Meet the Faculty

shelly   Shelly Ikebuchi

PhD  (UBC), M.A. (Sociology) (UBC), B.A. Sociology - with distinction (OUC)


   Phone: (250) 762-5445 (x4455)


Shelly Ikebuchi's research takes a post-colonial/post-structural approach in order to examine the social, legal, and historical intersections of gender, race and religion in a Canadian context. She is particularly interested in the practices and discourses around moral regulation and the ways in which they play out in particularly racialized and gendered ways. In her current project, she utilizes case study method, historical discourse analysis, and spatial analysis in order to uncover these processes in one particular site, the Chinese Rescue Mission. Shelly is especially interested in the convergence of race, gender, and religion and the links to discourses of domesticity.

Professional Associations:
  • ASA
  • Law and Society Association

Recent publications or awards:

  • "At the Threshold: Domesticity and Victoria's Chinese Rescue Home, 1886-1923" in Sociology of Home, Belonging, Community, and Place in the Canadian Context. Edited by Gillian Anderson, Joseph Moore, and Laura Suski, 2016.

  • From Slave Girls to Salvation: Gender, Race, and Victoria's Chinese Rescue Home, 1886-1923. UBC Press 2015.

  • "Marriage, Morals, and Men: Re/defining Victoria's Chinese Rescue Home" in BC Studies, 2013, No 177, p. 65-84

  • “Carceral Ambivalence: Japanese Canadian ‘Internment’ and the Sugar Beet Programme during World War II” in Surveillance & Society, 2009 (7) p. 21-35.

  • Surveillance Studies Network Annual Paper Prize for Early Career Researchers for 2009, for “Carceral Ambivalence: Japanese Canadian ‘Internment’ and the Sugar Beet Programme during World War II” in Surveillance & Society, 2009 (7) 21-35.

Recommended reads:

  • Black Sexual Politics (Patricia Hill Collins)
  • Burlesque West (Becki Ross)

Why the study of sociology is important:

Sociology helps us to see the world in new ways. It challenges taken for granted knowledge and offers us insights into not only how the world around us works, but also how we can change it. As Marx famously wrote "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it" (From the Theses on Feuerbach).

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liphoto   Xiaoping Li (Department Chair)

   PhD (Sociology) (York U), M.A. (Communication Studies) (U of  
   Windsor), Diploma
(Canadian Studies) (Trent U), B.A. (English) (SWNU, China)


  Phone: 250 762-5445 (x4560)


I was born and grew up in communist China. In the late 1980s I came to Canada as an international student enrolled in the Canadian Studies Program at Trent University. After the Tiananmen Square massacre on June 4th, 1989,
I decided to stay in Canada permanently. Growing up in a highly controlled and politicized society like China, I developed a strong interest in politics and issues of social justice at a yang age.  This interest has persisted till today.  With degrees from different academic disciplines, my work is highly interdisciplinary. Over the years I have written about globalization, contemporary Chinese culture, multiculturalism, Asian Canadian grassroots activism and artistic practices.  Currently I am carrying out a multi-faceted investigation into the media that specifically serve the Chinese Canadian diaspora, analyzing their practice and seeking to understand their role both in the Chinese community and the large society.  My hobbies include traveling overseas and photography.  I am very interested in telling stories about individuals and communities through the medium of film and looking forward to the day when this will become a major occupation of mine.

Recent publications or awards:
  • "A Critical Examination of Chinese Language Media's Normative Goals and News Decisions," Global Media Journal - Canadian Edition, 8(2), 97-112. 2015.

  • “Transnational Activism: An Asian Canadian Case,” in Guida Man and Rina Cohen (eds.) Engendering Transnational Voices, Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 2015.

  • “Reforming Asian Canadian: The Theatrical Dimension of A Grassroots Activism” in Nina Lee Aquino and Ric Knowles (eds.) Asian Canadian Theatre. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press. 2011.

