Part-Time Faculty

Shirin Abdmolaei

Shirin Abdmolaei

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: The intersectionality of sexual violence and harassment; equity studies; critical policy studies in education; the sociology of education; gender and sexual politics; the politics of clothing in nationalist contexts; and women’s resistance efforts
Teaching: GSWS 1024F Intro to Equity, Diversity and Human Rights
Lauren  Auger

Lauren Auger

Instructor

Teaching: GSWS 2160A Intimate Relations; GSWS 2283G Desiring Women; GSWS 2220E Feminist Theory and Practice Across the Disciplines; GSWS 3322F Advanced Topics in Feminist Theory and Practice in Social Sciences
Sarah Blanchette

Sarah Blanchette

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: Research specializations: Mad studies, anti-psychiatric theory, critical race theory, feminist bioethics, health humanities, women's and girlhood studies, fat studies, body studies, and disability studies
Teaching: GSWS 2162 The Body
Nikki Edwards

Nikki Edwards

Instructor

Teaching: GSWS 2161B Women and Popular Culture, GSWS 2163A Sex Education
Jacob Evoy

Jacob Evoy

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: Queer theory, queer history, Holocaust and genocide studies, intergenerational trauma, history of the AIDS epidemic, pop culture.
Teaching: GSWS 2164A Gender and Fashion
Biography: Jacob (they/them/their) is a Ph.D. candidate completing a collaborative degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies as well as Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.. Jacob's dissertation is an examination of non-normative sexualities and intergenerational trauma. Their dissertation is entitled: "Queer(ing) Post-Holocaust Experiences: An Oral History of LGBTQ+ Children of Holocaust Survivors."
Jeremy Fairall

Jeremy Fairall

Instructor

Teaching: GSWS 1023F Gay Life and Culture in the 21st Century: Beyond Adam and Steve
Sadie Hochman

Sadie Hochman

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: Trans Studies, Popular Music Studies, Queer Theory
Teaching: GSWS 2274F Intro to Transgender Studies
Biography: Sadie Hochman is a transwoman and uses she/her pronouns. She began her work as an artist-researcher-educator-activist in San Diego where she was involved in the queer art community as a drag queen, performance artist, musician and curator. Her current research focuses on San Diego in the 1970s and explores the role of drag performance in disciplining and professionalizing trans labour.
Victoria Jara

Victoria Jara

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: Latin American women writers and filmmakers, Environmental Humanities, Postcolonial Ecologies, Care Studies.
Teaching: GSWS 2246B Work, Literature and Film: Women and the Environment
Biography: Since the Environmental Humanities gained academic impetus, several scholars offered analysis under this light of the literary and cinematographic production in Latin America. However, women’s narrations have not received yet significant scholarly attention. Through my research I offer an analysis of the representations of environmental injustices within texts by Latin American contemporary women novelists and filmmakers, particularly how these artists represent groups such as girls, indigenous women, and environmental refuge
Jeremy  Johnston

Jeremy Johnston

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: Critical Theory and Cultural Studies; Adolescence, Citizenship, and Neoliberalism; Mental Health and Disability Studies; Feminist Theory; Youth Studies; Gender, Race, Class, and Young Adult Literature.
Teaching: GSWS 2265G Youth Activism; GSWS 3330F Gender, Race and Rebellion
Biography: Jeremy (he/him) recently completed his PhD in the Department of English & Writing Studies at Western. His dissertation examines how contemporary YA novels detail instances of adolescent mental distress in gendered ways, ushering adolescents towards a model of young adulthood he terms productive citizenship.
Amy  Keating

Amy Keating

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: Queer theory, queer temporality, community, queer art and aesthetics, affect theory, phenomenology, performance
Teaching: GSWS 2167B Queer(ing) Popular Culture
Biography: Amy is a PhD Candidate in the GSWS department. Their research explores how queer art and aesthetics can foster communities of queer joy and belonging
Jason Sandhar

Jason Sandhar

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: Critical race and post-colonial theory
Teaching: GSWS 3234G Contemporary Topics in Critical Race Studies
Andie  Shabbar

Andie Shabbar

Instructor

Research Interests / Specializations: Affect theory, feminist art, experimental film, new-materialism, queer theory, digital media
Teaching: GSWS 2220E Feminist Theory & Practice; GSWS 3321G Advanced Topics in Feminist Theory and Practice in the Arts and Humanities; GSWS 2243F Technology and Embodiment
Biography: Andie Shabbar completed her PhD in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Western. Her dissertation examines activist and artistic responses to contemporary forms of sexual surveillance including biometric recognition technologies and the ways in which they seek to cultivate particular expressions and experiences of sexuality. Her current research explores the affective potential of tarot as a mode of working through gender-based violence and trauma.
Christian Ylagan

Christian Ylagan

Instructor

Teaching: GSWS 2205G Making Men: Critical Studies; GSWS 3362G Toxic Masculinity
Biography: Christian Ylagan is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. His research looks at representations of queerness as monstrosity in Filipino literature and film in the aftermath of the country’s postcolonial experience. He has previously taught courses for GSWS, the Comparative Literature program, and English and Film Studies on topics such as postcolonial queer literature, critical masculinity studies, and the Disney Dream Factory. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Northeast MLA Graduate Student Caucus.