Yasmin Jiwani

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Yasmin Jiwani
EducationUniversity of British Columbia (B.A.)
Simon Fraser University (M.A.), (PhD)
Occupationprofessor, author, activist

Yasmin Jiwani is a feminist academic and activist. In her research, she examines the intersectionality of race and gender in media narratives of violence against women and representations of racialized peoples.[1] Currently, Dr. Jiwani is a full professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She is the author of Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence.


In 1979, Jiwani graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.[2] In 1983, she attained her master's degree in sociology from Simon Fraser University.[2] Her thesis topic was entitled “The Forms of Jah: The Mystic Collectivity of the Rastafarians.”[3] In 1988, Jiwani received a certificate from the Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies from UBC.[3] Four years later, she also obtained a certificate from the New Initiatives in Film & Video Program, Studio D, from the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal, Canada.[3] In 1993, Jiwani completed a PhD in communication studies at Simon Fraser.[2] Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “By Omission and Commission: ‘Race’ and Representation in Canadian Television News.”[3]

Work Experience[edit]

Academic career[edit]

From 1978 to 1980, Jiwani was a teaching assistant (TA) in the Department of Psychology at UBC.[3] For the next few years, she worked as a TA and guest lecturer at both Simon Fraser and McMaster University.[3] From 1986 to 1988, Jiwani became a sessional instructor in the School of Communication at SFU.[3] From 1995 to 1998, Jiwani became a lecturer in Women's Studies at UBC.[3] In addition, she was a research scholar for the Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Relations. From 1997 to 2001, Jiwani worked as an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser in the School of Criminology.[3]

Since 2003, she has been a research fellow at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia University.[3] In addition, Jiwani is an academic research associate for the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at University of Western Ontario.[4] From 2001 to 2005, Jiwani was an assistant professor in Communication Studies at Concordia.[3] From 2005 to 2012, she became an associate professor in the same department.[3] In 2012, Jiwani was made a full professor.[3] In 2017, Jiwani became the Concordia University Research Chair in Intersectionality, Violence and Resistance.

Other work experience[edit]

From 1989 to 1990, Jiwani worked as the communications director for the In Visible Colours International Film and Video Society.[3] For the next year, she was the Ethnic Liaison Officer for Canada's national statistical agency, Statistics Canada, in the Pacific Region.[3] From 1991 to 1994, Jiwani was the Coordinator of the Women's Program at the National Film Board of Canada.[3]


From 1994 to 1995, Jiwani became a research coordinator for the BC/Yukon FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children.[3] The FREDA Centre represents a joint venture between grassroots community and women's organizations and academics at SFU.[5] From 1995 to 2001, she became the executive coordinator and principal researcher at the FREDA Centre.[3]

Alongside Sherene Razack and Sunera Thobani, Jiwani has been involved in Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality/Equity (R.A.C.E.). R.A.C.E. is an organization dedicated to anti-racist, anti-colonial, and feminist scholarship and praxis.[6] In 2009, as a member of the National Steering Committee, Jiwani co-organized the 9th R.A.C.E. conference “Compassion, Complicity and Conciliation: The Politics, Cultures, and Economics of Doing Good.”[6]



  • Berman, Helene and Yasmin Jiwani, eds. Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls. London: Althouse Press, 2014. ISBN 978-0-920354-77-3
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Race, Gender and Violence. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0774812375
  • Jiwani, Yasmin, Candis Steenbergen, and Claudia Mitchell, eds. Girlhood: Redefining the Limits. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2006. ISBN 978-1551642765

Scholarly journal articles[edit]


  • Jiwani, Yasmin, and Arjun Tremblay. “Minorité Hispanique Et Latino-Américaine Et Réseaux Sociaux Numériques Aux États-Unis à l’Ère De Donald Trump : Note De Recherche / The Hispanic and Latino American Minority and Social Networks in the United States in the Age of Donald Trump: Research Note.” Terminal: Technologie de l'information, culture & société , no. 127 (2020): 127.


  • Sultana, Bipasha, Maya Youngs-Zaleski, and Yasmin Jiwani. “Transnational Migration and Digital Memorialization.” Omega - Journal of Death and Dying, June 25, 2019.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin, and Ahmed Al-Rawi. “Intersecting Violence: Representations of Somali Youth in the Canadian Press.” Journalism(2019): 1–18.
  • Al-Rawi, Ahmed, and Yasmin Jiwani. “Mediated Conflict: Shiite Heroes Combating ISIS in Iraq and Syria.” Communication, Culture & Critique 10, no. 4 (2017): 675–95.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Obituaries as Markers of Memory.” Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies 16, no. 4 (2016): 387–99.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin, and Matthew Dessner. “Barbarians in/of the Land: Representations of Muslim Youth in the Canadian Press.” Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education 11, no. 1 (2016): 36–53.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Rape and Race in the Canadian Press: Reproducing the Moral Order.” Arts and Social Science Journal, S:1 (2014):1-9.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Posthumous Rescue: The Shafia Young Women as Worthy Victims.” Girlhood Studies 7, no. 1 (2014): 27-45.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “‘Bare Life’: Disposable Bodies, Race and Femicide in the Trial Coverage of Vancouver's Murdered ‘Missing’ Women.” Synaesthesia 1, no. 4 (2013): 87-127. http://www.synaesthesiajournal.com/uploads/Jiwani_Yasmin_vi_n4.pdf
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Trapped in the Carceral Net: Race, Gender and the ‘War on Terror.’” Journal of Global Media Studies (Canadian edition) 4, no. 2 (2011): 13-31.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Pedagogies of Hope: Counter Narratives and Anti-Disciplinary Tactics.” The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 33, no. 4 (2011): 333-353.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin, Helene Berman, and Catherine Ann Cameron. “Violence Prevention and the Canadian Girl Child.” International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies 1, no. 2 (2010): 134-56.


