Below is a list of faculty that are active in the department, and available to students with course specific questions. If you need administrative support, we encourage you to refer your questions to one of the following;

  • The Chair of the department (see below) can address detailed program questions, including program requirements, planning and selection, research opportunities, graduate studies, and more.
  • The Academic advisor, if available, can offer support including course registration and course load, important dates, academic policies and more.
  • The Academic Deans serve as the academic and administrative anchors to the professors within their Faculties or Schools as well as the students.

Faculty of the Sociology Department:

Dr. Alex Miltsov

Dr. Alex Miltsov

Assistant Professor – Department Chairperson

B.A. (Concordia University), M.A. (University of New Brunswick), Ph.D. (McGill University)

Dr. Miltsov joined the department in 2020. He specializes in work and occupations, digital media and mass communication studies, and quantitative research methods. His research investigates the socio-economic and cultural effects of digital technology use and media representation.

Dr. Miltsov’s Research

Alex’s work spans several research areas. His main line of research looks at the use of digital technologies in the context of workplace resistance, time appropriation, and “slacking”. He combines cross-national surveying and in-depth interviewing methods to analyze how the digitization of the workplace affects workers’ experiences and interactions, their private and social lives, and their work/life balance. His second area of research involves a Big Data project on the extent and effects of gender- and race-based representations in print and digital media. In addition, Alex examines the factors that influence people’s trust in news and their ability to detect fake news. For this study, he collaborates with an international and multidisciplinary team of scholars.

Dr. Miltsov’s Publications

Journal Articles

In press Shor, E. and Miltsov, A. The price of greater representation: A cross-national analysis of parliamentary representation and media coverage sentiment for women. Forthcoming in Newspaper Journal Research.

Shor, E., van de Rijt, A., & Miltsov, A. (2019). Do women in the newsroom make a difference? Coverage sentiment toward women and men as a function of newsroom composition. Sex Roles, 81(1-2), 44-58.

Shor, E., van de Rijt, A., Miltsov, A., Kulkarni, V., & Skiena, S. (2015). A Paper Ceiling: Explaining the Persistent Underrepresentation of Women in Printed News. American Sociological Review, 80(5), 960–984.

2017 CITAMS Best Paper Award (The Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association)

Published Conference Proceedings

Porshnev A. and Miltsov, A. (2020). The Effects of Thinking Styles and News Domain on Fake News Recognition by Social Media Users: Evidence from Russia. In: Meiselwitz G. (eds) Social Computing and Social Media. Design, Ethics, User Behavior, and Social Network Analysis. HCII 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12194. Springer, Cham.

Encyclopedia Articles

Miltsov, A. (2017). Social Networking Sites. In Turner, B. (eds). The Encyclopedia of Social Theory. Wiley-Blackwell.

Media Appearances

Online Interview. Cwiklinski, P. (2017). The Reality of Personal Internet Use at Work. OfficeSpace Blog, August 14, 2017

Radio Interview. SHIFT. (2012) NB Study of Internet and Well-Being. CBC New Brunswick, March 22, 2012

Dr. Vicki Chartrand

Vicki Chartrand, PhD

Full Professor

B.S.Sc. & M.A. (University of Ottawa), PhD. (Macquarie University, Sydney)

Pm8wzowinnoak Bishop’s kchi adalagakidimek aoak kzalziwi w8banakii aln8baïkik.

Vicki Chartrand is a Mama and Full Professor in the Sociology Department at Bishop’s University, Québec, the traditional and unceded territory of the Abenaki people. She is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, Criminology Department and founder and director of the Centre for Justice Exchange – a research centre for collaborative community justices at Bishop’s University. Dr. Chartrand has a BA and MA in Criminology from the University of Ottawa and a PhD in Sociology from Macquarie University, Australia. Her research falls into three areas of study 1) community-based and grassroots justices; 2) penal and carceral politics and modern-day colonialism; 3) anti-colonial, anti-violence, and collaborative methodologies.

