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Canadian Studies Ph.D.

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Canadian Studies Ph.D.

Faculty & Research

Faculty associated with the Frost Centre M.A. and Ph.D. programs

The Frost Centre draws members from Trent’s humanities and social sciences departments. Their presence and interaction create the interdisciplinary core for both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. We encourage you to contact Frost Centre members and discuss with them your interest in specific research projects that you could pursue at the Frost Centre.

Frost Centre members are organized below alphabetically. Click on a faculty name to see Frost Centre member's webpage. 

Suzanne J. Bailey

Professor, English, B.A. (Queen's), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto) 
Traill College, Wallis Hall 125, ext. 6039, sjbailey@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: Literature and science, including environmental studies; disability studies; travel writing; life writing 

Gillian Balfour

Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology, B.Sc., M.A. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (Manitoba) 
Otonabee College 223, ext. 7607, gillianbalfour@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Feminist engagement with all aspects of the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on the victimization criminalization and incarceration continuum. This includes historical and contemporary practices of punishment of women within Canadian prisons; how punishment has been organized and implemented in the lives of imprisoned women, and how women have resisted the conditions of their confinement.

Peri Ballantyne

Associate Professor, Sociology, B.A., M.A. (Western), Ph.D. (Toronto) 
Otonabee College 224, ext. 7813, periballantyne@trentu.ca
Research interests: Social determinants of health across the life course; sociology of pharmaceuticals; the role of the pharmacy profession in health care

Stephen Bocking 

Professor, School of the Environment, B.Sc., M.A. Ph.D. (Toronto) 
Environmental Science Centre A132, ext 7883, sbocking@trentu.ca
Interests: Environmental history of southern Ontario; history of ecology and environmental sciences; history of Arctic science; history of the Great Lakes environment; biodiversity and protected areas science, policy and history; environmental science and politics. 

Cathy Bruce 

Professor and Dean, Education, M.A., Ph.D. (University of Toronto) 
Otonabee College 214, ext 7376, cathybruce@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: teacher self-efficacy and student self-efficacy, technological-pedagogical interactions and impact, mathematics education, assessing models of professional development, mathematics for young children, fractions, algebra and spatial reasoning.

Nadine Changfoot 

Associate Professor, Political Studies,  B.A. (York), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (York) 
Champlain College C2, ext 6005, nadinechangfoot@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: art and politics (especially disability, community arts, arts based research with those who are marginalized), community engaged scholarship, political economy, political and feminist theory (19th century and contemporary)

May Chazan

Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, Gender and Women's Studies, BA (Waterloo), BEd (OISE), MA, PhD (Carleton) 
Lady Eaton College S119.6, ext. 7739, maychazan@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Feminist, decolonial, anti-racist, intergenerational, and queer approaches to conceptualizing, analyzing, and storying activisms; Drawing on intergenerational storytelling methodologies, community-engaged practices, arts-based research, oral history, and activist archives to unsettle dominant conceptions of “activism” and explore diverse forms of resistance, resurgence, resilience, alliance, and solidarity.  

Sally Chivers 

Professor, English, B.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (McGill) 
Lady Eaton College S112, ext 7950, sallychivers@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: Disability Studies, Canadian Literature and Film, Western Canada, Gender, Aging Studies.

James Conolly

Professor, Anthropology, B.A. (Toronto), M.A., Ph.D. (University College London) 
Arch Centre 103, ext. 7877, jamesconolly@trentu.ca
Research Interests: landscape archaeology; historical ecology; geoinformatics; radiocarbon modelling; lithic raw materials and technologies (Great Lakes)

Lynne Davis

Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, B.A. (Queen’s), M.A. (Sussex), M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Toronto) 
Enwayaang Building 313, ext. 7241, lydavis@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Indigenous Studies, particularly Indigenous-Non-Indigenous alliances, Indigenous education, Indigenous community development in Canada and internationally.

