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ada [dot] sinacore [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ada Sinacore)
Chair, Women's Studies Program
Associate Professor, Educational and Counselling Psychology (Faculty of Education)
514.398.3446


Ada Sinacore, Ph.D., L.P.C., is an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at McGill University. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and abroad and is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations and publications in social justice, career development, migration and immigration, gender equity, pedagogy, and feminist psychology. She is actively involved in research, scholarship and program development addressing social justice concerns at the individual, institutional, and policy level. Additionally, Dr. Sinacore co-edited a book regarding the teaching of social justice within a multicultural and feminist perspective, and is highly sought out for her consultation and program evaluation skills.  In 2010, she received the Oliva Espin Award for Social Justice Concerns in Feminist Psychology: Immigration and Gender, from the Association for Women in Psychology.  Most recently, she was elected to be a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.


melissa [dot] autumn [dot] white [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Melissa Autumn White)
Faculty Lecturer, Women's Studies Program
514.398.4400 x089632

Melissa Autumn White is Faculty Lecturer at the Institute of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University.  Prior to joining McGill, she taught gender and women’s studies and human geography at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, following on a postdoctoral fellowship at Syracuse University and New York University’s Center for Studies in Gender and Sexuality. Dr. White’s research is broadly concerned with the relationships between sexuality, gender, affect, mobility and transnational regimes of governance.  Her most substantive work to date has contributed to the sub-field of queer migration studies, and appears or is forthcoming in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Radical History Review, and Sexualities. Her current research focuses on human-nonhuman intimacies, mobilities, and border panics.  Parts of this project have been published in WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly (Special issue: “Viral”), and are forthcoming in Making Things International: Circulation (University of Minnesota Press). Dr. White has recently been elected Vice-Chair of the Sexuality Studies Association, and will serve in this capacity from 2014-16.  Her PhD in Women’s Studies was awarded by York University in 2011.


vrinda [dot] narain [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Vrinda Narain)
Assistant Professor, Joint Appointment, Law and Women’s Studies Program
514.398.4927

Vrinda Narain is an Assistant Professor at McGill University where she holds a joint appointment in the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Faculty of Arts. She is also a Research Associate in the Department of Afroasiatic Studies at the University of the Free State, South Africa. As a lawyer, she has practiced in the areas of family law, laws relating to women, constitutional law, corporate law and administrative law. She is the author of two books: "Reclaiming the Nation: Muslim Women and the Law in India" (University of Toronto Press, 2008) and "Gender and Community: Muslim Women's Rights in India" (University of Toronto Press, 2001). In Women’s Studies, Narain currently is teaching Women's Studies Special Topics 1, Women and the State in India: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives.
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myriam [dot] gervais [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Myriam Gervais)
Adjunct Professor
514.398.4400 ext: 089871

Myriam Gervais est professeure associée et membre de l’axe de recherche Équité et Justice de l’Institut de même que du Réseau québécois en études féministes (RéQEF). Détentrice d’un doctorat en science politique de l’UQAM, ses intérêts de recherche sont les systèmes politiques africains et les théories du développement, et en particulier les approches féministes du développement international. En tant que chercheure et consultante pour des agences de développement, elle conduit des études sur des sujets liés à l’égalité de genre et à la gouvernance en Afrique (Rwanda, Guinée, Niger, Mali et Burkina). Ses  publications incluent des chapitres dans les ouvrages Development, Women and War (UK, Oxfam, 2004), Réformes institutionnelles et espaces politique ou les pièges de la gouvernance pour les pauvres (Paris, Harmattan, 2005),  Femmes et conflits armés (Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2006), Productive Remenbering and Social Agency (Rotterdam, Éditions Sense, à paraître) ainsi que des articles dans les revues Agenda (2010) et Development in practice (2013).
femStep button new Elle est  aussi l’auteure d’une étude sur la politique d’égalité des sexes au sein de l’aide canadienne dont les conclusions sont parues dans Droits des femmes et égalité entre les sexes (Montréal, Fondation W.D. Gordon et AQOCI, 2010). Elle dirige actuellement un programme de recherche multidisciplinaire (femSTEP) sur les questions de genre et de pauvreté rurale en Afrique. 

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