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. 


* Knowledge Mobilization Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to research and scholarship at Mount Royal University (2019). 

*Alberta Professional of the Year (2016). Obsidian Awards: Sept. 17, 2016, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. 

Community Work

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.