Faculty

Dr. Jacqueline Holler, Coordinator
Dr. Karin Beeler
Dr. Annie Booth
Dr. Gail Fondahl
Dr. Lisa Dickson
Dr. Kristin Guest
Dr. Dawn Hemingway
Dr. Fiona MacPhail
Dr. Catherine Nolin
Dr. Maryna Romanets
Dr. Agnèle Smith
Dr. Si Transken
Dr. Dana Wessell Lightfoot
Dr. Thersa Healy


Jacqueline Holler
Coordinator
Associate Professor, History/Women's Studies and Gender Studies

B.A. & M.A. (SFU)
Ph.D. (Emory) 

Office: Adm 3003
Tel: 250-960-6343
E-mail: holler@unbc.ca

Jacqueline Holler is Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is author of Escogidas Plantas: Nuns and Beatas in Mexico City, 1531—1601 (Columbia, 2005);co-author with Peter Bakewell of A History of Latin America, Fifth Edition (Blackwell, 2009); co-author with Michael Kimmel of The Gendered Society: Canadian Edition, 1st and 2nd editions(Oxford, 2011 and 2017);and author of articles and book chapters on early colonial Mexican history. Her most recent chapters (2014—2018) are on various aspects of the cultural and emotional history of early New Spain, studying happiness and sadness; demonic sex and the unnatural; emotions and girlhood; the Inquisition, criminal courts, and same-sex sexuality; and midwifery and childbirth. Her current projects include a book-length study of the Cortés Conspiracy of 1566; a large-scale study of emotion, embodiment, and feminine cultures of healing in early colonial New Spain; and the completion of her research project on hitchhiking and sexual violence in British Columbia.  She is also completing, with co-authors Rhonda Semple and Donna Trembinski, Global Christianities (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming). She has supervised many students in the Gender Studies program, and particularly welcomes applications from students interested in sexuality, religion, and gender history.

Maryna Romanets
Associate Professor, English/Women's and Gender Studies

B.A., M.A. (Chernivtsi)
Ph.D. (Ukrainian National Academy of Arts and Science)
Ph.D. (Saskatchewan)

Office: Adm 3079
Tel: 250-960-6658
E-mail: romanets@unbc.ca

Holds two doctoral degrees, from the former Soviet Union and Canada, was a recipient of a two-year SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship, and taught in the Departments of English at the Chernivtsi State University, University of Saskatchewan, and University of Lethbridge. Has published articles on contemporary Irish, British and Ukrainian literatures focusing on the issues of representation and gender, politics and language, and intertextual relations, as well as on the mechanisms of textual production and translation theory and praxis in Canada, Britain, USA, France, Sweden, Ukraine, and Russia. Is currently completing the book Displaced Subjects, Anamorphosic Texts, Reconfigured Visions: Improvised Traditions in Contemporary Irish and Ukrainian Women's Literature, as well as working on the project Postcolonial Syndrome: Pornography in the Speculum of Socialist Realism. Her research interests include Twentieth-Century Literature, especially Irish and British; Comparative and World Literature; Representation, Gender, Feminist and Postcolonial Theories; Cultural Studies. 


Annie Booth
Professor, Environmental Studies

M.A. (York University)
Ph.D. (Wisconsin-Madison)

Office: Lab 8-236
Tel: 250-960-6649
E-mail: annie.booth@unbc.ca

Annie received a PhD in environmental ethics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in environmental policy at York University. She is also a Registered Professional Planner in BC. Her research interests include sustainability in its many forms, environmental and natural resources policy; environmental philosophy and ethics; Indigenous resource management with a focus upon Canadian Indigenous peoples; ecofeminism; environmental justice; and community based resource management.  Her publications can be fo​und on her website.

She is also the faculty advisor for the BA Environmental Studies, the BA Joint Major in English and Environmental Studies and the BA Joint Major in Environmental Studies and Political Science.  She is the Chair of the Environmental Studies Curriculum Committee and has overseen the BA Environmental Studies since 1993. She teaches three core Environmental Studies courses, ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Citizenship, ENVS 326 Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement and ENVS 414 Environmental and Professional Ethics.  Annie is a member of the Ecosystem Science and Management Program.


