Areas of Interest
- Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
- Decolonial, Indigenous, Feminist (and otherwise, Anti-Oppressive) Research Methodologies
- Decolonial and Anti-Racist Feminist Theory
- Transnational Feminist Studies
Palestinian women’s movements;
Anti-racist feminist movements (local and transnational);
Decolonial transnational solidarity practices;
Canadian multiculturalism policies, anti-racism and the Arab-Canadian population;
Gender, capitalism and geography studies;
Childhood cultural studies theory
Wafaa is a community activist, author and public speaker. Her academic research is based in decolonial, transnational feminist studies with a particular focus on anti-racist solidarity practices. Her dissertation, “Orientalist Feminism: Eastward Pedagogies in Israeli-Palestinian Feminist Dialogues” was nominated for the Governor General’s Academic Medal and the Canadian Association for Graduate Students’/University of Microfilms International’s CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award. This work helped inform Wafaa’s pedagogy and curriculum on the value of decolonial, feminist research methodologies. Wafaa has also published on topics such as contemporary trends of globalization in the Middle East; relations between Arab-Canadian leaders/organizations and the Harper government in Canada; Palestinian childhood in Canadian literature; and global practices of resilience in displacement in Countering Displacements: The Creativity and Resilience of Indigenous and Refugee-ed Peoples (2012). She continues to work on a manuscript that details Palestinian women’s experiences under occupation in the West Bank, in relation to anti-racist, transnational feminist theories.
Ph.D., English and Cultural Studies. McMaster University.
M.A., English and Cultural Studies. McMaster University.
Countering Displacements: The Creativity and Agency of Indigenous and Refugee(d) People. Co-edited with Daniel Coleman, Erin Goheen Glanville and Agnes Kramer-Hamstra. University of Alberta Press, 2012. 319 ms. pp.
“How do we Speak? The Casting Out of the Canadian Arab Federation.” Targeted Transnationals: Policies and Discourses Take Aim at Arab Canadians. Eds. Bessma Momani and Jenna Hannebry. University of British Columbia Press, 2013. SSHRC-ASPP funding approved. 197-219.
“Introduction.” Countering Displacements: The Creativity and Agency of Indigenous and Refugee(d) People. Co-authored with Daniel Coleman, Erin Goheen Glanville and Agnes Kramer-Hamstra. University of Alberta Press, 2012. IX-XLVI.
“Arab Scholars’ Take on Globalization.” Co-author with Bessma Momani. Thinking International Relations Differently. Eds. Arlene B. Ticker and David L. Blaney. Routledge, 2012. 228-250.
“The Politics of Childhood in Deborah Ellis’s Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak.” Special issue of Comparative Literature and Culture: A WWWeb Journal (CLCWeb). July 2008. V.10 issue 2. C. Richard King and John Streamas eds. Purdue University Press. 1-9.
Honours and Awards
Featured Guest Speaker at Women Who Inspire: Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women.
Dissertation Committee Nomination for Governor General’s Academic Medal.
Dissertation Committee Nomination for Canadian Association for Graduate Students’ and University of Microfilms International’s CAGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award.
The Mike Skinner Activist Award (CUPE 3906), awarded to the Founding Committee for the McMaster Centre for Women and Trans People.
Nomination for “Excellence in Teaching Assistantship” Award. Graduate Students Association. McMaster University.
WGS160Y: Intro to Women and Gender Studies
WGS460Y: Honours Seminar
WGS 373F: Gender and Violence (Fall)
WGS 426S: Gender and Globalization (Winter)