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Professor Jillian Fulton-Melanson
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Jillian Fulton-Melanson is a course director in the Department of Anthropology at York University and has training in ethnomusicology, education, and music performance. She also holds the position of co-chair for the Music and Violence Special Interest Group at the Society for Ethnomusicology. Her dissertation, titled “The Post-tarab Soundscape: Underground Electronic Dance Music Culture and the Arab-Canadian Diaspora,” is an ethnographic account of queer, subaltern, Arab and Maghrebi youth who have participated in the electronic dance music culture of Toronto and Montreal. Her current work is situated in Montreal and Casablanca within a niche community of industrial techno and Noise artists whose music and branding speak to social issues relating to nationalism and violence. Outside of academia, she actively performs at underground electronic music events and collaborates/plays with Arabic folk musicians.

Professor Ryan James
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Ryan James is an anthropologist and a course director in the Urban Studies Program. He specializes in the culture, politics, and history of Toronto’s inner suburbs with a focus on mutual aid and social reproduction among working-class residents. James is currently a research partner with the Syme Woolner Archives Project, a collaborative historical ethnography of a social services agency and its role in two inner-suburban Toronto communities. James is also co-editor of the forthcoming volume, What does the Right to the City Sound Like? The Ambient Dynamics of Urban Futures with Jillian Fulton-Melanson.

James’s goal as an educator is to provide space for students to empower themselves by thinking critically, and by developing the research, communications, and analytical skills it will take to understand social problems and challenge social inequity in the 2020s and beyond. When classes moved online in 2020, James reconceptualized the lecture component of his courses as a series of videos on 416anthropology YouTube channel, where he continues to post content on key concepts and methods in the social sciences for students as well as a general audience.

Teresa Abbruzzese

Professor Teresa Abbruzzese
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Teresa Abbruzzese is Sessional Assistant Professor in the Urban Studies Program in the Department of Social Science at York University. Teresa's teaching and research interests weave together critical social, urban, and cultural theory. Teresa’s scholarly trajectory is fuelled by her passionate interest in investigating urban sociospatial struggles through different lenses. Along her scholarly travels, she has investigated the politics of road entertainment and struggling mobilities of fairground travelers in Southern Italy; traced Bruce Springsteen’s tracks in his search for place and identity at the heart of his urban narratives and songwriting processes; examined sociospatial articulations of neoliberal urbanism by specifically looking at metropolitan governance and social housing issues, as well as suburban sprawl, regional equity, and place-based social movements in North America.

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Professor Damilola Adebayo
Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Damilola Adebayo is an Assistant Professor of History. He completed his PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. He is a historian of Anglophone West Africa, particularly Nigeria. 

African colonial and post-colonial cities are at the center of Damilola's research. His current major research theme investigates the socioeconomic life of Western technologies in African cities since the 1850s. He aims to understand the varied contexts within which Western energy, communication, and transportation technologies were adopted, appropriated, hybridized, reinvented, or discarded by the upper class and everyday people; and the ways in which these technologies have been a cause and effect of change in African urban centers.

Harris Ali

Professor Harris Ali
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Ali studies environmental disasters; the environment and health; environmental sociology; and preventive engineering. In addition, he investigated how processes of globalization have affected the transmission and response to SARS within the context of Toronto as a global city.

Alison Bain

Professor Alison Bain
Global Geography Program, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Bain is a feminist urban social geographer who studies contemporary urban and suburban culture. Her research examines the complex relationships of cultural workers and LGBTQ2S populations to cities and suburbs in Canada and Germany with particular attention to questions of identity formation, place-making, spatial politics, and neighbourhood change. Her writing focuses on the (sub)urban geographies of artistic labour, creative practice, and cultural production and has involved the development of critiques of creative city theory and cultural planning in their application to small- and mid-sized cities and suburbs. She is especially interested in contested processes of social inclusion and social exclusion in neighbourhoods as triggered by both by bottom-up and top-down arts-led urban redevelopment initiatives as well as queer place-making practices.

Ranu Basu

Professor Ranu Basu
Global Geography Program, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Basu is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at York University. Her research and teaching interests relate to the geographies of marginality, diversity and social justice in cities; power, space and activism; critical geographies of education; and spatial methodologies including critical GIS. Her projects have explored the impacts of neoliberalization of educational restructuring in Ontario; multiculturalism in schools through questions of 'integration'; social sustainability and the meaning of public space as it relates to migrants; and the provision of infrastructure for marginal groups in suburban regions. Most recently she has embarked on a SSHRC funded project entitled Subalterity, education and welfare cities that historically traces the geopolitical impacts on cities and schools through questions of conflict and displacement in Havana, Toronto and Kolkata.

