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DEVS Professor, Villia Jefremovas, First Faculty Member to Retire from the DEVS Department

Villia's retirement DEVS Professor, Villia Jefremovas, First Faculty Member to Retire from the DEVS Department

At the end of October 2017, the DEVS Department celebrated with Professor Villia Jefremovas who is our first faculty member to retire. Villia taught DEVS 300 Cross Cultural Research Methods as well as Indigenous Peoples in International Comparative Perspective and Rural Development. Many DEVS alumni credit their success to Villia’s brilliant and inspirational teaching methods. Congratulations Villia, we are happy for you but will miss you dearly. To see more information about Villia’s extensive work see her Faculty Profile on the DEVS website.



DEVS Alumni in Action Connecting Canada With the 'Third World'

Adam Houston is a DEVS Alumnus (MA 2012) using innovative ways to explain the connections between Canada and the 'Third World.' In an article published October 6, 2017 in the Ottawa Citizen, he discusses the global implications that legal Canadian marijuana might mean to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Adam connected with his co-author on this piece, Rapelang Radebe, while conducting his MA thesis research in South Africa.

Photo of alumnus Adam Houston with a model dinosaur

DEVS MA Alumnus Adam Houston

DEVS 305: Cuban Culture and Society Course Applications accepted until 31Oct2017

The Queen’s Cuban Culture and Society course (DEVS 305) remains open for applications!  

Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2017 for DEVS 305 "Cuban Culture and Society", an interdisciplinary course six-unit course which takes place at Queen’s during the winter semester and at the University of Havana in May 2018.  Details and application forms are available on the DEVS website

For more information, please do not hesitate to drop into the DEVS office located in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B401 or send an email to

DEVS 305 Students 2016-2017


















DEVS 305 students in Havana, Cuba in May 2017

Congratulations to Noelle Bauman for successfully defending DEVS MA thesis.

Noelle BaumannDEVS MA Student Successfully Defends MA Thesis

Congratulations to Noelle Bauman for successfully defending her thesis entitled "Stories of ‘Born-Again’ Women in Uganda: Epistemic Violence, Visceral Faith, and Subversive Performances of Subjectivity" on Wednesday August 30, 2017.

Thank you to committee members:  Dr. Michael Doxtater (Chair), Dr. Villia Jefremovas (Supervisor), Dr. Allison Goebel (External Examiner), and Dr. Marc Epprecht (Internal Examiner).


Congratulations to Laura Myers for successfully defending DEVS MA thesis.

Laura MyersDEVS MA Student Successfully Defends MA Thesis

Congratulations to Laura Myers for successfully defending her thesis entitled "When You Change the Life of a Woman, You Change a Nation": Analyzing the Experiences of Indigenous Women's Organizations and Organizers in Canada on Monday August 28, 2017.

Thank you to committee members:  Dr. Marc Epprecht (Chair), Dr. Villia Jefremovas (Supervisor), Janice Hill (External Examiner), and Professor Robert Lovelace (Internal Examiner).


Marc Epprecht Talk and Book Launch at Alan Paton Centre at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa

Marc Epprecht at the Alan Paton Centre Book Launch

The Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, hosted Professor Marc Epprecht for a Talk and Book Launch this June for his new book, Welcome to Greater Edendale: Environment, Health, and the History of Development in an African City (MQUP, Nov. 2016). From left to right in the photo are Professor Philip Denis (University of Kwazulu-Natal), Nazim Gani (Alan Paton Center), Professor Marc Epprecht (Queen's) and Gracia Nokiwane (Sinomlando).  

For more information on Professor Epprecht's book please see:    

For more information on the Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives please see:







Thohahoken Michael Doxtater announced as the Queen's National Scholar in Indigenous Studies: Land- and Language-Based Pedagogies and Practices

Micheal DoxtaterThe Departments of Global Development Studies and Languages, Literatures, and Culture are happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Doxtater as the Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) in Indigenous Studies: Land- and Language-Based Pedagogies and Practices.