Kristin Guest
Associate Professor, Acting Chair of English
B.A., M.A. (Western Ontario)
Ph.D. (Toronto)

Office: Adm 3072
Tel: 250-960-6642
E-mail: kristen.guest@unbc.ca

My research and teaching focus on Victorian literature and children's literature and I am happy to supervise projects and theses in either of these areas.  Within these fields I have a special interest in the relationship between gender, class, and occupation and in gender and material culture.  My recent graduate courses (ENGL 660 and 684) have considered topics such as "Materialism in Young Adult Fiction," "Victorian Imperial Gothic" and "Victorian Monsters."  My research, which focuses on Victorian popular fiction and drama, studies the classed and gendered identity of the Victorian detective, class and gender in Victorian melodrama, and the relationship between economic discourse and identity in Victorian culture.
 
Si Transken
Associate Professor, Social Work

B.A., B.S.W. (Laurentian)
Ph.D. (Toronto)

Office: TAL Building Room 10-2556
Tel: 250-960-6643
E-mail: si@unbc.ca

Si Transken has been a feminist for more than 40 years. Her doctorate and masters are from University of Toronto where she focused on women's issues, female friendships, women healing from violence, and the meaning of being gendered in a classist, racist, homophobic world. Presently she is engaging with ARTivism processes for group healing, organizational healing and individual healing. Si has been teaching for 16 years in universities and college - and in the grassroots community. For more information about her praxis please go to the UNBC School of Social Work web site.

Lisa Dickson
Associate Professor, English

BA Guelph
MA & PhD McMaster

Office: Adm 3005
Tel: 250-960-5364
E-mail: lisa.dickson@unbc.ca

Dr. Lisa Dickson is an Associate Professor of English specializing in Renaissance Literature and Literary Theory.  Her Current research focuses on the relationship between beauty and violence in art and literature, with particular emphasis on the representation of violence in Renaissance Drama.  She is a 3M National Teaching Fellow and a recipient of the UNBC Excellence in Teaching Award (2007).  Much of her service to the university community is dedicated to promoting and supporting effective teaching and learning.  For example, she is a member of the Foundation Year Curriculum Program Committee at UNBC and, at the national level, serves on the 3M Fellowship Council Executive Committee.

Dawn Hemingway
Associate Professor and Chair, UNBC Social Work

BA Simon Fraser
MSc MSW UNBC

Office: TAL 2580
Tel: 250-960-5694
E-mail: dawn.hemingway@unbc.ca

A long time community activist, Dawn Hemingway is Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Social Work at the University of Northern British Columbia with an Adjunct appointment in Community Health and Gender Studies. Her teaching and research interests include aging, caregiving, community-based research and policy development, and northern/rural health/quality of life – especially women’s health.  Dawn is on the Leadership Council of the UNBC Health Research Institute, Co-Director of Women North Network/Northern FIRE: the Centre for Women’s Health Research at UNBC, Co-President of the BC Psychogeriatric Association, Council Member on Northern Health’s strategic Elder Program Council, and Provincial Director for the Board Voice Society. Dawn also serves on the Steering Committee of the Northern Women’s Forum and Stand Up for the North as well as on the Board of a local women’s shelter, sexual assault centre, committee addressing homelessness and a child and youth mental health agency. In recognition of her work, Dawn has received a number of awards including the Canadian Association of Social Workers Distinguished Service and the Bridget Moran Advancement of Social Work in Northern Communities Awards.

Fiona MacPhail
Professor, Economics

BA Economics, University of Guelph
MA Development Economics, Sussex University
MA Rural Development, University of Guelph
PhD Economics, Dalhousie University

Office: Adm 3055
Tel: 250-960-6660
E-mail: fiona.macphail@unbc.ca

Her research focuses on globalization, gender and labour in Canada and Asia (especially China, Cambodia, and the Philippines).  Current research projects include technological upgrading of Chinese exports and gendered implications for labour in China, gender gaps in productive and decent work in Cambodia and the Philippines, working conditions of temporary foreign workers in Canada, and globalization and labour in northern BC. She is actively engaged with the International Association for Feminist Economics; and her research has been supported by SSHRC and IDRC. Recent research has been published in journals such as Feminist Economics, World Development, Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, International Review of Applied Economics, and the Journal of Business Ethics.

Dana Wessell Lightfoot
Associate Professor, History

BA & MA, Toronto
PhD, Toronto

Office: Adm 3010
Tel: 250-960-5706
E-mail: dana.wesselllightfoot@unbc.ca

Dr. Lightfoot received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005. She has published articles in Viator, the Women's History Review and book collections including "The Power to Divide? Germania Marriage Contracts in Early Fifteenth-Century Valencia" in Across the Religious Divide: Women, Property and the Law in the Wider Mediterranean (ca. 1300-1800) (Routledge, 2010).