Amanda De Lisio

Professor Amanda De Lisio
School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health

Amanda De Lisio is an Assistant Professor of Physical Culture, Policy, and Sustainable Development in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health. Her research is focused on development and displacement in FIFA and Olympic host cities. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation examined the impact of event urbanism in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, particularly on women involved in informal, precarious labour. Prior to York University, she taught classes on urban geography, political economy, and the sociology of health and physical culture at the University of Toronto (2015-2020) and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Bournemouth University (2016-2018) as well as Brock University (2018-2020). Her work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council in England, Mitacs Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and published in academic and popular presses in English and Portuguese.

Liette Gilbert

Professor Liette Gilbert
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Gilbert's research focuses on issues of neoliberalisation, securitization and criminalization of immigration, urban citizenship and social justice. She is particularly interested in theincongruities between ideologies, policies and everyday practices, and media representations of immigration and multiculturalism. She has also written on the politics of sub/urban re/development from Lac-Mégantic to Mexico City. She is the co-author of The Oak Ridges Moraine Battles: Development, Sprawl and Nature Conservation in the Toronto Region with her colleagues L. Anders Sandberg and Gerda R. Wekerle. The book examines local and regional environmental politics from a critical political ecology perspective.

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Professor Kevin Gingerich
Department of Civil Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

Kevin Gingerich is an Assistant Professor who joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 2017. His research interests are focused on freight transportation engineering and planning with emphasis on spatial analysis, land-use and transport interactions, discrete choice analysis, big data modelling, and optimizations. Recent research projects have included applications on a variety of vehicles ranging from small e-cargo cycles to large long-combination trucks.

Shubhra Gururani

Professor Shubhra Gururani
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Gururani’s research and teaching interests lie in the areas of the cultural politics of environment and development, postcoloniality, third world feminisms, and social movements. She has conducted ethnographic research and published on the politics of conservation and gendered struggles over livelihood in Central Himalayas, India, exploring the cultural production and representation of environmentalism, place, gender, and identity. Professor Gururani is currently working on a new project on Third World urban forms in emerging cities like Gurgaon, which investigates the changing environmental and territorial politics in urban metropolis and suburbs in the context of neoliberal transformation.

Ratiba Hadj-Moussa

Professor Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Hadj-Moussa's areas of specialization are the sociology of culture and political sociology. Her research interests range from common cultural artefacts to art (cinema) and visual culture in general. Her work is anchored within the scope of three major fields: 1. Mediascapes, principally new media, in relation to politics and shared spaces as they are constituted and evolve in non-Western contexts; 2. Secularism and Islam in the West as well as in Muslim-majority societies; 3. Marginalized forms of protest and new forms of the political.

Laam Hae

Professor Laam Hae
Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Hae studies and teaches the political economy of, and cultural politics over, urban redevelopment. More specifically, she has researched popular struggles over gentrification, the post-industrialization of urban economies, city marketing, zoning regulations, the militarization of urban space and the right to the city, in both North America and East Asia (specializing particularly in South Korea). Professor Hae’s current research examines struggles over the deregulation of greenbelt areas in South Korea (with SSHRC funding) and shantytown redevelopment under the liberal-leftist Seoul municipal government.

William Jenkins

Prof. William Jenkins
Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Jenkins is an associate professor in the Department of History in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. A Dubliner by birth, he completed a PhD at the University of Toronto on Irish immigrant experiences in Buffalo, USA, and Toronto, Canada, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has also published on issues of social and economic transformation in rural Ireland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and more than twenty articles on his research on Ireland and the Irish diaspora in the United States and Canada have appeared in edited collections and journals such as the Journal of Urban History, Immigrants & Minorities, and the Journal of Historical Geography. In 2013, his book Between Raid and Rebellion: the Irish in Buffalo and Toronto 1867-1916 was published by McGill-Queen’s University Press and has since received awards by four scholarly bodies. He is currently editing a volume of essays on Canada and the Great Irish Famine and is preparing a manuscript on the transatlantic dimensions of the famine as they relate to the evolution of Toronto between the early 1840s and early 1880s.

