MSVU professor named Fulbright Canada Research Chair
September 2, 2020
Dr. Marnina Gonick, Professor in Education/Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University has been awarded the Fulbright Canada Research Chair at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, for the winter 2021 term.
Fulbright Canada Research Chairs are held for exceptional scholars and/or experienced professionals who wish to conduct research or lecture in the United States. The fellowship will allow Gonick to continue her research on young indigenous women’s experience of sexualized violence.
“My research project is part of a national collaboration working with indigenous communities across the country. I have been collaborating with a community-based organization in Nunavut focused on domestic violence and have research partners working in communities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Gonick. “The project is community-engaged research that supports community strengths and works with local organizations on ongoing challenges that are often the result of colonialism, structural violence and social inequality. I have spent the last two summers working in a community in Nunavut. The Fulbright will allow me to collaborate more closely with other researchers and academics in this area. It’s an opportunity to gain valuable feedback, hear other perspectives, and expand my network.”
Dr. Gonick’s research in the areas of girlhood studies, gender and education and youth cultures is recognized nationally and internationally. She has been an invited guest speaker at Canadian universities including McGill, York and the University of Ottawa. She has also been an invited guest speaker at international conferences, most recently in Finland, the UK and Australia. Her collaboratively created video installation, Voices in Longitude and Latitude was displayed at the MSVU Art Gallery in 2014.
Dr. Gonick joined MSVU in 2007 as Canada Research Chair in Gender, after teaching at Pennsylvania State University in the Faculty of Education and Department of Women Studies. In 2019, she took on the role of Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at MSVU where she has assisted with curriculum development, admissions, and supporting students in their research projects. She says she enjoys the interaction with students and supporting them in their journeys.
For Dr. Gonick, appointments like her Fulbright Canada Research Chair are opportunities for continued growth and learning. “It was definitely exciting news to hear,” she said. “Taking the opportunity to explore and investigate other institutions is beneficial. I believe it broadens one’s perspective and opens you up to seeing new possibilities on how things could be done. I’m hopeful it will be an eye-opening and expansive experience.”
A big congratulations to Dr. Marnina Gonick on this exciting news!