Georgia Sitara

Georgia Sitara
Assistant Teaching Professor
Gender Studies, History

PhD 2007, History, University of Victoria


I am a historian by training and inclination.  My work explored the intersections between the rise of the anti-cruelty to animals movement (and child protection) with the disappearance of the buffalo herds.  Bridging these diverse developments illuminated the history and contours of humanitarianism in the age of capitalist and colonial expansion. Since completing my PhD in 2007, I have devoted myself to teaching. I bring years of dedicated study about our society to my pedagogical practice and I offer it as a gift to my students.


  • 2020 & 2019 The History Undergraduate Society, THUGS, Most Valuable Professor Award
  • 2019 Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2017 Faculty of Humanities Award for Teaching Excellence

Research Interests

  • race/racism, anti-racism, ethnicity
  • colonialism and decolonization
  • sexuality
  • children, youth, age
  • animal rights
  • social justice

Courses Designed and Taught

  • GNDR 100 Gender, Power and Difference
  • GNDR 219 Topics in Women's Studies:
    • Sex, Power and Pleasure
  • GNDR 329 Topics in Power, Identities and Difference:
    • Animal Rights, Feminist Ethics and Social Justice
    • Exploring Sexuality
  • GNDR 332 What's Race Got to Do with It? Theories of Race and Racialization
  • GNDR 339 Topics in Feminist Theories and Activism:
    • Race, Class, Culture and Ethics in Historical and Contemporary Contexts
  • HSTR 230A History of Canada to Confederation
  • HSTR 230B History of Canada Since 1867
  • HSTR329A Race, Racism and Ethnicity in Canada to 1900​
  • HSTR 329B Race, Racism and Ethnicity in Canada Since 1900
  • HSTR 330D Topics in Canadian History:
    • Drink and Social Control in Canada
  • HSTR 358 History of Women in Canada
  • HSTR 385C History of Sexuality
  • HIST 468 Topics in World and Comparative History:
    • Kidding Around: Histories of Children and Youth
  • SJS 400A Seminar in Social Justice Studies
  • SOCW 547 Historicizing Social Work

Selected publications

  • "Who Wields Power? A Love Story," Upstage: The Belfry Theatre (November-December 2014): 3-4.
  • "Inclusive Pedagogy in the Women's Studies Classroom: Teaching the Kimberley Nixon Case" written by Viviane Namaste in collaboration with Georgia Sitara, Feminisms and Womanisms: The Development and Praxis of Feminist Movements, eds. Althea Prince and Susan Silva-Wayne (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004); Viviane Namaste, Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity, Institutions and Imperialism (Toronto: Women's Press, 2005).
  • "No Theory Will Save Us," Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal / Revue d'etudes sur les femmes, vol. 25 no. 1 (Fall 2000): 132-134.
  • Georgia Sitara, "Historicizing Childhood: The Changing Fortunes of Children and Youth in
    Canada," in Canadian History: Post-Confederation edited by John Douglas Belshaw (BC: Open Textbook, 2016):