Experts on International Women’s Day

A panel of 13 experts on International Women's Day against a purple background.
Top l-r: Audrey Yap (Philosophy), waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy (Gender Studies), Darlene Clover (Educational Psychology and Leadership), Erin Campbell (Chair, Art History and Visual Studies), Gina Starblanket (Indigenous Governance), Katelin Albert (Sociology). Bottom l-r: Mo Bradley (Writing), Merrie Klazek (Music), Sasha Kovacs (Theatre), Simi Kang (Gender Studies), Sujin Lee (Pacific and Asian Studies), Rachel Cleves (History), Tracy Underwood (Indigenous Studies).

The following University of Victoria experts are available to the media to discuss International Women’s Day and research on women’s/gender studies.


Darlene Clover (Educational Psychology and Leadership) is an internationally celebrated expert in feminist and nonformal adult education, cultural activism and leadership. Her research has focused on women’s political education and the arts as tools of critical adult education, research and community development. Much of her work takes place in the context of art galleries and museums as important sites of critical pedagogy and social activism. (250-721-7816 or

Fine Arts 

Mo Bradley (Writing) is a filmmaker whose career has focused on centring the voices of feminist, gendered, queer and marginalized identities. Their documentary Reframing the Montreal Massacre has been a critically important resource for over a generation, and their recent queer/trans feature film Two 4 One explores the complications of reproductive rights and the evolving family. (250-721-6308 or

Erin Campbell (Chair, Art History & Visual Studies) is an award-winning teacher whose research interests include gender, aging and cultural representations of the various stages of life. She spoke at an international conference in early February about how women’s experiences are shaped by artworks in the home. Her primary focus is on the Early Modern domestic interior, studying the objects that surrounded families during one of the most tumultuous periods in European history. (250-721-7944 or

Merrie Klazek (Music) is a versatile trumpet artist with a research interest in the under-representation of women in orchestral brass sections and is currently working on a book based on this topic called “Breaking the Brass Ceiling.” She has presented numerous times for the likes of the Canadian Women’s Brass Collective, the International Women’s Brass Conference, World Trumpet Society, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. (250-721-7927 or

Sasha Kovacs (Theatre) is a theatre researcher whose work focuses on addressing the contributions and impacts made by women and underrepresented or under-documented artists to Canadian theatre. She is currently collaborating on an essay collection recognizing the extraordinary and prolific impact of playwright Hannah Moscovitch on the structures and networks of collaboration in Canadian theatre. (250-721-8008 or

Human and Social Development

Gina Starblanket (Indigenous Governance) is an expert on Indigenous political life and takes up questions relating to decolonization, gender, Indigenous feminism, treaty implementation and relationality. She is editor of the third edition of Making Space for Indigenous Feminism, an iconic collection featuring Indigenous feminist voices from across generations and locations. Starblanket, a member of Star Blanket Cree Nation who was raised in Regina, is principal investigator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded Prairie Relationality Network and co-author of Storying Violence: Unravelling Colonial Narratives in the Stanley Trial. (


Audrey Yap (Philosophy) researches and teaches feminist philosophy, feminist and social philosophy, feminist epistemology and prison justice. (

waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy (Gender Studies) researches in the area of Indigenous/Anishinaabe womxn’s economic sovereignty as grounded in relationships with land. She teaches classes about Indigenous womxn and the state, land, resistance writing, autobiography and film, as well as Indigenous feminisms. (

Sujin Lee (Pacific and Asian Studies) is an expert on biopolitics and feminist theories on body politics, and teaches on gender, sex and reproduction in modern East Asia. (

Rachel Cleves (History) is an expert in the history of sexuality and 2SLGBTQIA+ history, as well as women’s history and gender history. (

Simi Kang (Gender Studies) researches political ecology and environmental justice from a decolonial, anti-racist, intersectional feminist lens. (

W̱SÁNEĆ Matriarch Tracy Underwood (Indigenous Studies) is an expert in land-based learning, history, storytelling, ethics and care for children, families and communities. (

Social Sciences

Katelin Albert (sociology) is an expert in sociology of health and medicine, focuses on health technologies, health decision-making, sexual health, sex-ed and sexual harassment. Her research program reflects her desire to understand the relationship between health and sexual health knowledge and health experiences. (

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