Meet the Deans

Meet our Dean and Associate Deans

JJ McMurtryJJ McMurtry
Dean, LA&PS

Professor McMurtry is an associate professor in the Department of Social Science and a member of the Faculty’s Business and Society (BUSO) program. Professor McMurtry holds MA and PhD degrees in social and political thought from York University. His research and teaching interests focus on the theory and practice of alternative social, political and economic forms. His publications include 23 solo and co-authored articles and book chapters, and he is editor of the books Living Economics: Canadian Perspectives on the Social Economy, Co-operatives and Community Economic Development and Co-operatives in a Global Economy. In addition, he was English language editor of the Canadian Journal of Non-Profit and Social Economy Research. This spring, professor McMurtry received the Merit Award of the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC). The award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to teaching and research on co-operatives, both in Canada and internationally.

Sandra WhitworthSandra Whitworth
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research

Professor Whitworth has been with the department of Political Science at York University since 1989 and is also appointed to the graduate program in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. Her research interests include global politics, gender and international relations, and international relations theory. Professor Whitworth’s publications include: Feminism and International Relations (1994; Japanese translation 2000), the UN Study ‘Women, Peace and Security’ (co-author, 2002), Men, Militarism and UN Peacekeeping: A Gendered Analysis (2004), and the textbook International Relations (co-author of three Canadian editions) in addition to multiple book chapters and scholarly articles. She also served as co-editor of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, from 2005 to 2011. Professor Whitworth was named the 'Eminent Feminist Scholar' for 2012 by the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association and received the ISA-Canada Distinguished Scholar award in 2016. As Dean of Graduate Studies & Research, she provides extensive support for students, staff, and faculty in York’s LA&PS graduate programs, and oversees the promotion of research within the Faculty.

Sean KherajSean Kheraj
Associate Dean, Programs

Professor Kheraj is an associate professor of Canadian and environmental history in the Department of History. He is also director and editor-in-chief of the Network in Canadian History and Environment where he hosts and produces Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast.  His current research looks at the social and environmental consequences of the development and operation of oil pipelines in Canada. His publications include: Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History(2014), numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed scholarly articles. Professor Kheraj is a regular contributor to and The Otter~La loutre. As Associate Dean for Programs he oversees academic programming in our 21 departments and schools in LA&PS. He is responsible for course planning, curriculum development, cyclical program reviews, experiential education, and undergraduate recruitment and retention.

Roberta Iannacito-ProvenzanoRoberta Iannacito-Provenzano
Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Professor Iannacito-Provenzano is an associate professor of Italian Studies with the department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. Her research interests include southern Italian dialectology, Molisan dialect literature, and how ethnicity and identity are represented on social media. In addition to her numerous publications in this area, she has also been studying Italian food, branding and language; Italian food representations on social media and the notion of authenticity with regard to Italian food products especially in the diasporic context. With her colleague, Gabriele Scardellato, she has recently completed an edited volume on Italian Foodways Worldwide based on an international conference they organized at York University in 2017. In the Faculty Affairs portfolio, Roberta oversees almost everything directly related to life as a faculty member in LA&PS: hires, tenure and promotion, sabbaticals and other leaves, grievances, academic administrative appointments, accommodations, workload assignments, authorized replacements, retirements, annual CV and anomaly exercises and salary disclosure.

Lily ChoLily Cho
Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement

Lily Cho brings to her portfolio a commitment to finding ways to connect LA&PS with communities locally and globally. As a first-generation scholar with a research and teaching interest in diaspora and culture, she understands the power of culture to bring together communities across a range of different experiences and histories. She is also an associate professor in the Department of English where teaches courses on the short story, Canadian literature, and postcolonial theory. Her research has led to books on Chinese restaurants and the relationship between human rights and creative expression. Her current research looks at Chinese head tax certificates and the use of documents to create noncitizens. As Associate Dean, she supports students, faculty, and community members on initiatives that benefit both the community and the university.

Peter AveryPeter Avery
Associate Dean, Students

Professor Avery has been an associate professor with the department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics since 1991. His research interests include the study of phonological theory and second language acquisition. His numerous publications include: Contrast in Phonology (editor), Oxford Handbooks for Language Teachers: Teaching American English Pronunciation, and Laryngeal Phonology (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics).  As Associate Dean of Students, Professor Avery is committed to supporting student academic success.