Dr. Chartrand’s Research

In relation to community-based and grassroots justices, Dr. Chartrand is the principal investigator of the Unearthing Justice Partnership project – a SSHRC funded Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative grant to map Indigenous-based grassroots for the MMIWG2S+ people. This work builds on her FRQ-SC research grant that documents over 500+ Indigenous grassroots initiatives and activities in relation to the murders and disappearances and that resulted in a publicly shared resource collection. Visit

In the area of penal and carceral politics and modern-day colonialism, Dr, Chartrand has received several grants to trace the links between Indigenous incarceration and modern and current forms of colonialism. For this research, she has given expert reporting and testimony for legal cases, a commission of inquiry in Quebec (Viens Commission) and various parliamentary and government studies. She also collaborates with other national and international scholars in Australia and New Zealand who similarly research and document colonial and criminal justice trends for Indigenous people.

Finally, in relation to anti-colonial, anti-violence and collaborative methodologies, This work is to rethink current criminal justice arrangements and explore alternative justices and forms of accountability based on anti-carceral and anti-colonial approaches and by foregrounding the necessary centrality of Indigenous peoples, epistemologies, and scholarship. Dr. Chartrand works closely with academics, students, stakeholders, coalitions, organizations, collectives, and people from prison to raise awareness around institutional and colonial forms of violence and to advance more inclusive and collaborative approaches to justice.

Dr. Chartrand regularly contributes op-eds and does extensive televised, print and radio interviews, public presentations and webinars, and guest lectures. She has over 25 years of experience collaborating with women and children, Indigenous communities, and people in prison.

Dr. Chartrand’s Publications

Edited Books

Chartrand, V. & Savarese, J. (Eds.) (2023). Unsettling Colonialism in the Canadian Criminal Justice System. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press.


Journal Issues

Chartrand, V. (Ed.) (2022). Guest editor: Indigenous and racialized justice. Canadian Criminal Justice Association Justice Actualités-Report, 37(3).

Anthony, T., Chartrand, V. & McIntosh, T. (Eds.) (2022). Special issue: Anti-colonial abolitionism. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 30(2

Chartrand, V. (Ed.) (2020). Prisoners’ struggles editor: Prisons and COVID-19. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 29 (1&2).

Lehalle, S., Chartrand, V. & Kilty, J. M. (Eds.) (2016). Special issue: Prison education. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 25(2).


Journal Articles

Anthony, T. & Chartrand, V. (2022). States of abolition: Anti-colonial and anti-racist organizing. Justice, Power and Resistance, 5(1-2), 46-66.

Anthony, T., Chartrand, V. & McIntosh, T. (2022). An anti-colonial approach to abolition: Building intentional relations. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 30(2), 3-9.

Chartrand, V. (2022). Unearthing justices: Mapping 500+ Indigenous grassroots initiatives for the missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit+ people. Decolonization of Criminology and Justice, 4(1), 7-30.

Chartrand, V. & **Foshay, S. (2022). Mobilizing justices beyond the colonial state: Centering Indigenous women led initiatives for MMIWG2S+ people. The Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research. 11, 129-150.

Pranteau, S., McIntosh, T., Anthony, T. & Chartrand, V. (2022). Anti-colonial abolitionism: International context. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 30(2), 77-90.

*Fayter, R., *Mario, B., Chartrand, V. & Kilty, J.M. (2022). Surviving the pandemic on the inside: From crisis governance to caring communities. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 46(4), 37-65.

Chartrand, V. (2021). Abolition in the land known as Canada in the wake of COVID-19. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 33(1), 138-143.

Chartrand, V. (2020). Communities of advocacy, resources, and supports in the wake of COVID-19. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 29(1&2), 92-96.

