CELS Personnel

Wanda Cassidy


Wanda Cassidy is a Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Education, Law and Society at Simon Fraser University.  She works primarily in the areas of law-related education in schools, with a focus on human rights, social justice, the ethics of care, and vulnerable youth. Her research also includes cyberbullying at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. Dr. Cassidy is the recipient of the prestigious Isidore Starr Award, American Bar Association, for excellence in law-related education, as well as the SFU Faculty of Education Community Engagement Award and the SFU Excellence in Teaching Award.

In-Sight interview with Dr. Wanda Cassidy


Özlem Sensoy

Associate Director

Özlem Sensoy is a Professor of Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her research and teaching are focused on examining how media and schools together shape knowledge about social groups based primarily on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion, and other group identities. Dr. Sensoy's work is informed by scholarship in cultural studies, critical pedagogy, critical multicultural education, and anti-oppression (anti-racist, -sexist, -colonialist) theories. She is the author of several journal articles, book chapters, and forthcoming books.

Kumari Beck
Research Collaborator

Kumari Beck is an Associate Professor and Co-Director for the Centre for Research on International Education in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on university internationalization including student, faculty, staff and administrator experiences, curriculum and pedagogy and issues of equity in higher education. Her teaching and research interests span international education, equity studies in education, anti-racist and multicultural education, globalization, postcolonial theory, and learning and teaching in post-secondary institutions. Her engagement with and long experience in international development and NGO governance has informed much of her academic work.

Chantal Faucher

Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Program Coordinator

Chantal Faucher received her Ph.D. from the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Her dissertation focused on media representations of young people in conflict with the law. She is also interested in the role of media in shaping public understanding of crime, law, and justice. She has taught various criminology courses at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen. She is currently working with CELS on local, national, and international research projects related to cyberbullying at the high school and university levels.

Leanne Boschman

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Leanne Boschman is a recent graduate from the Languages, Cultures, and Literacies doctoral program in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.  Entitled Supporting Diversity through Journaling:  Seeing All Our Learning Selves Reflected in the Academy, her dissertation focused on socio-cultural aspects of academic literacy practices related to classroom journaling and examined ways that learning tools, such as the journal, can be expanded to enable learners to access a range of cultural, linguistic, and literacy tools.  She is interested in expanding and supporting diverse learner identity frameworks through critical literacies and pedagogies. She is also the site assistant for the Justice, Law and Ethics in Education program.

Margaret Jackson

Margaret Jackson is a Professor Emerita in the School of Criminology and Director, the FREDA Centre, a research centre that conducts research on violence against women and children. She is also the past Director of the Institute for Studies in Criminal Justice Policy and the School of Criminology. In addition to the study of cyberbullying with CELS, her other research interests include justice policy analysis, sociocultural factors impacting marginalized girls, and problem-solving courts.

Somayeh Bahrami
Research Assistant

Somayeh is a PhD student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her research is focused on the history of settlement, immigration, & citizenship in Canada; transnational migration and globalization; and Canada’s political economy and the labor market.


Cristina Serverius

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Cristina Serverius is an education and literature scholar and educational consultant. She received a PhD in Comparative Literature from Brown University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches) from Simon Fraser University. Her current research focuses on the historical connection between moral conscience and consciousness and the contemporary societal consequences of their slow uncoupling. Her consulting work includes program evaluation and introducing restorative and contemplative practices in schools, post-secondary institutions, and community settings.

Marc Legacy

Research Assistant and Tutor-Marker

Marc is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education.  Marc’s academic background combines western philosophy, educational and legal studies.  His legal interests lie in criminal and constitutional law, while his teaching aims at social justice and personal empowerment.  Finally, Marc’s research interests include supporting non-traditional graduate students, ameliorating student retention, year round balanced school calendars, flexible and blended learning, but, ultimately his research focuses on halting violence against women, in particular, curricular and pedagogical implications for halting domestic violence across interrelated fields of interaction, more recently however, men’s accountability for their violent and abusive behaviour.

Jimmy Yan, M.Ed.
Research Assistant

Jimmy joined Western Canada Society to Access Justice in 2003 and served as its System Architect, Project Manager, and Acting Executive Director prior to its merger with Pro Bono Law of British Columbia.  He is a regular commentator on Fairchild Radio on issues of public legal education and information.  He holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and a M.Ed. of Law, Justice and Ethics in Education. Jimmy is a CELS educational advisor to the Chinese community.

Michael Manley-Casimir

Professor Emeritus

Michael joined the SFU Faculty of Education in 1974 and worked there both as a professor and academic administrator until 1998 when he left to become Dean of Education at Brock University in Ontario.  He co-founded the Centre for Education, Law and Society with Wanda Cassidy after she joined the Faculty. Together they undertook research, teaching and program development on law and education resulting over time in  the creation of an endowment to support the Centre financially.  The author of several books, chapters and articles, Dr. Manley-Casimir's research focuses on the intersection of law and educational policy, discretion in administrative decision-making, and teaching as a normative profession.

Ann Cardus

Ann Cardus returned to CELS after many years working in an advocacy role assisting those who seek resolution to difficult situations. Ann has always enjoyed the challenges and successes of working within the legal field and brought this energy and commitment to administering CELS programs and projects.

Patrick Clarke

Patrick Clarke worked for much of his career with the BC Teachers' Federation in professional development and social justice programs. He has also been involved in teacher education as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia. His interest areas are social studies, citizenship education and global education. He has written, taught and mentored on these topics since he began his career in education in BC in the 1970's. As a result of his work at the BCTF and the universities, he is familiar with the BC school curriculum, the education policy and issues in education.

Most recently, Patrick worked with CELS in the Legal Literacy Project where he focused on writing teaching resources and was the schools liaison.