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Strand 3 - Sexuality and Gender



How and why do gender and sexuality act as flashpoints in debates on religious freedom?

Strand 3 examines two important flashpoints for issues of religious diversity in Canada: gender and sexuality. They explore the ways in which gender and religion intersect in a manner that attracts public, legal and policy attention.


Please find below the list of Strand 3 team members. Click on the links in order to read their biographies and research statements. Click here to read about the projects carried out by the Strand 3 team members.



Strand Leaders
Team Members
Nason-Clark, Nancy Bakht, Natasha
Young, Pamela Dickey Boisvert, Donald
Fournier, Pascale
Guénif-Souilamas, Nacira
Johnson, Rebecca
Ramji, Rubina
Woodhead, Linda




Natasha Bakht (Collaborator)


University of Ottawa
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law

Biography and Research Statement


Donald Boisvert (Co-investigator)

Concordia University
Retired and Affiliate Professor
Principal, Montreal Diocesan Theological College

Biography and Research Statement


Pascale Fournier (Co-investigator)


University of Ottawa
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section)

Biography and Research Statement

Nacira Guénif-Souilamas


Nacira Guénif-Souilamas (Collaborator)


Université Paris-Nord / 13
Associate Professor, Education Sciences
Fellow Researcher Experience (Paris 8-Paris 13)

Biography and Research Statement (French)


Rebecca Johnson (Co-investigator)


University of Victoria
Professor, Faculty of Law

Biography and Research Statement



Nancy Nason-Clark (Co-investigator)


University of New Brunswick
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Director of the RAVE Project

Biography and Research Statement

Rubina Ramji (Co-investigator)


Cape Breton University
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Program Director, Gender and Women's Studies

Biography and Research Statement


Linda Woodhead (Collaborator)


Lancaster University
Professor, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Director, AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme

Biography and Research Statement

Pamela Dickey Young

Pamela Dickey Young (Co-investigator)


Queen’s University
Professor, School of Religion

Biography and Research Statement

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Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs

Le Berkley Center at Georgetown University a été créé au sein du bureau de John J. DeGioia, Président de Georgetown, en mars 2006. Le centre a été conçu afin de miser sur les forces de Georgetown: l'excellence académique; son emplacement à Washington, DC; sa portée internationale et sa tradition catholique et jésuite d'ouverture aux autres religions et au vaste monde séculier. Le généreux soutien de William R. Berkley, un membre du conseil d'administration de l'université, a permis la croissance rapide du centre.

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Research Centres

The Project is happy to provide information about research centres, initiatives and projects across Canada and beyond that are focusing on the examination of religion, diversity, pluralism and society through its “Research Centres” page. Led by our Team Member Pamela Klassen and housed at the University of Toronto, the mandate of the Religion in the Public Sphere initiative is to examine how religion manifests in public spaces, institutions, and interactions, and consider the challenges and possibilities of religious diversity in Toronto and around the globe. To learn more about this initiative, please click here.