed by critical and feminist theories, with a central focus on exploring the inter-related workings of power and discourses, particularly as they relate to the identities of teachers and children. Her research includes two SSHRC-funded projects on exploring the emotional toll of obligation in teaching and on improving educational experiences for children in care. In addition, she is interested in critical analyses of children’s rights and the implications of rights-based discourses for children and schooling.
• Dr. Robert Mizzi is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Foundations, and Psychology. His research examines the politics and practices of equity and diversity in community and school contexts. He specifically focuses on sexual and gender minority educators (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) but also examines the experiences of educators who cross borders to teach in international contexts.
• Dr. Shannon Moore is an assistant professor of social studies education in the department of curriculum, teaching and learning. Through her research, she has explored: student responses to issues of social justice; media education and media literacies in the social studies context; and the use of digital video production in pedagogy and research. Moore hopes to continue research on the use of social justice and playful pedagogies in formal educational spaces.
• Dr. Nathalie Piquemal’s research and teaching examine education from a human rights perspective. Her specialty is intercultural and international education, with a focus on issues of cultural discontinuities as experienced by minority students. Dr. Piquemal’s areas of interest also include research ethics; immigration, language and culture; cultural and linguistic discontinuities; and Aboriginal education.
• Dr. Wayne Serebrin is an associate professor in language and literacy. He and colleague Michelle Honeyford lead the Manitoba Writing Project, which organized a forum for teachers on writing for social justice and human rights and a summer institute for educators who want to become better writers. Serebrin is working with teachers from 17 schools to create spaces that value children’s and youths’ everyday, local writing discourses and connect them with global discourses.
Faculty of Social Work
• Dr. Marlyn Bennett is director of the Masters of Social Work Based in Indigenous Knowledges. She specializes in Indigenous child welfare policy, qualitative research methods using Photovoice and digital storytelling and cultural safety for Indigenous women who have experienced sexual violence.
• Prof. Colin Bonnycastle is a Senior Scholar and former director of the northern social work program in Thompson. He has done or is involved in research on homelessness, gendered violence, childcare, water security, and women and economic restructuring in the North. He has also written in the areas of social work ethics, charity, religion and social welfare, and social justice.
• Dr. Maria Cheung is an associate professor whose research focuses on human rights and spiritual minorities. She received a $3-million grant from the Canadian International Development Agency and was co-principal investigator for 10 years of a project on the human rights of rural women in China. Her recent research explores discrimination against and marginalization of the spiritual minority group Falun Gong in Canada, evidence on forced organ harvesting in China, and the social capital of Chinese immigrants.
• Dr. Judy Hughes researches how professional service providers understand and respond to intimate partner violence. She recently studied the ways women indirectly disclose abuse to community health nurses and how the nurses recognize these verbal cues as indicators of intimate partner violence. In another project, Hughes studies the experiences of women who are negotiating child custody arrangements and/or being investigated within the child welfare system.
• Dr. Mohammad Khan is an assistant professor of social work whose research interests include poverty, human development and social policy. He studies the disparity in financial capability and wellbeing across individuals’ social locations such as age, gender, income levels and immigration status, as well as developments on basic income in Canada.
• Dr. Hai Luo’s work addresses social and health issues of older adults of diverse cultural backgrounds and the implications to social work theory and practice. Her research and publications includes cross-cultural aging, end-of-life issues from cultural perspectives, barriers for older immigrants to access healthcare, gambling and addictions among older immigrants, elder abuse in culturally minoritized groups, and social capital for older adults. She is involved in local and international projects to study active aging and cultural minority older adults.
• Dr. Eveline Milliken works in the inner-city Social Work ACCESS Program and the Aboriginal Child Welfare Initiative. Prof. Milliken’s areas of interest include women’s issues/feminist perspectives; cross -cultural communication; and cultural safety.
Faculty of Health Sciences
• Nursing professor Dr. Benita Cohen‘s research program is focused on building public health capacity to address and reduce inequities in health using a social justice lens. Current research activities include developing indicators for public health organizational capacity for social justice and equity work.
• Dr. Brenda Elias is an associate professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and former co-director and founding member of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research. Her research interests include gender health, mental health, social determinants, health info-structures, Indigenous and inter-transdisciplinary health research, and research ethics. She conducts multilevel quantitative and mixed-method studies into the social, cultural, biological, economic, political and historical determinants of health. Dr. Elias has partnered with the Centre for Human Rights Research to demonstrate the power of collaborations in advancing health rights of populations.
• Dr. Linda Larcombe’s research is focused on the study of genetic, socio-cultural and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease susceptibility and resistance in Canadian Aboriginal populations. Trained in anthropology, her approach to infectious disease research is multidisciplinary and draws from medical anthropology, immunogenetics, immunology, ancient DNA, geographic information systems, land use studies, history and archaeology to gain new perspectives regarding disease susceptibility and resistance.
• Dr. Pamela Orr is a physician, teacher, administrator and researcher with an interest in circumpolar and Indigenous health. Her current research focuses on the biologic and social determinants of health, and on health-care systems. Orr is a consultant with the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit and associate editor of the International Journal of Circumpolar Health. She is vice-president of the Circumpolar Health Research Network, and on the board of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.
• Dr. Marcelo Urquia is an associate professor and research scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Department of Community Health Sciences. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Applied Population Health. Urquia conducts epidemiological studies using large linked administrative databases. One major focus of his research is on immigrant health, particularly surrounding health issues that intersect with the rights of immigrant women, girls, minors and families, such as prenatal sex selection and child marriage.
Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources
• Dr. Bruce Erickson is an assistant professor of geography whose research focuses on the cultural and political dimensions of outdoor leisure, paying attention to how colonialism and nationalism in Canada impact our recreational use of space. His work also documents the impact of gender, race and sexuality on our understandings of nature and space. His current projects address ecotourism in northern Canada, environmental activist campaigns throughout Canada and the United States, and the production of heritage sites in Ontario.
• Dr. Jonathan Peyton is an associate professor in the department of environment and geography. His work bridges environmental geography and political ecology and develops a historical and cultural approach to questions of resource, extraction and development conflicts. His work assesses the social and environmental effects of large-scale infrastructure projects, development schemes and resource programs, particularly in Canada’s North. Current projects aim to analyse the early stages of Arctic oil and gas regimes, the emergence of Prairie resource cultures in times of transition, and the political ecology of urban natures in Winnipeg.
• Dr. Shirley Thompson is an associate professor at the Natural Resources Institute. Her research interests lie with food, housing and water security in northern Manitoba Aboriginal communities, where the sustainability and health disadvantage is most evident. She has specialized in applied research, which included government, industry and Indigenous organizations. Recently, she and her students have produced participatory video documentaries, including Harvesting Hope, about food sovereignty in northern Manitoba.
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
• Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst is the Prairie region NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, and is creating new opportunities for women to grow, develop, and provide leadership in the fields of science and engineering. Among these opportunities are outreach programs for Aboriginal Peoples created in collaboration with the leaders of northern communities, including a research training program on water and sanitation security. Her research expertise includes strengthening policies, community-based programs and performance measures that help protect land and water resources in Canada. She has also worked in Central America.
Faculty of Architecture
• Dr. Susan Close is an associate professor whose book Framing Identity: Social Practice of Photography in Canada (1880-1920) addresses how Canadian women at the turn of the 20th century used photography as a social practice to establish identity. She used issues related to identity, gender, post-colonialism, tourism and travel as a way to analyze her subject matter.
Faculty of Engineering
• Civil engineering assistant professor Dr. Qiuyan Yuan aims to develop sustainable technologies for water and waste treatment processes that will reduce the environmental burden, carbon footprint, and greenhouse gas emissions. She is also interested in community outreach to promote environmental awareness. Yuan is involved with research on First Nations water issues.
Faculty of Graduate Studies
• Dr. Nancy Hansen is director of the interdisciplinary master’s program in disability studies. Her University of Glasgow PhD thesis examined the impact of education and social policy on the employment experiences of women with physical disabilities and her post-doctoral research examined the access of women with disabilities to primary health care. Dr. Hansen’s research interests include disability history (eugenics and bioethics), geography of disability, disabled women’s issues, disabled people’s access to primary health care and disability and the media.
Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
• Dr. Fenton Litwiller is a leisure scholar and assistant professor. Their research program emphasizes the use of critical inquiry to investigate inclusive recreation environments. Litwiller is developing a project driven by interrelated research questions about gender, youth, sexuality and play by connecting 2SLGBTQ youth to a drag performance and genderplay workshop. In the workshop, mentors work with youth to explore gender through makeup, movement to music, and costuming.
• Dr. Sarah Teetzel is an associate professor and the associate dean (undergraduate education) in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management. Her research focuses on applied ethics and human rights in sport, including the eligibility constraints that transgender athletes face to compete in sport.
School of Art
• Dr. Shepherd Steiner is assistant professor of contemporary art and theory at the School of Art. He is in dialogue with a wide range of contemporary photographic practices and actively researches the ways in which the interpretative dynamics encountered on the micro level of photography are mediated by larger issues in the political crucible. This research is inclusive of the theoretical notion of teleopoiesis and opens onto the horizon of ethics.
• Prof. Aimée Craft is an associate professor at the Faculty Law, University of Ottawa, and an Anishinaabe-Métis lawyer from Manitoba. She is a leader in the area of Indigenous laws, treaties and water. She prioritizes Indigenous-led and interdisciplinary research, including visual arts and film, co-leads a series of major research grants on decolonizing water governance and works with many Indigenous nations and communities on Indigenous relationships with and responsibilities to nibi (water). She plays an active role in international collaborations related to transformative memory in colonial contexts and reclamation of Indigenous birthing practices as expressions of territorial sovereignty.
• Dr. Melanie O’Gorman is a development economist at the University of Winnipeg with experience with fieldwork and policy analysis in a number of developing countries. She is involved in economic analysis for the Centre for Human Rights Research First Nations drinking water project.
OTHER INSTITUTIONS (professional affiliates)
• Dr. Karine Duhamel is an Anishinaabe-Métis historian. She was formerly adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg and director of research for Jerch Law Corporation. More recently, Duhamel was director of research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, drafting the final report and managing the forensic document review project and legacy archive. She is now an independent historian and consultant working on projects across the country to foster awareness of Indigenous histories and contemporary issues with a research focus on colonization, treaty federalism and the resilience of Indigenous people.
• Dr. Shayna Plaut’s work is at the intersection of academe, journalism and advocacy. She is interested in how people represent themselves in their own media, in particular peoples who do not fit neatly within the traditional notions of the nation-state. Plaut has researched and engaged with Romani media, migrant media and Indigenous media in Canada, the U.S. and Europe for 20 years. As a Fulbright and Vanier scholar, she lived and worked in Hungary and the Balkans. Now based in Winnipeg, she designs, manages and teaches critical research with local and international NGOs and universities.
• Dr. Karlee Sapoznik Evans is the Manager of Research, Special Reports, and Youth Engagement for the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth. Her research, teaching, activism and advocacy have focused on the prevention of human trafficking, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, and slavery; the history and legacies of residential schools; social justice and human rights; the Holocaust, genocide, and memory; the best interests of children and youth; and women’s, gender, and oral history. Evans has worked in Sierra Leone, Mali, Peru, Italy, England, Spain, Ukraine, Israel, and the U.S.
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