Visiting Fellows

The Canadian Studies program at University College offers a limited number of non-stipendiary fellowships to visiting scholars. Fellows will be provided with office space in University College, and free access to the University of Toronto library system. Fellows will be designated members of the University College Senior Common Room and are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Canadian Studies program and to University College.  Such contribution will consist of at least one research seminar or in-class guest lecture, as well as student mentoring.

Canadian Studies is a thriving undergraduate program that draws upon faculty and graduate students from across disciplines and from across different universities. Applications are welcome from scholars in any discipline, from within or outside Canada, who will undertake Canadian research during their stay. Preference will be given to university faculty, but applications from independent scholars, doctoral, and postdoctoral students may be considered. Scholars are welcome throughout the year, for periods from one to twelve months. For more information please contact the Office of Academic Services (

Current Fellows

Applications must be submitted to the Office of Academic Services via e-mail at

Past Fellows

Dr. Benjamin Bryce (2013 - 2015)
Benjamin BryceAssistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Bryce did his PhD at York University. His research focuses on migration, education, health, and religion in the Americas. At UNBC, he teaches courses on the Americas and global history.

To find out more about Dr. Bryce's research, teaching, or involvement in Canadian Studies, visit his website.




Dr. Andrew Lui

Dr. Andrew Lui has held previous appointments at McMaster University, Cornell University, and University College London. His research interests cut across the interdisciplinary fields of Chinese-Canadian studies, human rights, International Relations and foreign policy analysis. Dr. Lui’s book, Why Canada Cares: Human Rights and Foreign Policy in Theory and Practice (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2012), stands as the first single-authored monograph on the subject of human rights in Canadian foreign policy. It argues that, while Canada has rarely proven willing to sacrifice material advantage for international human rights, Canada ultimately pursued human rights in its international agenda as part of a broader attempt to make individual rights the cornerstone of Canadian federalism and to thereby mitigate domestic friction between disparate social groups. International human rights policies were implemented, in other words, as a way to express and establish an aspirational notion of national identity—an expansive vision of what Canadian society should look like in order to survive and flourish as a coherent, unified political entity.

While at the University of Toronto, Dr. Lui worked on his book, Nation Builders: Chinese-Canadians and the Struggle for Political Equality. This book seeks to explain why Chinese-Canadians have suffered such civil and political inequalities through an analysis of the politics of nation-building. Simply put, the Chinese-Canadian experience has largely been omitted from the nation-building narrative of Canadian history. Despite the advent of multiculturalism and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the civil and political rights of Chinese-Canadians and other minority groups are still burdened by popular myths about what they may or may not have contributed to the creation of modern Canada. Overall, this book hopes to shed new light onto the civil and political challenges that Chinese-Canadians have faced—and continue to face—while contributing to wider discussions about race, multiculturalism, nationalism and the unintended trade-offs between individual rights and group rights.

Dr. Anna Stanley
Dr. Anna Stanley’s research focuses on the colonial dynamics of environmental governance in Canada with a specific focus on the governance and regulation of extractive industries, the rights of Indigenous groups in relation to resource governance, and the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples with resource developments.  At the University of Toronto her work explored the recent reconfiguration of federal environmental resource governance - specifically: the targeting of Indigenous  rights, sovereignty and struggles for self-determination as  threats to the “resilience” of the national economy; federal attempts to “manage” Indigenous sovereignty and rights as a component of contemporary resource governance; and the production of an Indigenous subject as a threat to mining capital and legitimate object of risk management.   

Dr Stanley is a Fellow of the Broadbent Institute and has been tenure-track faculty in Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  She has also been Visiting Professor in Politics and Public and Administration at Ryerson University and Invited Visiting Scholar in Science and Technology Studies at York University. Dr Stanley was Post-doctoral Fellow in Geography at the University of Laval and Received her Doctorate from the University of Guelph. Her research has been supported by Scholarships and awards from SSHRCC and the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. 

Dr. Lily Cho | Western University 

Dr. Lily ChoDr. Lily Cho visited the University of Toronto from the University of Western Ontario where she was a faculty member in the Department of English. Dr. Cho received her honours undergraduate degree in English from the University of Alberta, her Masters from Queen's University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. Dr. Cho's research focuses on diasporic subjectivity within the fields of Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Asian North American and Canadian literature, and the emerging field of Diaspora Studies. Exploring a wide range of texts and contexts, from the small town Chinese Canadian restaurant, to contemporary Asian North American literature, to nineteenth-century Chinese pirates, Dr. Cho is concerned with the conditions of diasporic subjectivity. Through literary and cultural studies, Dr. Cho's research explores the conditions and substance of these longings and connections.