**Lampron, E. & Chartrand, V. (2020). Fallen feathers: Tracing the Canadian government’s responsibility in the deaths of seven Indigenous youths in Thunder Bay. Canadian Journal of Law and Justice, 2(1), 227-255.

Chartrand, V. (2019). Unsettled times: Indigenous incarceration and the links between colonialism and the penitentiary in Canada. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 61(3), 67-89.

Chartrand, V. & Piché, J. (2019). Abolition and pedagogy: Reflections on teaching a course on alternatives to penality, state repression and social control. Contemporary Justice Review, 22(1), 23-42.

Chartrand, V. & **Lampron, E. (2019). The art of justice. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 28(2), 171-174.

Chartrand, V. (2016). I’m not your carceral other. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 25(1), 61-62.

Chartrand, V. Kilty, J. M. & Lehalle, S., (2016). Transforming carceral agendas through education: Considering the importance of teaching and learning in prison. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 25(2), 1-5.

Chartrand, V. (2015). Landscapes of violence: Women and Canadian prisons. Champ pénal/Penal field, VII, Online Open Access.

Chartrand, V. (2014). Tears4Justice and the missing and murdered women and children across Canada: An interview with Gladys Radek. Radical Criminology, 3, 113-126.

Chartrand, V. (2014). Penal and colonial politics over life: Women and penal release schemes in NSW, Australia. Settler Colonial Studies, 4(3), 305-320.

Armstrong, K. & Chartrand, V. (2007). Checking out but never leaving: Women, prison and community in colonial Australia. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, 16(2), 84-96. Co-author

Armstrong, K., Baldry, E. & Chartrand, V (2007). Human rights abuses and discrimination against women in the criminal justice system in New South Wales. Australian Journal of Human Rights, 12(2), 203-227.

Book Chapters

Anthony, T. & Chartrand, V. (In Press). Rise up: Activist criminology, colonial injustice and abolition. In V. Canning, G. Martin, S. Tombs (Eds.), Emerald International Handbook of Criminology (pp.). London: Emarald Publishing.

Chartrand, V. (In Press). The quotidian violence of Indigenous incarceration in the Canadian state: Why reform is not an option for decolonization. In C. Cunneen, A. Deckert, A. Porter, J. Tauri, and R. Webb (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook on Decolonizing Justice (pp.). London: Routledge.

Chartrand, V. (2022). Power and place: Mapping Indigenous grassroots organizing and mobilizing for the MMIWG2S+ people. In D. Silva & M. Deflam (Eds.), Diversity in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies (pp. 83-98). UK: Emerald Publishing.

Chartrand, V. (2023). Spirit of the stolen: Conversations with the families of murdered and disappeared Indigenous women, children, and Two-Spirit+ people. In V. Chartrand & J. Savarese (Eds.), Unsettling the Canadian Criminal Justice System (pp.). Edmonton: Athabasca University Press.

Chartrand, V. & Savarese, S. (2023). Introduction. In V. Chartrand & J. Savarese (Eds.), Unsettling the Canadian Criminal Justice System (pp.). Edmonton: Athabasca University Press.

Savarese, J. & Chartrand, V. (2023). Conclusion. In V. Chartrand & J. Savarese (Eds.) Unsettling the Canadian Criminal Justice System (pp.). Edmonton: Athabasca University Press.

Chartrand, V. (2021). Grassroots justices: Lessons from communities of murdered and disappeared Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit+ people. In S. Pasternak, K. Walby & A. Stadnyk (Eds.), Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition in Canada (pp. 144-153). Toronto: Between the Lines.

Chartrand, V. (2021). Broken system. In S. Hick & J. Stokes (Eds.), Social Welfare in Canada: Inclusion, Equity, and Social Justice, 4th Edition (pp. 320-321). Toronto: Thomson Educational Publishing Inc.

Chartrand, V. & Rougier, N. (2021). Carceral other: Redefining the politics of abolition through an anti-colonial framework. In M.J. Cole & M. Nagel (Eds.), Contesting Carceral Logic: Knowledge and Praxis in Penal Abolition (pp. 22-35). Abongdon: Routledge.

