Research Team

Our project’s Research Team is composed of six feminist scholars working from a range of disciplinary perspectives and contexts who have significant experience in memory work and transnational feminist analysis. The Research Team guides the project’s vision and direction, oversees activities and initiatives, and serves as the Editorial Committee for the forthcoming edited volume.

Alison Crosby (Project Director)

Associate Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

York University

Alison Crosby is an Associate Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University, where she was the Director of the Centre for Feminist Research from 2014-19. Her research uses a transnational feminist lens and participatory methodologies to accompany protagonists’ multifaceted struggles to redress and memorialize colonial racialized gendered violence in Guatemala, where she has worked for almost three decades. She is the author, with M. Brinton Lykes, of Beyond repair? Mayan women’s protagonism in the aftermath of genocidal harm (Rutgers University Press, 2019), published in Spanish as Más allá de la reparación: Protagonismo de mujeres mayas en las secuelas del daño genocida (Cholsamaj, 2019).

Malathi de Alwis

Visiting Faculty

University of Colombo

Malathi de Alwis has published widely on social movements associated with ‘disappearances’ as well as on nationalism, militarism, displacement, suffering, and memorialisation. Her most recent publication, Archive of Memory (2019), curated and edited with Hasini Haputhanthri, and simultaneously published in English, Sinhala and Tamil, offers a people’s object-related history of the past 70 years of independence in Sri Lanka. A section of this work is currently touring the island as part of the ‘It’s About Time’ travelling history museum. Malathi leads ‘memory walks’ around Colombo and has collaborated on a ‘memory map’ to document sites of violence across Sri Lanka: link:

Heather Evans

PhD Candidate, Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies

York University

Heather Evans is a doctoral candidate in the Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies program at York University. Their research broadly draws on transnational feminist theory and memory studies to examine how militarized sexual harm and racialized, gendered resistance are constructed through the transnational memorialization practices of the “comfort women” movement. Their work is informed by 13 years of experience as an activist, researcher and educator with the “comfort women” movement in the South Korean and Canadian contexts, as well as nearly a decade of academic research on memorialization landscapes and critical interrogations of human trafficking and modern slavery discourses.

Honor Ford-Smith

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies

York University

Honor Ford-Smith is a scholar, theatre worker and poet. She was educated in Jamaica at St Andrew High School and after studying theatre began teaching at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston. She became co-founder and artistic director of Sistren (Sisters), a theatre collective of mainly working-class Jamaican women that works in community theatre and popular education. Ford-Smith moved to Toronto, Canada in 1991, receiving her doctorate in education from the University of Toronto in 2004. She continues to write, to work in performance and to teach at York University in Toronto where she is an Associate Professor in the Community Arts Practice program under the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Shahrzad Mojab

Professor, Adult Education and Community Development & Women and Gender Studies

OISE/University of Toronto

Shahrzad Mojab, scholar, teacher, and activist, is internationally known for her work on the impact of war, displacement, and violence on women's learning and education; gender, state, migration and diaspora; Marxist feminism and anti-racism pedagogy. She is professor of Adult Education and Community Development and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, a former Director of the Women and Gender Institute, University of Toronto and the recipient of the 2020 Canadian Association of Studies in Adult Education Lifetime Achievement Award and the Royal Society of Canada Award in Gender Studies in 2010.

Carmela Murdocca

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

York University

Carmela Murdocca is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University and is appointed to graduate programs in Sociology, Socio-Legal Studies and Social and Political Thought. Her research examines racialization, criminalization and ongoing social histories of racial and colonial violence. Her work is particularly concerned with the intersections of racial carceral violence and the social and legal politics of repair, redress, and reparations.