Dr. Jo-Anne Lee, PhD
Acting Director (Jan–July 2012)
Dr. Jo-Anne Lee is Acting Director (January–July 2012) at the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Victoria.
A sociologist by training, her research focuses on anti-racist, decolonizing theory and practice. She has an extensive background in community development and organizing with women and girls in urban settings.
Jo-Anne is at the forefront of establishing anti-racist feminist girlhood studies as a new field of scholarship and practice. She is the co-founder of Antidote, a grassroots organization for multi-racial and Indigenous girls and young women that recently won the Ministry of Child and Youth Care's Award of Excellence for its pioneering work in addressing youth and diversity. Her path breaking work in participatory action research uses popular theatre, video documentaries, digital media, and arts based methods.
As past President of CRIAW, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Canada's only independent national feminist research institute, Dr. Lee helped CRIAW adopt more nuanced intersectional approaches in their regional, national and international work with women.
- PhD (Sask.)
- MA (Brit. Col.)
- BA (S. Fraser)
She is the co-editor of Situating 'Race' and Racism in Time, Space, and Theory, published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2005. She co-edited a special issue of West Coast Line in 2008 titled "Active Geographies: Women and Struggles on the Left Coast" that brought together older and younger grassroots activists from Asian Canadian, Indigenous, and other backgrounds in a multi-genre, multi-disciplinary, and multi-generational collection. Her research appears in international journals such as Gender, Place and Culture, Child and Youth Services, and Gender and Education, as well as in academic presses such as the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia.