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Sandra Acker

Senior Scholar

Sandra Acker is Professor Emerita in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She has worked in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada as a sociologist of education, with interests in gender and education, teachers’ work, and higher education. Her recent research has focused on changes in academic work, university tenure practices, women academics in leadership positions, and doctoral student experiences. She is the author of Gendered Education (1994) and The Realities of Teachers’ Work: Never a Dull Moment (1999) and co-editor of Whose University Is It, Anyway? Power and Privilege on Gendered Terrain (2008), as well as numerous chapters and journal articles.



Yoko Ueda

Associate Scholar

Yoko Ueda was born and grew up in Japan, educated and worked in Japan, Canada and the US. She received her MA (1978) and PhD (1986) from the Department of Sociology, OISE, University of Toronto. During her post doctorial period, as a recipient of the research fellowship from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1988-1990), she conducted several research projects on topics of skills formation and training in Canada and Japan (Visiting Scholar at Hitotsubashi University and Nippon Telegram/Telephone Corporation, 1989).

She moved to the US (Atlanta, GA) and Joined Spelman College in 1994. At Spelman, she was the founding Director of Sumiko Takahara Japan Studies Program, and Professor of Sociology/ Senior Lecturer in the International Affairs Center. She retired the college in June 2013 and came back to OISE as Associate Scholar at CWSE.

Her research interest spans from feminist studies to skills training and education.  Her research is grounded in Institutional Ethnography (a method of inquiry originated by Dorothy E. Smith). She is particularly interested in Black feminism and Black feminist thought and working on an investigation of Black feminists’ struggles and contradictions.

Since last summer, she has been involved in a project of translation and interpretation of Dorothy E. Smith’s Institutional Ethnography to introduce the new method of inquiry to Japan. Currently she is working with Megumi Seki, PhD. (International Exchange student at CWSE, 2014-15) in the project, which is expected to be completed the end of 2017 and will be published in Japan Summer 2018.

Through her work as Associate Scholar, she wishes to internationalize CWSE activities, and contribute to making CWSE the Hub of Institutional Ethnography, as it was originated by Dorothy E. Smith with her graduate students in late 1970s.



Nora Gold

Associate Scholar

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Sophia Rinaldis

Associate Schoalr

Sophia Rinaldis is currently completing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Toronto.  With an MSc in psychology, Sophia has gained extensive experience in mental health research working on the topic of suicide with various population groups (youth, Aboriginal peoples, service providers, etc.) Her interests lie in women's mental health, and the ways in which we can make health care delivery more equitable and accessible to vulnerable population groups.  Sophia will be developing a storytelling therapy group for refugee women who have experienced trauma. 


Yara Doleh

Associate Scholar

Yara Doleh joined the CWSE in November 2010.  Her research area is on the effects of menstruation on women: how menstruation has been perceived and understood throughout time and how women have managed our cycles at different stages of our lives.  

Doleh holds a BA in Archaeology from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and an MA in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.  She works as a research assistant at the Royal Ontario Museum and in the University of Toronto Archaeology Labs.


Lishai Peel

Associate Scholar, Toronto Women's City Alliance Coordinator

Lishai uses the power of the pen to connect, reflect, and educate. She was raised in Europe and the Middle East, but is a daughter of India’s diaspora. She has extensive experience working with culturally-sensitive alternative education youth programs and has worked with Unity Charity, the TDSB and with the City of Toronto to design and implement spoken word and leadership programming across the City. She has also represented Toronto in national and international spoken word competitions, most recently taking first place in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.  A lover of visual arts, Lishai has co-authored a poetic graphic novel - "Why Birds and Wolves Don't Trade Stones" - published in June 2013 by Graphic Poetics Press. She is currently working on a spoken word and music album. Poetry aside, Lishai is the coordinator of The Toronto Women's City Alliance and is a strong advocate for women's inclusion and equity in Toronto's diverse population. www.lishai.ca, @LishaiP


Marilyn Johncilla

Associate Scholar






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