Calling second and third year FASS students!

Enjoy a free lunch and a casual 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 for your own personal ambitions?

Well now is your chance!

We ask that you follow these 3 steps in order to set up the lunch:

Step 1: Contact the professor of your choice directly to schedule a lunch time and date, their emails are on this page.

Step 2: Once you have confirmation from the professor, you MUST email Allyson Buchanan-Watson with your chosen date and professor name. She will set up a reservation at Baker’s on campus.

Step 3: Allyson will confirm the date and time of your reservation.

End date: April 3, 2020.


Which Prof Do You Want to Take to Lunch?



Dr. Louise de la Gorgendiere (

Louise has been based at Carleton University since 2001.  She graduated from Cambridge University in 1993 with a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, which was based on research on development and education in Ghana, West Africa. From 1993 to 2001, Louise held a dual academic-consultancy post in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Louise’s teaching and research have focused on development and underdevelopment, HIV/AIDS in Africa and women’s rights, the social anthropology of Asante, contemporary ethnopolitics in sub-Saharan Africa, education and development and on the Ghanaian diaspora in Canada and the UK. During the period of 1993-2001 in Edinburgh, Louise served as a Social Development Adviser for the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), and as a Senior Health Researcher for the Scottish Government. She has also carried out consultancies for the International Labour Organization and United Nations Development Program (ILO/UNDP)  in several African countries, and in 2000, she was appointed by DFID (UK) and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE, Paris) to serve as their social development-gender specialist for a final evaluation of the French Education Project  in Burkina Faso. Her current research with members of the Ghanaian diaspora in Canada and the UK, examines their links to Ghana (people and development), as well as their experiences with immigration in the UK and Canada.

Areas of Interest

Research and Teaching Interests: Diaspora; transnationalism; development and underdevelopment; Sub-Saharan Africa; Ghana; education; HIV/AIDS; ethnopolitics.

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Art History

Dr. Peter Coffman (

Peter Coffman is an architectural historian whose fate was sealed many years ago when he caught his first glimpse of Canterbury Cathedral from a train window. His infatuation with the Middle Ages gradually expanded to include later re-inventions of medieval forms – particularly Canadian Gothic Revival architecture, which is now his main area of research. His teaching ranges from prehistoric grave sites to modern steel and concrete, but he feels most at home among nineteenth-century intellectual warriors like AWN Pugin and John Ruskin. Peter has a diverse background and eclectic interests. He was a photographer in a previous (professional) life, and believes he might be the only architectural historian ever to have won a music award for photography.

Dr. Birgit Hopfener (

Birgit Hopfener is an associate professor of contemporary art in the global context with a special emphasis on China. By historicizing and localizing contemporary art practices and discourses and their transcultural entanglements she examines how contemporary art is no longer constituted solely through Western narratives and epistemologies of art, but by multiple and entangled histories, knowledge and power structures. It is in this regard and informed by post-colonial theory that she seeks to contribute to the re-thinking of the discipline of art history beyond Euro-centric narratives and its rootedness in modern Western epistemology.

Dr. Gül Kale (
Gül Kale is trained as an architect and architectural historian. Her areas of expertise are architectural history and theory with a focus on the early modern Ottoman empire, and cross-cultural and global histories and theories of design and of the built environment in the wider Mediterranean world and the Middle East.

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Childhood and Youth Studies

Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen (

Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University. Her teaching and research focus on the transdisciplinary areas of critical disability studies, human rights, inclusive education, and critical childhood studies. She is interested in engaging with students from diverse socio-economic, racial, gendered, and dis/ability backgrounds at Carleton.

Dr. Julia Sinclair-Palm  (

Dr. Julia Sinclair-Palm (she/they) is an Assistant Professor in Childhood and Youth Studies in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies. 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 examines how young people forge new identities, imagine futures and navigate structural inequalities in the midst of larger, and sometimes restrictive narratives about childhood and youth.

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Cognitive Science

Dr. Jim Davies  (

Jim Davies is a professor of cognitive science, and is the instructor for the popular “Mysteries of the Mind” class at Carleton. He also hosts the podcast “Minding the Brain” with Kim Hellemans. He loves to talk to students about how the mind works, career advice, and Star Wars.