Chartrand, V. & Kilty, J. M. (2017). Corston principles in Canada: Creating the carceral other and moving beyond women in prison. In L. Moore, P. Scraton & A. Wahidin (Eds.), Women’s Imprisonment and the Case for Abolition: Critical Reflections on Corston Ten Years On (pp. 109-128). UK: Routledge.

Chartrand, V. (2017). Penal tourism of the carceral other as colonial narrative. In J. Z. Wilson, S. Hodgkinson, J. Piché & K. Walby (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism (pp. 673-687). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Chartrand, V., Abraham, M., Gazan, L., James, C., Osborne, B. & Richard, C. (2016). Visualizing grassroots justice: Missing and murdered Indigenous women. In D. M. Lavell-Harvard & J. Brant (Eds.), Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada (pp. 255-266). Bradford: Demeter Press. First Author

Chartrand, V. (2016). Normalized violence: Women and Canadian penality. In D. Soeiro (Ed.), Exploring Issues of Confinement: Identity and Control (pp. 23-29). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Crocker, D. & Chartrand, V. (2015). Prisoner subjectivity and resistance through restorative justice. In R. Ricciardelli & K. Maier (Eds.), Imprisonment: Experience, Identity and Practice (pp. 53-79). Oxford: InterDisciplinary Press.

Chartrand, V. (2014). Inalienable, universal and the right to punish: Women, prison and practices of freedom. In J. M. Kilty (Ed.), Within the Confines: Women and the Law in Canada (pp. 26-58). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.



Chartrand, V. & **Lampron, E. (2019). The Centre for Justice Exchange, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke QC. Canadian Criminal Justice Association Justice Actualités-Report, 33(5), 19-20.

Chartrand, V. & **Petey (2016). Structural violence in Canada’s prisons for women. Canadian Criminal Justice Association Justice Actualités-Report, 31(1), 21-23.

Chartrand, V. (2012). Business as usual. Canadian Criminal Justice Association Justice Actualités-Report, 27(4), p. 11.

Armstrong, K., Baldry, E. & *Chartrand, V. (2005). Submission to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Commissioner for an Inquiry into the Discrimination Experienced by Women Within the Criminal Justice System in New South Wales. Sydney: Beyond Bars Alliance Group.


News Articles

Chartrand, V. (2022). Indigenous incarceration trends in Canadian prisons: The recidivism of failed promises. Hill Times – Policy Briefing, 28 September.

Chartrand, V. (2021). Prisons are not a pathway to healing and reconciliation. Australian Institute of International Affairs, 28 July.

Chartrand, V., Moore, D., Brandariz, J.A. & Maximo, S. (2021) COVID-19 Pandemic exposes how little we know about prison conditions globally. The Conversation, 8 March.

Chartrand, V. (2021). Abolition in the wake of COVID-19: It takes a community. The View Magazine, Spring.

Chartrand, V. (2019). MMIWG: The spirit of grassroots justice lives at the heart of the struggle. The Conversation, 12 June.

Chartrand, V. (2018). Broken System: Why is a quarter of Canada’s prison population Indigenous? The Conversation, 18 February.

Chartrand, V. (2016). Missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada and grassroots strategies for change. The Sherbrooke Record, 5 December.

Chartrand, V. (2009). A Stark and Humbling Business. Quesnel Cariboo Observer, A8, 10 July.

Dr. Steven Cole

Dr. Steven Cole

Full Professor

Dr. Cole specializes in sociological theory. An award-winning teacher, Dr. Cole teaches three courses in theory (SOC 221, 222, and 490) in addition to Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems. His courses aim to simultaneously define and demarcate Sociology as a social science while helping students see their world from a distinctly Sociological Perspective.

