Dr. Shaheen Shariff is James McGill Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education at McGill University. Her research includes socio-legal issues relating to sexual violence and online sexual harassment, non-consensual distribution of intimate images and cyberbullying in educational contexts. Professor Shariff directs several research projects through her organization Define the Line at McGill University’s Faculty of Education. She is currently the Project Director on a multi-sector Partnership Grant recently funded for $2.5 million over 7 years funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Through the project’s unique approach to partnered research and curriculum development, Shariff and 5 McGill University Faculties including Education, Dentistry, Law, Management and Arts and 9 universities are working with 14 community partners including social media intermediaries such as Facebook, news media; art galleries and theatres; and advocacy NGO’s. She is currently working with the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University to develop and integrate curriculum content and workshops that enhance student social responsibility towards safe learning and professional environments.
Professor Shariff received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in 2013; and Facebook’s Inaugural Digital Citizenship Award in 2012. She was an invited panelist on cyberhate at the United Nations Headquarters in New York chaired by Secretary General Ban Ki Moon; and an invited member of Quebec Premier Couillard’s task force on cyberintimidation in 2015. She has published five books on cyberbullying, two of which are translated into Portuguese and Italian. She is a regular invited keynote and panelist at international and national conferences and has been an expert witness to the Canadian Senate and House of Commons Committees on legislative amendments and new legislation relating to social media and online communication as they relate to youth protection, and sexual violence policies in universities. Shariff is also an Affiliate Scholar with Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society.