Calling second and third year FASS students!

Have coffee and a casual Zoom chat with a FASS prof!

Have you ever wanted to have a candid conversation with one of your professors? Are you interested in asking them about their career path, experiences, or simply what it’s like to be an academic? Perhaps you’d like to get some advice on your own personal ambitions?

Well now is your chance!

To set up a coffee chat, contact the professor of your choice to schedule a meeting time and date, their emails are listed below. Please copy Allyson Buchanan-Watson on your email.

Choose Your Professor

Art History

Carol Payne (CarolPayne@Cunet.Carleton.Ca)

Professor of Art History and Associate Dean (Research and International), in the Faculty of Arts and Social sciences. She specializes in the history of photography. Her research and publications of the past few years revolve around the role of photography (and other forms of visual culture) in settler colonial-Inuit relationships, including collaborative work with Inuit communities.

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Childhood and Youth Studies

Dr. Julia Sinclair-Palm (

Dr. Sinclair-Palm (she/they) is an Assistant Professor in Childhood and Youth Studies in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University. They completed their doctorate in Education in the Faculty of Education at York University. She has an MA in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and a BS in Psychology. Her research with young people carries the trace of this interdisciplinary history—across their work, they consider how conceptualizations of children and youth are tied to concerns about violence, risk, and mental health often at the exclusion of other, more complex narratives of identity, gender and belonging. She examines how young people forge new identities, imagine futures and navigate structural inequalities in the midst of these larger, and sometimes restrictive narratives about childhood and youth. They are cross-appointed with the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

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College of the Humanities

Dr. Shawna Dolansky  (

Shawna Dolansky is an associate professor who teaches in the Bachelor of Humanities and Religion programs. She is always happy to chat with students about the Bible, biblical archaeology, myth, religion, culture, and history, or her current research into gender and sexuality in the ancient world. By appointment.

Laura Banducci, (

Associate Professor (College of the Humanities), is a Roman archaeologist specializing in the study of ancient artefacts, especially pottery. She has worked at sites in England, Greece, and Italy and currently co-directs the excavation of a town called Gabii, just outside of Rome. Available Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday afternoons until 3:15pm.

Dr. Christopher Jensen (

I am an Assistant Professor in the Religion and Humanities programs, with a teaching focus on Buddhism, as well as Chinese and Japanese religion. In my research, I concentrate on the period between the fall of the Han (early 3rd century) and the early Tang (7th century), when Buddhism was becoming an increasingly important force in Chinese art, thought, politics, and religious practice. I am interested in religious narrative, and much of my research involves using Chinese hagiographical sources (such as the biographies of monks and nuns) to investigate Buddhism as a lived religion during this period. Some of my research projects, which have drawn upon such sources, have used them to investigate the role and function of dreams, notions of exemplary children, and understandings of disability.

Availability: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, from 10 am-3pm.

Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy-Klaassen (

Dr. Klaassen is a professor in the College of the Humanities. She has worked at Carleton since 2006, following a year-long appointment as assistant professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. My research concerns the ancient world, particularly Roman literature and its intersection with Greek literature and Roman history. This year she is teaching courses in epic, drama, archaeology and Latin language.

Timothy Pettipiece, (

Assistant Professor (College of Humanities). I teach courses in the Greek and Roman Studies and Religion programs. I’m interested in religions of Late Antiquity, in particular Gnosticism and Manichaeism, as well as religion in popular culture (music, film, gaming, etc).

Dr. Deidre Butler (she/her) (

Dr. Butler is an Associate professor who teaches in the Religion program in the areas of Jewish Studies and Religion, gender and sexuality. She is most fascinated by exploring Judaism (and other religions) as diverse lived traditions that are practiced by embodied people in communities.

Every two years Dr. Butler leads a travel course to Israel which focuses on religion in historical and contemporary contexts (next date is May 2022).

As Director of the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies she promotes Jewish studies teaching and research across campus and in the community. She also oversees the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship which works with faculty, students, survivors, teachers, volunteers, and members of the diplomatic community to research and educate about the history of the holocaust and the dangers of anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice and hatred.

Her current research project focuses on Jewish Divorce in Canada and the phenomenon of gett abuse where husbands extort, delay, or refuse to grant their wives religious divorces, rendering them Agunah, chained to unwanted marriages. She and her research partner, Law and Legal Studies Associate Professor Betina Appel Kuzmarov, interview stakeholders (rabbis, activists, divorcing couples and adult children) about their experience of religious divorce.

