Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Faculty

Over 90 faculty members are currently involved in supervising students in the cultural studies program. Of these, approximately 40 are interested in taking on new students in 2017. Consult our list of research areas to find out where we are recruiting new MA and PHD students.

Wordlcloud of Faculty Research Interests

Wordcloud of faculty research interests.

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Lonnie Aarssen
Department: Biology
Research Interests: The application of Darwinian evolutionary theory to the interpretation of culture and human nature, and how this impacts on our understanding of civilization and the challenges it faces for the 21st century.
Mary Louise Adams (on leave Fall 2018)
Department: Kinesiology and Health Studies Sociology
Research Interests: Politics of the body, sport, fitness and health; history of sexuality; feminism; gendered embodiment.
Howard Tzvi Adelman
Department: Jewish Studies Program
Research Interests: Jewish history, literature, culture; social history: gender, childhood, family, violence, sexuality, race; Italy: medieval and early modern; history and memory; biblical interpretation; rabbinic commentary; autobiography; Zionism, Israel, relations with Palestinians and the Jewish Diaspora.
Sharry Aiken
Department: Law
Research Interests: My research focuses on migration law and policy in context. More specifically, much of my current scholarship engages with the controversies, complexities and challenges posed by immigration and border security measures as well as the impact of these measures on asylum seekers, refugees and the communities they have established in Canada. A parallel research interest concerns the nature and meaning ascribed to citizenship in ethnically divided societies. In 2009 I organized an international conference with three colleagues from Osgoode Hall Law School: "Israel/ Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace". The program, paper abstracts and a full audio archive of the proceedings is available on the conference website: http://www.yorku.ca/ipconf/
Blaine Allan
Department: Film and Media
Research Interests: Historical approaches to film, Canadian film and television, film authorship.
Jan Allen
Department: Art History, Art Conservation, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Research Interests: Cultural policy, art museums, contemporary visual and media art.
Bita Amani
Department: Law
Research Interests: Intellectual Property Law (domestic and International), Regulating Genetics and New Technologies, Biopiracy and Protection of Traditional and Cultural Knowledge, Regulatory and Ethical Issues of Medical/Scientific Research and its commercialization, Globalization and Social Justice, International Law, Regulatory Diversity, Torts.
Richard Ascough
Department: School of Religion
Research Interests: Ancient Greek and Roman Culture and Religion; Hermeneutics and Sacred Texts; Business Ethics; Organizational Behaviour; Voluntary Association; Religion and Film
Sylvat Aziz
Department: Art, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Adaptation of industrial methods/materials in contemporary studio practices; science in the studio: investigations based on the science of art materials/processes; cartography: political and applied (visual interpretations); issues of representation in Islamic visual culture, in particular the material economy of sufi shrines, aspects of conflict and convergence; Kalash Kafirs of Hindu Kush: survival of identity and culture under duress.
Susan Babbitt
Department: Education, Philosophy
Research Interests: Epistemology, Moral Philosophy.
Stéphanie Bélanger
Department: Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research
Research Interests: Soldier identity, military culture; Testimony as a genre and testimony of war; Just War Theories, military ethics; French Literature of the Ancient Regime: theater, moralists, mystics.
Karine Bertrand
Department: Film and Media
Research Interests: Indigenous methodologies; Indigenous women's film and media; Quebec and Canadian cinema; Road movies; World cinemas; Oral tradition, storytelling and popular cultures; Oral practices of cinema.
Alicia Boutilier
Department: Agnes Ehterington Art Centre, Chief Curator/Curator of Canadian Historical Art
Research Interests: Canadian historical visual and material culture, with emphasis on women artists, feminist art history, artistic groups, regional scenes, collecting histories and intersections of fine art and craft.
Jeffrey Brison
Department: History
Research Interests: North American Cultural and Intellectual History, Canadian-American Relations, Cultural Studies, Cultural Policy.
Annette Burfoot
Department: Sociology, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Visual Science Studies (anatomy, cancer care, science fiction), Technology Studies (political economy of manufacturing), Cultural Studies, Reproductive & Genetic Engineering.
Frank Burke
Department: Film and Media
Research Interests: I teach film in relation to postmodernity, ideological criticism, cultural studies, poststructural theory, and gender, with a strong emphasis on Italian culture. Throughout my career I have been a researcher into Italian, American, and Italian-American cinema, specializing for much of that time in the work of Federico Fellini.
