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Faculty and staff

In addition to our great students, many different people are involved in SdBI life, with different roles, expertise and responsibilities.

Part-time faculty

There are many part-time faculty members and all have contributed and continue to contribute to the intellectual life of the SdBI. The SdBI has a number part-time faculty members on its 10-19 list although not all of them teach in any given year (listed below are those who are teaching this term).

SdBI fellows are professors from other departments within Concordia University, who are connected to the SdBI life. They help out on various SdBI committees, and provide support and guidance for both students and faculty committed to feminist issues at Concordia.

How to become a fellow

  • Read the conditions associated with the Fellow status.
  • Write a cover letter that includes:
    • a stipulation that you have read and agreed to the above conditions;
    • a brief explanation of why you would like to become a Fellow at the SdBI.
  • Update your curriculum vitae.
  • Send your cover letter and curriculum vitae to

Honorary Lifetime Fellows

Susan Hoecker-Drysdale
(First Coordinator of Women’s Studies 1974-75)

Maïr Verthuy
(SdBI first Principal 1978-83)

Katherine E. Waters
(SdBI first Vice-Principal in 1978)

Arpi Hamalian
(SdBI Principal 1986-89, 1990-91)

Elizabeth Henrik
(SdBI Interim Principal 1989-90)

Postdoctoral fellows hold positions in the SdBI or are affiliated through positions in other departments within Concordia University.

How to become a postdoctoral fellow

Postdoctoral fellows

Dr. Amélie Keyser-Verrault

Dr. Amélie Keyser-Verreault

Amélie (she/her) holds a doctoral degree in sociocultural anthropology (Université Laval) and conducts research on body politics and gender with a focus on fat activism, beauty politics, maternity, aging, and resistance in East Asia. She has a deep interest in qualitative art-based, decolonial and intersectional methodologies. Her (master’s, doctoral, postdoctoral) research has been funded by SSHRC and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture.

She is currently working on an ethnography of the fat-activism movement in Taiwan. Through in-depth conversations and art-based methodologies, she analyzes the politics of fat oppression in Taiwan, its entanglement with gender politics, and the related fat activist movement.

Dr. Victoria Doudenkova

Dr. Victoria Doudenkova

Victoria holds a PhD in bioethics from the Université de Montréal. Her doctoral research explored autonomy-related challenges faced by women affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in healthcare and fertility, considering both disease management and a restorative approach to health.

Her postdoctoral research, “Co-construction of a comprehensive and feminist approach to health in Quebec,” aims to co-construct, with various stakeholders and women’s health groups, a framework to better understand health from a comprehensive and feminist perspective. The project is partly funded by MITACS and carried out in partnership with the Réseau québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes.

Affiliate Professors hold a non-remunerated position at Concordia University and are appointed for their role in making significant contributions to the teaching and research endeavors of the University by virtue of their professional expertise and scholarship. SdBI Research Affiliates include researchers working on issues relating to feminism, gender, and sexuality.

Affiliate faculty may carry out collaborative research with full-time faculty at Concordia, co-supervise graduate students along with a full-time faculty member, and apply for and hold research funding from external research agencies such as SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, FQRSC, FQRNT, and FRSQ.

SdBI Affiliate Professors are part of a community of researchers who meet regularly to exchange ideas, share in their research, and attend seminars and events.

How to become an affiliate professor

Guidelines for affiliate faculty appointments at Concordia

  • In the SdBI, applications are accepted until April 12, 2024 for new appointments or re-appointments starting on June 1, 2024.
  • Please send your applications to

Additional information

Request for SdBI conference funding

Request for Concordia library privileges

Affiliate professors

Farida Abla

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024)

Farida has expertise in many fields, including literature, autobiography, diaspora communities, women's life writings, feminist theory, translation, and teaching. She holds a PhD in Humanities from Concordia University and is a certified translator (OTTIAQ & STIBC). She also has extensive experience teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and university level courses in her field of expertise, such as “Feminism & Autobiography,” a course she taught at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia in 2019.

Her doctoral thesis, entitled Diasporic Iranian Women’s Life Writing: An Analysis Using a Transnational Feminist Lens, focuses on deconstructing the works of Iranian Women in diaspora in the US and Canada where they wrote autobiographies in English. She questions and analyzes the voices of Iranian women in diaspora using a transnational feminist lens. She studies the effects of the English language within diaspora literature, their portrayal in media, and their reception and audience in North America in particular. She also explores the social, economic, political and religious circumstances they experienced and portrayed in their memoirs.

Research keywords: Transnational Feminism; Cultural Studies; Iranian Women Diaspora; Autobiographies; Life Writing.


