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Radha Jhappan

Constitutional/Charter politics; Canadian politics; Law and morality; Feminist legal theory and practice; Political sociology; Critical race theory; Art, pop culture, and politics; Spirituality and politics

Degrees:BA, MA (Oxford), MA, PhD (British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2788
Office:D697 Loeb Building

on sabbatical July 2020 – June 2021

Associate Professor

Radha Jhappan has been educated principally by being alive for some time, living in six countries on five continents, travelling extensively, listening, observing, experiencing, doing, researching, reading, and cultivating an open mind while swerving the undertow of conventional thinking.

She earned her BA (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) at Oxford University, together with a lifelong aversion to mushy peas and formal attire (both separately and together). Lured to Vancouver by the skiing and alternative lifestyle opportunities, she completed her Masters and doctoral degrees at the University of British Columbia.

She has published in the areas of constitutional law and politics, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian politics and institutions, race and gender in feminist theory, feminist legal theory and litigation strategies, Canadian socio-political history, indigenous nations’ politics and law, and North American politics.

She is currently writing a book on spirituality, physics, neuroscience, and politics, entitled “The New Enlightenment: from the Age of Reason to the Age of Consciousness”.

Favourite political aphorism: “The problem with the rat race is that, even if you win, you’re still a rat” (Lily Tomlin)

Selected Publications

Why Shouldn’t Men Get 50% of Cabinet Seats?”,, November 13, 2015.

Politics in North America: Redefining Continental Relations, co-edited with Yasmeen Abu-Laban and François Rocher, (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2007).

“The “New World”: Legacies of European Colonialism in North America”. In Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Radha Jhappan, and Francois Rocher, eds., Politics in North America: Redefining Continental Relations, (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2007): 27-50.

“Of Tsunamis and Child Sexual Exploitation: the Political Economy of Supply and Demand in the Sex Tourism and Trafficking Trades”, Asian Women, 20, 2005: 137-174.

“Anglophilia and the Discrete Charm of the English Voice in Disney’s Pocahontas Films” (with Daiva Stasiulis), in Mike Budd, ed. Rethinking Disney: Private Control and Public Dimensions, (Wesleyan University Press, 2005)

Women’s Legal Strategies in Canada, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002)

“Post-Modern Race and Gender Essentialism or a Post-Mortem of Scholarship”, Studies in Political Economy, 51, Fall 1996: 15-64.