Cindy Hanson

Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Studies
PhD (University of BC), MAED (St. Francis Xavier), BEd (University of Saskatchewan)

Phone: 306-381-8631
Fax: 306-585-4815

Research interests

  • Gender, feminism and intersectionality
  • Social movements
  • Indigenous rights
  • International development
  • Community-and arts-based research
  • Participatory methodologies.

Cindy Hanson teaches sociology of gender and sexuality; sociology of work; and ethnic and cultural diversity in Canada. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who has designed and/or taught over 20 courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in Sociology, (Adult) Education, Human Resource Development, Women and Gender Studies, and Anthropology. She specializes in using participatory approaches to facilitation, research and community engagement.

Cindy holds a SSHRC Insight Grant (2017-2023) entitled Reconciling Perspectives and Building Public Memory: Learning from the Independent Assessment Process. The national study uses discourse analysis and decolonizing approaches to develop an understanding of the world’s largest class action case – the compensation of Indian residential school survivors for abuses suffered at the schools.

Cindy is the past-president of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (2015-2017), a national feminist research organization and the incoming President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE). She is the past Director of the Adult Education and HRD Unit in the Faculty of Education (2015-2020). She was the recipient of a Global Citizen Award in 2016 from the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation.

Her research contributions consistently draw attention to community and equity issues. Examples include work with Indian residential school survivors, participatory research with union women, community-based research about the cuts to bus services (STC); and intergenerational learning in Indigenous communities in Chile and northern Saskatchewan. Significant to her research is the application of participatory, arts- and community-based methodologies, the mobilization of results using popular methodologies and the participation of students.

Transnational activism for gender equality was the subject of her doctoral work. Prior to this, she held consultancies in gender equality and training in over 15 countries, including work in Nepal and Ethiopia during times of conflict and for numerous UN agencies.


Recent book publication:

Hanson, C. & Paavo, A. and Sisters of labour education. (2019) Cracking Labour’s Glass Ceiling: Transforming lives through women-only union education. Fernwood Pub.


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