Visiting Scholars

Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women's Studies for the academic year 2019-2020

In 1992, the Bank of Montreal established a Women's Studies Scholars Program at the University of Ottawa to encourage research that would have direct positive impacts for women. Since that time, the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies has conducted an annual competition offering the opportunity to a feminist researcher having completed her or his Ph.D. to pursue his or her studies in an interdisciplinary, multicultural and bilingual environment, while sharing the research results with the university community.

The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies is pleased to announce that  Dr. Carolyn Whitzman  has been selected as the 2019-2020 Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies. 

Dr. Whitzman has been Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne.  She has recently relocated to Ottawa, after 16 years in Australia, to continue her transnational action research on affordable housing partnerships.

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Dr. Carolyn Whitzman

Professor Whitzman is the author, co-author or editor of five books related to ‘the right to the city’ in both a contemporary and historical perspective.  These include Building Inclusive Cities: Women’s Safety and the Right to the City (Routledge, 2013); Suburb, Slum, Urban Village: Transformations in a Toronto’s Parkdale Neighbourhood 1875-2002 (UBC Press, 2009), and The Handbook of Community Safety, Gender, and Violence Prevention: Practical Planning Tools (Earthscan, 2008).  She is also the author or co-author of over 50 book chapters, articles and published conference presentations on affordable housing, children’s independent mobility, women’s safety, and disability rights.  She frequently provides policy advice to local, state and national government and to the UN, including addressing the plenary at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador in September 2016.

While at the University of Ottawa, she is undertaking Canadian-based research on scaling up women’s housing, and is working with the nascent Canadian Housing Research Centre hub.  She is also putting the finishing touches on her new book, Clara Ford’s Stories: race, gender and murder in 19th century Toronto (Cormorant Books, spring 2020). 

Recent presentations and articles on affordable housing:

“Scaling up Affordable and Social Housing through Partnerships and Planning Tools” – Canadian Housing Research Network Hub presentation, UOttawa, July 17, 2019

Can the federal government provide ‘a place to call home’ for all Canadians?” – Impact Canadian election series, October 2, 2019

“What a minority government could mean for affordable housing in Canada” – The Conversation, October 31, 2019

“Push – Panel on Housing Rights” – Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing; Jeff Morrison, Executive Director, Canadian Housing Renewal Association; Professor Carolyn Whitzman – University of Ottawa November 4, 2019

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Past Recipients

Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies (1995 – 2019)

In 1992, the Bank of Montreal established a Women's Studies Scholars Program at the University of Ottawa to encourage research that would have direct, positive impacts on women.

Year Visiting Scholars

Şebnem Susam-Saraeva (PhD), Senior lecturer in Translation Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Intercultural and interlingual circulation of birth stories as personal narratives and testimonies


Nena Mocnik (PhD), Postdoctoral researcher at Turku Institute for Advanced Studies and assistant professor at School of History, Arts and Culture Studies, University of Turku, Finland.

“Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research” (Routledge 2017)


Agnès Berthelot-Raffard (PhD), Independent Researcher with the Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

La nature et la responsabilité des injustices de genre dans l’économie mondialisée du care


Diane Watt  (PhD), Postdoctoral Scholar and Sessional Instructor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary

Engaging marginalized Muslim female youth perspectives in Teacher Education through youth media activism 


Jone Martínez Palacios (PhD), Professeure adjointe, Département des sciences politiques et communications, Université du Pays Basque, Espagne

Une approche féministe des processus d’innovation démocratique : structures et stratégies de la participation des femmes aux processus d’innovation démocratique


Gada Mahrouse (PhD), Associate Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Canada

The “Emotional Labor” performed by and for Western Humanitarian NGOs


Julie Abbou (PhD), Chercheure associée au Laboratoire Parole et Langage (Aix-en-Provence), France

La perturbation du genre en langue : variations politiques et linguistiques


Isabelle Perreault (PhD), Boursière postdoctorale, Faculté des sciences de la santé, Université d’Ottawa, Canada

Psychochirurgie et genre : analyse des discours et des pratiques sur la lobotomie à l’Hôpital Saint-Jean-de-Dieu, 1940-1960


Caroline Caron (PhD), Boursière postdoctorale, Institut d’études des femmes, Université d’Ottawa, Canada

Démobilisées? Une étude des pratiques de citoyenneté engagées dans la production de médias par des adolescentes et des jeunes femmes francophones canadiennes


Katherine Brasch (PhD), Independent Scholar, Toronto, Canada

Ideologies of gender, motherhood and family to better understand their role on migration and integration. Proposed study of single migrant mothers without permanent status in Canada will highlight the implications of transnational ideological influences.


Christine Wächter (PhD), Associate Professor, Institute of Science and Technology, Klagenfurt

University, Austria Comparison of the status of women engineers in research in Canada to the information that I have on the status of their counterparts in Austria.


Katherine Mohindra (PhD), Chercheure automne, Montréal, Canada

Santé des femmes en Inde


Maryanne Dever (PhD), Associate Professor, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of

Sydney, Australia Gender differences in early post-PhD employment and the influence of PhD context and family on women’s academic careers.


Justyna Sempruch Szachowicz (PhD), Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland

The Politics of Parenthood and Its Impact on Women’s Employment: Case Studies in Switzerland, Poland and Canada.


Sirma Bilge (PhD), Boursière postdoctorale, Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire de la violence familiale et de la violence faite aux femmes, Université de Montréal, Canada

La violence faite aux femmes minoritaires : analyse du discours judiciaire canadien.


Salimata Thiam (PhD), Professeure spécialiste en civilisations africaines, Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Sénégal

L’utilisation de la contraception chez la femme musulmane au Sénégal


Maria Nengeh Mensah (PhD), Chercheure automne, Montréal, Canada

Analyse du discours féministe sur la prostitution au Québec : affrontements et réconciliations dans la littérature scientifique, les médias et les propos des acteurs sociaux impliqués.


Tina O’Toole (PhD), Principal Researcher for Women in Irish Society, National University of Ireland, Ireland

Comparison between the history of women’s movement in Canada and in Ireland.


Kathleen O’Grady (PhD), Independent Scholar, Toronto, Canada

French Feminisms and Religion


Marilyn MacDonald (PhD), Professor, Feminist Science Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Feminist Activism, Science & Technology; to create bridges between Women’s Studies and Science and Engineering


Patricia Whitney (PhD), Independent Scholar and Part-time Professor, English Department and Women’s Studies Program, University of Ottawa, Canada

Lives of Aboriginal Women Victimized by the Canadian Justice System; Federal Inmates of the Prison for Women in Kingston


Marymay Downing (PhD), Part-time Professor, Women’s Studies Program, University of Ottawa, Canada

Canadian Women’s Activism in Relation to the Issue of Pornography

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