Roger Keil

Professor Roger Keil
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Keil is York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University in Toronto. He researches global suburbanization, urban political ecology, and regional governance and is the Principal Investigator of the Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Global Suburbanisms (2010-18). He is the author of the forthcoming Suburban Planet (Polity) and editor of Suburban Constellations (Jovis 2013); co-editor (with Pierre Hamel) of Suburban Governance: A Global View (UTP 2015); co-editor (with Julie-Anne Boudreau, Pierre Hamel and Stefan Kipfer) of Governing Cities Through Regions (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2017) and co-editor (with Xuefei Ren) of The Globalizing Cities Reader (Routledge 2018). He is a co-founder of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA), previous director of the CITY Institute at York University and former co-editor of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

Stefan Kipfer

Professor Stefan Kipfer
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Kipfer’s research is focused on two related areas: the comparative analysis of urban politics, and the excavation of urban dimensions in social and political theory. In metropolitan regions like Toronto, Zurich and Paris, he has been investigating the relationships between social movements, modes of state intervention (including planning and policy) and patterns of social, economic and cultural restructuring. His theoretical explorations have tried to articulate critical marxist and anti-colonial traditions, notably in the works of Henri Lefebvre, Frantz Fanon and Antonio Gramsci.

Abidin Kusno

Professor Abidin Kusno
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Kusno has taught at various departments at different universities in the past twenty years. His work continues to evolve around the issues of politics, culture and the built environment. He examines the ways in which architecture and urban space represented political cultures of a country (Indonesia, especially the capital city of Jakarta) and how they shaped politics, ideology, and consciousness of different social groups at different moments in the country’s urban history. His current research project seeks to add a missing dimension to his previous and ongoing works by pursuing more substantial research on environmental issues, especially from the perspectives of culture, history, and politics.

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Professor Paul Lawrie
Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Lawrie is a historian of Black America with interests in urban, labour, and disability histories. His research examines how Blackness has been understood throughout American history from intellectuals, industrial managers, scientists, educators, physicians and athletes. His first book Forging a Laboring Race: The African American Worker in the Progressive Imagination (NYU Press 2016) charts how ideas of race shaped industrial management in modern America. Paul's current SSHRC-funded project The Colour of Hours: Race, Time and the Making of Urban America shifts from the corporeal to the temporal. It links African American, Labour and Urban histories to chart how notions of time shaped the urban black experience, with a focus on temporal geographies of race in postwar Detroit.

Ute Lehrer

Professor Ute Lehrer
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Lehrer's research focuses on urban geography, cities and globalization, image production in cities, and economic restructuring and urban form. She also studies the built environment, ethnicity and immigration to urban areas, and the theory and history of planning, urban design and architecture.

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Professor Ann Marie Murnaghan
Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Murnaghan's research primarily focuses on how children’s identities are formed through play in cities.  Located in the fields of children’s studies, critical, anti-racist and feminist theory, social and cultural geographies, her research compares how gendered, aged, and raced national identities are written differently in- and outdoors, historically, and in the present moment.  She studies how children and children’s play are written in and out of urban and national history, and why this has important, if often taken for granted, implications for contemporary urban life and social inclusion as well as the identities that adults enact daily. Her research specifically examines playgrounds and museums as important urban sites of connection and symbolism, and how they are important in children’s lives and also as representations of broader urban narratives. Professor Murnaghan is currently participating in three SSHRC funded projects (Insight Development, Connection, and Partnership Engage) that explore these concepts in Toronto, British Columbia, and across Canada.

Linda Peake

Professor Linda Peake
Director of the City Institute

Linda Peake is Director of the City Institute at York University, Toronto, and principal investigator of the SSHRC funded GenUrb: Gender, urbanization and the global south. She has written widely in the field of critical human geography with interests in urban theory, feminist methodologies and, more recently, mental health. She is co-chair of the AAG Affinity Group on Mental Health in the Academy, co-editor of the special issue on ‘An engagement with planetary urbanization’ in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (2018), of Urbanization in a Global Context, second ed. (forthcoming, OUP) (with Alison Bain), and of Peake, L., Koleth, E., Tanyildiz, G., S. Narayanareddy, R. N., and patrick, d. (eds) (2021) A Feminist Urban Theory for Our Time: Rethinking Social Reproduction and the Urban (London: Antipode Book Series, Wiley).