Laura Cameron
Department: Geography & Planning
Research Interests: Study of cultural encounters between peoples and places, particularly as they relate to the development of early British and Canadian ecology and conservation.
Caroline-Isabelle Caron (currently on leave)
Department: History
Research Interests: Caroline-Isabelle Caron is a historical anthropologist who specializes in the study of the popular culture of North American Francophones in the 19th and 20th-centuries. Her research projects so far have focussed on representations of the past, in the form of genealogies, legends and commemorations, and on representations of the future, in the form of science fiction and fan fiction. She has tried to get a better sense, a closer glimpse, at Acadian's and Québec collective encyclopedias, in Umberto Eco's sense of the word, i.e. the sum of the experiences and representations possessed by a person, and more generally, by a collectivity, which enables them to understand their world, and act and react to various experiences. She is currently working on a book studying Acadian commemorations in 19th and 20th century Nova Scotia. She is also looking at the evolution of the Acadian traditional costume over the course of the 20th century. Another current project preliminary focuses on the evolution of fannic creative production among women since the 19th century.
Heather Castleden
Department: Geography and Planning
Website: www.heclab.com
Research Interests: Community-based participatory research (CBPR), Treaty rights, negotiations, and implementation, Indigenous-Settler reconciliation in Canada, Social-environmental justice and health equity, Decolonizing, Indigenous, and participatory tools and methodologies, Unsettling ethics and addressing institutional barriers to CBPR in the academy
Daniel F. Chamberlain
Department: Languages, Literature and Culture
Research Interests: 20th-Century Spanish American narrative, Mexican oral narrative tradition, contemporary literary theory, narrative perspective.
Arthur Cockfield
Department: Law
Research Interests: Tax law, privacy law, law and technology theory.
Rosanne Currarino
Department: History
Research Interests: TBA
Laeeque K. Daneshmend
Department: Mining
Research Interests: Interactions between First Nations, other stakeholders, and the mining sector; Cultural divides between engineering and the arts and sciences; Technological risks, techno-optimism, risk perceptions, and social responsibility (with a particular interest in the Bhopal Disaster); Appropriate technology for social justice.
Joyce Davidson*
Department: Geography, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Geographies of Health and Illness, Geographies of Embodiment and Emotions, Social Geographies, Gender and Feminist Theory, Emotional Geographies.
Jackie Davies
Department: Philosophy
Research Interests: Feminist Thought, Narrative Reasoning, and Critical Thinking.
Pamela Dickey Young
Department: Gender Studies, School of Religion
Research Interests: Feminist study of religion, religion and sexuality, religious diversity and public policy.
Karen Dubinsky
Department: Global Development Studies, History
Research Interests: Global politics of childhood (including migration, adoption) Cuban musical cultures, intimacies of empire (Canada/Americas), Canadian/'Third World' relations.
Marc Epprecht
Department: Global Development Studies, History
Research Interests: Urban social history, South Africa.
Petra Fachinger
Department: English
Research Interests: Indigenous Studies, ecocriticism, Asian diaspora, diaspora and transnationalism, transnational/transracial adoption, urbanism, memory studies, trauma and genocide
Tim Fort
Department: Drama
Research Interests: Musical Theatre, Theatre Administration, Directing, Lighting Design, and Scenic Design.
Allison Goebel
Department: School of Environmental Studies
Research Interests: Environmental Justice; Women, Health and Environment; Local Food Issues/Movements; Gender, Environment and Development in Africa - especially Southern Africa, including use or Management of Natural Resources, Social Forestry, Agriculture, Urbanization and Housing, Social Impacts of Climate Change.
Ellen Goldberg
Department: Gender Studies, School of Religion
Research Interests: Hinduism, Buddhism, Cognitive Theories of Religion.
Lisa Guenther
Department: Philosophy
Research Interests: Political Philosophy, Critical Prison Studies, Continental Philosophy, Feminism, Philosophy of Race.
Martin Hand*
Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Digital Culture, particularly photography, Web 2.0, and archives/memory; Consumption, design and practice, sustainability, mundane technologies; Cultural Sociology, cultural institutions, material culture. 
