Core Supervisory Graduate Faculty

The following faculty members have been approved as Core Supervisory Faculty for students pursuing the Specialization in Gender and Women's Studies in the units listed below.

Faculty of Education

Dr. S.C. Grover
The rights of women under international humanitarian, human rights and criminal law. The relationship between women's and children's rights and their respective well-being. Advocacy for women and children under international and domestic law. The impact of feminist theory on law and policy affecting women and children's rights.

Dr. D. Kerr
Descriptions of justice, equality and rights; arguments for and against liberalism, including communitarian and feminist. Social theories underpinning social organization. Education; theories of education.

Dr. C. Russell
Ecofeminism, particularly as it applies to environmental education theory and practice; feminist pedagogy; queer pedagogy; critical pedagogy; social justice education; animal-focused education; critical animal studies; fat studies; fat pedagogy.

Dr. P. Sameshima
Pauline Sameshima is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies at Lakehead University. She is a curriculum theorist who works across the science and humanities fields on large research projects with a particular interest in mobilizing research, learning across broad audiences, and innovating university-community learning collaborations. Her interests include: arts integrated studies, poetic inquiry, narrative inquiry, fiction as research, visual inquiry, multi-model research, interdisciplinary research, teacher education, community engagement, and health and identity studies.

Dr. G. Walton
Gerald Walton's research focuses on bullying in schools, especially as expressions of stigma towards social differences such as gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and body size and shape. He also explores the politics of education, variance in gender and sexuality identities, gender performance and regulation, equity in schooling, social construction of fear, power and privilege, and critical perspectives on masculinity.

Department of English

Dr. A. Den Otter 
Gender construction, queer theory, women writers of British eighteenth-century and Romantic periods, Anna Barbauld, Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft.

Dr. M. Flegel
Monica Flegel's research interests focus on cultural studies, specifically child culture, fan culture, and animal studies. She has recently published articles on nineteenth-century pet culture, and, with Jenny Roth, on fan fiction in relation to the law and as a form of women's writing. Her teaching interests include Victorian literature and culture, children's literature, literary theory, animal studies, and cultural studies.

Dr. A. Guttman
Anna Guttman's primary field is postcolonial literature, particularly that of South Asia and its diaspora. Her areas of interest include the nation, multiculturalism, gender and sexuality, translation, Jewishness, diaspora, and the sociology of literature. She has published articles on Salman Rushdie, Vikram Seth, Nayantara Sahgal, Jawaharlal Nehru, Amitav Ghosh, Shauna Singh Baldwin and Anita Desai. She is the author of Writing Indians and Jews: Metaphorics of Jewishness in South Asian Literature (2013), The Nation of Indian in Contemporary Indian Literature (2007) and co-editor of The Global Literary Field (2006). Currently, she is researching both South Asian queer writing, and popular corporate fiction in India. Her work on Jewishness in South Asia was supported by SSHRC. She welcomes the opportunity to supervise graduate students in all areas of postcolonial literature.

Dr. D. Ivison
Gender and sexuality in Canadian, Australian, and 19th century British and American literatures, science fiction, and popular culture. Intersections of gender and sexuality with colonialism; space and place; cities and urbanism; and environmentalism and ecocriticism, particularly in relation to climate change.

Dr. J. Leggatt
Interests include post-colonial women writers and the intersection of feminist and post-colonial theory, especially the different constructions of gender and sexual identities in different cultures, the hierarchical relationships of gender and racial discrimination, and literary constructions of colonized cultures as feminine. She has written papers that study these issues in works with Beth Brant, Lee Maracle and Pauline Melville.

Dr. S. Pound
Poetry and poetics, creative writing, writing pedagogy, media history, feminist poetics, gender/sexuality in American literature.

Dr. B. Stolar
Intersections between gender/sexuality and immigrant experiences in North American literature and film, intersections between gender/sexuality and race, ethnicity, culture, religion, and class, gender/sexuality in Canadian and American literatures and film, feminist literature and theory, gay/lesbian theory.

Dr. R. Warburton
Early women's writing; early modern drama; histories of sexuality; history of emotions; feminist and gender theories; queer theories; queer cultural production; contemporary theatre.

Department of Health Sciences

Dr. C. Levkoe
Community-engaged research that is embedded in transdisciplinarity and intersectionality using a food systems lens to better understand the importance of, and connections between social justice, ecological regeneration, regional economies and active democratic engagement.

