Advisory Board

BusbyProf. Karen Busby is a law professor and the founding director of the Centre for Human Rights Research. Her research interests focus on law and sexual violence, reproduction, sexual representations, sexuality, gender identity, wife abuse and prostitution. She was worked with the Women’s Legal Education and Action

Fund (LEAF) and Egale Canada and, in recognition of her research and community service, she has received numerous awards including the Canadian Bar Association Hero Award, the YW-YMCA Woman of Distinction Award and induction into the Canadian Q [Queer] Hall of Fame.

Dr. Nadine Bartlett is as assistant education professor with 22 years of experience in the public school system as a classroom teacher, resource teacher and student-services administrator. Her career as an educator has included teaching in urban, rural and northern Indigenous communities. Her research focuses on inclusive, person-centered and strength-based models of support for marginalized children, youth and families.



Dr. Joyce Chadya is an associate professor of African history whose research deals with social justice and the rights of women and children in post-colonial contexts.






Dr. Mary Kate Dennis is an assistant professor in the new Master of Social Work based in Indigenous Knowledges program. Her research has focused primarily on collaborating with American Indian Elders around life histories, holistic health, spirituality and culture, food justice, and Indigenous methodologies.




annette_smallDr. Annette Desmarais is Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty. Her research focuses on food sovereignty, agrarian change, international development theory and practice, and rural social movementsShe is conducting research on the theory, practice and politics of food sovereignty in Canada, Spain and Mexico.



Gary_Glavin_BioDr. Gary Glavin is associate vice-president of research for the University of Manitoba. He has previously served as department head of pharma­cology and therapeutics and as deputy scientific director-gen­eral of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Lab. He is on the board of directors for the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Canadian Blood Services. Dr. Glavin’s research relates to infectious disease epidemiology, public health programming for infection control and gastrointestinal pharmacology and pathology.



Dr. Gerald Heckman’s research interests include administrative and constitutional law, human rights law and refugee law. His recent publications have focused on the influence of international human rights norms on states’ domestic legal systems. His dissertation focused on the gap between procedural rights guaranteed to refugee claimants by international human rights treaties and the domestic procedural protections provided claimants under the Canadian, American and Australian systems for refugee protection decision making.



rsz_janzen_melanieDr. Melanie Janzen is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Manitoba. Her research is informed by critical and feminist theories, with a central focus on exploring the inter-related workings of power and discourses, particularly as they relate to the identities of teachers and children. Her current research projects include two SSHRC-funded projects on exploring the emotional toll of obligation in teaching and on improving educational experiences for children in care. In addition, she is interested in critical analyses of children’s rights and the implications of rights-based discourses for children and schooling. 

Dr. Cathy Rocke is an assistant professor of social work whose current research program is focused on addressing and evaluating how we reconcile the relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, both on campus and in the community, through intergroup dialogue.




Dr. Mary Shariff is an assistant professor of law and also teaches at the University of Manitoba’s Natural Resources Institute. Her diverse research interests include bioethics and law; law of contracts; natural resources law; biogerontology, aging and the law; and assisted death and palliative care.







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