Margo L. Matwychuk

Margo L.  Matwychuk
Position
Assistant Professor and SJS Director
Anthropology
Contact
Office: COR B210
Credentials

PhD City University of New York

Area of expertise

Sociocultural anthropology, political economy, feminism, Latin America (Brazil), poverty, housing and homelessness, politics of food and hunger

My long standing interests in anthropology revolve around issues of power and inequality, in particular in relation to capitalism, neoliberalism, class, gender, and poverty. I am particularly interested in these processes as they have played out in Latin America in general and Brazil in particular as well as in Canada and British Columbia. My recent research has focused on community based research on housing and homelessness and poverty in Victoria BC. This has included participation in a community-based research projects on transitional housing, affordable housing solutions for families, and child and family poverty. As part of these interests, I also maintain a research interest in the politics of food and hunger.

I was previously a member of the Research and Evaluation Working Group of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and the UVic-Community Housing and Homelessness Advisory and co-taught a graduate seminar on Housing and Homelessness.

I have also researched community organizing in and Canada, feminist methodologies, and worked in Brazil on a variety of projects concerned with political economy, agro-industry, elites, inequality, poverty, power, social movements, and class and gender.

Throughout this work, I have maintained a strong concern with the practices and potential of women's groups, anti-poverty coalitions, community associations, and other such community- and identity-based organizations to effect emancipatory practices and everyday resistances.

I am currently Director of the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program in Social Justice Studies (see http://web.uvic.ca/socialjustice/) and teach in the SJS program.

Interests

  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Political economy
  • Feminism
  • Latin America (Brazil)
  • Poverty
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Politics of food and hunger

Courses

Fall 2021

  • ANTH 402/520A FEMINIST THEORY

Spring 2022

  • ANTH 400B CURRENT TRENDS IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY

Selected publications

Articles and chapters

  • 2000 - (with Pamela Moss) Beyond Speaking as an "As A" and Stating the "Etc.": Toward Engaging a Praxis of Difference," Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies XXI (3) (2000): 82-104.