Professor Tameka Samuels-Jones
School of Administrative Studies

Tameka Samuels-Jones is primarily concerned with environmental justice and law. She is specifically interested in investigating the way in which environmental regulations and corporate practices impact the lives and well-being of marginalized groups. The urban environment is the ideal research site for examining these issues, since marginalized groups are concentrated in urban settings and these areas are most impacted by environmentally harmful activities. Professor Samuels-Jones' current work focuses on the Jane/Finch community and the perceptions of residents of this community regarding York University’s sustainability initiatives for its community stakeholders.

Vidya Shah

Professor Vidya Shah
Faculty of Education

Professor Shah's research explores the contributing factors to district reform for equity. Professor Shah has worked in the Model Schools for Inner Cities Program in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and was a primary, junior and intermediate classroom teacher in the TDSB. She is currently the GTA Regional Lead for the Réseau de Savoir sur l’Équité/Equity Knowledge Network in partnership with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and the Ontario Ministry of Education. Professor Shah is also a curriculum writer and is actively involved in community initiatives.

Luisa Sotomayor

Professor Luisa Sotomayor
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Sotomayor's research and teaching focus on urban inequalities, governance, urban politics and planning. More specifically, she is interested in how regimes of socio-spatial inequality consolidate in contemporary cities, and the potential of grass-roots activism, land-use planning tools, and urban policy experimentation to address urban divides.

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Professor Zachary Spicer
School of Public Policy and Administration

Professor Spicer's research focuses on local governance, smart cities and innovation policy. He is currently pursuing research about Canada’s smart city challenge, data governance policy in smart city projects, regulatory responses to platform economy firms, and the capacity for rural governments to innovate in policy and practice.

Jeffrey Squire

Professor Jeffrey Squire
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Squire is passionate about cities and the complex dynamics of urbanization in both global and postcolonial contexts. His research interests include: urban sprawl; environmental governance; urban planning & governance; waste & water management; pollution; global health; social exclusion; popular culture in Africa and; critical development studies. His research, teaching and community service incorporates issues relating to social justice, advocacy, equity, anti-oppression and his approach to teaching lays emphasis on experiential education and community-based learning.

Laura Taylor

Professor Laura Taylor
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Laura Taylor is an Associate Professor of urban ecologies and environmental planning. As a researcher in political ecology and landscape studies, she is most interested in exurbia—the rural residential countryside—where she studies the processes and discourses of landscape settlement and landscape conservation at (and beyond) the urban-rural fringe. Laura is co-editor of two books, A Comparative Political Ecology of Exurbia and Landscape: Planning, Environmental Management and Landscape Change (2016) and The Ideology of Nature: Green Sprawl (2013).

Steven Tufts

Professor Steven Tufts
Global Geography Program, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Tufts' current research interests in the geographies of work and workers include investigations into labour market adjustment in the hospitality and tourism sectors, labour market integration of migrant workers, the use of strategic research by labour unions labour union renewal, the response of workers to climate change, and labour and rising populism in North America.

Natasha Tusikov

Professor Natasha Tusikov
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Natasha Tusikov is an Assistant Professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Science at York University in Toronto, a visiting fellow with the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University, and a senior fellow at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her research examines intersections among crime, technology, and regulation, with a particular focus on regulation by internet intermediaries. Her book, Chokepoints: Global Private Regulation on the Internet, was published in 2017 by the University of California Press. She is co-editor of InformationTechnology and Control in a Changing World: Understanding Power Structures in the 21st Century (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019) and co-editor of Power and Authority in Internet Governance: Return of the State? (Routledge, 2021). She is the principal investigator of a SSHRC Insight Development Grant investigating data governance in smart cities. Prior to her work in academia, she was a strategic criminal intelligence analyst with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa, Canada. Her work has been published in Surveillance & Society and Internet Policy Review.

Patricia Wood

Professor Patricia Wood
Global Geography Program, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Wood's research focuses on citizenship, attachment to place, diversity, and identity politics, particularly in cities. She does both contemporary and historical work in Canada, the United States and Ireland, and conducts research primarily with immigrant groups and Indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on participatory, collaborative research practices. She is the author of Citizenship, Activism and the City: the Invisible and the Impossible (Routledge 2017) and Nationalism from the Margins (McGill-Queen's, 2002), co-editor of In-between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability (2011) and co-author, with Engin F. Isin, of Citizenship and Identity (Sage, 1999).