Jade Almeida

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2025)

Originally from Guadeloupe, Jade Almeida (pronouns she/her) completed her Doctorate in Sociology under the supervision of Sirma Bilge. Her thesis focuses on Black women who love women: resistance to intertwined power dynamics. As a content creator, she shares educational content on her website addressing issues related to anti-racism, anti-imperialism, and anti-prison struggle, among others. She also contributes as a columnist in the À Babord! magazine, serves as a project coordinator at the Conseil Québécois LGBT, and co-founded Harambec, an organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of Black women and non-binary Black individuals.

Research Keywords: Black Women; Intersectionality; Queer; (homo)Sexuality(ies); Race; Ethnicity; Diaspora.


Sima Aprahamian

Sima Aprahamian 

Affiliate Associate Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024)

Sima holds a doctoral degree in Anthropology granted at McGill University. She is currently working on the following projects: a virtual museum of objects that have survived the Armenian Genocide and are in Canada and their stories; narratives of Displacement; and Ottoman women's movement(s). Her doctoral dissertation (based on fieldwork in the Beka’a valley of Lebanon, funded by SSHRC) was entitled The Inhabitants of Haouch Moussa. She has been organizing several panels in academic conferences over the years on literary responses to genocide, feminist perspectives on genocide, as well as publishing and presenting papers on identity issues, gender, and genocide.

Research Keywords: Feminist Anthropology; Feminist Perspectives on Genocide; Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality; Identities; Literary Criticism.

Contact: Sima Aprahamian

Syeda Bukhari

Syeda Nayab Bukhari

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024)

Syeda earned her doctorate from the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University. Currently, she teaches courses in social sciences at Concordia University as a part-time faculty member, covering topics such as Qualitative Research Methods, Global Migration, Gender, and Human Rights issues. She is also leading research and policy to advance the economic performance and outcomes for immigrant women in Canada's STEM fields at TGC.

With expertise in qualitative research, teaching, project management, knowledge sharing, and networking in community-based programs, she has dedicated her efforts to understanding the lived experiences of marginalized and minority ethnic communities in Canada. Her areas of interest span race, class, and gender; immigration and settlement; ethnic media; health care management; and community-based programs for disadvantaged groups. She is also serving as the director and head of programming for the South Asian Film Festival of Montreal. Syeda has authored and co-authored articles, reports, and book chapters in her respective fields. Her ultimate aspiration is to create visual research projects that make research accessible and understandable to the general public and contribute to community development beyond academia.

Research Keywords: Economic Performance and Outcomes for Immigrant Women in STEM; Race, Class, and Gender; Immigration and Settlement; Community-Based Programs for Disadvantaged Groups; Lived Experiences of Marginalized and Minority Ethnic Communities; Community Development Beyond Academia; Qualitative Research.


Dolores Chew

Dolores Chew

Affiliate Associate Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2025)

Dolores received her PhD (History) from the University of Calcutta (Bengal, India) – Hindu women and property rights in colonial law; MA from Concordia University (History) – Social reform and women in colonial Bengal; and BA at Concordia University (Asian Studies).

Anti-racist feminist engagement informs Dolores’ teaching, activism and research. Her recent work have appeared in Andrews, Simi Raj, Anglo-Indian Identity, Past and Present, in India and the Diaspora (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021); DiGeorgio-Lutz, Gosbee, Women and Genocide - an Anthology (Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2016); Luther et al, Resilience and Triumph. Immigrant Women Tell Their Stories (Second Story, 2015); Canadian Woman Studies Reader (2015); International Journal of Anglo-Indian Studies 15:1 (2015); Montreal Serai (2014); Boyd, The Search for Lasting Peace, Critical Perspectives on Gender-Responsive Human Security (Ashgate, 2014).

Research Keywords: Women and Genocide (Gujarat, India); Gender Representations and Multiraciality (Anglo-Indians - Colonial and Post-Colonial); Feminism and Intersectionality (Québec and Canada).


Karin Doerr

Karin Doerr

Affiliate Associate Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024)

Karin Doerr taught German culture, language and literature, as well as courses on women and genocide at Concordia. She is a member of the Canadian Institute for Genocide Studies, the Canadian Academic Council for the Study of Anti-Semitism; the Women Institute in New York; the University Women’s Club of Montreal, and advisor and contributor to the Toronto website Women and the Holocaust. Her international publications and lectures have focused on trauma expressed in art and poetry; antisemitism in literature; and the Holocaust. Her main research area is the political influence on linguistic expression, particularly in National Socialist Germany. She co-authored An English Lexicon of the Language of the Third Reich and a German dictionary study of “Germany’s Language of Genocide at the Turn of the Century.” Working with Holocaust survivors, she also examined the impact of the language of genocide on victims. Her latest publication is a translation of Franz Kafka’s last story with an analytical introduction. She is presently working on a cultural-sociological study of the life of the revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, as well as a new revised and expended edition of the Lexicon.

