Previous Ruth Wynn Woodward Chairs

Dr. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl
Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair, 2012-2015

Tiffany Muller Myrdahl is thrilled to be in residence as the Junior Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Gender and Urban Studies, 2012-15. Tiffany completed her PhD in Geography and a certificate in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2008. Since 2008, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women and Gender Studies and an associate member of the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. She is on leave from the University of Lethbridge during her tenure as the Junior RWW Chair.

Tiffany’s research links urban, social, and feminist geography with a focus on social inclusion and feminist praxis. She employs a community-engaged qualitative research practice to examine the social and spatial processes that constitute and shape cities. Her scholarship has attended to the spatial logics of sport-centred urban entrepreneurial policies; the social geographies and mobilities of marginalized communities, with an emphasis on women and LGBTQ populations; the relationship between urban contexts (histories, economies, and cultural politics) and the formation of gender and sexual subjectivities and communities; and the intersection between municipal social policy and planning praxis. Her academic publications can be found in Gender, Place and Culture; Social & Cultural Geography; Journal of Lesbian Studies; Leisure/Loisir; Leisure Studies; and ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies (forthcoming). Her recent work also includes chapters in Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative planning practice (Ashgate, 2011) and in Stadium Worlds: Football, Space and the Built Environment (Routledge, 2010).

Tiffany’s current research combines critical analyses of urban policy with the development of a queer oral history archive and an examination of the socio-spatial formations of LGBTQ identities. She uses oral history methodologies and analyses of urban social policy and participatory planning schemes to understand urban change in Lethbridge, Alberta. This project, entitled "The lives of (sexual) others: social difference and urban change in Lethbridge, Alberta," is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the University of Lethbridge, and has been supported by the Centre for Feminist Research at York University, where Tiffany was in residence during spring 2012.

As Junior RWW Chair, Tiffany will be teaching, writing, and organizing events around the theme of feminist urban futures. The first component of this program is Tiffany’s fall course, the Advanced RWW Seminar. You can read about and participate in the course here: http://tmullermyrdahl.org/rww-seminar-homepage/. The course website includes lecture and discussion materials, texts, and links to many additional sources that explore questions of and experiments in urban social inclusion. (More links are always welcome!) You don’t need to be enrolled in the course to participate in the online conversation.

Tiffany will also be participating with the Women Transforming Cities initiative throughout the year: http://womentransformingcities.org/. You can meet her at WTC events and at RWW events, which will be announced here and at the RWWP current activities website: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/community-outreach/current-wwp-activities.html

Dr. Dana Mohammed Olwan
Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair, 2011-2012
Critical Race Theory and Muslim Feminist Scholar and Activist


Dana Mohammed Olwan began her BA studies in English Literature at Yarmouk Univeristy (Irbid, Jordan). She completed her BA in English at La Roche College (Pittsburgh, PA) and her MA at the English Department of Georgetown University (Washington, DC). In 2009, Dana received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Queen’s University’s English Department (Kingston, Ontario). Her dissertation, “The Politics of Legibility: Writing and Reading Contemporary Arab American Women’s Literature,” examined the practices of writing, publishing, marketing, and reading fictional works by Arab American women writers post 9/11. After completing her doctoral work, Dana became Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University where she received the W. J. Barnes Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. In the Summer 2011, she was the Future Minority Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York) where she began her book-length project on honour killings in Canada.

Tentatively entitled "Dishonourable Crimes: Murder, Rescue, and the Politics of Canadian Multiculturalism," this project lies at the intersections of race, gender, and feminist studies. Utilizing a broad range of theoretical frameworks, my work maps the ways in which ideas about states, citizenship, belonging, and religion are deployed to code certain acts of violence against women as “honour crimes.” In this work, I explore a range of issues relating to the areas of Islam, Gender Studies, and the politics of Canadian multiculturalism.

During her tenure at SFU, Dana will teach a number of courses, including two courses on transnational feminist theory in the Fall term and one on Islam and feminism during the Spring term. Dana is committed to doing anti-racist feminist work in the classroom and beyond. She has participated in various activist organizations, including Free Queen’s!, OPIRG Kingston, The Ban Righ Center, and Faculty for Palestine.

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Dr. Thea Cacchioni
Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair, 2010-2011
Sociologist and Activist

Thea earned her BA in Women’s Studies at UBC and her MA and PhD in Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. For the past few years, she has worked as a full-time lecturer at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Thea's research interests include gender; sexuality; health; medicalization; ‘Female Sexual Dysfunction;’ and ‘Sexual Revolution.’ She has published in the journals Sexualities, Sociology, and the Sociology of Health and Illness. She is currently working on a book entitled 'The Labour of Love: Women in the Second Sexual Revolution' (University of Toronto Press).

