Faculty associated with the Frost Centre M.A. and Ph.D. programs

The Frost Centre draws members from Trent’s humanities and social sciences departments. Their presence and interaction create the interdisciplinary core for both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

Frost Centre members are organized below according to department. Click on a department link to see Frost Centre members, and for links to their academic information and contact numbers. We encourage you to contact Frost Centre members and discuss with them your interest in specific research projects that you could pursue at the Frost Centre.

Business Administration
Canadian Studies
Cultural Studies
English Literature
Environmental and Resource Studies

Gender and Women’s Studies


International Development Studies
Indigenous Studies

Professors Emeritus

Adjunct Professors


Business Administration
John Bishop
Ray Dart
David Newhouse

Sheldene Simola

Canadian Studies

Christopher Dummitt

Jonathan Greene

P. Whitney Lackenbauer
Michèle Lacombe

Cultural Studies
Liam Mitchell
Alan O’Connor

Cathy Bruce

Paul Elliott

Luigi Iannacci

Karleen Pendelton Jimenez

Kelly Young

English Literature
Suzanne Bailey

Sally Chivers
Charmaine Eddy

Margaret Steffler

Environmental and Resource Studies
Stephen Bocking

Chris Furgal
Stephen Hill

Stephanie Rutherford

Gender and Women’s Studies

Gillian Balfour

May Chazan
Barbara Marshall
Colleen O’Manique
Joan Sangster
Elaine Stavro


Heather Nicol
Mark Skinner

Dimitry Anastakis

Finis Dunaway

Caroline Durand
Janet Miron

Robert Wright

International Development Studies

Winnie Lem

Indigenous Studies
Lynne Davis

Chris Furgal

Marrie Mumford

David Newhouse

Paula Sherman


Nadine Changfoot

Jonathan Greene
Elaine Stavro

Gillian Balfour

Peri Ballantyne
James Conley
Stephen Katz
Alan Law
Barbara Marshall

Momin Rahman

Professors Emeritus

Julia Harrison (Anthropology)

Bruce Hodgins (History)

John Milloy (Canadian Studies)

Robert Paehlke (Environmental and Resource Studies/Politics)

Bryan Palmer (Canadian Studies)

Tom H. B. Symons (Vanier Professor Emeritus of Canadian Studies)
Jim Struthers (Canadian Studies)

John Wadland (Canadian Studies)

Keith Walden (History)

Adjunct Professors

Michael Eamon

Lassi Heininen


Dimitry Anastakis, B.A. (Western), M.A., Ph.D. (York)
Research Interests: 20th Century Canadian economic and political history, particularly post-World War II trade, economic and business history; US political and economic history; government and politics.
Telephone: 705-748-1011 x 5149
E-mail: danastakis@trentu.ca
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Suzanne J. Bailey, B.A. (Queen's), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Research Interests: Literature and science, including environmental studies; disability studies; travel writing; life writing
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 1739
E-mail: sjbailey@trentu.ca

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Gillian Balfour, B.Sc., M.A. (Ottawa), Ph.D. (Manitoba)
Research Interests:

Sentencing and incarceration of women in Canada, including prisoner discipline and resistance; feminist criminology, critical socio-legal theory, research ethics and qualitative methods.

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 1607
E-mail: gillianbalfour@trentu.ca

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Peri Ballantyne, B.A., M.A. (Western), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Research Interests: social determinants of health, aging and the life course, the sociology of drugs, lay experience of illness

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x7813

E-mail: periballantyne@trentu.ca

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John Bishop, B.A. (New Brunswick), M.A., M.B.A. (Mcmaster), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)
Research Interests: Personal ethics in business; Ethics and corporate policy; Ethics and capitalism; Advertising.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7701
E-mail: jbishop@trentu.ca

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Stephen Bocking, B.Sc., M.A. Ph.D. (Toronto)
Research Interests: Environmental history of southern Ontario; history of ecology and environmental sciences; history of Arctic science; history of the Great Lakes environment; biodiversity and protected areas science, policy and history; environmental science and politics.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7883
E-mail: sbocking@trentu.ca

blog: Environment, History, Science
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Cathy Bruce, M.A., Ph.D. (University of Toronto)

Research Interests: teacher self-efficacy and student self-efficacy, technological-pedagogical interactions and impact, mathematics education, assessing models of professional development, mathematics for young children, fractions, algebra and spatial reasoning.