Christopher Dummitt 

Professor, Canadian Studies, B.A. (Trent), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser) 
Champlain College S401, ext. 7224, cdummitt@trentu.ca, www.christopherdummitt.com
Research Interests: Canadian culture and politics, especially, though not exclusively, Canada since 1945. 

Finis Dunaway

Professor, HistoryB.A. (North Carolina), Ph.D. (Rutgers) 
Traill College Wallis Hall 118, ext. 7026, finisdunaway@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Modern United States cultural, environmental, and political history; American Studies; visual culture.

Caroline Durand 

Associate Professor, History, B.A., M.A. (Montréal), Ph.D. (McGill) 
Lady Eaton College S103, ext. 7109, carolinedurand@trentu.ca
Research Interests:  Québec history, from 1867 to the present, from social, cultural and political perspectives.  Food history, 1880-1980. Particular interest for the history of popular music, the Quiet revolution, and women's history.

Charmaine Eddy 

Associate Professor, English, M.A. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Toronto) 
Champlain College S403, ext. 7398, ceddy@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: Twentieth century American fiction; African-American fiction; theories of subjectivity, gender and sexuality; theories of race and ethnicity; psychoanalytic theory. 

Paul Elliott 

Professor, Education, B.Sc., Ph.D (Wales) 
Otonabee College 157, ext. 7084, paulelliott@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: Relationship between science, literacy and society; public understanding of science; the impact of personal schooling experiences on new science teachers’ professional practice; nature of good practice in biodiversity education.

Chris Furgal

Associate Professor, School of the Environment & Indigenous Studies, B.Sc. (Western Ontario), M.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Waterloo) 
Gzowski College 303 ext. 7953, chrisfurgal@trentu.ca 
Research Interests:  Environmental health impact assessment; environmental health risk management, assessment, and communication; mixed methods and involvement of indigenous knowledge and western science in environment and health studies; Aboriginal and circumpolar health and environmental change (e.g. contaminants, climate change and food security).

Jonathan Greene

Assistant Professor, Politics & Canadian Studies, B.A. (Manitoba), M.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D. (Queen’s) 
Champlain College G2, ext. 6004, jgreene@trentu.ca
Research Interests:  Comparative and urban political economy and politics, the dynamics of collective action and protest, Marxism, immigration, poverty, and homelessness.

Stephen Hill 

Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Trent School of the Environment, B.Sc., B.A. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Calgary), P.Eng.,
Environmental Science Centre A107, ext. 7368, stephenhill@trentu.ca
Research interests: Energy science, technology & policy; Social responses to renewable energy technology; Climate change policy and management; Environmental management and policy, particularly within organizations; Community-based environmental research. 

Luigi Iannacci 

Associate Professor, Education, B.A., B.Ed. (York), M.Ed., Ph.D. (Western) 
Otonabee College 209, ext. 7508, luigiiannacci@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Language and literacy; early childhood education; culturally and Linguistically diverse learners; critical multiculturalism; disability studies; narrative research methods. 

Whitney Lackenbauer

​Canada Research Chair and Professor, Canadian Studies, B.A. (Waterloo), M.A., Ph.D. (Calgary)
Traill College Kerr House 205, pwhitneylackenbauer@trentu.ca
Research Interests: As Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North, Lackenbauer’s current research program focuses on how Canada can and should balance its sovereignty, security and stewardship responsibilities in the North in ways that protect national interests and values, promote sustainable development and healthy communities, and facilitate circumpolar stability and cooperation. His other interests include modern Canadian and circumpolar history; political studies; military history / war and society; and Indigenous-state relations in Canada.

Michèle Lacombe 

Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, M.A., PH.D. (York) 
Enwayaang S309, ext. 7845, mlacombe@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Canadian and Indigenous literatures; women's writing; ecology and literature; francophone communities; identity; critical theory and postcolonial studies.

Winnie Lem 

Professor, International Development Studies & Gender and Women's Studies, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto) 
Champlain College G25, ext. 7785, wlem@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: Migration, transnationalism, citizenship; regionalism, nationalism, gender, entrepreneurs, diasporas, ethnicity, urbanization, work, household economies; agrarian change; rural politics; racism; culture and political economy; Europe; Asia. 

