Supervision and Teaching

Graduate Supervision

Post-doctoral students

October 2017- present Dr. Elsa Koleth
January 2004 – Sept 2004 Dr. Katherine McKittrick

Graduate Programme in Geography


Sept. 2014 – Dec. 2014 Committee Member, Comprehensives Committee, Reachel Baker
Sept. 2009 – Present Committee Member, William Payne
Sept. 2009 – October 2015 Committee Member, Hulya Arik
Secular Bodyscapes: Corporeal and Emotional Intersections of Security and Secularism in the Turkish Military
Sept. 2009 – October 2014 Supervisor, Ph.D Katie McDonald
Rupununi Imaginaries
Sept. 2007 – April 2012 Supervisor, Ph.D. Robert Lidstone (withdrew)
Sept. 2003 – July 2007 Supervisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Laura Shillington
Complex Ecologies and Cityspaces: Social-ecological Networks in Urban Agriculture, Managua, Nicaragua
Sept. 2003 – May 2004 Supervisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Kevin De Jesus
Refugees and gendered violence in Palestine (Supervisor withdrew)
January 2003 – May 2004 Committee Member, Ph.D. Comprehensives Committee, Keith Barney
Ethnic identities and rural development in Laos
July 1999 – July 2001 Supervisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Colette Murray
Afrocentric social movements in Central America (withdrew)
Jan. 1992 – Dec. 1994 Supervisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Donna Maitland (withdrew)
July 1991 – July 1992 Joint Supervisor, (with Dr. D. Freeman) Ph.D. Thesis, Perez Nyamwange (withdrew)


Sept. 2013 – Present Supervisor, MA Thesis, Raushan Bhuiyan
Sept. 2012 – April 2015 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Zakiya Price
Sept. 2010 – Dec. 2011 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Nadia Hedar (withdrew)
Sept. 2009 – May 2011 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Jessi Francis
Aboriginal tourism in the southern interior of British Columbia: Identities, representations, and expectations
Sept. 2007 – July 2010 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Nicole Chenier (withdrew)
Sept. 2006 – July 2008 Joint Supervisor, MA Thesis, Meghan Rees (with Dr. Alison Bain)
Identity for sale: A Case Study of Gap Inc.
Sept. 2005 – May 2007 Committee member, MA Thesis, Esther Rootham
Racialised Youth, Identity and the labour Market: The Vietnamese Second Generation
Sept. 2005 – Sept. 2006 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Jennifer Domise
Jamaican Women Agricultural Workers in Ontario
Sept. 2000 – Sept. 2006 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Roxanne Richardson
Amerindian women and development issues in the Guyanese interior (withdrew)
Jan. 1997 – Dec. 1997 Committee Member, MA Thesis, Katherine Morihovitis
Economics and Women's Work in the Greater Toronto Area:  A Case Study of Cashiers
Sept. 1996 – Dec. 1998 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Katherine Topelko
Guyanese Women Speak About Their Reproductive Health Experiences
Sept. 1993 – May 1995 Joint Supervisor, MA Thesis, Catherine Lyon (with Dr. V. Preston)
Exploring Desired Spaces: A Study of Feminist Activism and Spatial Organization
Sept. 1991 – Sept. 1993 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Deborah Hierlihy
From Collective Space to Community Service:  A Study of Amsterdam's Women's Centres
July 1990 – June 1992 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Rohini Wilkie
The Androcentric Corral:  Feminism, "New" Ethnography and Cultural Geography