Telephone: 705-748-1011 x7500

Email: cathybruce@trentu.ca

Website: www.tmerc.ca

Nadine Changfoot, B.A. (York), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (York)
Research Interests:  Social movements, art and politics (especially community arts), women and politics, law and society, political economy, political and feminist theory (19th century and contemporary).
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 6005
E-mail: nadinechangfoot@trentu.ca

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May Chazan, BA (Waterloo), BEd (OISE), MA, PhD (Carleton)

Research Interests: how social justice movements form, operate, and generate change and by how, across enormous differences in power, privilege, and worldview, alliances are forged and maintained. With longstanding interests in gender, aging, and intergenerational solidarities, she is particularly intrigued by the roles older women play in these activist coalitions.

Telephone: 705-748-1011 x7739

e-mail: maychazan@trentu.ca

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Sally Chivers, B.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (McGill)
Research Interests: Disability Studies, Canadian Literature and Film, Western Canada, Gender, Aging Studies.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x7950
E-mail: sallychivers@trentu.ca
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James Conley, B.A. (Alberta), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Carleton)
Research Interests: Contemporary French sociological theory; Sociology of urban mobilities; Protest and social movements.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7822
E-mail: jconley@trentu.ca
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Ray Dart, B.A. (Trent), MES, Ph.D. (York)
Research Interests: non-profit organizations, community business, social enterprise and social innovation, environmental, community development and human service organizations; qualitative and community research (theory, design, analysis); institutional, pattern and network theories of organizations.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7744
E-mail: rdart@trentu.ca

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Lynne Davis, B.A. (Queen’s), M.A. (Sussex), M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Research Interests: Indigenous Studies, particularly Indigenous-Non-Indigenous alliances, Indigenous education, Indigenous community development in Canada and internationally.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7241
E-mail: lydavis@trentu.ca
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Christopher Dummitt, B.A. (Trent), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)

Research Interests: Canadian culture and politics, especially, though not exclusively, Canada since 1945. 

Telephone:  (705) 748-1011 x7224

Office: CCG23

E-mail: cdummitt@trentu.ca

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Finis Dunaway, B.A. (North Carolina), Ph.D. (Rutgers)
Research Interests: Modern United States cultural, environmental, and political history; American Studies; visual culture.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 5076
E-mail: finisdunaway@trentu.ca
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Caroline Durand, B.A., M.A. (Montréal), Ph.D. (McGill)

Research Interests:  Québec history, from 1867 to the present, from social, cultural and political perspectives.  Food history, 1880-1980. Particular interest for the history of popular music, the Quiet revolution, and women's history.

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x7109

E-mail: carolinedurand@trentu.ca

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Charmaine Eddy, M.A. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Research Interests: Twentieth century American fiction; African-American fiction; theories of subjectivity, gender and sexuality; theories of race and ethnicity; psychoanalytic theory.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7398
E-mail: ceddy@trentu.ca
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Paul Elliott, B.Sc., Ph.D (Wales)

Research Interests: Relationship between science, literacy and society; public understanding of science; the impact of personal schooling experiences on new science teachers’ professional practice; nature of good practice in biodiversity education.

Telephone:  (705) 748-1011 x 7084

E-mail:  paulelliott@trentu.ca

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Chris Furgal, B.Sc. (Western Ontario), M.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Waterloo)

Research Interests:  Environmental health impact assessment; environmental health risk management, assessment, and communication; mixed methods and involvement of indigenous knowledge and western science in environment and health studies; Aboriginal and circumpolar health and environmental change (e.g. contaminants, climate change and food security).

Telephone:  (705) 748-1011 x 7953

E-mail: chrisfurgal@trentu.ca

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Jonathan Greene, B.A. (Manitoba), M.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D. (Queen’s)

Research Interests:  Comparative and urban political economy and politics, the dynamics of collective action and protest, Marxism, immigration, poverty, and homelessness.

Telephone:  (705) 748-1011 x 6004

E-mail: jgreene@trentu.ca

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Stephen Hill, B.Sc., B.A. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Calgary), P.Eng.
Research interests: Energy science, technology & policy; Social responses to renewable energy technology; Climate change policy and management; Environmental management and policy, particularly within organizations; Community-based environmental research.
Telephone:  (705) 748-1011 ext. 5368
E-mail:  stephenhill@trentu.ca
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Luigi Iannacci, B.A., B.Ed. (York), M.Ed., Ph.D. (Western)

Research Interests: Language and literacy; early childhood education; culturally and Linguistically diverse learners; critical multiculturalism; disability studies; narrative research methods.
E-mail: luigiiannacci@trentu.ca

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Stephen Katz, B.A. (York), M.A. (McGill). PH.D. (York)
Research Interests: Aging and lifecourse studies; sociology of the body, memory and neuroculture.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 1621
E-mail: skatz@trentu.ca
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P. Whitney Lackenbauer, B.A. (Waterloo), M.A., Ph.D. (Calgary)

CRC in the Study of the Canadian North

Research Interests: the history of the Canadian North; Arctic sovereignty, security, and resiliency; modern Canadian political and social history; Canadian military history / war and society; Indigenous-state relations in Canada.

