Student Research: Molly Hamilton

WGST minor Molly Hamilton was awarded a Mount Allison Independent Student Research Grant for summer 2017 for her project University Sexual Assault Policies: The Possibility of a Framework for All?

Dr. Dryden, Molly Hamilton, and Dr. Kern with Molly's poster at the SURF Event.
Molly Hamilton at SURF with project supervisors Dr. Dryden and Dr. Kern.

Molly’s project “set out to answer the following question: given that sexual assault has diverse effects across different groups and for individuals, is it possible to create a university sexual assault policy that is adaptable to all sexual assault survivors, while still providing an umbrella framework for investigating and addressing harm?”

Molly conducted interviews with campus professionals involved in issues related to sexual assault policy on campus, and analyzed the sexual assault policies and websites for 12 universities. Her research found that “university sexual assault coordinators and others that are devoted to this kind of work are trying their best to eliminate barriers for survivors/victims and ensure that there are services and support networks available for every single survivor/victim no matter their race, gender orientation, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, and ability/disability. However, there are some practices or lack of practices – such as time limits, the inaccessibility of information, and the way policies are phrased, that arguably may prevent survivors/victims from feeling comfortable to come forward or even knowing where to go.”

Molly developed a list of recommendations for improving the accessibility of campus sexual assault policies and procedures. She was also involved in the production of a video project (with SHARE and MASU) called Mount A Community is Here for You – a message of support for survivors of sexual assault. Molly presented her research at the Student Undergraduate Research Fair on September 22.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Leslie Kern

Leslie Kern is the WGST Program Director (2016-2019). Picture of Leslie KernLeslie holds a PhD in Women’s Studies (now Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies) from York University (2008). Her first position at Mount Allison was as a sabbatical replacement in Women’s Studies in 2009-10. Having never left, she is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environment.

Leslie’s doctoral research into the gendered ideologies shaping condominium development in Toronto turned her into a feminist urban geographer. Over the last ten years, her research has explored neighbourhood-level gentrification at several sites in Toronto and Chicago. Currently, Leslie is writing about racialized displacement in Latinx Chicago neighbourhoods. You can find information about all of her research and publications on her website:

Leslie teaches two courses that are electives for the WGST minor: Gender, Race, and Environmental Justice (GENV 3111) and Gender, Culture & the City (GENV 4811). WGST students interested in these courses can request to have the GENV pre-requisites waived by emailing Dr. Kern at lkern at mta dot ca. Feel free to stop by AVDX 307 for WGST Program Advising on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30!





Faculty Profile: Dr. Christiana MacDougall

We’re excited to introduce Dr. Christiana MacDougall, who joins the Department of Sociology with a cross-appointment to Women’s and Gender Studies in a tenure-track role.


Christiana holds a PhD in Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2017). Her research explored trauma and emotional distress in childbirth. The findings of Christiana’s research upset the view of emotional distress in childbirth as individual pathology, and instead demonstrate how gender-based (sexist) discourses, dominant ideas about childbirth, and structural issues interact with rights violations in childbirth to result in distressing childbirth experiences.

Christiana is also a register social worker, and a feminist therapist, and has been in engaged in direct practice for the past 20+ years. Most of that time was spent in the mental health field working primarily with women with histories of traumatic life experiences.

Before moving into social work, Christiana received a BSc in physics from Mount Allison (1993) and has always had an interest in the way the natural and social sciences interact and understand each other. And so, Christiana is excited to be teaching a new course in the winter term “Gender and Science” (WGST 3991) which will explore some of these and other issues.

Christiana is thrilled to be back at Mount Allison as a new faculty member. Feel free to pop in for a chat with her. She can be found in Avard Dixon Rm 221.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers

WGST is happy to introduce one of our new cross-appointed faculty members: Rachelle Pascoe-Deslauriers who joins both Commerce and WGST in a tenure-track position.

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Rachelle holds a PhD in Human Resource Management from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Her thesis, Job displacement and the implications for job quality: An investigation of the job transition process for displaced public sector workers in Scotland, UK and Ontario, Canada during the Great Recession, was awarded the 2016 EFMD/Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the category of Human Resource Management.

Rachelle’s work focuses on the implications of organizational policies and practices, and social and labour market policies for the job quality of workers. She is interested in how policies interact to shape the design and nature of work. Rachelle is currently interested in these issues in the context of layoffs, organizational restructuring, and involuntary job loss. These issues affect people differently across intersecting vectors of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and age.

Students can explore these work and labour concerns and their broader social dynamics in a new winter term course: Critical Issues in Work and Labour Markets (COMM 3991). WGST students can receive permission to count this new special topics course as an elective towards their WGST minor! Anyone interested in registering can contact Rachelle via email at rpascoedeslauriers at mta dot ca, or find her in Avard Dixon 234.