Leads in Humanities

Susan Antebi, PhD
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto
Dr. Antebi works in the area of Latin American literary and cultural studies, with emphasis on Mexico, as well as in the field of disability studies.  Her current research looks at the ongoing history of eugenics and hygiene in Mexico, as medical and aesthetic categories.  She also has two doctoral students working on topics related to the body and to psychoanalysis.

Mary Beattie, Ed.D.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Mary Beattie is Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education who has been working in research, pedagogy, and curriculum for over 20 years.  She has a particular interest in humanistic and holistic approach to learning and teaching at all levels.  She currently teaches a graduate course at OISE entitled “Narrative and Story in Research and Professional Practice”.

Simon Coleman, PhD
Department and Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Simon Coleman has an interest in ethnographies of hospitals and in particular hospital chaplaincy, and has also worked on the assessment of the deployment of artworks in a hospital in the north of England.

John Court
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
John P.M. Court is an historian of medicine and psychiatry in the University of Toronto and has been the Archivist for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) since 2000.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, and an Associated Scholar in the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Faculty of Arts.

Dennis Duffy, PhD
Department of English, University of Toronto

Marlene Goldman, PhD
Department of English, University of Toronto
Marlene Goldman is currently the Principal Investigator of a JHI-funded working group on Old Age, Aging, Memory and Aesthetics.  As well, she is researching and writing a book on the intersection between literary, media, and biomedicine discourses pertaining to age-related dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, which is also the subject of her current graduate course.

Claire Harrigan
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto
Claire Harrigan’s academic interests lie in Mexican literary and cultural studies – currently Mexico’s history of eugenics and hygiene as medical and aesthetic categories.

Elizabeth Harvey, PhD
Department of English, University of Toronto
Elizabeth Harvey’s research over the past 30 years has focused on the history of medicine (classical and Renaissance), phenomenology of embodiment, and theory of emotion and consciousness.  She was a core faculty member, instructor, and mentor in the trans-disciplinary program at U of T, Health Care, Technology, and Place (HCTP), for 10 years.  In addition to her academic research, she is currently training as a yoga therapist, an intensive program that seeks to integrate yoga, meditation, and eastern healing modalities into therapeutic practice.  She is also in the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis “Essentials” Program, and plans to continue with psychoanalytic training.

Sean Hillman, PhD (cand.)
Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Sean Hillman is working on a third degree from U of T with the start of a collaborative PhD in South Asian Religions and Bioethics. He earned a B.A. in East Asian Studies and his Masters research looked at the interaction between voluntary death practices in the Indian religious traditions and secular end-of-life care. Sean has been a bedside caregiver for over a decade and was a Buddhist monk for 13 years, ordained twice by H.H. the Dalai Lama in India. While in India he also studied Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, and the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics. His doctoral research will be an ethnographic exploration into the influence of religious texts on healthcare decision-making among Buddhists, Hindus and Jains in India.

Rebecca Janzen, PhD (cand.)
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Toronto
Rebecca Janzen’s research focuses on Mexican literature from the 1940s to 1980s.  In particular, using theories of narratology, it examines narrative strategies in this literature, and the connection between narrative techniques and Mexico’s political, religious and social context.  She also examines representations of bodies, and suggestions of intercorporeal or collective resistance, in this literature.

Dr. Pamela Klassen
Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Dr. Klassen’s studies the development of Protestantism from conversion through science and scripture to becoming critics of missionary arrogance which experimented with non-western healing modes.

Kevin Komisaruk, D.Mus.
Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
Kevin Komisaruk is an historical keyboard musician and Lecturer at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. An advocate for advanced, performance-based musical literacy in palliative care, he maintains a private practice providing acoustic clavichord music at bedside and has innovated graduate and undergraduate hospice-palliative care curriculum at the Faculty of Music, where he has taught since 2003. Komisaruk has performed throughout North America and Europe as a concert organist, has broadcast with CBC, NPR and Radio France, and produced two discs with ATMA Records. He studied solo performance at McGill University and the Westminster Conservatory in Princeton.