Department of Indigenous Learning

Dr. K. Burnett 
Burnett's research interests can broadly be defined as: Indigenous history, race and colonization, settler studies, women and gender history, the social history of health and medicine, and western Canadian history. She has published articles on Indigenous women's healing practices, focusing specifically on childbirth and birth control; the genesis of colonial health care regimes in Treaty 7 communities; and representations of Native Americans in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight. Her current research projects investigate the relationship between health, race, and settlement in western Canada and food sovereignty and colonialism in northern First Nations communities.

Dr. L. Ray
Dr. Ray's work seeks to advance Indigenous social, cultural and political realities through resurgent and decolonial praxis. Her research interests include Indigenous research methodology and pedagogies, Indigenous food sovereignty and health, and Indigenization and decolonial education.

Department of Psychology

Dr. D. Scharf
Dr. Scharf is a registered clinical and health psychologist. She researches mental health, addiction, and primary medical services and systems for vulnerable groups including women, veterans, people with serious mental illness, chronic health conditions, and workplace injuries. She applies a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods to her subject areas of interest, including analysis of expert opinion (Delphi method), qualitative interviews and focus groups, statistical analysis of big data sets, and real-time, real-world electronic data capture (Ecological Momentary Assessment; EMA).

Dr. J. Tan
Gender and socio-cultural issues in depression, emotional regulation, interpersonal violence, self-harm behaviours, and leadership styles.

Department of Social Work

Dr. J. Murphy Oikonen

Jodie Murphy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Her research interests include social work in health care with a focus on women's and children's health and wellness; Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, addiction, sexual assault, unfounded sexual assault and the social determinants of health.

Dr. N. Timoshkina
Dr. Natalya Timoshkina is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work (Orillia Campus). Her main areas of interest and research expertise include women's and gender issues, human trafficking and sex work, internationalism, alternative organizational forms, and qualitative research methods.

Dr. J. Vis
Her areas of interest and research include trauma, clinical social work practice, strength-based approaches for change and organizational health.

Department of Sociology

Dr. J. Jarman
I am interested in the way that law shapes social and economic outcomes, particularly but not exclusively in the work world. Much of my research has focused on the use of law to attempt to reduce gender inequalities and tackle the growth of precarious work.  This has taken me into the related question of how social movements work towards change and how they integrate (or reject) the role of law in that process of change.

Dr. D. Mišina
My research areas include social theory, media and culture, popular culture and socio-political change, and globalization and global social transformations (for more information, please visit: I am interested in working with students who wish to engage in theoretical explorations of feminist thought and knowledge in local, national and/or international contexts.

Dr. B. Parker
Barbara Parker is an Associate Professor in Sociology. She welcomes graduate supervision in the areas of gender, food, health, critical nutrition studies and food security. She is also interested in the post-secondary student experience, critical pedagogies and qualitative feminist methodology. To see more of her work, please visit:

Dr. A. Puddephatt
Broadly, my interests include pragmatist, constructionist, and feminist analyses of knowledge production, science and technology studies, symbolic interactionism and related traditions of interpretive theory, the sociology of leisure and recreation, sociology in higher education, and ethnographic and qualitative research methods.

Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Dr. L. Chambers (also approved for the Faculty of Education and Social Justice Studies Program)
Feminist and queer theory, law and equality rights (gender, sexuality, and religious freedom), the historical construction of marriage and family, the history of adoption, and food policy in northern Indigenous communities.

Dr. J. Chisholm (also approved for the Social Justice Studies Program)
Jen welcomes students who are interested in motherhood; reproductive justice; reproductive technologies; embodiment; campus sexual violence; feminist/social justice activism; feminist theory, feminist research methods; or feminist pedagogy.

Dr. J. Jurgutis (also approved for the Social Justice Studies Program)
Jessica's research examines settler colonialism, imprisonment and Indigenous resurgent movements through an intersectional and decolonial feminist lens. She welcomes students interested in histories of settler colonialism and imprisonment; critical approaches to Canadian governance; access to health care and reproductive health care among criminalized and incarcerated peoples; restorative and transformative justice; community-based research; and decolonial and abolitionist feminist activism, pedagogies and praxis.

Dr. J. Roth (also approved for the Faculty of Education, Department of English and Social Justice Studies Program)
Jenny welcomes students interested in working in the areas of feminist law and literature; cyberfeminism; feminist cultural studies; feminist fan studies; women and/in leadership; or feminist pedagogy.