Dr. May Chazan is a Canada Research Chair in Gender and Feminist Studies and a faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies at Trent University. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Trent Centre for Aging and Society. Chazan is inspired by how social justice movements form, operate, and generate change, and by how, across enormous differences in power, privilege, and worldview, alliances are forged and maintained. She is particularly intrigued by the roles older women play in these activist movements. Chazan’s award-winning research with grandmother caregivers in South Africa, which documented their mobilizations in response to the devastating impacts of HIV/AIDS in their communities and their connections to Canadian solidarity efforts, was published in 2015 as The Grandmothers’ Movement: Solidarity and Survival in the Time of AIDS (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Her community-engaged scholarship has been recognized through the Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Prize, and induction into the Grandmother’s Advocacy Network’s ‘Order of GRAN’. Chazan takes an interest in critical feminist and social justice studies broadly; as a Trudeau Foundation Scholar (2006-2011), she co-edited the volume Home and Native Land: Unsettling Multiculturalism in Canada (Between the Lines Press, 2011).
Dr. May Chazan