Irene Shankar
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Office: B349H
Phone: 403.440.8661
E-mail: ishankar@mtroyal.ca

Education:
PhD (Sociology) University of Alberta

Research and Teaching Areas:

Sociology of Health and Illness (SLGY 2235)
Sociology of Gender (SLGY 2233)
Qualitative Research Methods (SLGY 3323)
(De)Constructing Health and Medicine (SLGY 4415)
Feminist Theories (SLGY 4435)

Current Research Project:

Sexualized Violence within Post-Secondary Institutions; Vaccine Compliance; Indo-Fijian Indentured Labours’ System

Publications

Magnussen, J. and Shankar, I. (2019). Where is it? Examining Post-Secondary Students' Accessibility to Policies and Resources on Sexual Violence. Canadian Journal of Higher Education. Vol 49 (2) pp. 90-108.

Lozanski, K. and Shankar, I. (2018). Surrogates as risk or surrogates at risk? The contradictory constitution of surrogates' bodies in transnational surrogacy. Social Theory and Health. Palgrave MacMillan (pp. 1-17).

Shankar, I. Risky Bodies: Allocation of Risk and Responsibility within Fetal Alcohol Spectrum DisorderCanadian Journal of Disability Studies (Accepted).

Shankar, I. (2015). The Making of a Medical Disorder: Tracing the Emergence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in AlbertaSocial Work in Public Health, 30(1), 38-50 (In Print).

Shankar, I., & Northcott, H. (2009). Through My Son: Immigrant Women Bargain with PatriarchyWomen's Studies International Forum, 32(6), 424-434 (In Print).

Wall, S., & Shankar, I. (2008). Adventures in Transdisciplinary LearningStudies in Higher Education, 33(5), 551-565 (In Print).

Selected Grants

SSHRC Insight Development Grants. (2019, June). Project Title: #MeTooAcademia: Knowledge (Im)mobilization of Sexualized Violence Research at Canadian Post-Secondary Institutions. (Co-Investigator: Dr. Corinne Mason) $40,621.

Special Projects Fund. (2019, January). Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s Indigenizing and Decolonizing Working Group.  Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Royal University). (Co-Investigators: Mulholland, M., Ayyash, M., Ulmer, F. Doetzel, N). $300

Office of Academic Indigenization (2018, November) Indigenizing and Decolonizing Working Group.  Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Mount Royal University). (Co-Investigators: Mulholland, M., Ayyash, M., Ulmer, F. Doetzel, N). $1000

MRU Internal Research Grant Fund. (2018, November). Project Title: Post-secondary institutions' policies on sexualized violence: Investigating (under)utilization of expert knowledge and research Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement, Mount Royal University. $5000.

Faculty of Arts Innovation Fund (2018, October) (Faculty of Arts) $622

Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Assistant Fund (2018, November). Post-secondary institutions' policies on sexualized violence: Investigating (under)utilization of expert knowledge and research. Mount Royal University. $1495.

Academic Development Centre Course Release (2018, January). eLearning Project SLGY 3323 Qualitative Research Methods. Mount Royal University. $6500

Academic Development Centre Course Release (2017, September). Redesign of Sociology 2235: Sociology of Health and Illness. Mount Royal University. $6500

Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Assistant Fund (2014, November). Sexual Assault Prevalence Rates and Service Needs among MRU Students. (Co-Investigators: McDonald-Harker, C., Tavcer, S.) Mount Royal University. $1500

Faculty of Arts Innovation Fund (2014, October). Sexual Assault Prevalence Rates and Services Needs among MRU Students. Co-Investigators: McDonald-Harker, C., Tavcer, S. Mount Royal University. $2500

MRU Internal Research Grant Fund (2013, October - 2015, June). (De)Constructing H1N1 Pandemic in Alberta. Mount Royal University. $4000

Kings University College Research Grant. (2012, March). Transnational Surrogacy: Colonizing Bodies. Requested. Co-Investigators: Lozanski, K. King's University College. $3285

SSHRC Institutional Grant at Mount Royal University (SIG@MRU). (2011, December). Transnational Surrogacy: Colonizing Bodies. Office of Research Services, Mount Royal University. (Co-Investigator: Lozanski, K). $2500

King's University College Research Grant. (2011, April). Reproductive Tourism: Colonializing Bodies? (Co-Investigator: Lozanski, K.) King's University College. $4500

CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research Fellowship (2005 – 2007). Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. $44,500


Reports/Blogs/Editorials

Shankar, I. (2018). #MoreThanHashtags: Universities Should Take Concrete Actions to End Sexual Violence. Insider Higher Education. Available at: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2017/07/28/universities-should-take-concrete-actions-stop-sexual-assault-essay.

Shankar, I. (2017). Pay Inequity at Canadian Universities. Mount Royal Faculty Association Newsletter (pp. 7). Calgary, Alberta: MRFA.

Cross, G., Anderson, C., Shankar, I., Mulholland, M., Miller, J., Roberts, K., Baxter, J., Gulbert, K.M.L. (2014). Mount Royal Faculty Association Child Care Committee Report (2013-14) (pp. 26).

Shankar, I. (2002). Ethnic Senior Friendly Manual. Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration.

Shankar, I. (2001). Elderly Immigrants and Refugees: An Annotated Bibliography. Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration.

Lamba, N., Maximova, K., Mulder, M., Shankar, I. (2001). Graduate Student Involvement in the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration: An Evaluation of Academic and Professional Development. Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration.


Awards

Faculty of Arts Outstanding Team Award (2017, March). $600 CAD. Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University.

Distinguished Faculty Award (2016, June). $4000 CAD. Mount Royal University.

SAMRU Champion Award (2013, April 3). Students' Association of Mount Royal University.

Award Nominations:

Research and Scholarship Excellence Award. (2020, February). Research Recognition Award. Research, Scholarship and Community Engagements, Mount Royal University.

Undergraduate Student Supervision Award (2019, March). Research, Scholarship and Community Engagements, Mount Royal University.

Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellent Award (2018, May). Mount Royal University. 

Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teacher Award (2016, January). Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University.

Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teacher Award. (2015, November). Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University.

Faculty of Arts Outstanding Teacher Award (2014, October). Faculty of Arts, Mount Royal University.

Mount Royal Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award (2014, May). Mount Royal University.