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Evelyn Encalada Grez
- Doctor of Philosophy, PhD (2018). Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, Canada.
- Master of Arts, MA (2003). Political Science, York University, Canada.
- Bachelor of Arts, Honours, BA (Hons) (1998). Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. York University, Canada. (“Avenues to Cuban Culture” Summer School Program for BA Degree, 1996, Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.)
Areas of Interest and Expertise
Labour Migration—Work, Gender, and Sexuality—Race, Immigration, and Citizenship
Latin American/Latinx Studies—Transnational Ethnography—Decolonizing and Transformative Pedagogies
Dr. Encalada Grez is currently supervising Masters level graduate students and does not supervise PhD students.
Current Research Projects
- SFU Small-SSHRC Grant - Temporary Foreign Worker Programs, Indigeneity, and Livelihoods: The Case of Mayan Farm Workers in Canada
- The Canadian Myth and the Exclusion of Internationally Trained Physicians
- Migrant Farmworkers and Transnational Livelihoods within a Global Pandemic
- Co-investigator, SSHRC:
Understanding Precarity in British Columbia
Racial Difference by Law: Differential Racialisation and Access to Justice for Migrant Farm Workers
Dr. Encalada Grez is a transnational labour scholar and community-labour organizer committed to critical sociology and decolonial theories of knowledge production that centers diverse ways of knowing and precarious workers’ experiences within the margins of the global economy. She is the co-founder of the award wining collective, Justice for Migrant Workers, J4MW that has advocated for the rights of migrant farmworkers in Canada for two decades. Her research bridges grass-roots activism with academic scholarship and through this approach Dr. Encalada Grez has extensively documented the lives of Mexican migrant farmworker women who work and forge transnational livelihoods between rural Canada and rural Mexico.
As a public sociologist, Dr. Encalada Grez has mobilized her research through various media such as documentaries and given talks in venues such as Parliament Hill, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and at the United Nations in New York. She has also worked transnationally with export-processing workers in Mexico and Central America and as lead travelling faculty teaching US university students in over 6 countries. For three semesters, she was also the Academic Director of an intensive social justice study abroad program in her city of birth, Valparaiso, Chile. Dr. Encalada Grez is driven by her immigrant working class experiences and committed to decolonializing and transformative pedagogies.
CERi recognized Dr. Encalada Grez's research impact with the "Emerging Community-Engaged Researcher Award" in 2022. See link for more.
In late 2023, she was also named and selected as one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Hispanics" in Canada.
Future courses may be subject to change.