Dr. Doxtater is an award-winning documentarian and scholar of international stature. A member of the Haudenosaunee Nation, and fluent in Kanyen'keha (Mohawk), Dr. Doxtater has both a deeply-rooted understanding of traditional oral knowledge and a clearly articulated vision for the future of lndigenous Studies at Queen's. Involved in grassroots organizing around environmental protection, he is highly regarded as an art practitioner, community activist, educator, strategic planner, and administrator. He possesses extensive professional and scholarly experience in addition to his status as a healer and mediator within his own communities.


The university's reputation is part of what attracted Dr. Doxtater to Queen’s.

“When I opened the email and saw it was a posting at Queen's University...It's one of those universities that has a certain place in the higher learning sphere. It is a first-class university,” he says.

His ambition is to develop a Centre of Excellence Dedicated to Aboriginal Recovery (CEDAR) that would place Queen's at the forefront in the growing field of applied, land-based pedagogies.

“Having Queen's be the platform for this initiative makes sense because of the pilot project’s orientation, which is working with the Iroquois community,” he adds. “With their traditional territory stretching from the Montréal area to the Six Nations territory in southern Ontario, we are geographically in the middle.”

In his free time, Dr. Doxtater stays in shape through visits to the gym, daily runs, and Wasáse – a type of tai chi based on Native dance forms. He is working on selling a screenplay he wrote, and plays guitar.

The QNS program was established in 1985. Since then, more than 100 QNS appointments have been made in a wide variety of disciplines, and the appellation of Queen’s National Scholar has become synonymous with academic excellence.

To learn more about the Queen's National Scholar program, click here.


Devoneish Aransevia awarded the Robert Sutherland Prize at convocation

The Robert Sutherland Prize is presented annually to a graduating and self-defined student of colour who has shown leadership and initiative at Queen's University, most specifically in the area of anti-racism and anti-oppression in the aim of crating a more inclusive campus climate.

This year's recipient of the Robert Sutherland Prizes was awarded to Dev Aransevia.  Dev is a Global Development Studies graduate in the Class of 2017.

As a co-chair of the Principal's Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity and Inclusion (PICRDI), Dev has worked tirelessly to examine the complex and sensitive issue of racism at Queen's.  In every one of the 2-3 weekly meetings, Dev presented a zeal for positive change on campus and went above and beyond the call of duty, meeting with administration, student leaders, and students alike to help assemble a plan to make Queen's more inclusive.

Dev's commitment to anti-oppression work reaches beyond PICRDI as well.  As a member of the Queen's Black Academic Society and the African Caribbean Student Association, she has been an active part of discussions around every day and systemic barriers against Queen's students of colour, particularly in the context of black students and black academic success.  She has done all of this, with unwavering perseverance, while also acting as the Head Manger at Studio Q, volunteering at the Vogue Charity Fashion Show, and being a student.

Dev has showcased exactly the skills and qualities that a Robert Sutherland Prize recipient does and we are honoured to present this award to her as a token of our appreciation to her steadfast commitment to making Queen's University a better place.






Laura Myers (DEVS MA Candidate) won the CASID Institutional Membership Prize

Laura MyersLaura Myers, DEVS MA Candidate won the CASID Institutional Membership Prize, which is awarded annually to the best original essay by a student in the area of international development studies.

The Prize includes $1,000 cash and consideration of the essay in the regular editorial process of the Canadian Journal of Development Studies (CJDS). 

Laura presented her paper entitled "Liberal Multiculturalism and Its Effects on Indigenous Peoples" on Friday June 2, 2017 as part of the Colonizing and Decolonizing Development in Canada and Abroad session.

Dr. David McDonald participates in Congress 2017 of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University

Dr. David McDonald will participate in the Socialist Studies Society panel:  "GOING PUBLIC:  EMERGING ALTERNATIVES TO PRIVATIZATION IN CANADA" at the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences hosted by Ryerson University on Friday June 2nd.  Dr. McDonald's presentation is entitled "Building a Pro-Public Movement in Canada”.