Chair: Dr. Carrie Smith is Chair of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and Professor of German Studies. Her research covers digital feminisms, performance, activism, and feminist media studies. She is author of Awkward Politics: Technologies of Popfeminist Activism (with Dr. Maria Stehle, 2016) and Revolting Families: Toxic Intimacy, Private Politics, and Literary Realism in the German Sixties (2013) and coeditor of six peer-reviewed collections, most recently Indigenous & German Studies (2019) and Digital Feminisms (2016). She has been coeditor-in-chief of three international journals and is currently codirector of the Digital Feminist Collective research group at digitalfeministcollective.net.
Dr. Reza Hasmath Ph.D., Cambridge) is a Full Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta. He has previously held faculty positions in management, sociology and political science at the Universities of Toronto, Melbourne and Oxford, and has worked for think-tanks, consultancies, development agencies, and NGOs in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and China. He was formally trained in philosophy, public policy, international studies and diplomacy, and social and political sciences, as well as in various East Asian and European languages.
His award-winning research can be summarized in fourfold: (1) examining the integration and life course experiences (e.g. from education to the labour market) of ethnic minorities in the North American, Australian and Chinese contexts; (2) analyzing state-society relationships in China, with an emphasis on the activities of NGOs and modes of civic participation; (3) investigating how the behaviour of emerging state and non-state actors potentially affect salient theories, practices and assumptions in international development and international affairs; and, (4) assessing the evolving behaviour of policy actors and the expectations of the citizenry, and their subsequent impact, in advanced authoritarian institutional environments.
Dr. Jaymie Heilman teaches Latin American and Caribbean history at the University of Alberta. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of two books about Indigenous political history in Peru. She has written essays about Canada's responsibilities toward Central American refugees and she is working to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis on the US-Mexico border. Born and raised in Edmonton, she is the proud mom of an awesome five-year-old boy.
Dr. Phil Okeke-Ihejirika is a full professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Her areas of expertise include Gender and Higher Education in Africa, and African International Migration. Her research, teaching and other professional activities contribute to a wide array of scholarly forums, embracing a broad network of academic institutions, scholars and international agencies, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Council for the Development of Economic and Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Dr. Okeke-Ihejirika is also actively involved in community building as a resource person to many community organizations, service providers and public agencies in Alberta. She belongs, among others, to the Women Advocacy Voice of Edmonton (WAVE), a 15-member advisory committee on gender issues to the city’s Mayor-and-Council. She has earned many academic, professional and community awards locally and in international circles.
Dr. Kimberly Noels is a professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests rests at the intersection of cultural and social psychology, applied and sociolinguistics, communication science, communication science, particularly as these disciplines pertain to intercultural relations and communication.
Dr. Lihong Yang is the Assistant Chair (Administration) in the Departments of Sociology and Political Science. She is accountable for the effective and efficient management of all administrative systems and daily operation of both departments, including strategic planning and implementation, department budget, facilities, space and is a key contact for all human resources matters.
Dr. Mesbah Sharf is a teaching professor in the Department of Economics. His research interest is in development economics, health economics and population economics.
Joanna Manchur is the Student Engagement & Communications Specialist in the Faculty of Arts. She is responsible for the leadership and development of student communications and engagement activities to enhance the student experience, student success and improve student retention. She is the editor of the Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Student newsletter and the UAlberta Arts Insider blog.
Monica Bassilli is an Undergraduate Student
Megan Perram (she/her) is a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. Her research centers feminist digital pathography of women and individuals with hyperandrogenism. Megan’s professional experience includes interning in the office of the Provincial Minister of the Status of Women, working as a Gender and Sexuality Historical Researcher for Fort Edmonton Park, and the role of Editorial Assistant for Transplantation Journal.