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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.

Dr. George W.M. Harrison (

George is one of the few professors to teach both in the Faculty of Arts and in the Faculty of Science. Publications in ancient art and archaeology of Greece, Rome and Egypt, and interest in ancient technology, ecology and climate.

Dr. Christopher Jensen (

I am an Instructor 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.

Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy-Klaassen (

I have 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 I am teaching courses in epic, drama, archaeology and Latin language.

Dr. Yukai Li (

I am an instructor in Greek & Roman Studies in the College of the Humanities. I teach a range of courses in ancient Greek language, literature, history, and culture. My research aims to bridge ancient literature, classical scholarship, and modern theory, and so I would be as happy chatting about psychoanalysis, (post)structuralism, and Deleuze as about Homer, tragedy, or pastoral poetry. I also have experience with graduate study in the US and the UK, and would be happy to pass on any insights.

Dr. Erik Stephenson (

Erik Stephenson is an Instructor in the College of the Humanities. His teaching areas include the history of European philosophy, Dante and medieval Christian thought, and ancient Greco-Roman literature. While he has written on the philosophy of Baruch Spinoza, his current scholarly work focusses on the writings of Dante Alighieri.

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Dr. Andrew Wallace (

Research Interests: 

  • Renaissance literature (especially Spenser and Milton)
  • The classical tradition (especially Greek tragedy, Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, and the reception and reinvention of classical texts and culture during the Middle Ages and Renaissance)
  • Medieval literature (especially Dante and Chaucer)
  • Relations between classical philology and modern philosophy

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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.

Dr. Randall Gess

I work on French phonology — the sound system(s) used by speakers of French. I have worked on this from multiple perspectives : theoretical and applied, historical, comparative, acquisitional, sociolinguistic. I’m an avid traveler and I especially like to travel to places where I can speak Romance languages (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese). I also love to cook (and eat). I hail from Texas originally, started learning French in high school in England, and have lived also in France, Seattle and Salt Lake City before settling in Ottawa.

Dr. Catherine Khordoc (

I’ve been a professor in the Department of French for about 15 years, but my connections with Carleton go much further back. I studied at Carleton for my undergraduate degree in Journalism, with Minors in Political Science and French. And after a few years working at CBC Radio in Québec City, I came back to Carleton for my Master’s in French Literature. A few years later, having completed my PhD, I went on to live in Switzerland and Ireland (where I taught at the University of Limerick), and eventually returned to Ottawa to take up a position at Carleton. The courses I teach are for the most part in contemporary Québécois literature, focusing on writing by writers who have immigrated to Québec and those who have a transnational or transcultural perspective. I enjoy teaching at all levels, including the First Year Seminar in French. I am currently working on a book about Monique Bosco, a Québécois writer who was born in Austria but grew up in France. I’ve served as Chair of French, as well as Associate Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, but am very happy to now return to teaching and research responsibilities. Among my passions are reading (of course!), running, and travelling.

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Geography and Environmental Studies

Dr. Patricia Ballamingie (

Patricia Ballamingie is an Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies. She teaches courses related to sustainable futures, environmental education, and localizing food systems. Her research interests include: environmental conflict and democracy; sustainable communities; and just and sustainable food systems. She can be reached at:

Dr. Scott Mitchell (

Scott Mitchell is currently the Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and over the last 15 years has taught courses in all the programs the department offers. He studies how spatial patterns in landscapes are linked to environmental processes. Recently that research has concentrated on the role that spatial heterogeneity has on biodiversity and ecosystem services in farmlands, and impacts of changing weather extremes on agriculture.

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Dr. David Dean (

David Dean specializes in two fields of history. As a public historian he researches on how history is presented in film, theatre, re-enactments, and museums. As an early modern British historian he works on witchcraft, politics and popular culture. David is committed to community engagement in both research and teaching. He works on collaborative projects making making innovative and exciting public histories, for example exhibits, performances, and street installations such as Capital History Kiosks. He plays a leading role in public history internationally.

