Davina Bhandar joined the Political Science program at the Centre for Social Sciences, Athabasca University in 2018. Prior to Athabasca, Davina taught at Trent University in the Department of Canadian Studies (2002-2015), Kwantlen PolyTechnic University (2015-16) and most recently was affiliated as an adjunct faculty member at Simon Fraser University in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (2017 – present) and the School of Communication (2011-present), where she was the co-director for the Centre for Policy Studies in Culture and Communities.
Davina’s research and teaching interests are in the intersecting fields of critical race theory, anti-colonialism, feminist studies, contemporary theories of democracy, freedom, citizenship , sovereignty and borders. She has taught widely on critical race studies, immigration policy, security, mass incarceration, and migration studies. Davina is working on several projects involving migration, citizenship and borders. Her current book length project examines migrant subjectivity, with a particular focus on the experience of South Asian migration from India to Canada through the early to late twentieth century, tracing the processes of becoming citizen from the place of migrant subject-hood. Her interest in migration and settlement involves understanding the continued impact of dispossession entailed in the settler-colonial lands of Turtle Island, and particularly the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. She looks forward to working with colleagues and students in collaboration.
Dhamoon, Rita, Bhandar, Davina, Mawani, Renisa and Satwinder Bains eds. (forthcoming 2019) Unmooring the Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories. Vancouver: UBC Press
Bhandar, Davina (forthcoming 2019) “Temporary Arrivals: The Komagata Maru and a Hundred Years of Foreign Migrant Workers” in Dhamoon, Rita etal. Unmooring the Komagata Maru: Charting Colonial Trajectories. Vancouver: UBC Press
Brenna Bhandar and Davina Bhandar (2016) “Cultures of Dispossession Critical Reflections on Status, Rights and Identities”, eds. Brenna Bhandar and Davina Bhandar, Reflections on Dispossession: Critical Feminisms, Darkmatter Journal
Davina Bhandar (2016) “Decolonizing the Politics of Status: When the Border Crosses Us” in eds. Brenna Bhandar and Davina Bhandar, Reflections on Dispossession: Critical Feminisms, Darkmatter Journal
Davina Bhandar (2010) “Cultural Politics: Disciplining Citizenship” Special Issue Citizenship Studies eds. Pieter Boele van Hensbroek and Judith Vega.vol 14 no.3 (331-343)
Davina Bhandar (2004) “Renormalizing Citizenship and Life in Fortress North America” Citizenship Studies 8:3 September (261-278)
Updated January 17 2019 by Student & Academic Services