Graduate Programme in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies


July 2010 – December 2012 Joint Supervisor, Conely Deleon (with Dr. Phillip Kelly)
Philipino Youth in Toronto
January 2010 –October 2014 Supervisor, Grace Ogunyankin,
It’s My Right to Fix the City: Women, Class, and the Postcolonial Politics of Neoliberal Urbanism in Ibadan, Nigeria
September 2007 - present Supervisor, Leeann Townsend
Transnationalism and Sexuality in Guyana
September 2007 – June 2010 Supervisor, Abhar Hussain
The Social Dynamics of Remittances: Bangladeshi women’s labor migration to Malaysia (joint supervisor)
September 2007 – Dec. 2008 Committee Member, Bhavani Ragharum
September 2004 – Dec. 2009 Committee Member, Ph.D. Thesis, Deborah McPhail
Globalisation and women’s health
July 2001 – Nov. 2009 Supervisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Jennifer Johnson
Spaces of Corporate Capital: Gendering Negotiations at the Free Trade Areas of the Americas
July 1999 – November 2003 Supervisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Katherine McKittrick
Demonic Grounds: Black Women’s Geographies
January 1999 – July 2003 Committee Member, Ph.D. Thesis, Elizabeth Millward
Scaling airspace: aviatrixes in Britain and New Zealand in the inter war period
July 1998 – December 2006 Supervisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Allyson Mitchell
Reclaiming space for fat women in the city; a fat activist approach
July 1997 – Nov. 2008 Joint Supervisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Mary Ebos  (with Dr. Brenda Longfellow) The Ceylonese photographs of Margaret Julia Cameron


Sept. 2011 –December 2012 Committee member, MA Major Research Paper, Preity Kumar
Unravelling Indo-Caribbean women’s sexualities in the Anglophone Caribbean
Sept. 2011 – August 2012 Supervisor, MA Major Research Paper, Abena Offeh-Gyimah
Anti-racist feminist anlaysis of disability in Africa
July 2001 – July 2002 Supervisor, MA Major Research Paper, Celine Cooper
A feminist geography analysis of female refugees
Sept. 2000 – March 2002 Supervisor, MA Major Research Paper, Jennifer Woodill
Lesbian spaces of resistance: tai kwando
Sept. 2000 – June 2002 Supervisor, MA Major Research Paper, Shana Calixte
Gender and transnationalism; meanings of home for St. Lucian expatriates
Jan. 2000 – June 2004 Supervisor, MA Major Research Paper, Amrita Persaud
Domestic violence among Indo-Guyanese women in Toronto
July 1997 – Sept. 1998 Supervisor, MA Major Research Paper, Allyson Mitchell
Lesbian graffiti in downtown Toronto
Sept. 1994 – May 1996 Supervisor, MA Major Research Paper, Charmai Crawford
Women and domestic violence in Trinidad and Tobago

Graduate Programme in Development Studies

September 2014 – May 2017 Supervisor, MA thesis, Pere DeRoy
Human Trafficking in Guyana
September 2012 – April 2014 Supervisor, MA thesis, Keresa Arnold
Women’s NGOs in Belize
September 2011 – August 2013 Supervisor, MA thesis, Michelle Bobala
Women and the MDGs in Guyana
September 2008 – May 2010 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Shannon Gurevich
A critical analysis of the PRSP in Guyana
September 2007 – May 2009 Supervisor, MA Thesis, Kate Nowak
GST in Guyana and its impact on low-income women.

Graduate Programme in Socio-Legal Studies

September 2011 – August 2012 Committee member, MA Thesis, Lisane Thirsk

Graduate Programme in Anthropology

July 1997 – December 2001 Committee Member, Ph.D. Thesis, Susan Frohlick
Transnational topographies; scaling Mount Everest

Graduate Programme in Faculty of Environmental Studies

Sept. 1993 – May 1995 Joint Supervisor, MES Thesis, Charulata Prasada (with Dr. B. Kettel)
The work of Red Thread women’s NGO in Guyana

Graduate Supervision of students in other universities

Sept 2014 – Dec. 2014 International advisor, Ph.D. Thesis, Susan Holland-Muter,
Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town
Sept. 2011 – March 2013 International advisor, M.Phil, Nikoli Attai, Women’s Studies, University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Sept. 1998 – Jan. 1999 Comprehensives Committee member, Ph.D. Thesis, Sharron  Fitzgerald, Geography Department, Wilfred Laurier University
Sept. 1990 – Jan. 1997 Supervisory Board member, Ph.D. Thesis, Alison Grant, Geography Department, McMaster University
Domestic violence and the state in Ontario

Graduate Advisor, Cerlac Diploma (Centre for Research in Latin America and the Caribbean), York Univ.