Dr. Cole’s Publications

Cole, Steven. (in progress) “The Simulation and Disappearance of ‘Real Sound.’”

(2018). “Use value as a cultural strategy against over-commodification: A Durkheimian Analysis of Craft Consumption within Web Groups.” Sociology. Vol. 52(5) 1052–1068.

(2011). “The Prosumer and the Project Studio. The Battle for Distinction in the Field of Music Recording.” Sociology. 45:3 (June). pp. 447-463.

(2010). “Re-examining Baudrillard’s Reality” (Russian Translation). Khora. No ½(11/12). 22 pages.

(2010). “Re-examining Baudrillard’s Reality.” International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. Volume 7:2 (July). 22 pages.

(2006). Introduction to the Study of Society: Learners Guide. Norquest College Press. 90 pages.

(2006). Book Review. “Solidifying Fragments: Review of Jean Baudrillard’s
Fragments.” International Journal of Baudrillard Studies. Volume 3:1 (January).

Dr. Cheryl Gosselin

Dr. Cheryl Gosselin

Full Professor

Dr. Cheryl Gosselin has been teaching in Sociology, Women’s Studies and Classics, at Bishop’s since 1990. While doing so she completed her Doctoral Thesis in 2003: Vers l’avenir. Quebec Women’s Politics Between 1945 and 1967: Feminist, Maternalist, and Nationalist Links. Her teaching includes Canadian and Quebec Societies, several courses in the area of Social Justice (including race, ethnicity, sexualities, women and globalization and gender), and theory and methodology.

Dr. Gosselin’s Research

Dr. Gosselin’s research interests include Quebec women’s history and feminism, and the documentation of women’s oral histories from the Eastern Townships. She has received several grants for this work from the Eastern Townships Research Centre. Dr. Gosselin also sits on the Board of Directors of the Lennoxville and District Women’s Centre and the Eastern Townships Research Centre.

Dr. Gosselin’s PhD dissertation, entitled VERS L’AVENIR: Québec Women’s Politics Between 1945 and 1967: Feminist, Maternalist and Nationalist Links, focused on the political and social activism of Quebec women. It explored the links between the women’s movement and nationalism in Quebec. The research revealed how women’s groups used the nationalist causes of Quebec’s Quiet Revolution to advance their own gendered interests, such as demanding social and political equality, welfare rights for mothers, and more working opportunities for married women. Far from being incompatible, feminism and nationalism combined to allow women to take part in the social mobilization processes at work during the 1950s and 1960s in Quebec.

Dr. Gosselin’s other areas of research involve the lives of English-speaking women in the Eastern Townships. Using oral testimonies, she is studying the lives of women from the past as well as the present and their work to effect social change to improve women’s status. She has studied the experiences of some of the first female students to graduate from Bishop’s, the working conditions of schoolteachers in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, volunteerism among churchwomen, and the social engagements of local branches of the Women’s Institutes and the Cercles de Fermières. Her most recent project explores how globalization and economic restructuring are affecting the socioeconomic status and well-being of Eastern Townships women.

Dr. Gosselin’s Publications


Vers l’Avenir: Feminist, Maternalist and Nationalist Ideas in Québec Women’s Organizations, 1945-1967“, forthcoming, McGill-Queen’s University Press in the fall of 2009.

Book Chapter

“They Let Their Kids Run Wild: The Policing of Aboriginal Mothering in Québec”, in D. Memee Lavell-Harvard and Jeannette Corbiere Lavell (Eds), Until Our Hearts Are On the Ground: Aboriginal Mothering, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth, Toronto: Demeter Press, 2006: 196-206.

Current Book (research in progress)

I have begun a book about the Lennoxville and District Women’s Centre. It explores the 25 year history of the Centre and its role as advocate for English-speaking women’s rights in Québec’s Eastern Townships. The book will consist of interviews with members, a project funded by the ETRC in the summer of 2004, and a content analysis of the Centre’s archives. I plan to expand this into a research project that explores women who are part of minority language groups throughout Canada and how this marginalized status affects their activism.

