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Queen's University

Sylvia Bawa

Ph.D. Candidate

M.A. (Brock University)
B.A. (Hons.) First Class (University of Ghana)

Phone:  613-533-6000 ext. 74097
Office: C500 Mackintosh-Corry Hall

Supervisor:  Dr Catherine Krull


Research Interests

Globalization, Gender and development, International Political economy, Social Justice and Human rights.


  • PhD Candidate -(2008-Present), Sociology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada - 'Women's Rights and Empowerment Discourses in Sub-Saharan Africa:  Beyond the Search for Gender Equality' (working title)
  • MA Social Justice and Equity Studies - (2007), Brock University, Ontario, Canada - 'Advocating Recognition and Redistribution in Poverty Alleviation Programs in Ghana:  An Examination of State and NGO Programs and Policies'
  • BA (First Class Honours) Sociology and Psychology- (2004), University of Ghana, Ghana - 'Social Pressures and Conformity'

Research Experience

Research Assistantships:

  • 'Reproductive and Body Politics-Review of Current Literature' - Dr Catherine Krull, Queen's University
  • 'Electronic Identification Systems: Ghana's Electronic ID System' - Dr David Lyon, Queen's University
  • 'OCGS evaluation of the Political Science Department at Brock University, February 2007-May 2007 - Dr Hevina Dashwood, Brock University
  • 'Reggae Music and Spatiality', October 2001-April 2008 - Dr David Butz, Brock University, Geography Department
  • 'Native Palavers, Imperial Justice: African Appeals before the British Privy Council 1860-1960', February - April 2007 - Dr Bonny Ibhawoh, McMaster University, African History
  • 'High School Rules and Students' Responses to School Rules', July-Septebmer 2006 - Dr Rebecca Raby, Brock University, Child and Youth Studies Department
  • 'Land Tenure and Land Administration Research Project', July 2005 - Institute of Social, Statistical and Economic Research, University of Ghana 

Teaching Experience

Teaching Fellowships

  • Teaching Fellow - SOCY 225 (Sociology of  Globalization) - January 2012-April 2012

Teaching Assistantships

  • SOCY 233 (Race and Ethnic Relations) – September 2010 – April 2011 (Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
  • SOCY 363 (Sociology of Science and Technology) –January 2010 – April 2010 (Department of Sociology, Queen’s University)
  • SOCY 321 (Research Methods) –September 2009-December 2009 (Sociology department, Queens University)
  • SOCY 389 (Gender and Crime) –January 2009-April 2009 (Sociology department, Queens University)
  • SOCY 225 (Sociology of Globalization) – September 2008 – December 2009 (Sociology Department, Queens University)
  • SOCI 3P51 (Gender and Society) – September-December 2007; September-December 2005 (Sociology Department, Brock University)
  • SOCI 3P30 (Women, Work and Family) – January-April 2006 (Sociology Department, Brock University)
  • SOCI 2P12 (Qualitative Research Methodology)- January-April 2007 (Sociology Department, Brock University)
  • CHYS 3P44 (Gender and Sexuality in Childhood and Youth) – January-April 2007 (Child and Youth Studies, Brock University)
  • SOCI 2P80 (Sociology of Families) – Summer 2006 (Sociology Department, Brock University)
  • SOCI 1F90 (Introduction to Sociology) – September 2007– April 2008 (Sociology Department, Brock University)

Invited Guest Lectures and Presentations

  • February 2010. Guest Lecture:  Human and Non-Human Relations.  Lecture presented to SOCY 363 - Science, Technology and Society class, Department of Sociology, Queen's University
  • March 2010.  Guest Lecture:  In the Name of the Family:  Orientalism, Eugenic Discourses and Contradictions in Nuclear Family Ideology.  Lecture presented to SOCY 404 - Sociology of Corporate Crime, Department of Sociology, Queen's University
  • October 2009.  Guest Lecture - Positionality, Politics and Research.  SOCY 321 - Research Methodology, Department of Sociology, Queen's Universtiy
  • March 2007.  Roundtable on Ghana at 50 celebrations at Brock University, Ontario, Canada
  • March 2008.  Experiencing Otherness in Canada, Presentation at Students for Humanity's Race Symposium, Brock University, Ontario, Canada

Other Information

Selected Conference Papers (216 kB)

Academic and Financial Awards (215 kB)

Leadership and Community Involvement  (216 kB)

Professional Affiliations (216 kB)

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