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.

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 Bahrami is a PhD student and Joseph Armand Bombardier doctoral fellow with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University. She is working as a Course Supervisor, Teaching Assistant, and Research Assistant in the GSWS and History departments as well as a Researcher with CELS. The focus of her current research with CELS is the study of Islamophobia and societal views toward Muslims in Canada, and how these feelings, behaviors, discourses and structures are manifested.

Somayeh is deeply engaged with feminist and political thought, including the analysis of gender, family, and labour, and the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, and spirituality. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the intersectional experiences of gendered, sexed and racialized bodies with particular attention to major political, cultural, and economic changes in societies. Her work draws on oral history, narrative inquiry, archival research, photo/video elicitation, and Islamic art. 


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.

Cari Zall

Research Assistant

Cari Zall is a doctoral student in Education Theory and Practice at Simon Fraser University. She works as an Instructor for Secondary Social Studies Education at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and as a program advisor for the Classroom Law Project. She has a Masters in Teaching Social sciences as well as a Master of Arts in Political Science. Cari's primary interests are equity and social justice in education, the ethics of care, law-related education, and community-based citizenship.


Sonja van der Putten

Research Assistant

Sonja is a PhD candidate in the Educational Theory and Practice: Curriculum and Pedagogy Stream at Simon Fraser University. Her research is focused on students from refugee backgrounds; settlement and belonging; education equity in higher education; Canadian education policy and decision-making; and the role of gender in equitable educational access. Sonja is currently a sessional instructor at SFU in the Faculty of Education, and she is a recent recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate scholarship.

Carolyn Tinglin

Research Assistant

Carolyn Tinglin is a PhD student in the Educational Theory and Practice (eTAP): Curriculum and Pedagogy Stream. Carolyn's doctoral research examines how youth navigate their world of designated social categories. She studies how these categories interact and intersect, as well as how these interactions impact individuals, society, and the school system. She is an SFU Community Education Impact Graduate Award recipient and is working as a research assistant with CELS.  

Sabrina Ngo

Research Assistant

Sabrina Ngo is a doctoral student in Education Theory and Practice at Simon Fraser University (“SFU”). She is currently a lead instructor within the Legal Programs at the University of the Fraser Valley where she works actively in curriculum and lesson re-structuring with a focus towards decolonizing legal curriculum, as well as the development of and continuous instruction of a community-based course in evidence-based decision making. Sabrina has a Masters in Education – Curriculum & Instruction Post-Secondary from SFU, a Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College, and a Paralegal Certificate from Capilano University. Sabrina’s primary research interests include the exploration of teacher/instructor education within the landscape of decolonizing curriculum and examining the effects of Whiteness within traditional common law legal education, the subsequent practice of legal professionals within Canada, and the effect these curriculum and pedagogical changes may have on society.

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.