Journal Articles

“Remaking Waves: The Québec Women’s Movement in the 1950s and 1960s”, Canadian Women’s Studies, Accepted and forthcoming in 2007.

With Caroline Viens, “Thinking globally, acting locally: Participation of Anglophone Third Agers in Quebec’s Estrie Region”. Submitted and accepted for publication in upcoming volume of Journal of the Eastern Townships, (JETS).

“Maternal Commitments to the Nation: Maternalist Groups at Work in Québec: 1945-1960”, Journal of The Association for Research on Mothering: Mothering and Feminism, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2, Winter-Summer 2006.

“Assessing the Needs of Rural, Anglophone Women in Québec: The RONA Project”, Canadian Women’s Studies, 24(4), Summer 2005.

“Lennoxville and District Women’s Centre Archives” in Journal of the Eastern Townships, (JETS), no.25, Fall 2004. (not peer reviewed).

With C. Viens, “From the Church Kitchen to the Church Boardroom: Women’s Continuing Quest for Gender Recognition” Journal of the Eastern Townships, Number 16, (Spring 2000).

Book Reviews

Reviewer for S’unir pour être plus fort: le Conseil des femmes members de la Chambre de commerce du District de Montréal, 1956-1971, for the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.

Review of Sev’er, Aysan, Fleeing the House of Horrors: Women Who Have Left Abusive Partners, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002, Canadian Woman Studies, Vol. 23, nos. 3/4, Spring/Summer, 2004.

Recent Conference Papers Given

with Caroline Viens, “Community Involvement of Anglophone Seniors in the Eastern Townships”, presented at Eastern Townships Research. Centre Conference – Glocal Rural: The Changing Cultural Landscapes of the Eastern Townships, November 3-4, 2006, Bishop’s University, Lennoxville, QC.

“Tools for Life: Helping Young Mothers Break the Cycle of Despair”, presented at the 10th Anniversary Conference of the Association for Research on Mothering, The Mother Lode, October 26-29, 2006York University, Toronto, Ontario

“The Policing of First Nations Mothering by the Québec State: A Case Study”, presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Mothering, Mothering, Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Class, October 20-23, 2005, York University, Toronto, Ontario.

“This Bridge We Call the Classroom: Our Experiences of Trans-ing Women’s Studies”, presented to the Canadian Association of Women’s Studies at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Western University, London Ontario, May 29-31, 2005.

“Maternal Commitments to the Nation: Maternalists Groups at Work in Québec During the 1950s and 1960s”, presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the Association for Research on Mothering, Mothering and Feminism, October 22-24, 2004 York University, Toronto, Ontario.

“The Inutility of the Wave Concept for Studying the Quebec Women’s Movement in the 1950s”, presented to the Canadian Association of Women’s Studies at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 30-June 2, 2004.

“Vers l’avenir: Quebec’s Women’s Politics Between 1945 and 1967: Feminist, Maternalist and Nationalist Links”, presented at the conference Feminism and the Making of Canada: Historical Reflections, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, May 7-9, 2004.

Ms. Barbara Hunting

Ms. Barbara Hunting

Contract Faculty

B.A. Bishop’s and M.A. at Concordia.

In the Fall of 2008, Prof. Hunting organized a collaborative project between WOM101a and local Canadian Federation of University Women Grannies as part of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers project for the Stephen Lewis foundation.

Ms. Hunting’s Research and Publications

Barbara Hunting joined the department in 2006 having recently completed her thesis The Social Challenge of Laptops in the Learning Environment at Concordia University in Montreal. She is presently publishing from this thesis. Her primary pedagogic research interest involves linkages between old and new methodologies of teaching. One part of this research extends to global activities via communications and learning projects. There are political, global, family, and socio-economic fields of research to be considered within this framework of the sociology. Beyond this she is currently examining globalization and its implications for women’s political action around the world. She is also researching the media representation of the hypersexuality of adolescent girls.

