Faculty and Associates

Onur Bakiner
obakiner@sfu.ca

Onur Bakiner is a former faculty member of the School and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seattle University.  His research and teaching interests include transitional justice, judicial behavior, Latin American politics, memory politics, complex emergencies and humanitarian intervention, regional integration, and normative political theory.

Paul Meyer
Harbour Centre 7276
778.782.8520
pmeyer@sfu.ca

Paul Meyer is a former Canadian diplomat who retired from the Foreign Service in September 2010 after a 35 year career. He joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served abroad in Oslo (1976–1978), Moscow (1982–1984) and Brussels (1988–1992) where he was Political Counsellor in Canada's delegation to NATO. From 1992–1997, he served at the Embassy in Washington D.C. as Minister-Counsellor (Political) and from 2001-2003 as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Tokyo. In Ottawa, Paul held a variety of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, primarily in the field of international security policy. He was Director-General of the International Security Bureau (1998–2001) and Director-General of the Security and Intelligence Bureau (2007–2010). From 2003 to 2007, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. His responsibilities at this centre for multilateral action on global issues spanned a variety of fields including human rights, humanitarian affairs, global health, and arms control and disarmament.

In February 2011 he was appointed Fellow in International Security at the Centre for Dialogue and concurrently Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Simons Foundation. His research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security, conflict prevention and cyber security.

 

Shayna Plaut
splaut@sfu.ca

Shayna Plaut is interested in how people represent themselves in their own media, with a particular interest in peoples who do not fit neatly within the traditional notions of the nation-state. Shayna has researched and engaged with Romani media, migrant media and Indigenous media in Canada, the US and Europe for nearly 15 years. As a Fulbright and Vanier scholar, she has lived and worked in Hungary and the Balkans.

Since 2004, Shayna has developed and taught a large array of courses focused on the framing of social justice and human rights including at Simon Fraser University where she served as the Simons Research Fellow from 2015–2016. Shayna has also taught at Columbia College in Chicago and was a visiting scholar at Columbia University. She is currently teaching courses on migration as well as social inequalities at the University of British Columbia and is the co-investigator for a CMRC-funded research project critically examining the use of “fixers” in international journalism. She is writing a book on how migrants are challenging and changing immigration policy through discourse in Europe.

Shayna’s work sits at the intersection of academia, journalism and advocacy.  Her academic writing has been published in Racial and Ethnic Studies (forthcoming), Journalism Practice, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, The European Educational Research Journal, and International Journal for Human Rights, as well as chapters in books published by Routledge, I.B. Tauris and SAGE. She is the Human Rights Editor for Praxis Center––an online resource center for artists, academics and activists, as well as people who identify as all three––where she writes, interviews and solicits work that critically engage with question of change can be. As an educator, researcher and journalist, Shayna has served as a consultant for the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International and a variety of migrant and human rights organizations. Since 2014, Shayna has served as the Research Manager for Strangers at Home, a project of the Global Reporting Centre.

Jennifer Allen Simons

Jennifer Allen Simons, C.M., Ph.D., LL.D. received her B.A. from Antioch University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Simons is Founder and President of The Simons Foundation, an innovative private foundation based in Vancouver committed to advancing positive change through education in peace, disarmament, international law, and human security. Dr. Simons is Senior Visiting Fellow and Dialogue Associate, SFU Centre for Dialogue, and Associate and former Adjunct Professor, SFU Institute for the Humanities; her academic activities include membership in the Research Steering Committee of the Will to Intervene (W2I) Project , Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University; Visiting Professor, University of Queensland (2007); Academic Advisory Board Member and Visiting Research Fellow (philosophy ), Charles University and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Center for Theoretical Study, Institute of Advanced Studies (1994); Member of the Citizen’s Panel on Nuclear Weapons, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College for Criminal Justice, The City University of NY; and former Adjunct Professor and Executive Director, Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia (2002-2006). She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, a Founding Partner of Global Zero, and has been instrumental in the establishment of a number of important non-governmental organizations.

Judith Whitehead

Judith Whitehead, B.A. (UBC), PhD (Toronto) has spent over 25 years studying South Asia. Her major research projects include studies of gender, colonialism and nationalism in late nineteenth and early twentieth century India; primitive accumulation due to dams in western India, and gentrification and working class dispossession in central Mumbai. She is currently writing a book on land settlements and Adivasi exclusion in colonial India. She has published two books and 40 refereed articles, several of which have won prizes. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Lethbridge.