Faculty Members

There are 46 faculty members at Acadia who are involved in the Women's and Gender Studies program, either through teaching its courses, doing research in the area, or by participating in the committee work.  These faculty are available to assist students in their studies related to women and gender depending on the faculty member's particular area of expertise.  


Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology

Research and teaching interests: African Diaspora migration and settlement within the Americas and Caribbean; Black Feminist Theory; Critical Race Theory; Postcolonial Theory; narrative analysis; the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality; diversity and equity issues in education; social justice and social change; qualitative and ethnographic inquiry.


Zelda Abramson

Department of Sociology

Research and teaching interests: Health and healthcare, families, research methods, women's studies.


Cynthia Alexander

Department of Politics

Research and teaching interests: Identity politics in Canada; First Nations Peoples in Canada; Canadian politics and government; Comparative public policy; Public administration; New media technologies; Northern studies in Canada; Intersectionality of oppressions in Canada; Indigenous epistemologies and political contexts; Place-based knowledge and narrative; Discursive democracy and social justice.


Barb Anderson

School of Nutrition and Dietetics

Research and teaching interests: Barb Anderson has been involved in the Nova Scotia Food Security Research projects since 2001, to gather evidence to support changing policy to work towards food security for all Canadians. Community Nutrition, Adult Learning applied to nutrition and dietetic practice, Leadership in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Health Promotion.


Jeannette Auger


Mike Beazley

Librarian for Women's and Gender Studies


Rachel Brickner

Department of Politics
Research and teaching interests: Workers' activism and labour rights, especially for women, migrants, and public sector employees; democratic citizenship in theory and practice; civil society and social movements; politics of the United States and Latin America; gender and development.


James J. Brittain

Department of Sociology

Research and teaching interests: Gender and Revolutionary Social Change, International Development, Latin America, Social Theory, Women in Guerrilla Movements.


Wanda Campbell

Department of English and Theatre

Research and teaching interests: Creative Writing; Writing by Women, particularly Nineteenth-Century Canadian.


School of Nutrition
Research and teaching interests: Global Food Security and Sovereignty, Food Systems and Sustainability, Food Culture, Health Promotion and Policy, and Sports Nutrition.


Rebecca Casey

Department of Sociology

Research and teaching interests:  Aging, Disability, Work and Employment, Sociology of Health and Illness, Research Methods, Social Inequality, Public Policy.


Heather Dahringer

Department of Sociology 

Research and teaching interests: Feminist methodology, women and crime, social and discursive constructions of masculinity and femininity, body image and eating disorders, feminist theory, research ethics, sociology of deviance, and criminology.


Michael Dennis

Department of History and Classics

Research and teaching interests: The labour movement in the South and the United States in the late twentieth century; intellectual and cultural history of 20th century America, youth subcultures, and higher education.


Kelly Dye

School of Business


Lesley Frank

Department of Sociology

Research and teaching interests: food studies, health inequity, family poverty, infant feeding, research methods.


John J. Guiney Yallop

School of Education

Research and teaching interests: John Guiney Yallop is a poet and poetic inquirer who teaches about literacy, sexual orientation and gender diversity issues in education, as well as arts-based and autoethnographic/autobiographic research methodologies. 


Sonia Hewitt

Department of History and Classics

Research and teaching interests: Sonia Hewitt is a Roman archaeologist, and her area of interest is the archaeology of daily life in Italy and the provinces, especially domestic architecture and baths. She has participated in excavations in Greece and Tunisia, and has conducted fieldwork at the Roman site Volubilis in Morocco. She is currently working on the neighborhood baths in urban and rural Roman Africa.


Ryan Higgitt

Women’s and Gender Studies and Department of Sociology

Research and teaching Interests:


Anna Kiefte

Department of Physics

Research and teaching interests: 


Jennifer MacDonald

Department of History and Classics

Research and teaching interests: Jennifer MacDonald researches and teaches on European history.


David MacKinnon

School of Education

Research and teaching interests: Human sexuality, sex education, leadership for social justice, rural education and community development, interpretive and critical research methodologies, and critical pedagogy.


