Meet the Professors

Core Faculty

Maki Motapanyane earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from York University and joins us directly from her previous faculty position at St. Louis University. Her research is in the areas of women’s social movements; feminist theory and feminism  in Africa; ‘race’, racism and popular culture. Her teaching encompasses feminist theory, transnational feminism, gender and international  development, gender and nationalism, feminism in Africa, and  eco-activism in the global South. Maki’s edited collection, Mothering in Hip-Hop Culture: Representation and Experience, was recently published by Demeter Press. Additionally, service-learning, community engagement and collective social justice efforts beyond the academy have been an important part of Maki’s intellectual life; she has worked with and served in women’s centres and immigrant and refugee women’s programs in the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at www.makimotapanyane.com.

E-mail: mmotapanyane(at)mtroyal.ca

Kimberly A. Williams (Program Coordinator) earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland and joined the MRU faculty in 2009. Her research and teaching interests include: critical pedagogies, feminist research methods, indigenous and transnational feminisms, women and health, culture and globalization, critical masculinity and sexuality studies, and global women’s issues. Her book, Imagining Russia: Making Feminist Sense of American Nationalism in U.S.-Russian Relations, was awarded the 2009 SUNY Press Dissertation/First Book Prize in Women’s and Gender Studies and was recently published by SUNY Press. Her current research project, At the Heart of the New West: Sex and the Calgary Stampede, considers the annual Calgary Stampede as a local example of the gendered, racialized and heteronormative dynamics of global economic restructuring. Learn more at www.freewebs.com/kw20784.

E-mail: kawilliams(at)mtroyal.ca

Contract Faculty

Laura Adamo teaches a variety of courses in both Women’s Studies and English and is currently in the process of completing her doctoral dissertation on the representation of twins in women’s contemporary drama and fiction. Her research and teaching interests include: feminist theories, social semiotics, gender and popular culture, and rhetoric and composition.
Joe Kadi has worked as a teacher for several decades, in community settings as well as formal education. He’s been teaching women’s studies at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary since 2006. His special interests are social change history, critical thinking, and intersectionality.
Katherine Zelinsky earned her PhD in English from the University of Calgary. She currently teaches Women’s Studies at Mount Royal University and English at the University of Calgary. Her teaching and research interests are eighteenth-century fiction, in particular the rise of and literary and social connections between women novelists; Feminist and Queer Theory; and Women, Health and Illness Narratives.


WMST@MRU Faculty Advisory Council

Emily Hutchison, History
Tim Haney, Sociology
Ada Jaarsma, Philosophy
Roberta Lexier, General Education
Enrique Lopez, Spanish
Maureen McGregor, Economics
Carmen Nielson, History
Ada Patient, English
Jennifer Pettit, History
Sabrina Reed, Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts
Scharie Tavcer, Justice Studies
Michael Truscello, English and General Education
Lori Williams, Political Science