Emily Hill
Department: History
Research Interests: Emily Hill is a specialist on the history of China. She speaks Chinese fluently and bases her research in Chinese-language source materials. Her main area of research has been the political economy of China's Republican period, particularly 1931-37. She is also examining the origins of the war between China and Japan of 1937 to 1945 and the political economy of postwar Taiwan. Her interest in agricultural policy in the past has led to her new project on reforestation in contemporary China.
Jennifer Hosek
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: 20th-21st century West, East, and larger German literature, film, and culture; European Union cultures; feminist, gender, transnational, critical, and cultural studies theories and movements; Cuban film and culture; cities; mobility cultures, including bicycling.
Adnan Husain
Department: History
Research Interests: Medieval Europe, Mediterranean, Islamic World, Muslim Diaspora, comparative/history of religion, cultural and intellectual history, cross-cultural and inter-regional approaches to history
Anita Jack-Davies
Department: Faculty of Arts and Science
Research Interests: Feminist research methods (including auto/biography and auto/ethnography), black feminisms, urban and “inner city” schooling, feminist pedagogies and traditional west African dance forms.
Lynda Jessup
Department: Art
Research Interests: Visual cultural studies; international exhibitions, museum representation, and the construction of nationalist art canons; cultural diplomacy and international cultural relations; art historiography.
Gary Kibbins
Department: Film and Media
Samantha King
Department: Kinesiology and Health Studies, Gender Studies
Research Interests: The politics of health, sport, and the body; queer, feminist, and critical race theory; critical studies of philanthropy, social movements, and consumer culture.
Audrey Kobayashi
Department: Gender Studies, Geography
Valerie Kuhlmeier
Department: Psychology
Research Interests: I study cognition from a developmental and evolutionary perspective. I examine the origins of our cognitive capacities in a comparative manner, studying infants, young children, and non-human primates.  Specifically, my research program focuses on the development of social cognition, including the recognition of others’ goals and needs (e.g., intention reading, theory of mind), the imitative and empathetic responses to those goals and needs, and the subsequent generation of prosocial behaviour.
Kathleen Lahey
Department: Law
Frances Leeming
Department: Film and Media
Julien Lefort-Favreau
Department: French
Research Interests: 20th-21st Century French literature; Quebec literature; Relations between literature and politics; Intellectual history; Cultural history; Sociology of literature; Sociology of publishing; Jacques Rancière; Pierre Bourdieu.
Cynthia Levine-Rasky
Department: Sociology
Research Interests: Immigration and refugee policy; Romani Studies; inequality; multiculturalism; race, racialization; critical whiteness studies; intersectionality; qualitative methods.
Margaret Little
Department: Gender Studies, Political Studies
Research Interests: Welfare; poverty; retraining; Canadian social policy
Susan Lord
Department: Art, Film and Media, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Cultural studies of media and technology, Cuban film and visual culture, feminist film culture in Canada and internationally.
Robert Lovelace
Department: Global Development Studies
Research Interest: Aboriginal Studies
George Lovell
Department: Geography
Research Interests: Colonial Latin America, indigenous response to Spanish imperial domination, the colonial connection between Old World disease and New World depopulation, other aspects of historical and cultural geography as they relate to regions outside of Latin America, especially Spain.
Eleanor MacDonald
Department: Political Studies
Research Interests: Contemporary political thought, including: identity politics, feminist theory, critical theory, postmodern theory, Marxist theory, anti-racist theory, psychoanalytic theory, environmental theory, cultural studies, narrative theory, queer theory, race and sexuality studies, feminism, and transgender politics.
Scott Mackenzie
Department: Film and Media
Research Interests: My most recent work is concerned with film manifestoes; national and transnational identity in global cinemas; re-imagining Hollywood cinemas; Arctic cinemas; and situationist practice and moving image activism (specifically the works of Guy Debord and John Greyson).
Bob Martyn
Department: Centre for International and Defence Policy, Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research
Research Interests: Current academic work spans several broad areas: 1) terrorism and violent extremist radicalization; 2) intelligence operations; 3) combat stresses and attendant mental health issues
Jeffrey Masuda
Department: School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Sidneyeve Matrix
Department: Film and Media
Research Interests: Mass communications, social media and marketing, mobile technology, and digital culture consumer trends.
Sam McKegney (on leave July 2018-June 2019)
Department: English
Research Interests: Indigenous literatures, contemporary Canadian literature (as well as its precursors), Indigenous governance and its pursuit through art, multiculturalism as an ideal and in practice, hockey culture, masculinity theory, and literary activism.