Thea believes that a truly integrated perspective on women’s health does not end in the classroom. In June, 2010 she testified at an FDA advisory hearing against the approval of Flibanserin, a daily anti-depressant drug with several 'unsexy' side-effects (proposed to treat 'hypo-active sexual desire disorder' in pre-menopausal women). In September, 2010 she attended a counter-symposium to the 'Second Global Symposium on Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery' in Las Vegas, Nevada. During her residency at SFU, she taaught a class on the medicalization of sex, chaired an interdisciplinary, multi-media conference on this theme (April 29th-30th, 2011), and engaged in other forms of public outreach in this area.

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Dana Claxton
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair 2009 - 2010
Interdisciplinary artist

Dana Claxton is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes film and video, installation, performance and photography. Her work is held in public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Art Bank of Canada. Her work has been screened internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis). Her work has been screened at Sundance Festival and Microwave in Hong Kong. She has taught at the Indigenous Media Arts Group and Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in Vancouver and she was the 2003 Global Television Chair at the University of Regina in the School of Journalism where she taught Television and Radio broadcasting from the perspective of critical thinking and experimentation with sound and images. Dana was awarded the prestigious VIVA Award from the Doris and Jack Shadbolt Foundation and in 2007 became an Eiteljorg Fellow sponsored by the Ford Foundation. She is an active member in the arts community and has participated in panel discussions, juries, curatorial projects, advisory committees, mentoring youth and young artists. She is of Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux ancestry.

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Dr. Afua Cooper
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair 2008 - 2009
Historian and Writer

Afua Cooper holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in the history of the African Diaspora with specialties in Black Canadian history. Dr. Cooper’s research on Black Canadian history has made her a leading authority in the field. History was made in Vancouver, when scholars and community activists from various parts of Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom formed the Black Canadian Studies Association (BCSA). The formation of the BCSA was the outcome of a very successful three-day workshop. The BSCA aims to create a common forum for scholars and activists from the various Black communities to study, research and share ideas to advance the interest and understanding of Black Canada and the Diaspora. Workshop organizer, Dr. Afua Cooper was elected interim Chair.

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Dr. Susan Stryker
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 2007 - 2008
Historian, Philosopher, and Writer

Susan Stryker, PhD UCBerkley, historian, philosopher, and writer, served as the RWWP from September 2007 to August 2008. She organized a very successful conference while at SFU, TransSomatechnics:Theories and practices of Gender Embodiment

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Kate Braid
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 2006 - 2007
Poet, Non-Fiction Writer and Carpenter

Kate Braid, MA SFU, MFA UBC served as RWWP from September 2006 to August 2007.

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Dr. Elizabeth Philipose
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 2005 - 2006
Political Scientist

Elizabeth Philipose, BA UVic, MA York U, PhD York U served as RWWP from September 2005 to August 2006. Dr. Philipose researches and teaches in the area of political science, feminist theory and international relations.

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Dr. Louise Chappell
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, Spring 2005
Political Scientist and Senior Lecturer

Louise Chappell, BA UNE PhD Syd, served as RWWP from January to April 2005. Dr. Chappell researches and teaches in the area of human rights, comparative Australian politics and policy, and gender and politics.She coordinated a very successful symposium on March 18, 2005 "Working inside and outside government: Women's strategies for change".

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Dr. Sue Wilkinson
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 2002 - 2004
Psychologist

Sue Wilkinson served as RWWP from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Wilkinson researches and teaches in the area of feminist psychology; feminist methodologies, including focus groups; women's health, particularly breast cancer and lesbian health issues; sexuality and sexual identities.

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Dionne Brand
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 2000 - 2002
Poet, Novelist and Essayist

Dr. Sunera Thobani
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 1996 - 2000
Sociologist and Activist

Dr. Vanaja Dhruvarajan
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 1994 - 1995
Sociologist

Dr. Hilda Ching
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 1990 - 1991
Scientist 

Dr. Marjorie Griffin Cohen
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 1989 - 1990
Economist

Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor, has written extensively in the areas of public policy and political economy with special emphasis on issues concerning international trade agreements, the Canadian economy, electricity deregulation, women, and labour. She is the author of Free Trade and the Future of Women’s work; Women’s Work, Markets and Economic Development; and a two volume series on Canadian Women’s Issues: Bold Visions and Strong women. Among her edited collections are Sexual Economics (Atlantis), Training the Excluded for Work, Global Turbulence, and Governing Under Stress. Professor Cohen is currently a director of NewGrade Energy (Sask) and has served on several boards and commissions in British Columbia including the B.C. Industrial Inquiry Commission on the Fisheries; Board of Directors of B.C. Hydro; Board of Directors of B.C. Power Exchange. She was also instrumental in establishing the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in B.C., was its first Chair, and is on its Board of Directors. She has also been active in feminist issues, serving for many years on the executive board of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She is past Chair of Women's Studies at SFU and heads the Economic Security Project.

Daphne Marlatt
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 1988 - 1989
Writer and Literary Critic

Rosemary Brown
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 1987
Politician

Dr. Susan Penfold
Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair, 1985 -1986
Psychiatrist

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