14 December 2017

Dr Kristi Kenyon photo credit, Josh Boyter/Numbers Station Charlie

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) has appointed Dr. Kristi Kenyon, alumna 2007 scholar and assistant professor at the University of Winnipeg, a 2017 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar. The award includes $100,000 of research support and admission into CIFAR’s Successful Societies Program. Kenyon situates her research at the intersection of political science, public health, development, human rights, and law, with a focus on questions of social well-being and belonging.

Dr. Kenyon has also just released her first book, Resilience and Contagion. The book studies civil society organizations that adopt a rights-based discourse to promote the rights of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. 

"So many people have been involved in this (long) journey, and The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation was a critical part of my being able to afford to do the research," says Kenyon. What's next? "I'm teaching a field course in Botswana on health and human rights in social context in May, and I'm pursuing a project that looks at the recent South African student protests. Steven [Hoffman, 2012 scholar, now scientific director of the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health] seems to be constantly up to new and interesting things, so we're talking about meeting up at the International Studies Association's annual convention in San Francisco in the spring," she adds.

Photo credit: The University of Winnipeg News Centre, Josh Boyter/Numbers Station Charlie

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Kristi Kenyon

Kristi is assistant professor in the human rights programme at the University of Winnipeg.

2007 Scholars