Anna Migliarisi

Department of English and Theatre

Research and teaching interests: Anna Migliarisi's interests have been in women working in/for theatre (as performers, playwrights, directors and producers); the history of women in the theatre; gender and performance. Other research areas are the history, theory and practice of directing; Renaissance and Baroque theatre; theories of performance.


Barbara Moore

Department of Sociology

Research interests and interests: Women and Development, Gender Inequality, Poverty and Inequality, Women and the Welfare State, Women in Cuba. Publications referring to the Montreal Massacre and its effect on women plus "Please Don't Bury Me: Nova Scotia Women's Response to the CHST". Union work includes being the current Co-Chair of the CUPE National Global Justice Committee.


Can Emir Mutlu

Department of Politics

Research and teaching interests: Borders and mobility; Critical approaches to security studies; International Political Sociology; Research methods/design; Science and technology studies.


Lisa Narbeshuber

Department of English and Theatre

Research and teaching interests: American literature, especially modern American poetry; Sylvia Plath; Ernest Hemingway.


Randy Newman

Department of Psychology

Research and teaching interests: Randy Lynn Newman has research interests in the area of reading and speech perception mechanisms, cognitive neuroscience. Reading involves the coordination of several processes including the encoding of an orthographic representation, the assignment of phonology to written text, and the integration of these processes with semantic representations. Understanding the dynamics of these processes is a central focus of cognitive science. One of the more contentious issues in reading research has to do with how skilled readers use the phonology of words during reading. For example, there is disagreement over whether skilled readers are able to rely solely on the orthography of familiar words when reading for meaning, thus ignoring phonology, or whether phonological representations are always activated during reading. My research objective is to delineate the circumstances and mechanisms by which skilled readers use phonology when reading single words as well as meaningful text. This goal is accomplished by using traditional behavioral paradigms such as masked priming, in combination with cutting edge brain imaging techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event related brain potentials (ERPs).


Robert Pitter

Department of Kinesiology

Research and teaching interests: Sociological Aspects of Physical Activity and Sport, Political and socio-economic aspects of sport and recreation, Sport, Media and Culture, Meanings surrounding sport and recreation experiences, Physical Cultural Studies.


Gillian Poulter

Department of History and Classics

Research and teaching interests: Gillian Poulter's areas of interest are 19th century Canadian culture, cultural nationalism, and Canadian women's history. Her publications include Becoming Native in a Foreign Land: Sport, Visual Culture & Identity in Montreal, 1840-85 (UBC 2009) which examines the construction of a Canadian national identity in Victorian Montreal through the appropriation of aboriginal cultural activities such as lacrosse, snowshoeing and tobogganing. Her current research looks at the customs and rituals attached to births, weddings and funerals in the Annapolis Valley in the late 19th and early 20th century, and the construction of family history through scrapbooks.


Ann Marie Powers

Department of Sociology

Research and teaching interests: Ann Marie Powers teaches Women in the Modern World, Introduction to Women's Studies, Cross Cultural Belief Systems, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.  Her research interests are in gender and social organization; symbolism (women and religion); Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada; intercultural communication and cultural diversity education.


Lisa Price

Department of Psychology

Research and teaching interests: Lisa Price's current areas of research interest include attachment styles, support and well-being in couples and parent/adolescent relationships, violence in relationships and risky sexual behaviour. Her teaching interests include Human Sexuality, Violence in Relationships, Clinical Psychology, and Psychotherapy for clinical graduate students.


Vernon Provençal

Department of History and Classics

Research and teaching interests: latest publications include Sophist Kings: Persians as Other in Herodotus, Bloomsbury Classical Monographs, 2015.


Anne Quéma

Department of English and Theatre

Research and teaching interests: My research is characterized by interdisciplinarity. Since publishing The Agon of Modernism: Wyndham Lewis’s AllegoriesAesthetics, and Politics in 1999, I have published articles on legal discourse and same-sex partnership, law and literature, historiography, Gothic fiction, fiction and the visual arts, and Canadian modernism. My book, Power and Legitimacy (2015), examines the relationship between power and language in the context of interdisciplinary analyses of jurisprudence, statutory law, and literature. My current research project explores practices of experimental poetry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a particular focus on Nicole Brossard, Erín Moure, and Rachel Zolf.