  • “Charting the Roots/Routes of Communication Theory,” in Nancy Van Leuven & Anthony B. Chan (eds.) Dao of Communication, Toronto: Ginger Post Imprints, 2009.

  • "Communication Across Cultures," in Nancy Van Leuven & Anthony B. Chan (Eds.) Dao of Communication, Toronto: Ginger Post Imprints, 2009. 
  • Voices Rising: Asian Canadian Cultural Activism. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007

Community Involvement:

  • Honorary President of the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Society

A book I recommend to students:

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016) by Matthew Desmond

  • Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy (2018) by Siva Vaidhyanathan

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   Melissa Munn

  Ph.D (Criminology) (UOttawa), 
M. Ed Counselling (UNBC), B. Soc. Sc. (hon)                 (UOttawa)

   Phone: 250 545 7291 (x2222)


Melissa grew up in a solidly working-class family in Ontario where education was the exception rather than the norm. As a result, through her work as a teacher and as an activist, she tries to ensure that knowledge is not reserved for the elite. She has been a human rights advocate for over two decades and is involved with various non-profit organizations in her community and across the world. Her major area of expertise is prisoner release and resettlement and she delivers workshops and lectures on this across Canada. She is currently working on two research projects. The first is a digitization project that will create a virtual library of penal press materials (; this will provide a history of Canadian prisons from the perspective of those who lived within. The second is co-authoring a book on prison reform (1935-1960) with historian, Professor Chris Clarkson.

Professional Associations and Memberships:


  • Member, American Society of Criminology
  • Member, Canadian Sociological Association
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Prisoners on Prison  

Recent Publications and Awards:

  • Munn, M. & Walby, K. (2016). Unsettling Reflections. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, v24(1).
  • Clarkson, C. & Munn, M. (2015). Failed Reform, Found Resistance: Reflections on Prisons, Abolition and Residential Schools. Journal of Prisoners on Prison, v23(2).
  • Munn, M. & Bruckert, C. (2013). On the Outside. Vancouver, UBC Press
  • Teaching Excellence Award, OC, 2012
  • Munn, M. (2011). Living in the Aftermath: the Impact of Lengthy Incarceration on Post-Carceral Success. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50(3). pp. 233-246.
  • Munn, M. & Bruckert, C. (2010). Beyond Conceptual Ambiguity: Exemplifying the ‘Resistance Pyramid’ through the reflections of (ex) prisoners’ agency. Qualitative Sociology Review V.5(2).

Recommended Reads:

  • Racism without racists (Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)
  •  Firekeepers of the Twenty-First Century: First Nations Women Chiefs (Cora Voyageur)

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  •    Priscillia Lefebvre

   PhD (Sociology with a specialization in Political Economy) Carleton University; MA
   (Social Justice
and Equity Studies) Brock University; BA (hon) (Psychology)  
   Bishop's University


Phone: 250 762-5445 (x3255)


Priscillia Lefebvre’s research examines mental health within the context of the neoliberal restructuring of work and cuts to public funding around health care, social assistance, and education. She
examines experiences of stress, worry, and struggle within the political context of economic crisis. She teaches from a critical perspective and currently sits on the editorial board of Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research ( In her commitment to social justice and praxis, she has been involved with community activism and labour solidarity projects across the country and around the world.

Professional Associations and Memberships:​

  • Canadian Sociological Association


  • Lefebvre, P. (2012). Empire in the Philippines: A war against the people. In J. Paulson, C. Fanelli, P. Lefebvre and G. Ozcan (Eds.), Capitalism & Confrontation: Critical Perspectives (pp. 121-138). Ottawa, ON: Red Quill Books.
  • Lefebvre, P. (2012). Canadian Health Care: Privatization and Gendered Labour [Interview with Pat Armstrong]. Alternate Routes Journal, 23, 223-230.
  • Fanelli, C., & Lefebvre, P. (2011). The Ottawa museum workers’ strike: Precarious employment and the public sector squeeze. Alternate Routes Journal, 23, 121-146.
  • Lefebvre, P. (2010). A State of Terror: The Death of Human Rights in the Philippines. The Bullet, 346.
  • Lefebvre, P. (2010). Post-Strike Musings: Assessing the Outcome of the Museum Workers’ Struggle. The Bullet, 317.
  • Lefebvre, P. (2009). Museum Workers at War: Precarious Employment and the Public Sector Squeeze. The Bullet, 278.