Recent Conference Papers

“Research Fields Surveyed by Gatekeepers” a paper presented at Rooms of Their Own/Des espaces bien à elles – Women and the Knowledge Economy. May 3, 2007, at the University of Edmonton for the Royal Society of Canada – The Academies of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of Canada (Based on my Master’s research, I presented a paper about gate keeping within the structure of education and how the laptop research is not being written about due to the agenda of the school board. There are global and business implications that have blended themselves into the structure of education due to constrained budgets in this case creating a politics of technology).

“The Social Challenge of Laptops in the Learning Environment” a paper given at Old Kaleidoscopes, New Visions, ANSO Graduate Conference 2006, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of British Columbia, April 8-9, 2006

Pedagogic Workshop

Workshop Participant: The Spirit of Inquiry – Developing Critical Thinking, Creativity and Community. Concordia University, May 14-16, 2007. I attended this conference and participated in several workshops concerning pedagogy as a guest of McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

Dr. Norma Husk

Dr. Norma Husk

Contract Faculty

Dr. Husk has taught Sociology at Bishop’s since 2000. Her teaching interests are in sociology of health and illness, aging, social policy, formal organizations, and quantitative methods. Dr. Husk’s teaching is enriched by her many years of experience as a Registered Nurse working in the Canadian and Quebec health care systems.

Dr. Husk’s Publications

“Men’s Resistance to Women’s Education: The Personal is Political” Canadian Woman Studies, Winter 1998: Volume 17, Number 4:104-111.

“Info-Santé: A Brief History of Telephone Health Care Consultation in the Eastern Townships”, 2009, JETS (34), 77-86.

Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz

Dr. Genner Llanes-Ortiz

Assistant Professor

Retired Professor:

Dr. Mary Ellen Donnan

Dr. Mary Ellen Donnan

Professor Emeritus

Mary Ellen recently retired after 23 years of teaching. She continues to do research and writing on social inequality. This includes collaboration on a SSHRC funded project about Organizational Strategies to Address Homeless: lessons learned from 3 medium-sized Canadian Cities.

Dr. Donnan’s Research

The focus of my research and teaching is social inequality in a context of Canada’s rich and deep diversity. A compelling understanding of social inequality comes from looking at the deep roots of homelessness in Canada. This inquiry began from a contemporary political economy framework addressing identity and exclusion from the benefits of living on Canada’s wealthy, verdant lands in the predominantly neo-liberal context of the last three decades. To do justice to the issues, the scope of my work includes struggles rooted in: Indigeneity, femininity and anti-racism as well as anti-poverty efforts.

I am currently writing and researching in two areas. I am following up on my homelessness book from a couple of years ago with analysis of services in Sherbrooke in support of people who are homeless. It is part of  a larger collaborative research project about Organizational Changes to Address Homelessness in Three Medium Sized Cities which is funded from a SSHRCH Insight Grant. Accessibility has been another area of interest in recent years.  That was a collaboration between researchers across the Maple League Universities to uncover accessibility challenges in our institutions as well as collect and share strategies for better meeting the needs of all members of the university communities.

Dr. Donnan’s Publications


Donnan, M.E. 2016. The Shattered Mosaic: How Canadian Social Structures Cause Homelessness.  Vernon, B.C. J. Charlton Publishers.

