Canada Research Chairs

Rosemary Coombe

Law, Communications and Culture, Tier 1

Rosemary CoombeResearch
Coombe's work focuses on the
global intersection of intellectual property, cultural heritage and human rights with an emphasis
on indigenous peoples and sustainable development.


Leo V. Panitch

Comparative Political Economy,                Tier 1

Leo V. PanitchResearch
Panitch’s theoretical and empirical research examines the role that
the American state and corporations are playing in global capitalism to better understand the evolving relationship between finance, production and government in the making of global capitalism.

Christopher D. Innes

Performance and Culture, Tier 1

Christopher InnesResearch
Innes’s interdisciplinary research
on 20th century theatre and its connections with culture and society’s future analyzes how performances contribute to understanding social history and behaviour.


Joshua Fogel

History of Modern China, Tier 1

Joshua FogelResearch
Fogel’s comparative East Asian historical research examines the cultural and political interactions
and parallels between China and Japan in the modern era.




Paul E. Lovejoy

African Diaspora History, Tier 1

Paul. E. LovejoyResearch
Lovejoy studies how Africans have confronted slavery and enforced migration as a crime against humanity and how their personal
and collective achievements have influenced modern cultural expression and have shaped a
global society based on dignity and equity.



Leah Vosko

Political Economy of Gender and Work, Tier 1

Leah VoskoResearch
Vosko conducts research on labour market insecurity in Canada and internationally with attention to social relations of gender and citizenship. Her current work focuses on employment standards enforcement and access to labour rights and protections among temporary migrant workers. She is director of the Gender and Work Database, the Comparative Perspectives on Precarious Employment Database and the Employment Standards Database.

Christopher Kyriakides

Socially Engaged Research in Race and Racialization, Tier 2

Christopher KyriakidesResearch
Kyriakides' “Racialized Reception Contexts” research program focuses on configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of East/West, South/North and the articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East. The initial five-country analysis of Canada, the United States, Italy, Greece and Jordan will examine the extent to which policy instruments and media discourse related to the global refugee crisis negatively impacts racialized communities in each reception context.