Katherine McKittrick
Department: Gender Studies, Geography
Research Interests: black studies, cultural geographies, anti-colonial studies, the arts.  Katherine is also editor at Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography
Jan Mennell
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: Jewish Latin American Literature, Latin American Women’s Literature, Latin American Film.
James Miller
Department: School of Religion and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese philosophy and religion; globalization of Chinese cultural practices; dialogue between Chinese and Western civilizations; cultural resources for sustainability; ecological civilization in China.
Allison Morehead
Department: Art
Research Interests: French, Scandinavian, and German art of the 19th and early 20th centuries; history of museums and collecting; the art of psychiatric patients; printmaking; intersections between art and science; critical theory; historiography.
Scott Morgensen
Department: Gender Studies
Research Interests: Queer Studies, Feminist and Queer Ethnography, Anti-Racist and Anti-Colonial Activisms, Indigenous Studies, White Settler Colonialism.
Sharday Mosurinjohn
Department: School of Religion
Laura Murray
Department: English
Research Interests: oral/urban/community-based history; the politics of heritage preservation and its relation to gentrification; art as part of heritage interpretation and community building; copyright law and cultural policy; American literature and culture before the Civil War; history of the newspaper; Indigenous Studies. Professor Murray is the director of the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP): swampwardhistory.com
Dorit Naaman
Department: Film and Media, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Dorit Naaman is a film theorist and documentarist from Jerusalem, teaching at Queen’s University, Canada. Her research focuses on Israeli and to a lesser extent Palestinian cinemas (primarily from post-colonialist and feminist perspectives). Recently she has focused on nationalism, militarism, and gender. Her documentary work is about identity politics, and politics of representation and she developed a format of short videos, DiaDocuMEntaRY. Her videos have been screening in film festivals and curated screenings around the world. Dorit is now embarking on a video installation project in Jerusalem. To learn more about her work go to www.diadocumentary.ca .
Kip Pegley
Department: Film and Media, Music, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Popular music, visual culture, critical theory.
Emily Pelstring
Department: Film Studies
Research Interests: Media art, art and feminism, animation history and theory, experimental music.
Elaine Power
Department: Gender Studies, Kinesiology and Health Studies
Research Interests: Poverty, food, the body, health.
Kim Renders
Department: Drama
Research Interests: Large-scale artist/community collaborations, Applied theatre, Exploration of non-script-based performance, Movement theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences
Colleen Renihan
Department: Drama
Research Interests: music theatre and opera in Canada & US, musicology, performance studies, memory, historiography
Natalie Rewa
Department: Drama, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Production design and design practices, performing architecture, critical costuming, design for opera, puppetry.
Dylan Robinson
Department: Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Music, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: Indigenous visual art; Indigenous music; Sound Studies; Public Art; Critical-Creative Writing; Sensory Studies, particularly Indigenous perspectives.
Matt Rogalsky
Department: Music
Research Interests: Histories, reconstructions, and new performances of late 20th century electronic and experimental music; electroacoustic composition practices including field recording, studio recording, synthesis, processing and mixing audio using both commercial DAWs and various programming environments; building sensor-based instruments and controllers for live electracoustic performance; sound and intermedia installation work; pop music recording and production.
Scott Rutherford
Department: Global Development Studies
Research Interests: Histories of global development; settler-colonialism; race; gender; decolonization; post-1945 Canadian history; Global South/Canada; cultural studies. I am interested in histories of local oppositional movements. My research investigates the ways people have used organizing and protest to help imagine and develop new understandings of culture, identity, land, development and work in the late twentieth century. I am currently working on two major projects with such themes. Canada’s Other Red Scare looks at the various Indigenous “Red Power” movements that took shape Canada during the 1960s and 1970s. I have also just completed work on a co-edited introductory textbook with Karen Dubinsky (Queen’s) and Sean Mills (University of Toronto) called Canada and the Third World: Overlapping Histories (University of Toronto Higher Education Press, 2015)
Trish Salah
Department: Gender Studies
Claudio Palomares Salas
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: Hispanic Transatlantic Avant-Gardes (1915-1927); Spatiality & Literary Geography; Twentieth Century Spanish and Latin American Literature, Music, and Film; Transatlantic Studies; The Political Song in the Hispanic World (1960-1990)
Julie Salverson
Department: Drama
Research Interests: Salverson's current research, writing and performance interests include: Canada's involvement in the development of the atomic bomb (continuing work from a SSHRC funded project with Peter Van Wyck, Concordia University); the comedic and absurd as approaches to witnessing violence beyond an aesthetic of injury and spectacle; the relationship between aesthetics and ethics in translating stories of violence; Creative non-fiction and its place in scholarship; the role of the imagination in learning and development.