Dr. Michel Hogue (

Michel Hogue teaches courses about the histories of Canada, the North American West, and Indigenous peoples. He is also the History department’s undergraduate supervisor, which means that it’s his job to help administer aspects of the department’s teaching program. He is always happy to chat about research, life in history or about day-to-day life at Carleton.

Dr. Danielle Kinsey (

Dr. Danielle Kinsey is an assistant professor in the Department of History. She specializes in the history of the British Empire and does research on diamonds and the diamond trade in the nineteenth century. She has taught courses on world history, modern Europe, the history of consumption, empire and material culture, imperialism and globalization, women’s and gender history, the history of the body, and Victorian London.

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 also directs Carleton’s new 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 an 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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Human Rights

Dr. Shazia Sadaf (

Shazia specializes in postcolonial studies, with a primary research interest in the field of human rights. Furthermore, her personal and professional experience of marginalization as a Muslim woman in a patriarchal country affected by the global war on terror, gives her an insight that is invaluable in teaching about human rights and social justice. Her teaching motivation is driven by her interest in discovering points of contact between literature and human rights, and in amplifying the voice of marginalized narratives to foster global awareness.

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Dr. Beth MacLeod (

In my research I explore how social meaning is encoded in phonetic variation; that is, what kind of information can we express to others via our pronunciation and what do others understand about us from how we pronounce our words. I teach various Linguistics and Applied Linguistics courses, but my specialty is Phonetics. 

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Dr. Alexis Luko (

I am an Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Director in the School for Studies in Art and Culture and the College of the Humanities. I have expertise in film music, opera, and the music of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. I wrote a book about music in the films of Swedish film director, Ingmar Bergman. This year I am teaching courses on the music of the Renaissance and the operas of Richard Wagner. I’m also organizing an interdisciplinary conference to celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, scheduled for Halloween weekend at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre.

Dr. John Higney (

Dr. John Higney completed his dissertation entitled Henry Purcell: A Reception/Dissemination History, 1695-1771 at Western University in 2008. His research interests include Renaissance performance practice (musica ficta), Baroque musical aesthetics and culture, and critical issues in popular music. He has presented research in performance practice, Purcell reception, seventeenth and eighteenth-century musical aesthetics, and popular music and politics in Canada, the United States, and England. He is an Instructor in Music in the School for Studies in Art and Culture where he has lectured on western classical music history, opera, popular musics, Canadian music, jazz history, musicianship, and music industries. In addition to his work as an academic and educator, John has performed and recorded with a wide range of groups including Adam West, The Flaps, The Two-Minute Miracles, Kepler, Rhume, Greenfield Main, Rakestar Arkestra, Andy Swan, and, The Golden Seals.

Dr. James McGowan (
James McGowan teaches music theory, composition, and community music, as well as serving as the Supervisor of Performance Studies at Carleton. In addition to his work as a scholar in the theory and analysis of jazz and classical music, and a commissioned composer, he is a jazz pianist who has performed widely and recorded several albums. His efforts in community music have been to promote intergenerational learning, support school programs and community organizations, and empower students to transition from undergraduate studies to post-graduate and professional work. 

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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. Rachel Burns (

My research focuses on health behaviour change and health outcomes. I have a particular interest in the associations between mental health, health behaviours, and health outcomes in individuals with type 2 diabetes, though my interests are not limited to this population.

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.

Dr. Cecilia Jorgenson (

I am an instructor in Psychology Department. I am currently teaching Developmental Psychology and several statistical courses. My research interests are perceptions of competence and motivational variables in youth sports and positive youth development.

Dr. Janet Mantler (
I am an Associate Professor in Psychology and I teach and conduct research in the area of the Psychology of Work and Careers. I focus on the effect of work stress on health and well-being and also on the transition from being a student to being someone who actively participates in the workforce.

Dr. Danay Novoa (

I fell in love with psychology during my first year of my undergraduate degree. I was inspired to understand why people behave the way they do and how others can influence us. Throughout my graduate school years, I became fascinated by how we interpret our experiences with others (e.g., breakups) and in turn how that affects our own self-perception (e.g., do we perceive a change in identity.