Research Keywords: Language of National-Socialist Germany; Impact of Genocidal Language on Victims; Trauma in Art and Poetry; Women and the Holocaust; Antisemitism in Literature; Author Franz Kafka; Poet Paul Celan; Artist Ruth Liberman; Revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.


Kristin M. Franseen

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2024)

Kristin has a PhD (Musicology) from McGill, a MA (Music History) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison), and is a FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow in the History Department at Concordia University. Her research examines the place of gossip, anecdote, and fiction as historical sources in musicology and composer biography, the development of queer musicological methods, and women’s work across the history of the music research disciplines. Her publications include articles in the scholarly journals Music & Letters19th-Century Music, and the Cahiers de la Société québécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM), as well as in the VAN and Contingent magazines. Her monograph Imagining Musical Pasts: The Queer Literary Musicology of Vernon Lee, Rosa Newmarch, and Edward Prime-Stevenson is forthcoming from Clemson University Press.

Research Keywords: Feminist and Queer Musicology; Music Biography; Gossip as Historical Source; Music, Fiction.


Dorothy Geller

Affiliate Associate Professor (June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2024)


Dana Hearne

Affiliate Associate Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024)


Pauline McKenzie Aucoin

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024)


Shaheen Akhter Munir

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024)


Kathleen O'Grady

Kathleen O'Grady 

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2025)

Kathleen is a writer, editor and political and media strategist. In addition to being an Affiliate of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, she is an author and editor of numerous books and articles on health policy, women's and cultural issues, and is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Writers' Union of Canada.

She is the Founding Director of QUOI Media Group Inc., specializing in political, policy and media research and strategy consulting. She has written and edited speeches and op-eds for Nobel laureates, government Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament and Provincial Parliament, University and College Presidents, academics and artists. Her regular client list includes the Senate of Canada, a number of Ottawa-based think tanks, universities, professional societies and non-profit organizations.

Her writings on health, sexuality, and women's and cultural issues have appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers in North America, including: the Chicago Tribune, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, Seattle Times and many more. Her book publications include Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy (CIHR); Canadian Health Policy in the News (CIHR); Sweet Secrets (Sumach); French Feminism and Religion (Routledge); Religion in French Feminist Thought (Routledge) and Bodies, Lives, Voices (Sheffield). She has also authored children's fiction, including First Words: Patti Kay's Dreamworks (Bayeux). She was the former Managing Editor of (2011-2018) and the Editor of Network, the national bilingual magazine of the Canadian Women's Health Network (2001-2008).

Kathleen has been educated in the field of religion and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, and the University of Cambridge, UK. She lectured in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary and WLU. She was a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar and a former Bank of Montréal Visiting Scholar at the University of Ottawa. She is a volunteer editor with Wikipedia, Canada Project and on the advisory committee for the Strongest Families Institute. She was previously on the board of directors for Girls Action Foundation.

Research Keywords: Canadian Health Policy; Autism - both as they relate to Canadian girls and women; Media, the theoretical work of Julia Kristeva.

@kathleenogrady (Twitter)
@kathleenogradyca (Threads)

Zara Saeidzadeh

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2025)

Zara holds a PhD in Gender Studies from Örebro University, Sweden. In addition to her LLM in International Human Rights Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, the UK, she completed her MA in Sociology of Law at Lund University in Sweden. For the past decade, Zara has focused on the socio-legal recognition of trans* people in both conducting research and teaching. In her current research project, Zara examines violence against trans* women in Sweden through the lenses of epistemic recognition and trans* citizenship.

Research Keywords: Trans* Studies; Sociology of Law; Politics of Recognition; Sexuality and Gender Politics; Qualitative Research; Feminist Methodologies.

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Sandra Smele

Affiliate Assistant Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024)

Sandra Smele trained as a Sociologist at Concordia and York University. She has conducted and contributed to research focused on social gerontology, gender, care, sexuality, disability, racism, abuse, and inclusion for over a decade. In addition to being an Affiliate of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, she is also the Coordinator of Expertise in Inclusive Aging, Diversity, Health and Well-Being at the Centre for Research and Expertise in Social Gerontology. 


Esmaralda Thornhill

Affiliate Professor (June 1, 2023 - May 31, 2025)


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