New Woodward professor named

December 01, 2005, vol. 34, no. 7
By Stuart Colcleugh

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Liz Philipose now calls the Los Angeles area home, but her personal and academic roots are in Canada and her research focus is the world.

A native of Brooks, Alberta, this year's Ruth Wynn Woodward professor of women's studies earned her BA in political science and philosophy at the University of Victoria and her MA and PhD in political science at York University.

Following two years in UVic's political science faculty, Philipose accepted a position at California State University, Long Beach, which she has held for the last three years.
Her background is in global politics with an emphasis on international law, human rights, gender and militarism, and contemporary social theory.

She is currently developing a theoretical framework for understanding the role of emotions in global politics, illustrated through the use of torture for military ends, recruitment of foreign-born soldiers for national armies and the growing use of prisons in the war on terror.

While at SFU, Philipose is teaching an introduction to feminist theory in the first semester and feminism and international human rights in the second term.

She is also involved in several public events, including organizing a spring symposium on Race, Gender and Islam in the War on Terror with local, national and international participants, in collaboration with Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality/Equity.

Another of her priorities is catching up on her writing. “I have about five papers that I'd like to send out by the end of the year,” says Philipose. “I've just sent out two this semester. It's all work I've been doing for a few years but haven't had a chance to wrap it up.” She presented her current research in October at UBC's centre for research in women's studies and gender relations and will give another public lecture at SFU in January.

Philipose says teaching at California State is invigorating because many of its students come from working-class racial minority backgrounds.

“So what I teach about global politics, race, gender, nation, they find very relevant to their immediate lives.

“For example, when we study the global maid trade, domestic workers, in economic globalization, I'll have students whose mothers are domestic workers from Guatemala or the Philippines. And I'll also have students whose families have domestic workers."

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