Dr. Johanna Peetz (

I am an Associate Professor in Psychology in the area of Social Psychology. My research includes a range of topics broadly connected to time perception, financial decisions, interpersonal relationships, and goal motivation. Across these different topics my research aims to foster better everyday decisions and goal-consistent actions. For example, in one of my current projects I study the types of strategies people employ to make better financial decisions (e.g., freeze your credit cards in a literal block of ice? Only carry cash in small coins?) and in another project I examine how a parents’ or grandparents’ actions might influence individuals’ view of themselves (and implications for deciding to date potential partners whose parents cheated on each other or deciding to vote for Mussolini’s grandson).

Dr. Lorena Ruci (

I am a lecturer at the Department of Psychology and a psychotherapist at the Sport Medicine Clinic at Carleton University. My research interests span the cross disciplinary areas of self-regulation, altruism, motivation and mental health, particularly in competitive sports. I am a proponent of the researcher-practitioner model and I am dedicated to reducing mental health stigma and developing research-based interventions designed to improve people’s lives.

Dr. Matt Sorley (

I’m an Instructor with the Department of Psychology and teach Introduction to Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology, and PSYC’s practicum course. This year also includes co-teaching 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 enjoy a lunch courtesy of the fine folks at FASS.

Dr. Deanna Whalen (

I am an Instructor within the Department of Psychology and I focus on teaching statistics! I am passionate about teaching and spend considerable time and energy learning about different teaching methodologies, techniques, and technology to incorporate into the classroom.
My research interests focus broadly on the concept of well-being and how it can be improved within non-clinical populations. I have previously explored personality, social interactions, and cognitive processes with the majority of my research examining the concept of acting out of character (formally termed counterdispositional behaviour). More recently, my students have inspired and shifted my research interests. The concepts of grit, persistence, and mental toughness fascinate me. Specifically, how university courses can be designed for students to learn and enhance these psychological concepts in hopes of allowing students to flourish and realize their full potential.

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Dr. Tonya Davidson (

Tonya Davidson is a sociologist who teaches Introduction to Sociology, the Sociology of Ottawa (a first-year seminar), and qualitative research methods. Her research focuses on monuments, social memory, nostalgia, and urban life.

Dr. Kelly Fritsch (
Kelly Fritsch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. As a feminist disability studies scholar and crip theorist, her research focuses on disability, accessibility, and social justice. She is currently working on a book that explores the political economy of assistive devices and enhancement technologies. Her courses include Critical Disability Studies, Collective Action and Social Movements, and Recurring Debates in Social Theory.

Dr. Justin Paulson (

Justin Paulson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and also teaches in the graduate program in Political Economy. He researches problems of Marxian political economy and social movement theory, as well as the relationship of music to politics; he is most recently a co-investigator on a project involving the historical and contemporary processes of, and resistance to, enclosure of Indigenous lands in British Columbia. His courses include Classical Social Theory, Contemporary Social Theory, Collective Action and Social Movements, and Sociology of Trumpism; and, at the graduate level, Modern Marxist Theory and Theories of Political Economy.

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Women’s and Gender Studies

Dr. Katharine Bausch (

Katharine Bausch teaches in the Pauline Jewett Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies where she can combine her two passions; all things about equality and popular culture. Katharine has a PhD in American History and now teaches about gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, and how these relate to our world around us, including popular culture.

Dr. Manjeet Birk (

Manjeet Birk teaches in the Women and Gender Studies program. Her research takes an intersectional perspective on institutional exclusion, particularly racism and colonization. Manjeet is a recent transplant from unceeded Coast Salish territory (Canada’s west coast), where she completed her PhD in Education at UBC.

Dr. Dan Irving (

Dan Irving is an Associate Professor teaching in the Women and Gender Studies program (Sexuality Studies Minor program) and the Human Rights and Social Justice program. His interdisciplinary research is located within the fields of Transgender Studies, feminist political economy and critical masculinity studies. He is currently working on a book addressing unemployment and underemployment among trans-identified people in Ontario and British Columbia. His new research project (nicknamed the “Eminem project”) explores the way that young men navigate feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, vulnerability and rage while growing up in current society. When not working he enjoys boxing, vegan cooking and Netflix.

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