Meet our award-winning faculty, instructors, and staff!

Program Director

Anne McGuire  
CSES Director and Associate Professor  

Phone: 416-978-1146  
Office: Wilson Hall, 40 Willcocks St., Room 2018 

Professor McGuire’s areas of teaching and research draw on interpretive perspectives in critical disability studies, queer/crip theory, cultural studies, child studies, feminist science and technology studies, and theories of anti-racism, colonialism and governmentality to focus on questions of human vitality and precarity. Her current research traces the emergence of broad spectrum approaches to health and illness and reads these against the backdrop of neoliberal social and economic policies. Professor McGuire’s 2016 monograph, War on Autism: On the Cultural Logic of Normative Violence (University of Michigan Press), received the 2015 Tobin Siebers Prize for Disability Studies in the Humanities. She was the 2016 recipient of the June Larkin Award for Pedagogical Development for her work on advancing access in post-secondary classrooms. 

Courses Taught: 

  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Equity and the Body
  • Disability and the Child 
  • Theorizing Normalcy and the Mundane
  • Contemporary Theories in Disability Studies

CSES Faculty

Dr. Chandni Desai
Assistant Professor
Degrees: PhD (University of Toronto)


Dr. Chandni Desai is an Assistant Professor in the Critical Studies of Equity and Solidarity at the University of Toronto (graduate appointment to Women and Gender Studies). Her areas of research, teaching and supervision include: comparative settler colonialisms, Palestine studies, the politics of the Middle East, state violence (carceral politics, militarism and war), cultures of resistance and revolution, political economy, third world internationalism, solidarity, memory, oral history, anti-racism and feminism. 

Dr. Desai is working on her first book Revolutionary Circuits of Liberation: The Radical Tradition of Palestinian Resistance Culture and Internationalism. In it she excavates the history of the radical tradition of Palestinian resistance culture, specifically the cultural institutions, archives and radical arts practices established by Palestinian revolutionaries in the PLO. She maps the circulation of resistance culture across geographies in the 20th and 21st century; unearths the legacy of anti-colonial and internationalist cultural production, thought, consciousness and praxis against settler colonial dispossession, imperialism, warfare and genocide; and attempts to trace displaced, lost, stolen and captive Palestinian material culture.  

Dr. Desai is the principal investigator on a Social Science and Humanities and Research Council Insight Development Grant (SSHRC IDG) for her project “Transnational Cultural Solidarities: Afro-Asian Pasts, Present and Futures” (2021-2023). In 2020 her research on “Tracing Legacies: Afro-Asian Transnationalism during Third World Decolonization and the Cold War”was selected for the Jackman Humanities Scholars in Residence.   

Dr. Desai hosts the Liberation Pedagogy Podcast, a site to learn about the praxis of political struggle, revolution and internationalism in the quest towards freedom making. Another pedagogical innovation she is currently working on is teaching with anti-colonial archives (with Dr. Rafeef Ziadah). Desai was the receipt of the 2019-2020 June Larkin Pedagogy Award for her work on liberation pedagogies, the 2021 Ragini Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award and CCGSE Mentorship Award. 

In 2016-2017, Dr. Desai held a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Social Justice Initiative. In 2017 she received the Outstanding Dissertation Award by the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division B, and co-edited a special issue on Decolonization and Palestine for the journal Decolonization (with Dr. Linda Tabar). She was a collaborator on the SSHRC funded Youth, War, Migration Project (2018-2019) and co-taught an ELL course on settler colonialism, displacement and settlement to refugees from the Middle East and Africa for the project.  

Course Taught:

  • Theorizing Settler Colonialism, Capitalism and Race
  • Rethinking Palestine: Colonialism, Revolution and Transnational Solidarity 
  • Decolonizing Research Methodologies for New Researchers 
  • Art, Cultural Production and Resistance Movements  
  • Abolition in the Global Context: Theorizing Policing, Prisons and Uprisings 

Dr. Stanley Doyle Wood

Office: 45 Willcocks, M-137

Stan Doyle-Wood is an artist, poet, writer, scholar and educator in the areas of critical anti-racism, equity, anti-colonial studies and community engagement. Doyle-Wood’s  scholarly work and practice lies in an analysis and contestation of structural and accumulative forms of racialized violence and spirit-injury and the possibilities and praxis of resistance as embodied spiritual acts of pedagogy, survival, and liberation from the standpoint of the historically oppressed. Doyle-Wood has received community recognition and teaching awards for this work, including an Eagle Feather awarded at the U of T 2017 Pow Wow, the ASSU Terry Buckland Award for Diversity and Equity in Education and the UTSU/APUS U of T Instructor’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Affiliate Faculty 

George Dei, Social Justice Education, OISE  

Tara Goldstein, Curriculum Teaching and Learning, OISE 

Shahrzad Mojab, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE 

Jennifer Sumner, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE 

Sessional Instructors 

David Anderson  

Doug Anderson  

Lauren Baker  

Loree Erickson  

Genevieve Ritchie  

Tania Ruiz-Chapman