Meet our People
Meet the new Chair of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, Prof Wendy Pearson
Wendy Pearson, formerly the Undergrad Chair, is largerly responsible for overseeing the expansion of Women's Studies. Under her leadership, the Undergraduate Program has more than doubled in the last five years. We look forward to Wendy's visionary and inclusive leadership over the next four years. Learn more
Meet the new Undergraduate Chair, Prof Erica Lawson
Erica Lawson was recently awarded a $110,000 grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to research Peace Huts, Gender Equality, and Women’s Post-Conflict Aspirations in Liberia. Prof. Lawson was drawn to the topic through the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”. The film documents the role of women to end the Liberian Civil War (1989-2003). Mass protests led by Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace played a major role in encouraging peace talks, and eventually putting an end to the war. In June, Prof Lawson and Women's Studies student Ola Osman headed to Liberia, Africa to conduct field research. We look forward to a summary of ther research and more about this important project. Learn more
Building gender equality in post-conflict Liberia
Erica Lawson was recently awarded a $110,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to research Peace Huts, Gender Equality, and Women’s Post-Conflict Aspirations in Liberia.
Western Students unearth 150-year-old headstones at local cemetery
Women's Studies student Levi Hord is the team leader at Woodland Cemetery where Western students have uncovered 60 headstones transplanted in the 1950s from St. James Cemetery. Some are more than 150 years old. Read more.
Department of Women's Studies Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Thirty years ago, Women’s Studies was just an idea at Western. Now, it’s one of the most dynamic and successful programs in the university. And it couldn’t come at a more needed time. Read more.