Papers and Chapters

Avril Aitken, Mary Ellen Donnan, Jean Manore 2020. Responding to the Findings of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A Case Study of Barriers and Drivers for Change in an Undergraduate University. International Journal of Higher Education 28(1) 97-111

Donnan, M.E. 2020,  Aitken, A., Manor, J. (accepted) “If not here, where? Making decolonization a priority at an undergraduate university” chapter accepted, “Decolonizing the Academy”, S. Cote-Meek and T. Moeke-Pickering, editors. Canadian Scholars Press

Donnan, M.E. 2016. “Domicide and Indigenous Homelessness in Canada” 2016. Journal of Sociology and Social Work Volume 4 no. 2:38-52. DOI: 10.15640/jssw.v4n2a5  available online:

Donnan, M.E. 2016.“Using Polyversal Feminist Theory to Analyse Homelessness in Toronto” Canadian International Journal of Social Sciences and Education. January Volume 5 pages 430-441.

Donnan, M.E. 2014. “Life after Neoliberalism in Canada: How Policy Creates Homelessness and How Citizenship Models Fail to Provide Solutions” International Journal of Arts and Sciences 2014.

Donnan, M.E. 2008. “Making Change: Gender, Careers and Citizenship” pages 134-171 in, Gender Relations in Canada: Intersectionality and Beyond by Janet Siltanen and Andrea Doucette. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Donnan, M.E. 2005. “Affordable Housing and Social Sustainability in Canadian Cities” International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. Volume 1, 2005

Donnan, M.E. 2003. “Slow Advances: The Academy’s Response to Sexual Assault” in The Madwoman in the Academy: Forty Women Boldly Take on the Ivory Tower. Deborah Keahey and Deborah Schnitzer (Editors), Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2003. This book won the Alberta Scholarly Book of the Year Award.

Conference Papers Presented

E.Austen, K. Aubrect, C. Bruce, J. Dryden, ME. Donnan 2021.“ Accessibility as Collaborative Practice: What Does it Mean to Be an Accessible Campus?” Maple League Universities Better Together series. Dec 11

K. Aubrect, E. Austen, C. Bruce, J. Dryden, ME. Donnan 2021. “Collaborating for Access in Higher Education” Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion and Disability, Society for Disability Studies Conference April 17- 20th (online)

Aubrect, K, Austen, E., Bruce, Dryden, J., Donnan, M.E. 2021.“More than Compliance, Collaborating for Accessibility in Maple League Universities” Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education annual meetings May 30-June 1.

Donnan, M.E., Manore, J. (2019). Responding to the Findings of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: A Case Study of Barriers and Drivers for Change at a Small Undergraduate Institution. Queen’s University Belfast, U.K. 26th Annual Conference on Learning.

Aitken, M.E. Donnan, Manore, J. 2018 “Decolonization and the Academy” Quebec Past and Present: Annual Colloquium on Quebec Studies Bishop’s University.

Aitken, M.E. Donnan, J. Manore. 2017. “Higher Education, the 13 Principles and Indigenous Peoples: Putting words into action at Bishop’s” The Struggle for Social and Environmental Rights: Brazil and Canada in Solidarity”. International Conference, Bishop’s University. Sherbrooke QC.

Donnan, M.E. 2017. “Moving Towards AntiColonial Positions in Partnership” presented at: Indigenous Peoples- University Relations: Are Partnerships a Path to Reconciliation? Colloquium at Bishop’s University.

Donnan, M.E. 2017. “Domicide and Indigenous Homelessness in Canada” National Conference on Ending Homelessness. London Ontario.

Donnan, M.E. 2016. “How Political Neglect and Racialization Deepen Social Inequality in Toronto” Social Inequality and Policy Implications session, Canadian Sociological Association Meetings, Calgary, Alberta.

Donnan, M.E. 2015. “Polyversal feminism can deconstruct homelessness in Toronto” Keynote address at International Conference on Arts, Social Sciences, Economics and Education.

Donnan, M.E. 2014. “Life After Neoliberalism in Canada: How Policy Creates Homelessness and Citizenship-Models Limit Solutions.” International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference. Paris.

Donnan, M.E. 2014. “Inadequate Housing of Aboriginal People in Winnipeg with Low-Incomes” Canadian Sociology Association Meetings. St. Catherine’s Ontario.