New Faces: Glendon welcomes four new faculty members


Glendon Campus will welcome four new faculty members this fall: Samia Challal, Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati, Andrée-Anne Cormier and Emily Laxer.

“Co-Interim Principal Dominique Scheffel-Dunand and I are very excited to welcome this crop of outstanding scholars to Glendon,” said Ian Roberge, co-interim principal and associate principal, academic. “We look forward to the many contributions they will make to their fields of study, to York and to our communities.”

Samia Challal

Samia Challal holds a master’s degree from Rennes University in France, where she was initiated for the first time to continuum mechanics and modelling. She then pursued a PhD at Metz University and worked in the field of homogenization theory – a mathematical tool studying the macroscopic properties of a heterogeneous medium from its description at the microscopical state. Challal then explored the area of non-linear partial differential equations of filtration of a liquid or two through porous media and the study of regularity of solutions for obstacle problems. In her teaching, Challal is particularly motivated in bridging the mathematical tools introduced and their applications through modelling and numerical analysis.

Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati

Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati is a lawyer and holds a PhD in international law from Oxford University as well as bachelor of civil law (BCL) and common law (LLB) from McGill University. Her research focuses on international law, human rights, children and the law, feminist legal studies and criminal law. She joins Glendon Campus as an assistant professor in international studies. She was previously assistant professor in the Law and Business Department at Ryerson University, and adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto.

Andrée-Anne Cormier

Before joining the Department of Philosophy at Glendon, Andrée-Anne Cormier was a postdoctoral fellow in the Law Department at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, where she worked as a member of the Family Justice Research Project funded by the European Research Council. She earned her PhD in philosophy at the University of Montreal in 2016. Her work is primarily on issues of justice regarding the family and children’s education, and on the ethics of intimate relationships.

Emily Laxer

Emily Laxer received her PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto in 2015 and subsequently held an SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. She specializes in political sociology, immigration, citizenship and nationalism, and gender. Her research broadly examines how contests for political power shape the incorporation of ethno-religious minorities in large-scale immigration countries. Her forthcoming book – Unveiling the Nation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Québec – will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2019.