natalie.stoljar [at] (Natalie Stoljar)

Acting Director, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

(514) 393-1331

Natalie Stoljar received a BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a PhD from Princeton University. She came to McGill in 2006 after holding positions at the Australian National University, Monash University and the University of Melbourne. Her research is in three areas: feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. In social and political philosophy, her work focuses on relational conceptions of autonomy. She is co-editor (with Catriona Mackenzie) of the 2000 collection Relational Autonomy. Feminist Perspectives on Autonomy, Agency and the Social Self (OUP). In feminist philosophy, she has written on feminist metaphysics, especially gender essentialism, realism and nominalism. In the philosophy of law, she has published on legal interpretation, constitutional interpretation and judicial review, and the methodology of law. She is currently working on procedural justice and the ethics of policy and legal processes.

Prof. Stoljar is the Subject Editor for Gender and Feminism for The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (General Editor, Tim Crane, University of Cambridge). Her research is funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, 'Silencing, Objectification and Negative Social Scripts. Do They Undermine Autonomy?' (2016-2020), and a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (with Kristin Voigt), 'Relational Equality and Relational Autonomy' (2016-2019).

Prof. Stoljar regularly teaches the Department’s philosophy of law courses (PHIL 348 and PHIL 648). She was Chair of the Department from 2008-2012, Interim Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy in 2018-2019, and will act as Interim Director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies in 2020-21.

roberto.benedicto [at] (Bobby Benedicto)

Assistant Professor, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and the Department of Art History and Communications Studies
Arts W-295

Bobby Benedicto is an Assistant Professor at McGill University's Department of Art History and Communications Studies and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. His research interests lie at the intersections of queer theory, critical race theory, urban studies, and theories of death and temporality. His first book, Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), received the 2015 Ruth Benedict Honorable Mention Prize for Queer Anthropology and was a finalist for the 2015 LAMDA Literary Award for LGBT Studies. He is currently working on two book projects: Fatal Sex: Essays on Queer Necroaesthetics and Queer Afterlives: Dictatorship Architecture, Transgender Performance, and the Place of the Dead. His other writings have appeared in Social Text, Antipode, and GLQ, among others. 

myriam.gervais [at] (Myriam Gervais)

Assistant Professor, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Peel 3487 Room 300

Myriam Gervais est professeure adjointe à l’Institut Genre sexualité et féminisme, et sa fonction professorale est centrée sur la recherche. Détentrice d’un doctorat en science politique de l’UQAM, ses intérêts de recherche sont la recherche féministe participative, l’approche féministe et l’analyse genrée en développement international, et l’éthique en recherche. Récipiendaire de subventions de différents organismes (CRSH, FRQSC, CRDI, Fonds internes de McGill), ses recherches de terrain ont été menées dans différents pays de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et au Rwanda, notamment dans le cadre d’un programme de recherche multidisciplinaire (femSTEP) sur les questions de genre et de pauvreté rurale dont elle a assumé la direction. Elle collabore actuellement à une étude au Mali sur l’agentivité des filles en milieu scolaire dans des zones en situation de conflit. Ses recherches en cours portent aussi sur l’égalité des savoirs et les défis éthiques dans la recherche féministe partenariale et participative, s’intéressant tout particulièrement aux perspectives des partenaires des milieux de pratique. Elle a récemment publié un guide sur la façon de concevoir et de mettre en œuvre des projets de recherche participative féministe en utilisant des méthodes visuelles (disponible en libre accès en français et en anglais sur le site internet d’IGSF). Depuis 2021, elle siège au Conseil scientifique du Réseau québécois en études féministes.

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maria.hwang [at] (Maria Hwang)

Assistant Professor, Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies
Peel 3487 Room 303

Maria Cecilia Hwang (Ph.D., Brown University) is assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Before joining McGill, she was a Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies at Rice University. Hwang is a qualitative sociologist who employs ethnography to examine social and political-economic processes in globalization. She is interested in identifying the inequalities that emerge in globalization and the borders and boundaries it creates and sustains. Hwang’s current book project, Shadow Migration and Gendered Illegality: The Temporary Labor Migration of Filipina Sex Workers in Asia, examines how the forces of economic globalization and state migration regimes impact the lived experiences of sex workers from the Philippines who circulate across global cities in Asia. This project complicates contemporary discussions on migrant governance by illustrating how gender ideologies shape state migration regimes and expands current theorizations of global circuits by empirically demonstrating the asymmetries in the mobility of transnational professionals and transnational low-wage workers. Hwang has published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, International Migration Review, and International Labor and Working-Class History.

alexandra.ketchum [at] (Alexandra Ketchum)

Faculty Lecturer, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Peel 3487 Room 301

Alex Ketchum is the Faculty Lecturer at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at McGill University. She received her doctorate from the Department of History at McGill University while focusing on feminist restaurants, cafés, and coffeehouses in the United States and Canada from the 1972-1989. Her work integrates food, environmental, and gender history. She has a MA in History with the Option in Women and Gender Studies also from McGill University and a Honors BA in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Wesleyan University. Ketchum is committed to accessible publishing practices. She is the founder of The Feminist Restaurant Project (; the co-founder and editor of The Historical Cooking Project (, a website dedicated to food studies scholarship; the co-founder of Food, Feminism, and Fermentation (; and the author ofHow to DIY A Feminist Restaurant (Portland: Microcosm, 2018). For a full list of her publications and projects, please visit She is currently working on a book about American feminist restaurant and literary culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.

rachel.sandwell [at] (Rachel Sandwell)

Faculty Lecturer, Department of History & Classical Studies and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

Rachel Sandwell is a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of History & Classical Studies and the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. Her work explores women’s thought and political engagements, and intersections between gender, sexuality, the state, and resistance movements. Examining the contributions of women thinkers and the significance of debates around gender and sexuality in sites such as the anti-apartheid struggle, her research treats both the long history of feminisms outside the west, and the extent to which gendered anxieties shaped ostensibly male-dominated institutions. Her research also focuses on women’s contributions to a variety of anti-colonial nationalisms, while exploring tensions of solidarity within liberation movements using the insights of critical race theory and black and African feminist thought. She is currently working on a book on feminist thought and practice inside southern African liberation movements. She has published recently in the Journal of Women’s History and the journal Globalization and Health.


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