Anthony Roberts


J. Coplen Rose

Department of English and Theatre

Research and teaching interests: Postcolonial Literature; South African film, literature, and drama, and humour studies


Sarah Rudrum

Department of Sociology

Research and teaching interests: Sociology of Health and Illness, Gender and Health, Sociology of Family, Gender and Sexuality, Global Issues, and Qualitative Research Methodology.


Christianne Rushton

School of Music

Research and teaching interests: Christianne Rushton created a course in Opera History that explores the representation of gender and sexuality in Opera. The course, “Sex, Gender and Stereotypes in Opera”, begins by examining the role of the Castrato (a male singer with the voice of a female) and will continue through the development of the trouser-role (a mezzo-soprano portraying men and boys).


Andrea Schwenke-Wylie

Department of English and Theatre

Research and teaching interests: Children's and Young Adult Literature, with a focus on first-person narration, the relation between words and pictures in picture books, and fairy-tale rewrites.


Donna Seamone

Comparative Religion - Department of History and Classics

Research and teaching interests: Ritual studies and performance studies; Cultural anthropology especially issues of representation, race ethnicity and gender:  ethnography/fieldwork in the study of lived experience; relation of media and representation to lived religion; Health, illness, and religion & medical anthropology; New religious movement and emergent religion; Religion on the internet; Study of "liberation" movements; Life writing & gender: spiritual biography (western and contemporary), life history, and illness narratives; Nature-Body-Spirit relationships in religion and culture (ritual and ecology, ecofeminism) 


Karolyn Smardz Frost

Harrison McCain Visiting Professor
Department of History and Classics

Teaching interests: African Canadian history; primary research; urban history

Research interests:  Both an archaeologist and an historian, Karolyn Smardz Frost conducts new research in African Canadian/American history of the 18th & 19th centuries. Her current research at Acadia's Planter Studies Centre celebrates the many contributions made by enslaved African Americans to the early development of Maritime Canada.


Sonia Thon

Department of Languages and Literatures - Spanish
902-585-1258 or 902-585-1500

Research and teaching interests: Women writers in contemporary Spanish and Spanish-American literature.


Xiaoting Wang

Department of Economics

Research and teaching interests: Industrial organization, antitrust economics


Leigh Whaley

Department of History and Classics

Research and teaching interests:  Leigh Whaley teaches courses in the History Western Civilization I and II on campus and with Open Acadia, as well as courses on European Women, European Men and Masculinity, Comparative Revolutions, and France. She has published Women's History as Science: A guide to the debatesRadicals: Politics and Republicanism in the French Revolution; and The Impact of Napoleon Bonaparte, 1800-1815: An Annotated Bibliography.  Her current research project is "The Family Fouquet: Philanthropy, Medicine and Charity: The Counter-Reformation at Work in France and the New World".


Jamie Whidden

Department of History and Classics

Research and teaching interests: Jamie Whidden completed his doctorate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he studied Egypt and North Africa. He has an interest in patriarchy, particularly as an aspect of  Middle Eastern cultures. In all his courses, including Global, African, and Middle Eastern, an important component is the study of patriarchy and its impact upon gender relations.


Geoffrey Whitehall

Department of Politics 

Research and teaching interests: Geoffrey Whitehall's research interests are in Sovereignty and Preemption; and Aesthetics of International Politics.  He teaches courses in Law, Politics and Government; Theoretical Approaches to International Politics; Pop Culture and World Politics; Politics of International Law; the Politics of New Global Technologies; and Human Rights. 


Anna Wilks

Department of Philosophy

Research and teaching interests: metaphysics and epistemology in Kant and Early Modern Philosophy. Her current research topics include the notions of substance, causality, consciousness, and the self in theories of cognition and ethics. She is also interested in the practical application of Kant’s theory of experience to problems in biology, artificial intelligence and gender studies - specifically with respect to the naturalartificial and gendered dimensions of “the self.”


Ying Zhang

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
902- 585-1481

Research activities: Time Series Analysis and Applied Statistics; Statistical Computing and Symbolic Algebra Computing; Statistical Consulting on Biostatistics, Survey and Research Design, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.