Jane Ku is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies program and of Sociology at the University of Windsor and holds a PhD in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (2003). Dr. Ku’s academic and research interests emphasize community activism, feminism and antiracism. She approaches feminism as what we do rather than who we are, and intersectionality as a moving intersection of struggles and histories rather than of identities. How we take up political projects and strategically make ourselves is more important than making a claim about whom we are. Her research has included racism, immigrant settlement and postcolonial diasporic experiences of gender. She is currently involved in research projects on African-centered community capacity and partnership building, immigrant youth resilience, and Japanese Canadian history and identity making. She is undertaking an autoethnographic approach to explore biographical narratives, social identities and activism. Her publications have appeared in Canadian Ethnic Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Journal of International Women’s Studies, Atlantis, and Social Identities.
For Jane, teaching is about unsettling students from their taken-for-granted perspectives about everyday life so that they are able to unlearn the colonial, patriarchal and generally oppressive worldviews and practices. It is important then that students are able to apply theoretical concepts to the world around them and be self-reflective about their role and responsibility as engaged citizens in their social networks and in the larger community.
Classes Regularly Taught
WGST/SACR-2100: Gender, Sexuality, and Social Justice
WGST-2200: Women, Race, and Social Justice
WGST-3100: Women and the Law
WGST/SACR-3540: Gender, Space, and Time
SACR-4800: Advanced Seminar in Feminism
SACR-8200: Social Movements and Popular Mobilization
Opportunities for Students to Work with Dr. Ku
Through Ignite (work study) or research grants, Dr. Ku sometimes hires undergraduate students as research assistants to work to collect research information through the library, internet or community meetings and participation.
Dr. Ku has graduate students working in projects in community capacity building and partnership building. Graduate students working with her include those interested in antiracism, intersectional feminist analysis, immigrant settlement, ethnoracial identities and communities, community activism or building political alliances.
Ku, Jane. “Journeys to a Diasporic Self”, Canadian Ethnic Studies 51(3), 2019. DOI: 10.1353/ces.2019.0024
Ku, Jane. “Immigrant Organizing and the Community” in Sarah Todd and Sébastian Savard (eds), Canadian Perspectives on Community Development, University of Ottawa Press, 231-253, 2020.
Ku, Jane; Rupaleem Bhuyan; Daphne Jeyapal; Izumi Sakamoto and Lin Fang. “‘Canadian Experience” and Anti-Racialism in a ‘Post-Racial’ Society”, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(2): 291-310, 2019. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2018.1432872
Bhuyan, Rupaleem; Daphne Jeyapal; Jane Ku; Izumi Sakamoto and Elena Chou. “Branding ‘Canadian Experience’ in Immigration Policy: Nation Building in a Neoliberal Era”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 18(1): 47-62, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s12134-015-0467-4
“Welcoming Initiatives and Immigrant Attachment: The Case of Windsor”, Journal of International Migration and Integration, 18(1): 29-45, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s12134-015-0463-8
Grants and Awards:
“Community Resilience among Newcomer Immigrant Youth”, SSHRC Insight Grant, 2019-2121
“Building Bridges: African-Centred Community Capacity Building in Windsor”, Canadian Heritage, Community Support, Multiculturalism and Antiracism Initiatives Program. 2019-2020
“Many Faces of Japanese Canadians: Remembering Inter-generational Trauma and Renewing Cultural Identity Through Activism, Art and Community-building in a “Disappearing” Ethnic Group”, SSHRC Insight Grant, 2017-2020.
Recently served as board members for Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women and Aids Committee of Windsor