Email: pwhitneylackenbauer@trentu.ca

Michèle Lacombe, M.A., PH.D. (York)
Research Interests: Canadian and Indigenous literatures; women's writing; ecology and literature; francophone communities; identity; critical theory and postcolonial studies.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 1287
E-mail: mlacombe@trentu.ca
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Alan Law, B.A.S. (Sydney), M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Alberta) Research Interests: Sport; leisure and tourism; business ethics; welfare and social administration.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 1064
E-mail: alaw@trentu.ca
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Winnie Lem, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Research Interests: Migration, transnationalism, citizenship; regionalism, nationalism, gender, entrepreneurs, diasporas, ethnicity, urbanization, work, household economies; agrarian change; rural politics; racism; culture and political economy; Europe; Asia.
Telephone: 705-748-1011 x 7785
Email: wlem@trentu.ca

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Barbara Marshall, B.A., M.A. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Alberta)
Research Interests: Canadian feminist movement; gender and sexuality; social policy (especially with respect to women); theory.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 1334
E-mail: bmarshall@trentu.ca
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Janet Miron, B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (York).
Research interests: cultural history; medicine and crime in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; sexuality; Canadian history.
Telephone:  705-748-1011 x 5517
E-mail:  janetmiron@trentu.ca
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Liam Mitchell, BA (TRU), MA (York), PhD (Victoria)                  Research Interests: Philosophy of technology and media theory, especially (post-)phenomenology; contemporary political theory, especially Heidegger and his successors and feminist theorists of subject formation; internet studies, generally including site-specific analyses of groups like Anonymous, social network sites like Facebook, and videogames like Bastion.

E-mail: liammitchell@trentu.ca

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Marrie Mumford,(Métis), BA (Alberta), MFA (Brandeis)

CRC Aboriginal Arts & Literature

Research Interests: Theatre, dance and music; Aboriginal arts and literature

E-mail: marriemumford@trentu.ca

David Newhouse, (Onondaga), B.Sc., M.B.A. (Western Ontario)
Research Interests: Development of modern aboriginal societies with a focus on examining the underlying philosophical assumptions, notions and ideas which animate them; aboriginal economies.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7497
E-mail: dnewhouse@trentu.ca
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Heather Nicol, B.A. (Toronto), M.E.S. (York), Ph.D. (Queen’s)

Research Interests:  Canadian and Political Geography with emphasis on the Circumpolar North, Canada-US Borders and Geopolitics.

Telephone:  (705) 748-1011 x 7107

E-mail:  heathernicol@trentu.ca

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Alan O’Connor, B.A. (Trinity College, Dublin), M.A., Ph.D. (York)
Research Interests:  Sociology of culture and mass media, subcultures, art and culture in small cities, global media studies, community media In Latin America.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 1798
E-mail: aoconnor@trentu.ca
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Colleen O'Manique, B.A. (Carleton), M.A., Ph.D. (York)
Research Interests: Global political economy of health, with a specific focus on the gender dimensions of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Current research examines the ways in which HIV/AIDS is becoming securitized in various parts of the global South. Other research and academic interests encompass debates about global human rights and citizenship, feminist epistemology, and gender and science.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 5348
E-mail: comanique@trentu.ca
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Karleen Pendleton Jimenez B.A. (UC Berkeley), M.F.A. (San Diego State), Ph.D. (York)

Research Interests: gender, sexuality, ethnicity and narrative in the Canadian context

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x7728

E-mail: kpendletonjimenez@trentu.ca

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Momin Rahman, Hon. B.A., Ph.D. (Strathclyde)

Research Interests:  Sociology of gender and culture, with an emphasis on the intersections of race/ethnicity and sexuality; rights agenda for lesbians and gays, and the problems that such strategies create; Muslim queers identities and how these complicate our understandings of 'western' gay politics, culture and identity.

Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7812

E-mail:  mominrahman@trentu.ca

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Stephanie Rutherford, B.A., (Toronto), M.A. (Guelph) Ph.D. (York)

Research interests: Cultural politics of nature, environmental humanities, animal geographies, environmental justice

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Joan Sangster, B.A. (Trent), M.A., Ph.D. (Mcmaster)
Research Interests: Working-class and women's history; labour studies and social policy; women and the law; feminist theory and historiography
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 5506
E-mail: jsangster@trentu.ca
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Paula Sherman, (Omamiwinini), B.A. (Eastern Connecticut), M.A.   

(University of Connecticut), PH.D. (Trent)

Research Interests:  Indigenous historical consciousness and identities, Atlantic World and colonial encounters, International Indigenous peoples, and Indigenous women.

Telephone:  (705) 748-1011 x 7904

E-mail:  psherman@trentu.ca

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Sheldene Simola, BA, B.S.W. (McMaster), M.A. (Queen's), M.B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), Ph.D. (Queen's) M.A. (Queen's)

Research interests: Designing and administering large-scale surveys;
Online survey administration; Advanced data analysis, interpretation and report writing; Individual Ethical Decision-Making in Business and Organizations; Ethics in Corporate Governance and CSR; Care Ethics

Telephone: 705-748-1011 x7237

E-mail: ssimola@trentu.ca

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Mark Skinner, B.A. (Wilfrid Laurier), M.A. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Queen's)
Research interests: Rural aging; Rural health care; Rural community sustainability; Voluntarism and the voluntary sector; Community-based research.
Telephone:  (705) 748-1011 x 7946
E-mail:  markskinner@trentu.ca
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Elaine Stavro, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Research Interests: Traditional and contemporary political theory, socialist and post modern political theory, democratic theory and feminist thought.
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 1430
E-mail: estavro@trentu.ca
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Margaret Steffler, B.A., (Victoria), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)
Research Interests: The construction of girlhood in Canadian fiction; Canadian Women’s Life Writing; P.K. Page; Carol Shields; L.M. Montgomery; Miriam Toews
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 x 7732
E-mail: msteffler@trentu.ca
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Robert Wright, B.A. (Trent), M.A., Ph.D. (Queen’s)
Research Interests: Modern Canadian intellectual, cultural and diplomatic history.
Telephone: 905-721-3003
E-mail: rawright@trentu.ca
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Kelly Young, B.A. (Ottawa, York), B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D. (York)

Research Interests:  Language and literacy; curriculum theorizing; leadership and eco-justice educational studies; writing pedagogies; arts-informed research.

E-mail:  kellyyoung@trentu.ca
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Professors Emeritus

Julia Harrison, B.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (Calgary), D.PHIL (Oxford)
Research Interests: Tourists and the tourist experience; representation issues in museums; the relationships between museums and Aboriginal peoples; and aspects of the culture or research and educational institutions.

Bruce Hodgins, B.A. (Western Ontario), M.A. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Duke), Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Aboriginal-settler relations; Ontario resource land and wilderness management and heritage; comparative federalism; Temagami and Northern Ontario.

John S. Milloy, B.A. (St. Patrick’s), M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Oxford)
Research Interests: Plains Cree history, government policy and Canadian residential schools.

Robert Paehlke, B.A. (Lehigh), M.A. (New School For Social Research), Ph.D. (British Columbia), Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Canadian and comparative environmental policy; the integration of economic, social and environmental policy; and the history of the environmental movement.

Bryan D. Palmer, B.A. (University Of Western Ontario), M.A., Ph.D. (State University Of New York At Binghamton)
Research Interests: Canadian Labour and Social History; North American radicalism; history and theory.

Tom H. B. Symons, Vanier Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Canadian heritage issues.

Jim Struthers, M.A. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Research Interests: Canadian social policy; aging and long-term care; social citizenship and welfare state formation.

John Wadland, B.A. (McMaster), M.A. (Waterloo), PH.D. (York), Professor Emeritus
Research Interests: Bioregionalism; landscape theory; art history; environmental history.

Keith Walden, M.A., Ph.D. (Queen’s)
Research Interests: Modern Canadian social, cultural and intellectual history; special interest in the development of consumer culture and the historical meaning of symbols, myths, and rituals.

Adjunct Professors

Michael Eamon, B.A. Hons (Ottawa), M.A. (Queen's/RMC), M.Phil. (Cambridge, England), Ph.D. (Queen's), Principal, Lady Eaton College, Trent University

Lassi Heininen, M.A. (Tampere, Finland), Ph.D. (Lapland, Finland):  University Lecturer and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Oulu; Chairman, Steering Committee, Northern Research Forum