Meet the new faces in Arts
The Faculty of Arts welcomes several new members with appointments beginning July 1, 2021.
Dr. Joseph Yaw Asomah joins the Department of Sociology and Criminology as Assistant Professor. He hails from Ghana, where he obtained a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon. Dr. Asomah is a proud alumnus of the University of Manitoba, where he completed an MA in Sociology in 2015. His research interests generally focus on human rights, international development, mass media, policing and white-collar crime. He has attended several conferences and has also published in both respected Canadian and international journals. Prior to joining UM, Dr. Asomah has taught at St. Thomas University (Fredericton, NB) and the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK), where he also obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2018.
Dr. Nicholas Brosowsky joins the Department of Psychology as an Assistant Professor. He is a UM alumnus, receiving a BA (Honours) in 2021 and an MA in 2014. His PhD was earned from the City University of New York and he held a postdoctoral research position at Duke University. Dr. Brosowsky investigates how people adaptively regulate attention and the consequences of control regulation across a variety of domains such as skill learning, creativity and multi-tasking. At UM, he is starting the Attention and Learning Lab.
Dr. Lindsay Diehl joins the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media as Assistant Professor. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Colombia, Okanagan campus. Her areas of expertise include Canadian literature, Asian Canadian studies, postcolonial theory and transnational feminism. As a creative writer and critical scholar, Dr. Diehl often blends scholarly and creative methodologies to explore intersecting issues of nationalism, settler-colonialism, race, gender and identity. She is particularly interested in how storytelling allows for personal, emotional and affective elements frequently overlooked in conventional forms of criticism.
Dr. Krysteena Gadzala joins the Department of French, Spanish and Italian as a French Instructor. She earned a BEd from Nipissing University as well as a BA, MA and PhD from the University of Waterloo. Her research focused on child loss in 21st century French literature as experienced by fathers. She specifically looked at the rituals, material culture and the writing process as they relate to the loss of a child. She has been teaching in universities across Canada and in France since 2012.
Dr. Nicole Goulet joins the Department of Religion as an Instructor. After completing her PhD in Religion at UM, she went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she became Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, and was Acting Director for Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on representations of race, class, gender and sexuality in religion, with a primary focus on Hinduism. Some topics of publication include how people use religion to fight gender-based violence and how to teach World Religions with attention paid to race, class, gender, and sexuality. At UM, Dr. Goulet’s teaching focuses on introductory and themed religion courses, as well as Eastern religions specifically.
Dr. Jonathan Jenner joins the Department of Economics (Economics & Society stream) and the Global Political Economy Program as Assistant Professor. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to arriving at UM, Dr. Jenner completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Johannesburg. His research, situated in the political economy tradition, explores the roots and effects of colonial labour regimes, particularly in East Africa. Dr. Jenner is also a member of the Center for Popular Economics, an instructor at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and a Senior Researcher at the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Industrial Development at the University of Johannesburg. He is excited to continue researching, teaching and learning at the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Melanie Janelle Murchison has joined the Department of Sociology and Criminology as an Instructor and is happy to be back in Winnipeg. After earning her PhD in Law from Queen’s University Belfast in 2016, Melanie then spent six years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a Lecturer in Legal Studies. She recently held a British Academy Leverhulme Grant as a Co-Investigator with Dr. Alex Schwartz on Ethnic Voting Behaviour on the Constitutional Court in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Melanie’s recent work has been with Dean Jochelson (Law) and Assistant Professor Ireland (Law) on legal pedagogy in the pandemic.
Dr. Alicia Nijdam-Jones joins the Psychology Department as Assistant Professor. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology (forensic specialization) from Fordham University and has an MA in Criminology from Simon Fraser University. After her doctoral studies, she completed a clinical psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Nijdam-Jones specializes in the area of violence risk assessment, malingering assessment, stalking, and the use of forensic assessment measures with linguistically, ethnically, and culturally diverse samples. At UM, she is starting the Cross-Cultural Forensic psychology lab.
Dr. Jamie Paris joins the department of English, Theatre, Film & Media as an Instructor. He is a mixed-race scholar from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his PhD in English from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver in 2015. Before coming to UM, Dr. Paris was an associate professor of English for Corpus Christi College at UBC. Dr. Paris works primarily in the field of premodern critical race studies, where his research focuses on the representation of whiteness in the work of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. His secondary field is Canadian literature and culture, with a focus on non-dominative Black and Indigenous masculinities. Dr. Paris has published scholarly articles in Digital Studies, Canadian Literature, Renaissance and Reformation, Early Theatre, and the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. He is in the process of completing a book on whiteness and racial crossdressing in early modern drama.
Dr. Gabe Schnerch joins the Department of Psychology as an Instructor. He has a range of teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate psychology courses across numerous institutions, both as a sessional instructor and as an assistant professor. He is UM alumni, having received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba. He completed his pre-doctoral residency/internship in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His primary areas of teaching include ethics and assessment in school and clinical psychology. His areas of current research interest include the intersectionality of neurodivergent (e.g., autistic) and trans experiences; autistic-prioritized outcomes in therapy; and operant learning relating to infant and early childhood development.
Dr. Kris Shaw joins the Department of Economics as Assistant Professor in the Economics & Econometrics stream. He grew up in Winnipeg and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Winnipeg. After earning an MA from Queen’s University and working for several years in economic forecasting, he entered the PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania and successfully defended his dissertation last spring. His job market paper studied the macroeconomic implications of replacing a progressive labour income tax with a progressive consumption tax. His research interests span the areas of public finance, labour economics and quantitative macroeconomics. At UM, Dr. Shaw will be teaching macroeconomic theory at the advanced undergraduate and graduate level.
Dr. Erin Weinberg is a new Instructor in the Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media. She has taught at Queen’s University, Brandon University, University of Alberta Augustana and Royal Military College. She earned her PhD from Queen’s in 2017, where she researched the emotions in Shakespearean comedy. She has showcased that work internationally, including a presentation at Shakespeare’s Globe and articles in New Statesman and Early Modern Literary Studies. She is passionate about teaching and learning and intends to dedicate her time to mentoring and collaborating with the CATL. Erin teaches entirely first-year English courses; her contagious enthusiasm has influenced a number of students to take further English courses, major in English and pursue graduate study.
Dr. Srishti Yadav joins the Department of Economics as an Instructor for the Economics & Society stream. She has a PhD in Economics from The New School in New York. Her dissertation research focuses on the political economy of development in India, investing the relationship between agrarian change and structural transformation through the framework of the Agrarian Question. Her ongoing research examines changing agrarian class relations in the face of growing rural-urban migration and the caste- and gender-based dynamics of this process through fieldwork. Her teaching interests are in Marxian Political Economy and Development Economics.