Faculty and Associates

Yildiz Atasoy
Professor of Sociology

Yildiz Atasoy is also an Associate Member in the Latin American Studies Program. Her research interests include global political economy, political sociology, state restructuring, social change and development, political economy of agrifood systems, neoliberal urbanism; genealogies of citizenship, gender relations, and Islamic politics. Her primary area of research deals with long-term historical changes in the world economy and the social, political, and economic dynamics that underlie them. Her current research is a comparative analysis of the supermarketization of global agrifood systems with a substantive focus on the shifting relations of food provisioning in Turkey and Brazil. She is also researching urban entrepreneurialism, the creation and expansion of financial markets for housing and spatial planning, and the redistributive impact of social policy on housing in Turkey.

Nicole Berry
Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Nicole Berry's research focuses on the study of social change through an examination of reproductive health in a globalizing world. Her post-doctoral training in community-based participatory research buttressed a methodological dimension of her thematic interests. Her approach to health promotion involves exploring collaborative models of research with disenfranchised population.  Berry currently teaches Health, Gender and Development. Her other areas of interest include Global Health, Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health, Theory in Health Promotion, Empowerment and Participatory Methods.

Martin Bouchard
Professor of Criminology

Martin Bouchard is a Professor of Criminology at Simon Fraser University, where he leads the Crime and Illicit Networks Laboratory. His research focuses on the dynamics of illicit markets, as well as the role of social networks in a variety of criminal phenomena. His current projects tap into the role of social networks in the spread of violence, especially violent incidents driven by gang-related conflicts.

Susan Erikson
Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Susan Erikson is an anthropologist who has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia, and North America. During a first international affairs career, Dr. Erikson worked for and with governmental organizations on issues of international development, foreign policy, and trade.  As an academic, she combines her practical work experience with a critical study of the relations of power informing global health scenarios. This means working in field sites of both wealth and poverty, within and across nation-states.  Currently, Susan’s research foci are global health futures; the financialization of humanitarian aid; global health data and technology; and obstetrical knowledge production.

Shira Goldenberg
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Goldenberg’s research aims to improve sexual health and access to healthcare for marginalized populations, including migrants, sex workers, and women living with HIV in Canada, Latin America, and other international settings. Her research employs qualitative, mixed-methods, social epidemiological, spatial and community-based research approaches. She is passionate about conducting community-based research to reduce health and social inequities faced by marginalized communities. Her work is informed by advisory support and partnerships with sex work, HIV prevention, and women’s organizations in the communities where she works (e.g., Vancouver, Guatemala).

Dominique M. Gross
Professor of Public Policy

Dominique M. Gross's teaching areas are economic sustainability, globalisation, and quantitative research methods. Her current research interests are the impact of non-permanent immigrants such as temporary foreign workers and cross-border workers on domestic labour markets; the location decision by skilled immigrants; and the nature of the decisions by foreign investments with respect to business and labour market policies.

Michael Hathaway
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Since the mid-1990s, Michael Hathaway has been studying the emergence of environmentalism in Southwest China and how it is affecting society and landscapes. His first book, Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2013), explores how environmentalism was refashioned in China, not only by conservationists, but also by rural villagers and even animals, such as China’s last herd of wild elephants. His second major project examines the global commodity chain of one of the world’s most expensive mushrooms, following it from the highlands of the Tibetan Plateau to the markets of urban Japan. This project is a collaborative one, with scholars at Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, UC Los Angeles, UC Davis, and the University of Toronto.  

Adel Iskandar
Assistant Professor, School of Communication

Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver/Burnaby, Canada. He is the author, co-author, and editor of several works including "Egypt In Flux: Essays on an Unfinished Revolution" (AUCP/OUP); "Al-Jazeera: The Story of the Network that is Rattling Governments and Redefining Modern Journalism" (Basic Books); "Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation" (University of California Press); and "Mediating the Arab Uprisings" (Tadween Publishing). Iskandar's work deals with media, identity and politics; and he has lectured extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. His forthcoming publication is the co-edited volume "Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring" (Palgrave Macmillan). Prior to his arrival at SFU, Iskandar taught for several years at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies and the Communication, Culture, and Technology Program at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC. He is a co-editor of Jadaliyya.

David Jacks
Professor of Economics

David Jacks' main teaching areas are in econometrics, economic history, and international finance. His current research interests include the course and consequences of global market potential over the past century, the efficacy of commercial policy in the interwar period, the long-run behaviour of commodity prices, and the role of colonial institutions in explaining economic outcomes in present-day Indonesia. 

Pablo Nepomnaschy
Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Pablo joined the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2008. He obtained his first degree in Biology in his native country, Argentina, from the University of Patagonia.  For my doctoral studies, he moved to the USA, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Anthropology (Biological) and Natural Resources and Environment (Ecology) from The University of Michigan. At the same university, he received training from the Reproductive Sciences Program and was a Pre-doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Social Research. Additionally, he is an alumnus from the LIFE Program (“Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics)” from the International Max Planck Research School (Berlin, Germany). He received post-doctoral training in the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH-USA).  His teaching interests include Human biology, Human Ecology and Health, Human Reproduction, Human Life History: Health and Disease across the Lifespan.

Kathleen Millar
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Kathleen Millar’s research focuses on labour, urban poverty, social inequality, and environmental politics in Brazil. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methods, social theory, contemporary ethnography, labour and capitalism, and Latin American Studies.

Roxanne Panchasi
Associate Professor of History

Roxanne Panchasi is currently in the early stages of a SSHRC-funded book project on the cultural politics of the atomic age in postwar France.  She teaches a range of subjects at the undergraduate and graduate levels including courses on modern Europe, modern  France, and historical methods.

Stacy Leigh Pigg
Professor of Anthropology

Stacy Leigh Pigg's research interests include: medicine, science and transnational processes; AIDS; sexuality; reproductive health; ethnographic approaches to development institutions; and the theory and practice of ethnographic knowledge production. Her current research uses approaches from the social study of science and technology to document the social life of the controversial injectable contraceptive, Depo-Provera™.

Chang Hoon Oh
Professor, International Business

Dr. Oh's research centers on internationalization strategy, country risk, business continuity and sustainability, and globalization versus regionalization. He also proceeds to interdisciplinary works and bridges between business and economics, and between business and political science. His Research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian International Resources and Development Institue (CIRDI) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). He also collaborates with World Wildlife Fund of Nature (WWF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Ilya Vinkovetsky
Associate Professor of History

Ilya Vinkovetsky’s teaching foci include the political, social, and intellectual history of Russia and the Soviet Union and the comparative history of colonialism. His current research is on the logistics of the Russian Empire before the advent of the railroad age; the comparative history of the Russian-American Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company; and Russia’s nation-building in Bulgaria following the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878.

Eric Werker
Associate Professor, Strategy and International Business

Eric Werker is Associate Professor in the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and academic lead from SFU to the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute. Eric researches how less developed countries can build more thriving and inclusive private sectors, particularly when they are rich in natural resources, and how international actors can play a positive role in creating successful societies. He has written on foreign aid, foreign investment, natural resource management, non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, refugees, and Ebola. Eric teaches about emerging markets, strategy, governance, and global economics to MBAs and executives and has authored numerous case studies on companies and countries around the world.