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

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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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.

 

Fall semester: Welcome back!

The WGST program is looking forward to an exciting fall. We have a few announcements and a mini progress report on future visions for the program.

McCain Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, 2016-2017: The program is fortunate to welcome back Professor Tasia Alexopoulos in her new role as a Postdoctoral Fellow. She will be teaching the four core WGST courses this year: WGST 1001 and 2101 in the fall, and WGST 3101 and 4001 in the winter. You may contact her at talexopoulos at mta dot ca with questions about courses and program activities.

Program Director, 2016-2019: Dr. Leslie Kern will be returning as Program Director for a three-year term. She will also serve as Program Advisor for students. Dr. Kern taught in the program in 2009-2010 and has been a regular member of the Steering Committee, as well as Acting Director in 2014-2015. You may contact her at lkern at mta dot ca with program-related questions. Many thanks to Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton for her excellent leadership as Director in 2015-2016. We wish her a productive fall sabbatical.

WGST Society, 2016-2017: We are excited to have a passionate and committed group of students involved in the student society. The members of the executive team are: Natalie Mellon, Robin Bamber, Annie Sherry, Olivia Landry, Chelsey Brussard, Mizuki Matsuura, Cara Mackenzie, and Katharyn Stevenson. You can join the Facebook page Mount Allison Women’s and Gender Society through the Mount Allison Community Group hub.

Dean Spade Guest Lecture, October 6: Thanks to the hard work of two organizers, as well as the generous support of many programs and organizations, the WGST Program will be hosting the brilliant Dean Spade of the Seattle University School of Law for a lecture entitled: Can we survive mainstreaming? Trans politics and criminal punishment reform. The talk is free, open to the public, and will take place in Brunton Auditorium, October 6, at 7:30pm.

Social media: You can stay connected to the program through our Facebook page, or on Instagram: womensandgendermta.

Future of the program: Earlier this spring, the Steering Committee met to discuss a vision for the future growth and stability of the program. This year’s postdoctoral position is not a long-term solution to the need for tenure-track faculty in the program. We are extremely proud of the enormous growth in student numbers over the past three years and are aware of the demand for classes and perhaps even a major. We will be submitting a proposal for tenure-track hiring with a view to promoting a robust and growing program with a bright future at Mount Allison.