Dr. Mandeep Kaur Mucina

Dr. Mandeep Kaur Mucina
Associate Professor
Child and Youth Care

Dr. Mandeep Kaur Mucina is an Associate Professor from the School of Child and Youth Care. Dr. Mucina has worked in the human services sector as a child and youth worker and social worker for over two decades, during which time she has worked as a child protection worker, violence against women counsellor and has been active in community engagement work with migrant families. While Dr. Mucina has taught both social work and child and youth care at a variety of universities across Canada, she began teaching at the University of Victoria in 2017 and joined the Centre for Youth & Society in 2018. 

Dr. Mucina's research and social justice work focuses on family violence, gender-based violence, understanding the role of trauma in migration, and exploring second-generation immigrant youth’s stories of resistance, identity, and encounters with racism in the diaspora, all from an intersectional feminist, anti-racist, decolonial lens. She has substantial experience conducting life histories with racialized women and girls, action based research, thinking through practice implications for social service workers, and using narrative inquiry and autoethnography in her research and writing. 

In an ongoing collaborative project with researchers at the University of Toronto, Dr. Mucina is examining the impact of border practices on child welfare and immigration in British Columbia and Ontario. The project stems from an earlier initiative of Dr. Mucina's which used narrative to explore the experiences of non-citizen former youth in care and their perceptions of the care-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline. This research also looks at how precarious immigration status shapes immigrant families’ assessment of risk. Recently, the University of Toronto's news featured the project in an article

Dr. Mucina's other ongoing initiatives include a collaboration with Kinship Rising project, working with Dr. Sandrina de Finney on land and body governance with BIPOC youth as well as the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre which evaluates existing school based prevention programs focused on consent culture across Sooke and Victoria School Districts. Additionally, she is engaged in a project examining what pathways are facilitated for indigenous youth in care to connect to their culture and identity and new project on adolescent girls’ living in Uganda experiences of reproductive justice. 

Fearless Sisters Rising Mural
Fearless Sisters Rising Mural created by Nicole Neidhardt and Brianna Bear as part of Kinship Rising (Dr. Sandrina de Finney & Dr. Mandeep Kaur Mucina). Image credit: University of Victoria Photo Services

Recent publications

de Finney, S., & Mucina, M.K. (2021). The End of the Tunnel: Girls’ Marked Bodies in the Canadian Transcarceral Pipeline. Girlhood Studies, 14(3), 18-36. https://doi.org/10.3167/ghs.2021.140303 

Mak, C., Mucina, M.K., & Ferguson, R.N. (2021). Wrestling the Elephant: Teaching as a Racialized Body in the Social Work Classroom. Advances in Social Work, 21(2), 545-565. https://doi.org/10.18060/24082 

Mucina, M.K. (2021). WITNESSING, GRIEVING, AND REMEMBERING: LETTERS OF RESISTANCE, LOVE, AND RECLAMATION FROM DAUGHTERS OF IZZAT. International Journal of Child Youth and Family Studies 12(1), 13-30. http://dx.doi.org/10.18357/ijcyfs121202120081 

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