Ariel Salzmann
Department: History
Research Interests: Islamic history, world history.
Donato Santeramo
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: 20th-century Italian theatre and literature, literary studies and semiotics.
Jill Scott
Department: Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: Indigenous Law and Justice, Conflict Resolution, Restorative and Transitional Justice, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Social Dynamics of Mourning & Grief, Law and Literature, German and Austrian Literary Modernisms, Social Media and Technology in Higher Education, Culture Change in Post-secondary Education.
Sergio Sismondo
Department: Philosophy, Sociology
Research Interests: Science and Technology Studies, political economies of pharmaceutical knowledge.
Carolyn Smart
Department: English
Research Interests: Emerging Canadian writers, cross-genre writing, performance poetry, and memoir,  RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers.
Gordon Smith
Department: Music
Mick Smith
Department: Philosophy, School of Environmental Studies
Research Interests: Environmental ethics, social constructions of nature, environmental sociology, the ethics and emotions of place, Gadamer, social theory and hermeneutics, theories of modernism and postmodernism
Sarah Smith
Department: Art
Research Interests: contemporary visual and material culture, curatorial studies, cultural diplomacy, exhibitions and transnational cultural brokering, Canadian and North American studies
Laureen Snider
Department: Sociology
Sarita Srivastava
Department: Sociology, Gender Studies
Research Interests: Social Movements; Sociology of Gender and Race; Sociology of Emotion; Feminist Movements and Feminist Theory.
Carla Taunton
Department: Art History and Contemporary Studies, NSCAD
Research Interests: Indigenous arts and methodologies, contemporary Canadian art, museum and curatorial studies as well as theories of decolonization, anti-colonialism, and settler responsibility
Peter Thompson
Department: Gender Studies, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: Golden Age Theatre, The Entremés, Queer Theory.
Jane Tolmie
Department: Gender Studies
Research Interests: Theatre, lyric poetry, medieval romance (verse and prose), performance studies, feminist, queer and gender theory, alternative comics/sequential art, and autobiography.
Asha Varadharajan
Department: English
Research Interests: Postcolonial literatures and studies in globalization and culture, literary theory (Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism and psychoanalysis), cultural studies, critical race theories and multiculturalism, Adorno and the Frankfurt School, violence, civil society, and the bio-politics of citizenship.
Norman Vorano (on leave July 2018-June 2019)
Department: Art History
Note: On Sabbatical July 1 2018-June 30, 2019

Barrington Walker
Department: History
Research Interests: Black Canadian History, "Race," Immigration.
Craig Walker
Department: Drama
Research Interests: Theatre History, World Drama, Canadian Drama, Poetic Drama, Individualism and Communalism in Theatre.
Margaret Walker
Department: Music
Research Interests: Classical and vernacular musics, dance, history and historiography, colonialism and postcolonialism, gender, South Asia
Molly Wallace
Department: English
Research Interests: Twentieth- and twenty-first-century US literature (particularly fiction), risk society, literature and environment, science studies, theories of the animal and animality, cultural studies, and theories of globalization and the transnational
Awet Weldemichael
Department: History
Glenn Willmott
Department: English
Research Interests: Modernisms, modern culture genres (especially comics and graphic novels), human-animal and ecocriticism, literary and critical theory (Western Marxism, post-Marxisms, poststructuralism, feminist critique, psychoanalysis, media), economic approaches to literature.

Cristiana Zaccagnino
Department: Classics, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Research Interests: Greek and Roman Archaeology, Ancient Greek colonies, Ancient Iconography and Iconology, Classical Tradition in Italian culture from the Middle Ages up to our current days.
Keren Zaiontz
Department: Film
Research Interests: Contemporary Theatre and Performance Studies; Performance and the City; Festivals and Mega-Events; Social Practice Art; Art-Activism.

* Not currently accepting new students.