Catherine Lemieux
Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Catherine Lemieux is a third year Ph.D. student specializing in the anthropology of religion. Her doctoral research is an ethnographic study of individuals who use hypnosis for healing and spiritual purposes through workshops in Toronto. She is particularly interested in instances when hypnosis is used to induce past life regressions and exorcisms, and her research engages both with theories on secular religiosity and theories on trauma and memory in anthropology and ethnopsychiatry.

John W. Marshall
Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Prof. John Marshall’s teaching and research includes early Christian and Greco-Roman traditions of healing, magic, and cursing.  These traditions exemplify ancient strategies that integrate empirical and folk/cultural regimes of knowledge in addressing the contingencies of embodiment in the ancient world.  They also exemplify the social positioning of diverse health practices in ancient society.

Ken McLeod, PhD
Music, History and Culture, University of Toronto

Nancy McNaughton, MEd, PhD
Standardized Patient Program, University of Toronto
Nancy McNaughton is an Associate Director of the Standardized Patient Program at University of Toronto, and a former professional actor and dancer.  Nancy has been delivering courses on qualitative research theory and methods as well as simulation research with other faculty from the Wilson Centre for Research in Education for the past five years.  She is a qualitative researcher and educator who consults and collaborates on research internationally.   Her research program focuses on affect, emotion and acting at the intersection of human simulation and health care practice.

Kenneth Mills, D. Phil. Oxford
Department of History, University of Toronto
For more information: kennethmills.ca

Libbie Mills, PhD
Department of Humanities, University of Toronto
Libbie Mills is a South Asianist, teaching for the Global Asia Studies Program and Asian Institute at the University of Toronto – Scarborough and St. George campuses.  Her research is based in materials in Sanskrit, in two fields: building theory and ayurvedic medicine.

Michelle Murphy, PhD
Department of History, University of Toronto
Department of Women and Gender Studies
Michelle Murphy is a cross-appointed Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Women and Gender Studies.  She is a historian and interdisciplinary feminist science studies scholar who works on questions of reproductive health, environmental health, and biopolitics.

Ato Quayson, PhD
Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies (Jackman Humanities Institute), University of Toronto
Ato Quayson’s book Aesthetic Nervousness: Disability and the Crisis of Representation was published in 2007 as well as an essay on Autism in Samuel Beckett’s Murphy in 2010.  He has a continued interest in disability studies.

Justin Stein
Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Justin Stein is a second-year doctoral student studying North American and Japanese spirituality at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion and is completing the collaborative program with the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies. His dissertation research will be on the transnational development and circulation of the healing practices called Reiki. His broader research interests include efforts to synthesize science and religion, new religious movements, religion and the secular, spiritual healing, spirit communication, and transnational religious networks. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Hamilton College and his M.A. in Religion (Asian) from the University of Hawaii.

Sarah Tracy,  PhD (cand.)
Department of History, University of Toronto
Her project considers monosodium glutamate (MSG) as a transnational biotechnology phenomenon, a global food additive—and alleged toxin.  Broadly construed, Sarah’s work examines the boundaries of food, drug, toxin, and lively matter through a case study of MSG’s role in food development, consumption, and regulation at the iconic Campbell’s Soup Company.

Francine Wynn, PhD
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Francine Wynn is a nurse with a background in cultural anthropology (BA, MA) and a PhD in Social and Political Thought.  Her interests are philosophical.  Her philosophy is based in interpretive phenomenology (Heidegger, Agamben, Nancy, Merleau-Ponty) and psychoanalysis.  She has been integrating cinema, poetry, painting and sculpture, and literature in her lectures and creative arts based projects in her clinical seminars for 20 years.  Her clinical background is psychiatric nursing and she is chair of the undergrad program in the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.