Her article "The Projects of Marriage: Spousal Choice, Dowries and Domestic Service in Early Fifteen-Century Vanencia" Viator 40.1 (2009) was named the 2009 article of the year by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Dr. Lightfoot is currently revising her manuscript Negotiating Agency: Labouring-Status Wives and their Dowries in Early fifteenth-Century Valencia.

She
teaches courses on medieval and early modern European history, medieval Spain, European women's history, the witch hunts and the medieval Mediterranean.

Angèle Smith
Associate Professor, Anthropology
BA Hons (Toronto), MA (McMaster)
PhD (Massachusetts)

Office: ADM 3057
Tel: 250-960-6492
Email: angele.smith@unbc.ca

Research Interests:
  • The construction and negotiation of cultural identities and the politics of representation
  • Social and spatial exclusion/ marginalization and inclusion/ integration of asylum seekers and refugees
  • Landscapes, place and space

Dr. Smith's research focuses on landscapes, place and space, the construction and negotiation of cultural identities, and the politics of representation. She explores these concepts primarily in Ireland, in both historic and contemporary time periods. Spatial relations and material culture are central to her research, thus her work bridges many sub-disciplines: cultural anthropology, ethnohistory, and historical archaeology and reaches out to a broader audience that includes geographers and historians.

In keeping with these issues of place and identity, Dr. Smith has two current research projects. The first, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), deals with contemporary concerns of changing identity in Ireland within the European Union, and the results of the new urbanization process in Dublin city. Her interest is in the spatial marginalization of refugees and asylum seekers and their experience of racism in Ireland. Specifically, she focuses on how the Irish State spatially engineers the social experiences of asylum seekers in Direct Provision Accommodation Centres, where they are housed for as long as 3-5 years as they await a decision on their refugee status.

Smith’s second research project, funded by a national SSHRC Partnership Grant entitled “On the Move: Employment Related Geographic Mobility” is concerned with the experiences of young adult tourism workers travelling to and working and living in the tourism destination of Banff, AB. She is interested in the mobile lives of these workers as they negotiate their sense of identity in relation to their sense of this “destination” place and how that impacts community sustainability.

Smith has taught widely across all fields of Anthropology: Introductory courses, theory courses and upper level thematic courses, including "Social Inequality", "Feminist Anthropology" and "Landscape, Place and Culture". She is the co-organizer and instructor of the Anthropology and Political Science Ethnographic Field School to Ireland and the Isle of Man. In all of these she has emphasized the integrated and holistic nature of anthropological material.  Smith was the recipient of a UNBC Teaching Excellence Award (2003); she is committed to teaching and mentoring both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Theresa Healy
Adjunct Professor

BA & MA University of Saskatchewan
PhD Simon Falser University
E-mail: theresa.healy@unbc.ca

Current Research Interests:
Theories and Methods: Participatory/Action/Community based research, empowerment theories for community consultation methods, innovative and creative outreach and engagement strategies (e.g. Guerilla gardening, Open Space, World Cafe), use of social media (storymapping, hackpad, etc.), reflective practitioner, facilitation techniques and practice, gender and planning. Qualitative and social research methods; Feminist theories and practice; women and media; transgressions in gender.

Subject Areas: Local government and Health Authority Partnerships in promoting healthy community development, sustainable development, government-health links, business/social entrepreneurship, food security/food systems; women and social policy; history of gender outlaws. Aboriginal health and wellness. Women and health care system.

Most recent work:
Badenhorst, C.J., Mulroy, P., Thibault, G., Healy, T. Reframing the Conversation: Understanding Socio-Economic Impact Assessments within the Cycles of Boom and Bust Strategies for Developing a Comprehensive Toolkit for Socio-Economic Impact Assessments as Part of Current Environmental Impact Studies in British Columbia, Canada. SciDoc Publishers - International Journal of Translation & Community Medicine (forthcoming)

Badenhorst, C.J., Mulroy, P., Thibault, G., Healy, T. The Importance of Including Socio-Economic Health Impact Assessments as Part of Current Environmental Impact Studies in BC, Canada to Mitigate the impacts of Boom and Bust Cycles. 3rd Annual Global Health Conference, Singapore, June 2014.

Healy, T. and Dosanjh, S. Healthy Community Development in the Northern BC Context. 11th Annual Rural Health Research Conference, Kelowna, BC, April 2014. Theresa Healy and Vesta Leslie Philpott. Pioneer Daughter. 2013