Douglas Young

Professor Douglas Young
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Young’s current research considers the legacies of socialist and modernist urbanism in Berlin, Hanoi, and Stockholm, and the processes of suburban decline and renewal in Toronto. He is co-author (with Julie-Anne Boudreau and Roger Keil) of Changing Toronto: Governing Urban Neoliberalism (U of T Press, 2009).  He is co-editor (with Patricia Wood and Roger Keil) of In-between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability (Praxis (e) Press, 2010). He is a member of the CITY Institute’s MCRI grant.

Supporting Faculty Members

Ali Asgary

Professor Ali Asgary
Emergency Management, School of Administrative Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Asgary’s research focuses on urban disaster and emergency management issues ranging from economic assessment of risk mitigation/prevention and emergency preparedness measures to urban disaster simulations and automation, and post disaster reconstruction.

Warren Crichlow

Professor Warren Crichlow
Faculty of Education

Professor Crichlow is associated with the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, Culture and Communication, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada. His current research initiatives include the development of a transnational, collaborative project on media arts practices in schools and communities in Canada, Argentina and the U. S., a Robarts Centre project investigating the role of festivals and cultural policy in constructing the creative city, among others. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), and is active in the Gallery's contemporary art and education outreach initiatives with local communities.

Gordon Darroch

Professor Gordon Darroch
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Darroch’s interests lie primarily in historical population studies and social history. Until 2008 he was the York University site director of the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project, a pan-Canadian, multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional effort to develop a set of interrelated databases centred on data from the 1911-1951 Canadian censuses. The project permits unprecedented analysis of how Canada has become one of the most urbanized nations on earth, ultimately providing a new foundation for the study of social, economic, cultural and political change. The national samples are available here and through Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centres. His most recent publication based on these data is as editor of The Dawn of Canada’s Century: Hidden Histories (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014).

Don Dippo

Professor Don Dippo
Faculty of Education 

Professor Dippo's interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge, environmental and sustainability education, global migration and settlement; university/community relations; and teacher education. Together with Professor Wenona Giles, he co-directs the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) project, a CIDA funded initiative designed to bring post-secondary education opportunities to people living in the Dadaab refugee camps in northeastern Kenya. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University and is on the Board of Directors of Success Beyond Limits, a not-for-profit organization that supports high school age youth in Toronto’s Jane/Finch community.

Jenny Foster

Professor Jenny Foster
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Foster's research investigates the many ways that ecology is politicized and landscapes are socially constructed. She researches landscape form and processes across Toronto's public green spaces in terms of urban socioecological metabolism.

Steven Gaetz

Professor Stephen Gaetz
Faculty of Education

Professor Gaetz is the Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub. He is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues, and more recently, he has focused his attention on policy and in particular the Canadian response to homelessness.

Jin Haritaworn

Professor Jin Haritaworn
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Haritaworn is interested in the concurrency of celebration and pathologization in urban narratives of sexual and racial Otherness, in everyday lives and encounters in landscapes that remain shaped by the longue durée of racism, colonialism, and gender oppression. They have conducted two projects so far: The first discussed the celebration of multiracial bodies in Northwest European tropes of the cosmopolitan city (The Biopolitics of Mixing, 2012); the second (Queer Lovers and Hateful Others, forthcoming) tackles ‘queer regenerations’ in Berlin, where formerly degenerate bodies and spaces are vitalized in an inner-city setting of gentrification, ‘war on terror’, and social death. They are currently working on a new project called Marvellous Grounds: Queer of Colour Imaginaries in the Toronto Gay Village.

Shelley Hornstein

Professor Shelley Hornstein
Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts

Professor Hornstein looks at the intersections between architecture, mem, ry and place in urban sites. She has published widely on cities as memorial scapes in the postwar period, Google Earth and virtual places, and Architourism. Her most recent research is on demolition as urban amnesia. Among the courses she teaches are: Cultural Cartographies, Memory and Place, Sex and the City, and The Metropolis Revisited.

