Maki Motapanyane, PhD




I received my Ph.D. through the Graduate Programme in Women's Studies at York University. My M.A. in Women's Studies is from Dalhousie University, and I hold a B.A. Hons. in History and Political Science from the University of New Brunswick.

I have taught Women's Studies, African Studies and Sociology courses at York University, Thorneloe University, and Saint Louis University.

Selected Publications 

*Ed. Motherhood and Lone-Single Parenting: A Twenty-First Century Perspective. Bradford: Demeter Press, 2016.  

* Ed. (w/Roksana Badruddoja). "New Maternalisms": Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable). Bradford: Demeter Press, 2016.

*(w/Kit Dobson), "Interrogating the Language of Diversity in Academe: Motherhood and Parenting in View." Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 6.2 (Fall/Winter 2015): 125-139. 

*"Nostalgia and Poetry: Reflections on Research, Creative Expression and Fieldwork Across Borders." Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice 36.1 (2013): 12-21.

*Ed. Mothering in Hip-Hop Culture: Representation and Experience. Bradford: Demeter Press, 2012.

*"Capitalizing on Multiculturalism: Reading the Success of Canadian Comedian Russell Peters." TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 25 (2011): 97-113.

 *"Notes on Agency, Empowerment and Feminist Consciousness." Nevi Sara Kali: Roma Women's Journal/Romane 3uvleanqe 3urnalo No. 2 (2010).

 *"Insider/Outsider: A Feminist Introspective on Epistemology and Transnational Research." Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal/Revue d'etude sur les femmes, Across the Generations in Women's Studies 34.2 (2010): 96-103.

*with Shana L. Calixte and Jennifer L. Johnson (co-authors), "Liberal, Socialist and Radical Feminism: An Introduction to Three Theories About Women's Oppression (Revised)." In Nancy Mandell, ed. Feminist Issues: Race, Class and Sexuality, 5th Edition. Toronto: Prentice Hall, 2010, 1-39.

 *"The Black Female Body and Artist in Canadian Hip-Hop: The Question of Femini(st)ne Space. New Dawn: Journal of Black Canadian Studies 1.1 (2006).

Reviews and Encyclopedia Entries

*[Medium Length Entry] "Feminism." In Alex C. Michalos, ed. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, 2013.

*[Short Length Entry] "Feminist Stereotypes." In Alex C. Michalos, ed. Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, 2013.

*"[Review Essay] Daniel R. Magaziner, The Law and the Prophets: Black Consciousness in South Africa, 1968 - 1977. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2010." New Political Science 33.3 (2011): 384 - 388.  

 *"[Review] Buchi Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood, 2nd Edition. Harlow: Heinemann, 1978/2008." Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 2.1.

*"[Untitled Review] Rozena Maart, The Writing Circle. Toronto: Tsar Publications, 2007." Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal/Revue d'etudes sur les femmes 34.1 (2009). 


*"The Politics of Common Belonging." Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism Blog, July 14, 2009. 


Community involvement and collective social justice efforts beyond the academy are an important part of my intellectual life. I have served on the programming committee of the North York Women's Centre (Toronto, Canada), am a founding member of the Toronto Women of Colour Collective, have served with the Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program in Saint Louis (Missouri, USA), and have several years of experience as a mentor and counsellor to African-Canadian youth in Nova Scotia (Canada). I am currently based in Calgary, Alberta.