Social Justice and Community Involvement:

  • Global Justice Speaking Tour (with France Castro, ACT), Canada, 2012.
  • Delegate, Global Justice Worker-to-Worker Solidarity Exchange, Canada / Philippines, 2010.
  • International Election Observer, People’s International Observers’ Mission, Quezon Province, Philippine, 2010.
  • Community Educator, Organizing for Justice, Ottawa, ON, 2009-2011.

Recommended Reads:​

  • No Time: Stress and the Crisis of Modern Life (Heather Menzies)
  • Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues (Paul Farmer)

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  Meike Janina May

  PhD (Sociology, Bielefeld University and BGHS Graduate School, Germany), MA           Social Sciences (University of Osnabrueck, Germany) – with distinction, BASocial       Sciences (Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany)


is the Distance Education tutor for the sociology courses SOCI 111 and SOCI 121 in the academic year 2017-2018. She, and her family, moved from Germany to Penticton, BC, last year. She has a PhD in Sociology and worked as a research associate and academic teacher for more than 8 years at German Universities.

Her research interests are:

  • Social justice research (genesis and change of distributional justice attitudes, organizational justice, justice of the welfare state)
  • Sociological theory (explanation of individual behavior by applying social action theory and taking the social context into account)
  • Poverty research (theory and measurement of poverty, social exclusion processes)
  • Quantitative research methods in sociology and economics

Professional Associations:

  • Canadian Sociological Association (CSA), since 2018
  • German Sociological Association (DGS), 2010-2016
  • Alumni Social Science Association, University of Osnabrueck, Germany
  • Deputy Board Member of the Collaborative Research Center 882: From Heterogeneities to Inequalities, Bielefeld University, Germany, 07/2011 – 04/2013

Recent publications (peer-reviewed):

  • May, Meike J. (2018): Gerechtigkeit im SGB II: Auswirkungen von prozeduralen Gerechtigkeitswahrnehmungen von Hartz IV-Empfaengern auf ihre Bereitschaft mit dem Jobcenter zu kooperieren, Zeitschrift fuer Sozialreform 64 (1), 51-80. (Justice in SGB II: How justice perceptions influence the cooperative behavior of benefit recipients.)
  • Hülle, Sebastian, Stefan Liebig, and Meike J. May (2017): Measuring Attitudes Toward Distributive Justice: The Basic Social Justice Orientations Scale. Social Indicator Research (online first) (doi:10.1007/s11205-017-1580-x)
  • Sauer, Carsten; May, Meike J. (2017): Determinants of just earnings: The importance of comparisons with similar others and social relations with supervisors and coworkers in organizations, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility 47: 45-54.
  • May, Meike J. (2016): Individuelle Gerechtigkeitseinstellungen im Wohlfahrtsstaat und in Arbeitsorganisationen, Dissertation, Bielefeld University, Germany. (Individual Justice Attitudes in the Context of Work Organizations and the Welfare State)
  • Liebig, Stefan; May, Meike; Sauer, Carsten; Schneider, Simone; Valet, Peter (2015): How Much Inequality of Earnings Do People Perceive as Just? The Effect of Interviewer Presence and Monetary Incentives on Inequality Preferences, methods, data, analyses 9: 57–86.

Recommended reads:

  • Sayer, Andrew (2015). Why we can't afford the rich. Policy Press.
  • Sennett, Richard (1998). The corrosion of character: The transformation of work in modern capitalism. New York and London: Norton Company.

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