In 1985, the Office of the Secretary of State created a Joint Chair in Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Four other chairs of women's studies, in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Quebec City and Halifax, were also established under the same program.
Working in both French and English, the incumbent of the Joint Chair in Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, teaches, engages in research and participates in appropriate committees and events on both campuses. She acts as a resource person on women's issues and feminist research at both universities. She also establishes and maintains contact with local, regional, national and international feminist educational and community-based organizations.
Since its establishment, the following women have been incumbents of the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies: The Honourable Monique Bégin, Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, Pnina G. Abir-Am, Wendy Robbins, Ann Porter, Eva Rathgeber, Rajkumari Shanker, Agnès Whitfield, Pamela Walker and Lori Burns.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce that Professor Ummni Khan has been named to the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. We congratulate Ummni Khan and are convinced that she will develop a research program and an array of academic activities that will be engaging. As the incumbent of the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, Professor Khan’s responsibilities will include teaching, engaging in research and participating in appropriate committees and events on both campuses. She will also act as a resource person on women’s issues and feminist research at both universities. Her role will also involve contact with local, regional, national and international feminist educational and community-based organizations.
Ummni Khan holds an SJD in Law from the University of Toronto, along with a Master of Laws from the University of Michigan, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master’s in English Literature from York University. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, and is crossed with Sociology and the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her research focuses on the construction and regulation of stigmatized sexuality in law, feminism, social science, psych discourses and popular culture. She is particularly interested in teasing out how gender, race, class, disability, age, nationality and other markers of difference intersect with sexual hierarchies.
Dr. Khan has written on a variety of topics, including BDSM, sex work, inter-cousin sexuality, “rapey” music, Canadian identity, feminist praxis and transgendered rights. Her book, VicariousKinks: Sadomasochism in the Socio-Legal Imaginary (2014), examines how regulation of consensual sadomasochism rests on problematic ideological claims that engage with psychiatry, anti-sm feminism and film. She is currently wrapping up a SSHRC-funded project, which grapples with the criminalization and deviantization of sex trade clients in law and culture. Her next project will be an oral history that addresses sexuality debates within Canadian feminist communities during the fraught times known as the “sex wars,” focusing on the years between 1975 and 1995.
Dr. Khan has received a number of grants and awards, including a Visiting Fellowship at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia University, a two-year SSHRC Insight Development Grant, a one-year SSHRC Standard Research Grant, and a Visiting Fellowship at Keele University. In 2016, she was awarded the Faculty of Public Affairs Research Excellence Award. Her writing often integrates experimental elements into her scholarly analysis, including fictional scenarios and auto-ethnographic reflection. She teaches a wide variety of classes, from first year courses to graduate seminars, related to legal studies, sexuality, methodology, law and literature, deviance, criminal justice, critical security and surveillance studies. She is thrilled to be Joint Chair of Women’s Studies for the 2016-2018 term.
Joint Chair in Women's Studies
Dr. Ummni Khan
Social Sciences Building, Room 11046
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Assistant to the Joint Chair in Women's Studies
Social Sciences Building, Room 11002
Phone: 613-520-2600 ext. 6644