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Manjeet Birk

Assistant Professor

Degrees:PhD (University of British Columbia), MA (University of Toronto), BA (Queen’s University)

Manjeet Birk (she/her) is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work centres the lived experience of racialized and Indigenous girls and women in Canada. Her research focuses on women’s organizing, social justice and institutional racism using critical race, intersectional and decolonizing theories and methodologies. Her interests are grounded in her community activism working with women’s organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Birk recently returned from a year in Aotearoa New Zealand completing a SSHRC postdoc focused on her project Pathways to Inclusion of Indigenous and Racialized Communities: A Comparative Analysis Between Canada and New Zealand. This project involved collaborating with a team in the Department of Public Health at the Auckland University of Technology, in Auckland NZ to think through systemic and institutional racism particularly as it relates to racialized and Indigenous communities in Auckland. This will form the basis of a comparative analysis between Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand. With a lifetime of experience organizing, troubling and challenging systems, Dr. Birk is always looking for new ways to re-conceptualize a more beautiful world.

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In the 2021-2022 school year, Dr. Birk will be teaching Introduction to Critical Race Studies (CRST 2001), which introduces students to central tenets of critical race theory, its interdisciplinary debates, applications, and evolutions; and Advanced Critical Race Studies (CRST 4001), which is an interdisciplinary seminar that takes theoretical approaches to anti-colonial and feminist analyses of racial subjugation, and engagements with Black, Indigenous and women of colour feminisms.