The project has been strengthened by a team of undergraduate and graduate students who have explored this topic and received training in interview research. Dr. Butler would truly enjoy chatting with students about their own interests in Religion and Jewish Studies (and travel!).

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Disability Studies

Dr. Alan Martino (

Dr. Martino is a professor in Disability Studies. His primary areas of interest include the sociology of sexualities, sociology of gender, and critical disability studies, as well as their intersections. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 46 adults with intellectual disabilities in Ontario, his current research explores how adults labeled with intellectual disabilities are kept out of sexual fields – spaces that bring together sexual actors in their pursuit for love, intimacy, and pleasure – through a series of disabling social processes. Alan has worked closely with various self-advocacy groups and service providers in Canada and abroad to address questions related to sexuality and intimate citizenship. In his teaching, he encourages students to understand the interconnections between theory and practice, and to consider the actual applications behind class content.

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Dana Dragunoiu (

Dr. Dragunoiu is an Associate Professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She loves teaching and is delighted to participate in the “Coffee with a Prof” initiative. Her first book on Nabokov, titled Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of Liberalism, was published in 2011 by Northwestern University Press. Her second book, Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Moral Acts, is scheduled for publication with the same press next year. In addition to her work on Nabokov, she has also published scholarly articles on Marcel Proust, J.M. Coetzee, Ernest Hemingway, Stendhal, and contemporary film. In April 2018, she became the General Editor of The Nabokovian.

Sarah Brouillette (

Dr. Brouillette is a Professor in the Department of English, where she teaches a variety of topics in contemporary literature and culture, touching on tourism, literary prizes and the publishing industries, the creative industries, cultural policy, social media, as well as British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures. She is also interested in histories of capitalism and communism, and in feminist thought about the family. Available Monday – Friday after 9:30am

Janice Schroeder (

Jan Schroeder is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of English. She has research and teaching interests in a number of areas, including the history of street work, poverty, and documentary journalism; women’s and feminist writing; voice and sound studies; prison writing; and, most recently, narratives of adoption and globalization. She would love to hear about what interests you.

Larry Thompson (

Larry Thompson teaches editing, writing, and publishing with an active learning/book arts twist in the English Department. He’s also the Master Printer in the MacOdrum Library Book Arts Lab where – in less virus-ridden times – students can follow in the footsteps of medieval monks writing Carolingian characters, or shadow Johanne Gutenberg, printing with movable type on an iron press, or cut woodblocks in the manner of Albrecht Dürer, all for the sake of learning. He also works in the Library’s Research Support Services, and as an affirmed “libraritarian,” he has much to say about that as well.

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Dr. Céline Bonnotte-Hoover (

I am an Instructor in the Department of French. I teach intermediate language classes (A2/B1) and written French. We can have lunch in French and chat about things like languages, traveling and food. Availability: Mondays, Thursdays after 11 am and most Friday mornings.

Dr. Randall Gess (

Randall Gess is a professor and Chair of the Department of French. He loves talking about French and other languages, language learning and teaching, traveling and cooking. He is always happy to talk to students and to hear about what they’re studying, what their ambitions are, etc. His availability varies by week but is happy to find a time that works.

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Geography and Environmental Studies

Stephan Gruber (

Dr. Gruber teaches geography and investigates permafrost thaw, combining field observation and computer simulation. He enjoys working with enthusiastic and curious people, being in mountains and other wilderness areas, and doing things that are challenging. Before coming to Canada, Stephan has lived in more than a handful of other countries and enjoys national and international collaboration, for example, working with NSERC PermafrostNet, the IPCC or ICIMOD.

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Dr. Monica Patterson (

Monica Eileen Patterson is an anthropologist, historian, and curator who is interested in the connections between memory, violence, and childhood in postcolonial Africa, particularly South Africans’ memories of childhood from the apartheid period. She is also Assistant Director of Carleton’s graduate program in Curatorial Studies, and is interested in how museums and exhibitions can better engage with pressing issues of social justice such as racism, homophobia and transphobia, climate change, the legacies of the Indian Residential Schools, and children’s issues.

Dr. Pamela Walker (

I am a historian, interested in gender and women’s history, African American history and the history of religion. My most memorable research experience was in Addis Ababa Ethiopia where I worked with other professors on the history of Christianity in Africa. My most exciting teaching experience is an immersive historical game that I am playing with my first year students. I spend time every week swing dancing and I am trying to perfect the tandem Charleston. I listen to a lot of music and right now, that’s Kendrick Lamar, Etta James, and Ella Fitzgerald.

