Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars are invited to Massey College to enrich the community and share their unique perspectives with the Fellowship.  Academics on sabbatical, researchers or distinguished arts professionals, who do not require accommodation, may apply to become Visiting Scholars. 

The appointment is for the duration of the academic year. Applicants are asked to submit a cv and a letter outlining their anticipated work while at the College, as well as how they plan to participate in College life.  

Applications should be submitted to Administrative Assistant: or by mail at 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto, M5S 2E1. The deadline for 2021-2022 applications is April 1, 2021.

Please note that there is an annual fee of $800. If you wish to rent a carrel, there is an additional charge of $560 per annum.

Kristine Alexander

Visiting Scholar

Kristine Alexander holds the Canada Research Chair in Child and Youth Studies at the University of Lethbridge, where she is also Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the Institute for Child and Youth Studies. Her scholarship uses archival research and intergenerational, community-engaged inquiry to better understand how ideas about childhood and adulthood, entwined with hierarchies of race, class, and gender, have worked as crucial and little- understood vectors of power in modern Canadian history. She is the author of the award-winning book Guiding Modern Girls: Girlhood, Empire, and Internationalism in the 1920s and 1930s (UBC Press, 2017) and numerous other publications about Canadian history, transnational history, imperial and colonial history, and the history of childhood.

Deborah P. Britzman

Visiting Scholar

Deborah P. Britzman is Distinguished Research Professor at York University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, holder of the York Research Chair in Pedagogy and Psychosocial transformations and psychoanalyst. Author of 8 books and over 100 articles, Britzman’s scholarly area of expertise is in psychoanalysis with education and the history of psychoanalysis. Recent books include: Freud and Education with Routledge, Melanie Klein: Early Analysis, Play and the Question of Freedom with Springer Press; and A Psychoanalysis in the Classroom: On the human condition in education, with SUNY Press.

Visiting Scholar

Linda Carreiro is a visual artist, writer, and professor at OCAD University. Her research project, Working Against Type, explores the effects of highly physicalized interventions on text and typography in visual art practice, particularly how synchronous movement while reading create performative and kinesthetic approaches to words—a term she defines ‘choreogrammatics’. Dr. Carreiro’s artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout Canada, the US, and Europe, including Center for Books Arts (NYC), Mallin Gallery (Kansas City), and Limerick Printmakers Gallery (Ireland).

Sabreena Delhon

Open Democracy Fellow

Sabrina Deelhon is a civic engagement and access to justice advocate. She has directed provincial research studies that examine public perceptions of the justice system. Results have informed the work of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General and are required reading in access to justice courses at law schools across Canada. In 2016, Delhon conceived, coordinated and launched the first annual Access to Justice Week, bringing together government, community and justice-sector partners to examine complex issues such as digital inclusion, Indigenous child welfare and public legal education from new perspectives. This framework has since been adopted by regions across the country. Sabreena’s recent work has focused on supporting Canada’s emerging democracy sector. She is interested in exploring how democratic institutions can evolve and build trust with communities.

Christopher Gore

Visiting Scholar

Christopher Gore is Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University. His research and teaching focuses on urban and environmental policy and governance in Africa and Canada. Chris currently has three active research projects – two in Kenya and one more globally focused. The projects examine the social, political and environmental effects of electricity provision; the impact of technology on women farmers; and the uptake of resiliency planning in cities globally.

Sepali Guruge

Visiting Scholar

Sepali Guruge is Professor and Research Chair in Urban Health in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on immigrant health in the context of local and global health inequities. She regularly collaborates with Canadian and international colleagues, and has created numerous training and mentoring opportunities for students. Dr. Guruge’s research findings have been disseminated in >10 languages, making her work accessible beyond English-speaking audiences. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her contribution to Canadian society including induction into the Royal Society of Canada’ College. Her work can be found at

Ana-Maria Herman

Visiting Scholar

Ana-Maria Herman examines innovative digital media, their networks and how they participate in transforming subjects, objects and spaces, and how digital media networks, and particularly ‘apps’, can be employed as vehicles to improve society – focusing on the wage gap issue experienced by women artists. She has held positions in schools and departments in Canada and the UK including: Ryerson University, University of London and the Goldsmiths Library. She has taught information technology and sociology courses. Her multidisciplinary background includes a Phd in Sociology, an MSC, an MBA, a BAS, and a BA in Political Science.

Rosemary McCarney

2021 Bill Graham Centre/Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy

Rosemary McCarney is the 2020-2021 Bill Graham Centre/Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy. She was Canada’s Ambassador to the UN and the Conference on Disarmament until the Fall of 2019. Rosemary’s career has spanned every sector of the economy from law, academia, technology, international development to multilateral diplomacy in over 100 countries. She is an award‐winning humanitarian, a business leader, an author, a recognized public speaker and an expert on international economic development. Ms. McCarney was first Executive Director of the Canada‐US Law Institute and taught international and constitutional law and practiced law in the US and Canada. She has held executive level management positions in the private and not‐for‐profit sector. She was the President and CEO of Plan International Canada Inc., one of the oldest and largest charities in Canada.