2010 – 2014 Katie MacDonald
1997 – 1998 Kirsten Iler
1992 – 1993 Rohini Wilkie, Jeremy Tucker

Graduate Advisor, Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University

2011 – 2012 Rajanie Kumar
2009 – 2010 Angela Deveau
2006 – 2007 Kathryn Travis
2004 – 2005 Leeann Townsend
2003 - 2004 Alyson Hoy
2000 - 2001 Jennifer Johnson
1998 – 1999 Allyson Mitchell
1996 – 1997 Kirsten Iler
1995 – 1996 Karen Flynn
1994 – 1995 Charmaine Crawford

External Examiner

Dec. 2017 MA External Examiner for  Andrew McCartan, Department of Geography, Brock University.
Glasgow’s Queer Battleground
Sept. 2003 Ph.D. External Examiner for Catherine Jean Nash, Department of Geography, Queen’s University.
Toronto’s Gay Ghetto: Politics and the disciplining of identity and space (1969-1982)
April 2002 MA External Examiner for Amanda Bullen, Department of Geography, McMaster University.
Housing policy in the Caribbean in the inter war period
Sept. 2001 Ph.D. External Examiner for Zoe Newman, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario. Whitening the Inner City. The Containment of Toronto's Degenerate Spaces and the Production of Respectable Citizens

Internal Examiner / Dean’s Representative

August 2017 MRP Internal Examiner for Lee Waddington, Department of Geography, York University
Is Coal Still Our Life? Working-Class Men, Masculinities, and Memories of Deindustrialization in a South Yorkshire Coal Mining Borough, 1984-1994.
June 2013 MA Internal Examiner for Colleen Mitchell, Department of Geography, York University
Working within Toronto’s private houses: women in waged domestic labour, 1880s to 1920s
October 2012 Ph.D. Dean’s Representative for Melanie Sampson, Department of Political Science, York University
Wasting Value and Valuing Waste: Insights into the Global Crisis and the Production of Value Reclaimed from a Soweto Garbage Dump
June 2008 Ph.D. Internal Examiner for Leslie Kern, Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University.
Gendering Urban Revitalization: Women, Condominium Development and the Neoliberalization of Urban Citizenship
May 2004 Ph.D. Dean’s Representative for Adriana Premat, Department of Anthropology, York University
Cuban counterpoint of the public and private: reflections on the making of urban agriculture sites in Havana, Cuba
Feb. 2003 Ph.D. Dean’s Representative, Karen Flynn, Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies, York University
Race, Class, and Gender: Black Nurses in Ontario, 1950-1980.
Sept.1998 Examining Committee Member, MA Thesis, Geography Department, York University, Colleen Crummey A Geography of Grafitti:  A Semiotic Analysis of Belfast's Murals
Sept. 1995 Dean’s Representative, MES Oral Exam, FES, York University, Stefan Kipfer

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses (*New Courses Developed)

2013 GEOG5209
Critical Human Geography
(Core course to first year MA students)
2011 – 2012 Women’s Studies 6007 3.0
Feminist Research Colloquium
(Core course to first year MA students)
2006 -2010 Women’s Studies 6008 3.0
*Feminist Methodologies and Research Methods
(Core course to first year Ph.D. students)
1997 – 2006 W. Studies /Geog. 6901 3.0
* Feminist Geographies of Space and Place
1985 Urban and Regional Planning
MA in Geog., UEA, UK
1983 – 1985 MA in Regional Spatial Analysis, Planning in Developing Countries, UEA, UK
Regional Economics
Regional Economic Planning
Regional Physical Planning

