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New faculty appointments in 2020

Posted by Trudi Smith on January 31, 2020 in News
New faculty members (L-R): Michelle Williams, Sherry Pictou, Sara Ross and Liam McHugh Russell (Provided photos)
New faculty members (L-R): Michelle Williams, Sherry Pictou, Sara Ross and Liam McHugh Russell (Provided photos)

We’re pleased to welcome four new tenure track professors this year. All will begin their appointments in July 2020:

Michelle Williams is already an integral part of the Schulich Law community, having served as Director of the IB&M Initiative for more than 15 years. She earned her LLB at the University of Toronto, her LLM at NYU and also holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie. Her research interests include African Nova Scotian Law, critical race theory and practice and criminal law. She is actively engaged in advocacy for African Nova Scotians, and serves on a number of committees both at Dal and in the broader community dedicated to equity, diversity and inclusiveness. She is currently leading the development of an African Nova Scotian strategy for the University, and will continue this work as she begins an appointment as one of Dal’s inaugural Provost Fellows in the fall of 2020.

Sherry Pictou has accepted a joint tenure track position with the Schulich School of Law and School of Public Administration, Faculty of Management. She is a Mi’kmaw woman from L’sɨtkuk (water cuts through high rocks) known as Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia, and an Assistant Professor in the Women’s Studies Department at Mount Saint Vincent University. She holds a BA from Saint Mary’s, a BEd from Mount Allison and an MA (Education) and Interdisciplinary PhD from Dal. Her research interests include decolonizing treaty relations, social justice for Indigenous women, Indigenous women’s role in food and lifeways, and Indigenous knowledge and food systems. She is a former Chief for her community and the former Co-Chair of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples. She is also a member of the IPBES Task Force on Indigenous and Local Knowledge.

Follow Dr. Pictou on Twitter: @SherryPictou

Sara Ross completed her BCL and LLB with a major in Commercial Negotiation and Dispute Resolution at McGill University, her LLM from the University of Ottawa and her PhD at Osgoode Hall. She also holds a BA with Distinction in French from the University of Alberta, and a BA Honours with Distinction from McGill. Her research looks at the intersection of law, culture and the city. She comes to us from Allard Law where she is a Killam Laureate and SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, and has taught Transnational Law and Cultural Law. She recently published her first book, Law and Intangible Cultural Heritage in the City.

Follow Professor Ross on Twitter: @Sara_G_Ross

Liam McHugh Russell earned his JD at the University of Toronto, his LLM at McGill and his PhD at the European University Institute. He also holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. His research is focused on the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) approach to informal employment, The World Bank’s influence on global business regulation, and the impact of the American Law Institute on corporate governance. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Labour Law and Development Research Lab at the McGill University Faculty of Law, and is currently a visiting researcher at McGill’s Crepeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law.

Follow Professor McHugh Russell on Twitter: @LMcHugh_Russell