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Dr. Sunera Thobani

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
University of British Columbia


Sunera Thobani is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Her research and scholarship focus on critical race, postcolonial and feminist theory; globalization, citizenship and migration; and violence, media, Muslim women and the War on Terror.  Dr. Thobani has served as Director of the RAGA (Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age) Centre at UBC, and as the Ruth Wynn Woodward Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. 

Committed to the scholarship of engagement, Dr. Thobani served as President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She was the first woman of colour to serve in this position and her tenure was dedicated to integrating anti-racist politics and practices into the mainstream women's movement.  Upon entering the academic world, she became a founding member of Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity (RACE), a cross-Canada network promoting the scholarship and leadership of academics of colour and of Indigenous ancestry. 

She has received numerous awards in recognition of her community engagements, including the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce Human Rights Award; the Vancouver Status of Women Honouring Women Award; Spice Radio's Hands Against Racism Award; and the Action to End Racism, Vagina Warrior and Just Desserts Awards of the UBC-Alma Mater Society. Most recently, she has received the Canadian Association of University Teachers Sarah Shorten Award (2017) for her "outstanding achievements in the promotion of the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges."

Dr. Thobani is the author of Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2007), and co-editor of Asian Women: Interconnections (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2005) and States of Race: Critical Race Feminist Theory for the 21st Century (Between the Lines, 2010).  Her research is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Borderlands, Feminist Theory, The Supreme Court Review, Canadian Woman Studies, International Journal of Communication and Race & Class, among others. 

Dr. Sunera Thobani

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