Carl E. James

Professor Carl James
Faculty of Education

Professor James is the Founding Director of the York Centre for Education and Community and has been a member of the Faculty of Education since 1993. A former youth leader and community worker, he has extensive experience with critical ethnography, action research, and government and institutional policy analysis. He is widely recognized for his work in ethnically and racially diverse communities and for his role, nationally and internationally, in research around equity and identity as related to race, class, gender, racialization, immigration and citizenship. He is known for his mentorship and is engaged in professional development with social service workers, community agencies and educators.

Sean Kheraj

Professor Sean Kheraj
Department of History, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Kheraj's research looks at the interrelationship between humans, non-human animals, and urbanization in Canada and aims to understand how these historical changes in urban human-animal relations transformed cities and changed human ideas about their relationship with non-human nature. He is also beginning work on a new research project that will examine the social and ecological consequences of the transfer of biota from the Old World to North America and the history of European colonization and biological expansion in Western Canada through a case study of the Red River colony. His third major research area is the history of oil pipeline spills in Canada. This project will provide a quantitative history of the transportation of liquid hydrocarbons via pipeline since 1949. He is the author of the book, Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History, a preview chapter of which is available here.

L Anders Sandberg

L. Anders Sandberg
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Professor Sandberg's research focuses on environmental and forest policy; environmental economy; environmental and professional history; alternative economic development; as well as Canadian, Maritime, and Scandinavian studies.

Sandra Schecter

Professor Sandra Schecter
Faculty of Education

Sandra Schecter is Professor of Education and Linguistics at York University. She has taught at York since 1996. From 2009-2012, she served as Graduate Program Director in Education. She has published articles, books, and edited volumes on language policy and planning, language socialization, language and cultural identity, and bi- and multi-lingual language acquisition and learning.

Karl Schmid

Professor Karl Schmid
Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Schmid has conducted research in Egypt on inequality and spatial control, including the development of the city of Luxor by the Egyptian government, World Bank, UNESCO, and the UNDP. His current projects include grasping the diversity of suburban Cairo and the relationships between its highly segregated areas, and the potential social and cultural implications of an energy transition within the Greater Toronto Area.

Dyana Scott

Professor Dayna Scott
Osgoode Hall Law School

Professor Scott was appointed as York Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice in the Green Economy in 2018. She is cross-appointed with York’s Faculty of Environmental Studies, with a teaching focus on environmental law and justice, risk regulation and international environmental governance. Professor Scott is a co-director of Osgoode’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic and a co-coordinator of the joint MES/JD program. Her research interests focus on contestation over extraction, the distribution of pollution burdens affecting marginalized communities and vulnerable populations, and the justice dimensions of the transition to a greener economy.

Temenuga Trifonova

Professor Temenuga Trifonova
Department of Film, Faculty of Fine Arts

Professor Trifonova explores the production of space in city films, from the street film through the city symphony, the genre-inflected city, nouvelle vague films, the global city film, the transnational ghetto film, and the franchise city film. Her other research focuses on theories of film and photography; film and philosophy; psychopathology and cinema; film criticism; contemporary American and European cinema; theories of globalization and identity; cross-cultural and cross-genre film remakes; and screenwriting.

Leah Vosko

Professor Leah Vosko
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Vosko is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Feminist Political Economy at York University. She is the author of Temporary Work: The Gendered Rise of a Precarious Employment Relationship and Managing the Margins: Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment. She is also the editor of Precarious Employment: Understanding Labour Market Insecurity in Canada. Since 2001, she has overseen the collaborative Gender and Work Database-Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database project (GWD-CPD) involving co-investigators from across Europe and North America as well as Australia.

Mark Winfield

Professor Mark Winfield 
Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change

Mark Winfield research interests varies from climate change, environment and energy law and policy topics. He has acted as an advisor to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and federal Commissioner for Environment and Development. He was a member of the Conseil d'administration (board of directors) of Transitions energetique Quebec, a Crown corporation established in to implement a low-carbon energy transition strategy for Quebec, from 2017 to 2020.

York University Professor Emeritus

Professor Jon Caulfield

Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Caulfield's research interests include: Downtown Toronto neighbourhoods; residential redevelopment of deindustrialized space in inner Toronto; old church buildings in inner Toronto; use of photographs in urban research.

