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 is Fellow in International Security at the Centre for Dialogue and Senior Fellow at The Simons Foundation. Meyer is a former Canadian diplomat who retired from the Foreign Service in September 2010 after a 35 year career. His research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security, conflict prevention and cyber security.
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, 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.