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.

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
Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research

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. She became Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Research in January 2020.

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.



Anita LamAnita Lam
Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning

Professor Lam is an associate professor of Criminology in the Department of Social Science. Her research lies at the intersection of crime, media, and culture. Over numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed scholarly articles, she has examined various representations of crime, including courtroom sketches, graphic novels, gangster films and Canadian crime television. She is the author of Making Crime Television (2014), an ethnographic work that investigates the aforementioned subjects. Her recent research studies the ways in which crime scenes are entangled with scenes of climate change in the age of the Anthropocene. She became Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning in February 2020.