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Indigenous and Canadian Studies

Geraldine King (

(Anishinaabe) Lecturer, Indigenous and Canadian Studies. I am interested in Anishinaabe phenomenology, which means that I am interested in the ways that Anishinaabe people experience various aspects of living. In particular, I am interested in eco-erotics, kinship and intimacy. Available Tuesday and Thursday.

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Linguistics and Language Studies

Dr. Tamara Sorenson Duncan (

Tamara Sorenson Duncan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies. She teaches courses in both Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Her work focuses on bilingual development in children, specifically concentrating on two populations of learners: those from immigrant and refugee backgrounds and those with special education needs (e.g., developmental language disorder, ASD). She emphasises in her work that multilingualism should not be pathologized and advocates for bilingual opportunities for all children.

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Dr. Anne Bowker (

As Associate Dean, my main focus is on student recruitment and retention. I’m always interested in hearing from students about what works and what doesn’t at Carleton and what we can do to make your university experience a successful one. I’m also a faculty member in psychology, researching how extra-curricular activities in children and youth can enhance positive development.

Dr. Tina Daniels (

Tina Daniels is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of the Psychology Dept. and studies bullying and social aggression. Currently she is focusing on changing our social milieu by building skills that are incompatible with bullying, both face-to-face and on-line, as well as empowering those targeted by bully behaviours, and building a social climate that is unaccepting of such behaviour. She is also interested in understanding the role social/relational aggression and cyberbullying plays within close relationships, in particular girls’ best friendships and romantic relationships. In conjunction with Girl Guides of Canada, she has developed and implemented Girls United: A Nation-wide Intervention Program to Address the Use of Social Aggression Within Girls’ Groups. She has recently been part of a national evaluation of the WITS program, a Canadian Bullying Prevention program, designed to reduce peer victimization. She regularly speaks at conferences and schools to teachers, parents, and children about why bullying occurs, why bystanders may not assist victims, and what individuals can do to respond effectively, to stop bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, and violence.

Kirk Luther (

Dr. Luther is an Assistant Professor (Psychology). My main area of research revolves around improving investigative interviewing practices. The police likely weren’t present when a crime was committed. Therefore, it’s incredibly important that they are able to obtain detailed and accurate information about what happened from those that were there (victims, witnesses, suspects). I am really interested in testing various strategies for increasing information provision within investigative interviews.

Dr. Tim Pychyl (

Dr. Tim Pychyl is a member of the Psychology Department. He has spent the last 25 years studying procrastination (see Why not join him for a coffee to discuss this fascinating topic? Of course, Tim, also a former Carleton student before he became a professor, welcomes conversations about anything that interests you!

Matt Sorley (

I’m an Instructor with the Department of Psychology and teach Introduction to Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology, and a first-year seminar, The Psychology of Success. I’m drawn to topics focused on performance excellence and the skills that help us to thrive and realize our potential. When talking sport psych with athletes, it’s best if I’m not on skates. If you’d like to chat about success, the PSYC program, or gaining experience outside the classroom, let’s meet.

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Alexis Shotwell (
Alexis Shotwell is a Professor in Sociology. Her academic work addresses impurity, environmental justice, racial formation, disability, unspeakable and unspoken knowledge, sexuality, gender, and political transformation.

Her political work focuses on queer liberation, Indigenous solidarity, and feminist community education. She is a nerd who loves science fiction, makes functional pottery in her spare time, bikes all winter, and owns a banjo. She is the co-investigator for the AIDS Activist History Project (, and the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times. To schedule a meeting with me:

Blair Rutherford

Blair Rutherford is a sociocultural anthropologist who is an Anthropology professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He is also the chair of the Department. Since 1992, he has carried out qualitative research in different parts of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Sierra Leone. He is interested in overlapping questions of labour, gender, race, livelihoods and citizenship, among other topics.

William Walters (

William Walters is a professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. He trained in chemistry at Imperial College, London, before doing graduate studies in politics at City University of New York and York University, Toronto. He has published widely in the areas of political sociology, political geography, citizenship studies, security and insecurity, and Foucault studies. Broadly speaking, the method he has followed in his work is to study the objectification of human experience in specific domains – unemployment, migration, and, most recently, state secrecy. Williams supervisory areas: Political sociology; borders, migration and mobility; secrecy and security; sociologies of the public; genealogies of politics and government.