Carmela Murdocca

Visiting Scholar

Carmela Murdocca is an Associate Professor in Department of Sociology at York University and is appointed to graduate programs in Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies and Social and Political Thought. Her research focuses on racialization, criminalization and social histories of racial and colonial violence and injustice. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research and Humanities Council of Canada, the Canadian Federation the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Law Commission of Canada.

Karen Solie

Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence

Karen Solie is the author of five collections of poetry. Her most recent, The Caiplie Caves, was published in Canada, the US, and UK, and shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and Derek Walcott Prize. The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out (2015) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award. Pigeon (2009) won the Griffin Poetry Prize, Trillium Poetry Prize, and Pat Lowther Award. A volume of selected poems, The Living Option, published in the UK in 2003, received a Poetry Book Society recommendation. She has worked for writing programs and held writer-in-residence positions across Canada and in the UK, more recently at the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is the Associate Director for poetry for the Banff Centre’s Writing Studio. In the autumn term of 2021, she will be the Holloway Visiting Poet and Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Cheryl Teelucksingh

Visiting Scholar

Cheryl Teelucksingh is a Professor in the Sociology Department and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. Her numerous publications and funded research projects over the last twenty years have focused on examining the relationship between environmental justice in Canada and concerns for social inequality in the urban context. Dr. Teelucksingh’s current research explores how proponents and activists of environmental justice can strategically and effectively implement smart city initiatives in Black spaces in Canadian cities.

Kathryn Underwood

Visiting Scholar

Kathryn Underwood is a Professor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University. Through critical disability theory as a starting point, Dr. Underwood is interested in how society responds to and constructs childhood in social institutions. Ultimately, her research asks questions about care, social constructs, and institutions, with growing emphasis on the unnatural divide between public and private relationships. Dr. Underwood’s work has interrogated equity and disability issues in early childhood studies, family-school relationships, special education, inclusive early childhood education and care policy and practice.

Aaron Wendland

Visiting Scholar

Aaron Wendland completed his Doctorate in Philosophy at Somerville College, Oxford. Aaron is the co-editor of Wittgenstein and Heidegger and Heidegger on Technology, and he is now editing The Cambridge Critical Guide to Being and Time. Aaron has written scholarly articles on Kant, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida, Danto, and Kuhn, and he has published numerous pieces of popular philosophy in The New York Times, The New Statesman, Public Seminar, Daily Nous, and The Moscow Times. Aaron is the philosophy editor at The New Statesman, a guest producer at CBC Ideas, and a founding director at the Center for Philosophy and Visual Arts.

Alia Weston

Visiting Scholar

Alia Weston is an Associate Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise. Through her research and practice Alia explores the intersection of business, creativity and social change. She takes a critical theory perspective to question dominant research paradigms and redefine how we understand knowledge; exploring themes such as critical business practice, economic sociology, creative work in resource constraints, community empowerment and innovation, and experiential food methodology. Alia teaches a range of courses that support art and design students in developing socially beneficial business capabilities. Her work as an educator and researcher is supported by her practice as a designer-entrepreneur. She uses her design practice, the Alia Weston jewellery brand inspired by her African heritage, as a living research project and utilizes insights to teach OCAD U students about the how-to aspects of running a creative business.

Mark Winfield

Visiting Scholar

Mark Winfield is a Professor of Environmental Studies at York University. He is also Co-Chair of the Faculty’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, and Coordinator of the Joint Master of Environmental Studies/Juris Doctor program offered in conjunction with Osgoode Hall Law School. He has published articles, book chapters and reports on a wide range of climate change, environment and energy law and policy topics. Professor Winfield has acted as an advisor to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and federal Commissioner for Environment and Development. He is a member of the Conseil d’administration (board of directors) of Transitions energetique Quebec, a Crown corporation established in 2017 to implement a low-carbon energy transition strategy for Quebec.

b.h. Yael

Visiting Scholar

b.h. Yael is a Toronto based artist, working in documentary and experimental media and installation. Yael’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally Yael’s work has dealt with the many intersections of identity (Fresh Blood); it has focused on activist initiatives in Palestine/Israel and more recently addressed apocalypse and environmental issues as well as video project, Lessons for Polygamists, which incorporates personal narrative and animation into a collage aesthetic. Past Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Art, and past Chair of Integrated Media, b.h. Yael is Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University and current Chair of Senate. Yael also co-programs and coordinates the Art Creates Change lecture series and teaches in the Art & Social Change minor.

Qiang Zha

Visiting Scholar

Qiang Zha is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Program in Education at the Faculty of Education at York University. He holds a PhD in Higher Education from OISE of the University of Toronto and a MA in Comparative Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. His research interests include Chinese and East Asian higher education, international academic relations, global brain circulation, internationalization of higher education, globalization and education, differentiation and diversity in higher education, and liberal arts education in the university. He has written and published widely on these topics in journals, and as books or book chapters. Qiang has been an advocate for re-envisioning and transforming liberal arts education for the 21st century.