Barbara Marshall 

Professor, Sociology, B.A., M.A. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Alberta)
Otonabee College 225, ext. 7856, bmarshall@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: Canadian feminist movement; gender and sexuality; social policy (especially with respect to women); theory.

Janet Miron 

Associate Professor, History, B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (York) 
Lady Eaton College S104, ext. 7834, janetmiron@trentu.ca 
Research interests: cultural history; medicine and crime in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; sexuality; Canadian history. 

Liam Mitchell

Associate Professor, Chair of Cultural Studies, Coordinator of Media Studies, BA (TRU), MA (York), PhD (Victoria) 
Traill College Scott House 201, ext. 6072, liammitchell@trentu.ca                  
Research Interests: Philosophy of technology and media theory, especially (post-)phenomenology; contemporary political theory, especially Heidegger and his successors and feminist theorists of subject formation; internet studies, generally including site-specific analyses of groups like Anonymous, social network sites like Facebook, and videogames like Bastion.

Marrie Mumford (Métis) 

Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, BA (Alberta), MFA (Brandeis) 
Enwayaang 101.7, ext. 7310, marriemumford@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Theatre, dance and music; Aboriginal arts and literature

David Newhouse (Onondaga) 

Professor and Chair, Indigenous Studies, B.Sc., M.B.A. (Western Ontario) 
Enwayaang 301, ext. 7497, dnewhouse@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Development of modern aboriginal societies with a focus on examining the underlying philosophical assumptions, notions and ideas which animate them; aboriginal economies.

Blair Niblett

​Assistant Professor, Education, B.A. HBOR, BA, BEd, MEd, PhD (Lakehead) 
Otonabee College 159, ext. 7052, blairniblett@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Activism in Education, experiential learning, outdoor and environmental education, social justice pedagogy 

Heather Nicol

Professor, School of the Environment, B.A. (Toronto), M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (Queen’s) 
Environmental Sciences Centre B307, ext. 7107, heathernicol@trentu.ca
Research Interests:  Canadian and Political Geography with emphasis on the Circumpolar North, Canada-US Borders and Geopolitics.

Alan O’Connor

Professor, Cultural Studies, B.A. (Trinity College, Dublin), M.A., Ph.D. (York) 
Durham Campus room 164, ext. 5030, aoconnor@trentu.ca
Research Interests:  Sociology of culture and mass media, subcultures, art and culture in small cities, global media studies, community media In Latin America. 

Colleen O'Manique

Associate Professor, Politics, B.A. (Carleton), M.A., Ph.D. (York)
Lady Eaton College S109, ext. 7966, comanique@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: Global political economy of health, with a specific focus on the gender dimensions of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Current research examines the ways in which HIV/AIDS is becoming securitized in various parts of the global South. Other research and academic interests encompass debates about global human rights and citizenship, feminist epistemology, and gender and science.

Karleen Pendleton Jimenez

Associate Professor, Education, B.A. (UC Berkeley), M.F.A. (San Diego State), Ph.D. (York) 
Otonabee College 151, ext. 7728, kpendletonjimenez@trentu.ca
Research Interests: gender, sexuality, ethnicity and narrative in the Canadian context

Momin Rahman 

Professor, Sociology, Hon. B.A., Ph.D. (Strathclyde)
Otonabee College 228, ext. 7812, mominrahman@trentu.ca 
Research Interests:  Sociology of gender and culture, with an emphasis on the intersections of race/ethnicity and sexuality; rights agenda for lesbians and gays, and the problems that such strategies create; Muslim queers identities and how these complicate our understandings of 'western' gay politics, culture and identity.

