Gender, Racialization & Ethnicity

UVic sociologists study a range of issues related to gender, racialization and ethnicity.

Aaron Devor

Aaron Devor initiated and holds the inaugural position as the world’s only Chair in Transgender Studies. He is the Founder and Academic Director of the world’s largest Transgender Archives, and Founder and host of the international, interdisciplinary Moving Trans History Forward conferences. His research interests lie in the area of sex, gender, and sexuality, with a particular focus on transgender, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people.


Steve Garlick

Steve Garlick’s research focuses on a range of issues concerning gender (especially masculinity), sexuality, technology, bodies, new materialisms, and critical social theory. His work is particularly concerned with analyzing the ways in which historically specific constructions of sex, gender, and sexuality mediate between social formations and natural forces, and thereby come to shape forms of knowledge, politics, and being.


Martha McMahon

Martha McMahon’s research interests lie in the area of food, farming, agri-food governance, food sovereignty, gender and food security, environmental sociology and feminist analysis, including ecological feminism. Her current research focus is on gender and environment, small-scale farming and local food.


Karen Kobayashi

Dr. Kobayashi is currently co-leader of the Ethnicity and Aging theme team for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). She is a social gerontologist who uses a life course perspective to explore the intersections of structural, cultural, and individual factors/experiences affecting health and aging in the Canadian population. Her scholarly interests lie broadly in the areas of family and intergenerational relationships, ethnicity and immigration, dementia and personhood, and health and social care.


Peyman Vahabzadeh

Peyman Vahabzadeh’s theoretical and empirical work on social movements and collective action entails the study of colonialism, postcoloniality, neocolonialism, and settler colonialism as historical phenomena.  He also probes the problem of “othering,” from the point of view of Sociology of Knowledge, in the forms of epistemic imperialisms and epistemological hegemonies such as Orientalism and normalization of Western knowledge as global knowledge.  His work in this area advocates epistemic transgressions, exilic-experiential resistance, refugee border-crushing, and views from the Global South.