Editorial Team

Editors / Editorial Board

New Editorial Board members are selected by the current Board, in collaboration with the University Liaison and Managing Editor. An annual call for Board members is circulated online in the first quarter of each year. We also invite interested scholars to submit their CV to the Board at any time (via atlantis.journal@msvu.ca). Board members are appointed for a three-year term with the option to renew.

Atlantis acknowledges the historical and ongoing inequity at all stages of academic publishing. We are committed to addressing this issue through our editorial practices and the scholarship published in the journal. We invite applications and inquiries from all scholars in Women's and Gender Studies and related fields. In particular, we welcome applications from scholars working in Critical Race Studies, Critical Indigenous Studies, Critical Disability Studies or, more generally, whose research focuses on dismantling hierarchies and exclusions based on racism, sexism, colonialism and/or ableism.

The criteria for Editorial Board membership are:

  • Experience in scholarly intersectional and feminist studies with a post-graduate academic degree, or a graduate degree in progress combined with community-based work;
  • A publication record of research articles, books, or other types of scholarly work (including exhibits and performance pieces) related to the themes of intersectionality and feminism;
  • Familiarity with the editorial and publication processes of academic journals. Ideally, previous experience on an Editorial Board;
  • Current academic appointment at a university (or equivalent scholarly work).

Current Editorial Board members:

Christiana Abraham is Scholar in-residence, Critical Race Pedagogies at Concordia University. Her teaching and research specialities are in critical race studies, media, visual representations and culture; de/post-coloniality and gender; race, ethnicity and media and transnational and global-South media practices. A scholar, media practitioner, and independent curator, her scholarship is interested in the destabilization and re-visualization of visualities in anti-racist and de-colonial pedagogies. Her writings have been featured in the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry, Atlantis, and TOPIA (forthcoming). She is the curator of Protests and Pedagogy: Representations, Memories, and Meanings, an archival exhibition that commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Sir George Williams Student protest. Prior to this, she curated From the Archives to the Everyday: Caribbean Visualities and Meanings, a collection of vintage family photographs of Caribbean life.

Rohini Bannerjee (she.her.elle), born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, daughter of immigrants from Himachal Pradesh, India, is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Modern Languages & Classics, Graduate Coordinator of the International Development Studies program and a Faculty Member in the Asian Studies, and Graduate Women & Gender Studies program at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada. Rohini’s primary research focuses on the literatures and cultures of the Francophone Indian Ocean. When she is not teaching poetry and fiction, she attempts to write it herself. Her work has appeared with Cambridge Scholars, Caitlin Press and Canadian Scholars and Women's Press. Rohini self identifies as a woman scholar of colour.

Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst (Journal Editor) is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Her research is concerned with the relationships between power, embodiment, and (visual) culture, from the perspectives of psychoanalysis and decolonial thought.  She is author of Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (MQUP, 2015), editor of Representing Abortion (Routledge, 2021), and co-editor of Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2013) as well as a special section of Atlantis (41.1). Her most recent essays have been published in History of Photography, Feminist Studies, Configurations, and Body & Society.

Asha Jeffers (Literary Editor) is a scholar and creative writer originally from Toronto who lives and works in Halifax. Her chapbook Mundane, Majestic was published by Anstruther Press in 2021. Her academic and creative writing appears in the Journal of Commonwealth Literature, South Asian Review, Critical Perspectives on David Chariandy, Critical Insights, and The Puritan. Her poetry was selected for the Nova Scotia Writers’ Federation’s Poetry in Motion public poetry project. She is an assistant professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on literature about the children of immigrants – the second generation – across national and ethnic lines, with a particular emphasis on how gender construction intersects with second generation subjectivity.

Jennifer L. Johnson, PhD, holds degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies from York University, the University of Oxford (United Kingdom) and Queen’s University. Her community-based research and teaching are guided by deep commitments to critical pedagogies and methodologies that open onto better understandings of gender, race, and sexuality in un/paid work, space and place, and equitable workplaces. She is co-editor of Feminist Issues: Gender, Race, and Class 6th edition (Pearson Education, 2016), Feminist Praxis Revisited: Critical Reflections on University-Community Engagement (WLUP, 2018) and Maternal Geographies: Mothering In and Out of Place (Demeter Press, 2019). Jen Johnson lives in Sudbury Ontario, on the traditional territories of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation and Wahnapitae First Nation, and in acknowledgement of the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850.

Emma McKenna is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in Criminology at the University of Ottawa and an Honorary Killam in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta (2020-2022). She is currently working on a book examining the overlaps and tensions between second wave anti-violence feminisms and the sex workers’ rights movement in Canada, and wrapping up a collaborative SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant with Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work, Educate, Resist. Her writing can be found in Sexualities; On_Culture; Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy; Women: A Cultural Review; Atlantis: Journal of Gender, Culture, and Social Justice; Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies; and Journal of Gender Studies. She is also the author of the poetry collection Chenille or Silk. See www.emmamckenna.ca for updates.

Maki Motapanyane is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her research spans the fields of feminist theory and methodology, colonialism/anti-colonial social movements/decolonization, motherhood, and cultural studies. Recent publications examine Canadian childcare policy, and EDI policies in academe. She is the editor of Motherhood and Lone/Single Parenting: A 21st Century Perspective (Demeter Press, 2016), Mothering in Hip-Hop Culture: Representation and Experience (Demeter Press, 2012), and co-editor (with Roksana Badruddoja) of "New Maternalisms": Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable) (Demeter Press, 2016).  Web: www.makimotapanyane.com 

Managing Editor

Katherine Barrett holds an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of British Columbia and is currently Adjunct Professor in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. She has published scholarly research in both the natural and social sciences, as well as literary work in journals such as The New Quarterly and The Antigonish Review. Katherine is the founder and editor of Understorey Magazine.

University Liaison

Tanja Harrison is the University Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is also a PhD student enrolled in the Nova Scotia Inter-University Doctoral Program in Educational Studies within the foundations of leadership area of study. She holds degrees in classics, English, German, and art history from Bishop’s University as well as library and information studies from Dalhousie University. Tanja's current research is focused on developing a critical feminist history of library education in Canada during the early twentieth century with a focus on the Maritime provinces.

Administrative Assistant

Jessica Long completed her Master of Arts in Communication Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University and her undergraduate studies at Acadia University. Jessica is currently working as the Research Capacity Liaison in the MSVU Research Office.

Technical Support

Stanislav Orlov is a Systems Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University. He has a Masters of Education from Moscow State Pedagogical University and a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. Besides ensuring seamless access to various e-resources, he teaches the Intro to Research in Info Age course. Stanislav’s research interests include Open Education Resources and Social Media in Libraries.