Rita Dhamoon (PhD, UBC) 

Primary teaching and research interests are Political Theory & Canadian Politics, with a focus on: multicultural policies and theories, immigration, identity/difference politics, gender politics and feminism, culture, critical race, post-colonial and anti-colonial politics, liberalism and its critics, and democratic politics. Before joining the University of the Fraser Valley, Rita held a Grant Notley Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta (2005-07), and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria (2007-08).

I have worked with and for a number of anti-racist and feminist organizations and networks in Canada and the UK, and will be chairing UFV's Race and Antiracism Network as of January 2011. See: http://www.raceantiracismnetwork.ca/. I am also active in supporting projects related to 'Indigenizing the Academy'.


Introduction to Politics POSC 100 
Ideology & Politics POSC 120 
The Politics of Multiculturalism POSC 332 
Gender & Feminist Politics POSC 350 
On Indigenous Land: The Politics of Diaspora & Indigeneity POSC 333


1. The Problem with Inclusion: Sikhs in CanadaMy current major research is a new book project that problematizes the politics of inclusion through a series of case studies. I interrogate recent policies and theories of multiculturalism which centre inclusion as the normative ideal, and develop a critical theory of inclusion that centres issues of power rather than culture and troubles the notion that inclusionary strategies are free of regulatory power. To problematize the politics of inclusion I am currently analyzing a number of case studies related to Sikhs in Canada, specifically to indentify how provincial and federal government policies foster 'regulated inclusion'.

2. Security and Multiculturalism

3. 'The Young & the Restless': Youth Political Participation in the Fraser Valley

4. Intersectionality Politics

5. Barca: New Architectures of Memory & Identity (collaborator SSHRC Research-Creation grant)

6. Teaching & Learning about Race & Racism



Identity/Difference Politics: how difference is produced and why it matters Vancouver: UBC Press. 2009.http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=74295509226http://www.ubcpress.ubc.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=299172447

Co-Edited Books

Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice: Critical Perspectives in Theory and Practice, ed. Barbara Arneil, Monique Deveaux, Rita Dhamoon and Avigail Eisenberg. London: Routledge. (2007).

Journals articles 

“Dangerous (Internal) Foreigners and Nation-Building: The Case of Canada”, co-authored with Yasmeen Abu-Laban. International Political Science Review. (30: 2, March 2009).

“Shifting from Culture to Cultural: Critical Theorizing of Identity/Difference Politics” Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory. (13: 3, September 2006).

Book Chapters 

“Feminisms” in Oxford Handbook on Gender and Politics, eds. Georgina Waylen, Karen Celis, Johanna Kantola and Laurel Weldon. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming 2012).

“Why the Theory and Practice of Intersectionality Matter to Health Research & Policy”, co-authored with Olena Hankivsky in Health Inequities in Canada ed. by Olena Hankivsk. UBC Press (2011).

“Security Warning: Multiculturalism Alert!” in Ashgate Research Companion to Multiculturalism, ed. Duncan Ivison. Surrey, UK: Ashgate. (2010).

“Democracy and the Politics of Disruption” in Democracy in Crisis: Violence, Alterity, Community, ed. Stella Gaon. Manchester: Manchester University Press. (2010).

“Critical Race Perspectives: Towards a Post-Essentialist Form of Social Critique” in Racism, Identity, and Justice: Dialogue on the Politics of Inequality and Change, ed. Sean Hier and B. Singh Bolaria. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Fernwood Press (2009).


Disrupting Leftist Gatekeepers in the Mainstreams of the Academy         

Critical Ethnic Studies & The Future of Genocide conference, UC Riverside, San Diego (March 2011).

Examining Power & Privilege, co-facilitated with Adrienne Chan & Wendy Burton, University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford (March 2011).

Professional Development Day on Race, Racism & Anti-Racism in the University, Co-organizer, University of the Fraser Valley (May 2010).

Intersecting Privileges in the Academy & Beyond, Visiting Scholars Program funded by Principal’s Office, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (October 2009).

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