Stephanie Rutherford 

Associat Professor, School of the Environment, B.A., (Toronto), M.A. (Guelph) Ph.D. (York) 
Environment Sciences Centre A112, ext. 7187, srutherford@trentu.ca 
Research interests: Cultural politics of nature, environmental humanities, animal geographies, environmental justice

Joan Sangster 

Professor, Gender & Women's Studies, B.A. (Trent), M.A., Ph.D. (Mcmaster), 
Traill College Wallis Hall 126, ext. 7705, jsangster@trentu.ca 
Research Interests: Working-class and women's history; labour studies and social policy; women and the law; feminist theory and historiography

Paula Sherman (Omamiwinini)

Professor, Indigenous Studies, B.A. (Eastern Connecticut), M.A (University of Connecticut), PH.D. (Trent) 
paulasherman@trentu.ca 
Research Interests:  Indigenous historical consciousness and identities, Atlantic World and colonial encounters, International Indigenous peoples, and Indigenous women.

Sheldene Simola 

Professor, School of Business, BA, B.S.W. (McMaster), M.A. (Queen's), M.B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D. (Queen's) M.A. (Queen's) 
DNA B108.1, ext. 7237, ssimola@trentu.ca
Research interests: Designing and administering large-scale surveys;
Online survey administration; Advanced data analysis, interpretation and report writing; Individual Ethical Decision-Making in Business and Organizations; Ethics in Corporate Governance and CSR; Care Ethics

Mark Skinner 

Professor & CRC in Rural Aging, Health & Social Care, School of the Enviroment, B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), M.A. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Queen's) 
Enviromental Sciences Centre B315, ext. 7946, markskinner@trentu.ca
Research interests: Rural aging; Rural health care; Rural community sustainability; Voluntarism and the voluntary sector; Community-based research.

Elaine Stavro 

Associate Professor, Politics, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto) 
Champlain College S403, ext. 6007, estavro@trentu.ca
Research Interests: Traditional and contemporary political theory, socialist and post modern political theory, democratic theory and feminist thought.

Margaret Steffler 

Professor, English, B.A., (Victoria), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Lady Eaton College N117, ext. 6015, msteffler@trentu.ca 
R​esearch Interests: Canadian women’s life writing and autofiction; girlhood studies; Canadian Mennonite literature; Y/A literature; P.K. Page, L.M. Montgomery, Miriam Toews

Kelly Young 

Professor, Education, B.A. (Ottawa, York), B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D. (York) 
Otonabee College 212, ext. 7514, kellyyount@trentu.ca 
Research Interests:  Language and literacy; curriculum theorizing; leadership and eco-justice educational studies; writing pedagogies; arts-informed research.

 

Professors Emeritus

Julia Harrison, B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (Calgary), D.PHIL (Oxford)
Research Interests: Tourists and the tourist experience; representation issues in museums; the relationships between museums and Aboriginal peoples; and aspects of the culture or research and educational institutions.

Bruce Hodgins, B.A. (Western Ontario), M.A. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Duke), Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Aboriginal-settler relations; Ontario resource land and wilderness management and heritage; comparative federalism; Temagami and Northern Ontario.

John S. Milloy, B.A. (St. Patrick’s), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Oxford) 
Research Interests: Plains Cree history, government policy and Canadian residential schools.

Robert Paehlke, B.A. (Lehigh), M.A. (New School For Social Research), Ph.D. (British Columbia), Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Canadian and comparative environmental policy; the integration of economic, social and environmental policy; and the history of the environmental movement.

Bryan D. Palmer, B.A. (University Of Western Ontario), M.A., Ph.D. (State University Of New York At Binghamton) 
Research Interests: Canadian Labour and Social History; North American radicalism; history and theory.

Tom H. B. Symons, Vanier Professor Emeritus 
Research Interests: Canadian heritage issues. 

Jim Struthers, M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Toronto) 
Research Interests: Canadian social policy; aging and long-term care; social citizenship and welfare state formation.

John Wadland, B.A. (McMaster), M.A. (Waterloo), PH.D. (York), Professor Emeritus 
Research Interests: Bioregionalism; landscape theory; art history; environmental history.

Keith Walden, M.A., Ph.D. (Queen’s) 
Research Interests: Modern Canadian social, cultural and intellectual history; special interest in the development of consumer culture and the historical meaning of symbols, myths, and rituals.