Graduate Reading Courses

2012 Caribbean feminisms, Michelle Bobala
MA, Development Studies, York University, Winter 2012
2007 - 2008 Feminist Methodologies and Methods WMST
Abhar Hussain Ph.D, Women’s Studies, York University, Fall 2007
Emmanual Moya MA, Geography Department, York University, Winter 2008
Nicole Chenier MA, Geography Department, York University, Winter 2008
2005 Trafficking in Women WMST
Leeann Townsend MA, Women’s Studies, York University, Summer 2005
2000 Feminist Theories of Development in Latin America WMST
Colette Murray Ph.D., Geography Department, York University
1990 – 2010 Feminist Geographies of Space and Place WMST 5020

Conely Deleon PhD, Women’s Studies, York Uni., W 2010
Vanessa Lamb PhD, Geography, York University, Fall 2009
Ei Phyu Han PhD, Geography, York University, Fall 2009
Janine Rose PhD, Geography, York University, Fall 2009
Marshia Akbar PhD, Geography, York University, Fall 2009
Hulya Arik PhD, Geography, York University, Summer 2009
Leeann Townsend Ph.D, Women’s Studies, York U., F 2007
Bhavani Ragthuram Ph.D, Women’s Studies, York U., F 2007
Kathryn Travis MA, Women’s Studies, York Uni., Fall 2007
Esther Rootham Ph.D., Geography, York University, 2005-6
Celine Cooper MA, Women’s Studies, York Uni., 2001-2
Janet Forbes MA, Geography, York University, 1995-6
Sarah Payne Ph.D., Geography, York University, 1994-5
Hongying Wang MA, Geography, York University, 1991-2
Mary Drummond MA, Geography, York University, 1991-2
Alison Grant Ph.D., Geography, McMaster University, 1990-1

Undergraduate Courses (*New Courses Developed)

York University, Toronto

2018 The Urban Professional SOSC 3715 3.0
2009 – 2015 Urban Analysis SOSC 3700 6.0
1992 - 2008 Urban Studies Field Experience SOSC 4710 6.0
1995 - 2000 *City Lives and City Forms SOSC 2710 9.0
* Urban Research Methods SOSC 3700 6.0
1992 - 1993 *Gender and the City SOSC 3910 3.0
The City as a Social Process SOSC 2720 6.0
1990 – 1991 The City as a Social Process SOSC 2720 6.0
*Gender and the City SOSC 4910 3.0
1989 - 1990 Political Geography GEOG 3050 6.0
Urban Social Policy GEOG 4380 6.0
Urban Analysis SOSC 3700 6.0

University of Guyana

1993 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 3rd year course
1985 Regional Planning 3rd year course
Urban Planning 3rd year course

Grand Valley State University, Michigan

1988 - 1989 *Women and Environments Social Science 4000 level
Research Methods in the Social Sciences Social Science 3000 level
World Regional Geography Social Science 1000 level

Kingston University, England

1985 - 1988 Human Geography 1st year course
Statistics for Geographers 1st year course
Social Geography 2nd year course
*Political Geography 2nd year course
*Advanced Social Geography 3rd year course
*Advanced Political Geography 3rd year course
* Philosophies and Methodologies 3rd year course in Geography
Undergraduate Field Courses: Devon, South Wales and Tunisia

University of East Anglia, England

1983 - 1985 * Analysis and Techniques 1st year course
Principles of Development Studies (1/3 lectures) 1st year course

Reading University, England

1982 Housing and Urban Residential Differentiation 3rd year course
1979 - 1983 Human Geography Tutorials Demonstrator (assistant) for courses on: Statistics, Location Theory and Computing (SPSSX) 1st, 2nd and 3rd year courses

Other Teaching

1979 - 1980 Teaching English to Overseas Students (13-16 year olds)
1979 - 1980 English and Communication Skills HND Class (16-17 year olds)

Students employed on SSHRC Partnership Grant

2017 – 2018 Post-doctoral Visitor: Dr. Elsa Koleth
Masters student: Esteban Sabbatasso
RAY Undergraduate student: Jamilla Mohamud