PhD, Department of Sociology, Simon Fraser University (Canada)
MA, Social Science, University of Colorado (US)
BA, Social Science, Middlesex University (UK)


Sunera Thobani is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia. Her scholarship focuses on critical race, post/colonial and feminist theory; globalization, media, citizenship and migration; and Muslim women and the War on Terror.

Academic and University Service:

* Director, Centre for Race, Autobiography, Gender and Age (RAGA), UBC

* Faculty Mentor, RAGA Undergraduate and Graduate Student Networks, UBC

* Founding National Committee Member, Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equity (RACE), Canada

* Coordinator, Postcolonial and Critical Race Feminist Theory Network, Liu Institute, UBC

* Status of Women Committee, UBC Faculty Association

* Graduate Studies Advisor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC

* Member, Coordinating Committee, GRSJ

* Member, Graduate Program Committee, GRSJ

* Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, CWAGS

Organizer / Co-organizer of Academic Events:

* Pre-Conference Workshop, ‘From Genderwashing to Ethical Solidarities’, Annual Conference of the International Feminist Journal of Politics (US)

* ‘Terror, Occupation, Partition: Making Meaning of Post/Colonial Violence: A Film Series’, UBC

* Imperialism, Feminism and Violence: Multifaith Perspectives on Women’s Resistance, UBC

* Women for Peace: Multifaith Perspectives, UBC & SFU

* Curating/Creating Memory, Symposium for exhibit, Museum of Vancouver

* ‘Social Justice Praxis: Theory, Research and Activism on Campus and in the Community’, Series of Symposia, UBC

* ‘Commemorating 100 Years of South Asian Presence in Canada’, UBC, Vancouver, and Surrey.

* ‘Islamophobia: Implications for Global Health’, UBC

* Asian Connections, Centre for Research in Women’s Studies and Gender Relations, UBC.


Photo taken by Fatima Jaffer


* Thobani, S. Exalted Subjects: Studies in the Making of Race and Nation in Canada.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (2007)

* Hellwig, T. and Thobani, S. (eds.)  Asian Women: InterConnections.  Canadian Scholars’ Press/Women’s Press (2005)

* Razack, S., M. Smith and S. Thobani (eds.) States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century.  Toronto: Between the Lines (2010


Select Refereed Journal Articles:

*  ‘Sovereignty, Culture, Rights: The Racial Politics of Gendered Violence in Canada’, Borderlands. Vol. 14, No. 1. (2015) 1-27.

*  ‘Performing Terror, Mediating Religion: Indian Cinema and the Politics of National Belonging’, International Journal of Communication. 7 (2013) 1-20.

* ‘Racial Violence and the Politics of National Belonging: The Wisconsin Shootings, Islamophobia and the War on Terrorized Bodies’, Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory. Vol. 8, No. 3 (December, 2012). 281-286.

*  ‘Slumdogs and Superstars: Negotiating the Culture of Terror’, Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Vol. 1          Issue 2 (December 2009). 227-248.

*  ‘Reading TWAIL in the Canadian Context: Race, Gender and National Formation’, International Community Law Review. Vol. 10. No. 4.  (2008) 421-430.

* ‘White Wars: ‘Western’ Feminisms and the ‘War on Terror’, Feminist Theory, Special Issue. 8(2).  (August, 2007). 169-185.

*   ‘What’s Rights Got to do with It? Citizenship in an Age of Global Terror’, Supreme Court Law Review.  Vol. 33. Ottawa (2006).  167-191.

Select Book Chapters:

* ‘From Native Informant to Diasporic Activist: The Gendered Politics of Empire’, Diasporas Reimagined: Spaces, Practices, Belonging, Sigona, N., A. Gamlen, G. Liberatore and H. L. Kringelbach (eds.) Oxford Diasporas Programme: Oxford Department of International Development. (2015) 185-189

* ‘Nation’, (2016) K. Fritsch, C. O’Connor and A. K. Thompson (eds.) Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle. Chico: CA: AK Press. 271-179.

*  ‘Race, Sovereignty and Empire: Theorizing the Camp, Theorizing Postmodernity’, Bakan, A. B. and E. Dua (eds), Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 280-310.

*   ‘Fighting Terror: Race, Sex and the Monstrosity of Islam’, Razack, S. and S. Perera (eds.)  At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror. Toronto: University of Toronto Press (2014). 472-496.

* ‘Vigilante Masculinity and the War on Terror’, Tareq Y. Ismael and Andre Rippon (eds.)  Islam in the Eyes of the West. London: Routledge (2010) 54-75.

*   ‘Imperialist Missions: Representing Muslims in the War on Terror’, Thappan, Meenakshi (ed.) The Politics of Nationhood and Belonging. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan (2010).  230-258.

*  ‘White Innocence, Western Supremacy: The Role of Western Feminism in the “War on Terror”’, Razack, S., M. Smith and S. Thobani (eds.) States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century.  Toronto: Between the Lines (2010) 127-146.