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.

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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.

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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.

 

Faculty Profile: Dr. Krista Johnston

The program is excited to welcome Krista Johnston as our new tenure-track faculty member. Krista is also cross-appointed to Canadian Studies.

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Krista holds a PhD in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies from York University (2015). Her doctoral research on the relationships among newcomers and Indigenous peoples in Toronto is currently under book contract with UBC Press under the title Decolonizing the City: Identity, Land, and Belonging in Urban Movements for Indigenous Sovereignty and Migrant Justice.

This research explores the politics of alliance among Indigenous sovereignty and migrant justice movements, employing ethnographic research methodologies to examine the gendered politics of identity, land, and belonging in Toronto. The central argument is that immigration and citizenship policies are integral to settler colonialism in Canada, that they entrench a heteronormative and patriarchal gender order, and that these investments have tremendous implications for alliances between Indigenous sovereignty and migrant justice movements and for the projects of decolonization of which they are a part.

You can check out some of this research here:

In 2017-2018, Krista will be teaching the four core WGST courses ( WGST 1001, 2101, 3101, and 4001). She brings several years of WGST teaching experience from her time at University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba.

Krista is really looking forward to meeting all the WGST students and minors over the next couple of months. You can find her in Hart Hall 220, or at krjohnston at mta dot ca.

Fall 2017: Gearing up for a new term!

As the new semester approaches, WGST at Mount Allison is excited to share that our faculty complement has expanded with three new tenure-track faculty members with primary or partial cross-appointments to our program. We will introduce each person in depth in future posts!

The program would like to thank all those near and far who offered their support and worked hard to ensure that this program is adequately staffed well into the future.