Thomas Cohen

Professor Tom Cohen
Department of History and Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Cohen taps the extensive verbatim records of criminal courts to explore the social, political, and cultural anthropology of life in Renaissance Rome and its hinterland. The work is microhistorical, expounded as stories, with an eye to the colour and flavour of daily life, to explore the ephemeral structures of social life, its alliances and enmities, the strategies of self-help, brokerage, negotiation, and mutual support in a city of weak formal institutions where jury-rigged solutions made good the deficiencies of governance. He tracks “entanglement” and “communion” –devices for civic and social coherence, via webs of gifts, both material and symbolic, and shared experience — to read the ceremonial life of the “baroque city” through the lens of an exchange economy. Recent urban-centred works include an essay on "the Italian political shout" and a translation from the French of a subtle study of a Renaissance snowball fight (and rebellion) on Murano, the glass-maker island right next to Venice.

Gene Desfor

Professor Gene Desfor
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Professor Desfor's research focuses on gaining an understanding of dynamic processes of urban change. Gene is completing a study that has been investigating Toronto's changing waterfront for the past hundred years.

George Fallis

Professor George Fallis
Department of Economics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Fallis' research focuses on public policy, particularly housing policy and public finance. He is also interested in how urban policies evolve in the larger context of the evolution of the welfare state, and in the role of cultural institutions in city development.

Lucia Lo

Professor Lucia Lo
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Lo uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools to map the settlement of immigrants, and to help develop public policies on immigrant services. In particular, she is studying the preferences of Chinese immigrant consumers for local, ‘ethnic’ businesses, and how larger, ‘mainstream’ businesses are attempting to compete with the ‘ethnic’ economy.

Bryan Massam

Professor Bryan Massam
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Massam is the author of a number of academic books scholarly articles and reports on planning, environmental assessment, quality of life, the public good, economic/social/cultural rights, multi-criteria decision analysis, civil society and policy making. He also writes and publishes fiction.

Glen Norcliffe

Professor Glen Norcliffe
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Norcliffe researches geographies of production in the neoliberal era and the corollaries of neoliberal transformations for cities and regions. His research on neoliberal globalization has included studies of industrial clusters in China producing goods exported via global networks to Canada and elsewhere.  His recent book, Critical Geographies of Cycling, and a recent chapter on the re-birth of cycling in Beijing explore the intersections of neoliberal industry and culture in an urban context. This perspective is also pursued in his exploration of neoliberal impacts on towns in mature extractive peripheries and their consequences for commodities ranging from newsprint to minerals to elite hockey players.

John Warkentin
Department of Geography, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Professor Warkentin's major research interest is the development of geography as a subject and discipline in Canadian schools, and universities. He also continues his interest in the role of regional geography in liberal education, cultural and historical geography, and the scientific exploration of Canada.

Gerda Wekerle

Professor Gerda Wekerle
Faculty of Environmental Studies

Professor Wekerle researches urban movements, urban growth management and sprawl, urban public policy, urban politics, gender and cities, urban agriculture and food planning. Recent publications focus on environmental movements in exurban areas, urban growth policies, regional movements, environmental governance, land trusts, bioregional citizenship, the urban security agenda and anti-terrorism, food justice movements, gender and the neoliberal city and gender planning in transportation.

Previous Faculty Affiliate

Lisa Drummond

Professor Lisa Drummond ( ___ - 2021)
Department of Social Science, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Demonstrating York’s commitment to urban research on a global scale, Professor Drummond researched Vietnamese cities, with an emphasis on popular culture and social norms of femininity and womanhood. She completed a book manuscript entitled: Mad Dogs to Motorbikes: Public Space in Hanoi, Vietnam, from the French Colonial Period to the Present. The research for this book was funded by an SSHRC Standard Research Grant. She was a member of the MCRI project at the CITY Institute and also worked on a SSHRC funded project on urban water issues.

Lorne Sossin

Professor Lorne Sossin
Osgoode Hall Law School

Lorne Sossin served as Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School (2010-2018). Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto (2002-2010). He is a former Associate Dean of the University of Toronto (2004-2007) and served as the inaugural Director of the Centre for the Legal Profession (2008-2010). Previously (1997-2002), he was a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Department of Political Science, at York University. His teaching interests span administrative and constitutional law, the regulation of professions, civil litigation, public policy and the judicial process. He was a law clerk to former Chief Justice Antonio Lamer of the Supreme Court of Canada, a former Associate in Law at Columbia Law School and a former litigation lawyer with the firm of Borden & Elliot (now Borden Ladner Gervais LLP).

Since 2018, Prof. Sossin has served as a justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.