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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.



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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