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We’re proud of our committed faculty members, who are proven leaders at York University and within the community. Engaged in vital, ground-breaking work, they’re earning honours for their scholastic achievements and research beyond the classroom, including internal and external awards, and research chair appointments. These dynamic individuals are significantly enhancing the quality of learning for York students and making positive change on a local and global scale.

Honours & Distinctions

  • "Best Woman Director 2020" submission recognition by Berlin Underground Film Festival for Queer Coolie-tudes (2019) feature documentary.
  • "Intersect Award", 15th Caribbean Tales Film Festival Toronto, 2020 for Queer Coolie-tudes (2019) feature documentary. Click here to learn more.
  • Direction Excellence, Docs Without Borders USA 2020 online for Queer Coolie-tudes (2019) feature documentary.

Certificate of Excellence by Indian Cine-Film Festival 2019 Mumbai for Queer Coolie-tudes (2019) feature documentary.

Andrea O’Reilly has won a 2019 Status of Women and Equity Award of Distinction, presented by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). The award, sponsored by OCUFA’s Status of Women and Equity Committee, recognizes faculty whose work has improved the lives and working conditions of academics who are Indigenous, women, racialized, LGBTQ2S+, living with disabilities and/or belong to other historically marginalized groups.

As a professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies at York University, Andrea O'Reilly developed the first course on motherhood in North America, catalyzing a wide body of literature on motherhood studies and maternal theory, and founded the term matricentric feminism.

“Andrea has distinguished herself as a leading academic in her field and as a scholar and activist committed to advancing women’s rights locally, nationally, and globally,” said Kathryn Trevenen, Vice-Chair of OCUFA’s Status of Women and Equity Committee. “Her leadership is transforming the lives of mothers in Canada and around the world.”

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GSWS professor Andrea O'Reilly being presented with award
  • Best of 2015: Our top 10 Los Angles Art Shows- #6 Killjoy’s Kastle at Plummer Park, Hyperallergic, Click here to read more.

Best Public Program, Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House, Ontario Association of Art Galleries, OAAG. Click here to read more.