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October 2013 -Tenure and Promotions

We are once again thrilled to announce the tenure and promotion of Prof Erica Lawson and Kim Verwaayen to the rank of
Associate Professor. Erica and Kim were the first two full-time hires in the department of Women's Studies and Feminist

November 2012 - Tenure and Promotions

We are delighted to announce the tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of the following Professors:
Prof Susan Knabe (jointly appointed to FIMS)
Prof Wendy Pearson (Undergraduate Chair)
Prof Jessica Polzer (jointly appointed to Health Sciences)

July 2012 - New Appointment of a Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues

We are proud to announce that Professor Bipasha Baruah will be joining the WSFR Faculty as a tenured associate professor on July 1, 2012. Dr. Baruah was recently awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor in International Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Click here for the announcement of the new CRC's in the Western News.

Here is a brief bio for: Professor Bipasha Baruah
I am interested in the study of gender and globalization, grassroots women’s organizations, urban land and housing rights, urban basic service delivery, and informal sector labor issues in South Asia. In addition to academic appointments, I have served as a consultant to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

I have worked as a researcher and a development practitioner in India, Indonesia and the Eastern Caribbean countries of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts and Nevis. My new book, Women and Property in Urban India (University of British Columbia Press, 2010) explores the challenges and opportunities that low-income women face in securing access to land and housing in urban informal settlements in India.

2012 Arts & Humanities Teaching Excellence Award

Sonia Halpern, Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Awards, handed out annually to a full-time and part-time faculty member who demonstrates a level of excellence in the areas of classroom and seminar teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, course design, curriculum development, thesis supervision and educational outreach. Each will receive a grant to be used to enhance research and/or educational development.

Throughout her years teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Sonia Halpern has contributed excellence in the classroom to three departments; Modern Languages and Literatures, Visual Arts, and Women's Studies and Feminist Research. Specializing in in art history, Halpern's research examines and compares the various social, economic, and gender-political factors that have contributed to men and women's distinct biographies, artistic production, and images of women. Sonia Halpern is very active in the London community, she is a published author, local theatrical actor, and musical composer. Sonia has previously been awarded two major teaching awards at Western and she has been voted one of Western’s most “Popular Profs” by the Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities for five years running (2000-2005).


Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research - Western University
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Tel: 519.661.3759
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