  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Report Race and the Media: A Retrospective and Prospective Gaze.” Canadian Journal of Communication 34, no. 4 (2009): 735-740.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Helpless Maidens and Chivalrous Knights: Afghan Women in the Canadian Press.” University of Toronto Quarterly 78, no. 2 (2009): 728-744.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Sport as a Civilizing Mission: Zinedine Zidane and the Infamous Head-Butt.” Topia 19 (2008): 11-33.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Rules for Collaborative Research.” Wi/Journal of the Mobile Digital Commons Network 2, no. 1 (2007): 1-3.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin and Mary Lynn Young. “Missing and Murdered Women: Reproducing Marginality in News Discourse.” Canadian Journal of Communications, Special issue on Sexuality 31, no. 4 (2006): 895-917.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “The Great White North Encounters September 11: Race, Gender, and Nation in Canada’s National Daily, The Globe and Mail.” Social Justice 32, no. 4 (2005): 50-68.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “The Eurasian Female Hero(ine): Sydney Fox as the Relic Hunter.” Journal of Popular Film & Television 32, no. 4 (2005): 182-191.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Walking a Tightrope: The Many Faces of Violence in the Lives of Racialized Immigrant Girls and Young Women.” Violence Against Women, An International and Interdisciplinary Journal 11, no. 7 (2005): 846-887.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “‘War Talk’ Engendering Terror: Race, Gender & Representation in Canadian Print Media.” International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics 1, no. 1 (2005): 15-21.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Gendering Terror: Representations of the Orientalized Body in Quebec’s Post-September 11 English-Language Press.” Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies 13, no. 3 (2004): 265-29.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “The 1999 General Social Survey on Spousal Violence: An Analysis.” Canadian Woman Studies 20, no. 3 (2000): 34–40.


  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Erasing Race: The Story of Reena Virk.” Canadian Woman Studies 19, no. 3 (1999): 178–84.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Star Trek- The Voyages of Discovery From 1492 to the Space Age.” CineAction 33 (1994): 3–11.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Speaking from the 'Great Divide'.” Diva: A Quarterly Journal of South Asian Women 3, no. 4 (1993): 67–69.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “The Exotic, the Erotic and the Dangerous: South Asian Women in Popular Film.” Canadian Woman Studies 13, no. 1 (1992): 42–46.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “To Be and Not to Be: South Asians as Victims of Oppressors in The Vancouver Sun.” Sanvad 5, no. 45 (1992): 13–15.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “The Problem of Authenticity in Documentary Filmmaking.” The Independent Eye 12, no. 3 (1991): 26–30.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Making the Invisible Visible: Reclaiming History and Creating New Definitions.” Parallelogramme 15, no. 4 (1990): 20–26.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. “Stylized Protest: Rastafarian Symbols of Identification.” Nexus: Canadian Student Journal of Anthropology 4, no. 1 (1985): 28–56.

Book chapters[edit]


  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2017). “Racism and Sexism in Canadian News Coverage,” in Introduction to Journalism, edited by Bruce Gillespie. (198-206). Oxford University Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2015). Preface to Resilience and Triumph: Immigrant Women tell their Stories, edited and compiled by The Book Project Collective. (1-3). Toronto, ONT: Second Story Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2015) “Violating In/Visibilities: Honor Killings and Interlocking Surveillances” in S. Magnet & R. Dubrofsky (Eds.) Theorizing Feminist Surveillance Studies (pp. 79–92). Durham & London: Duke University Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2014) Intersecting Violence(s): Racialized Girls and Young Women of Colour, in H. Berman & Y. Jiwani (Eds.) Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls. (pp. 59– 95). London, ONT: Althouse Press.
  • Berman, Helen & Yasmin Jiwani. (2014) Intersecting Sites of Violence in the Lives of Girls: An Introduction, in H. Berman and Y. Jiwani (Eds.) Faces of Violence in the Lives of Girls. (pp. 3–22). London, ONT: Althouse Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2014) A Clash of Discourses: Femicides or Honour Killings? In M. Eid and K. H. Karim (Eds.) Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections, (pp. 121–152). London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press.
  • Gagnon, Monika Kin & Yasmin Jiwani. (2012) Amplifying Threat: Reasonable Accommodations and Quebec’s Bouchard-Taylor Commission Hearings (2007), in S. Kamboureli and R. Zacharias (Eds.) Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies, (pp. 129–149). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2012) Omar Khadr, the Carceral Net, and the Muslim Body, in J. Williamson (Ed.) Omar Khadr, Oh Canada, (pp. 376–389). Montreal: McGill Queens University Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2012) Colluding Hegemonies: Constructing the Muslim Other Post-9/11, in J. Zine (Ed.) Islam in the Hinterlands, (pp. 115–136). Vancouver, UBC Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2011). Mediations of Race and Crime: Racializing Crime, Criminalizing Race. In B. Perry (Ed.), Diversity, Crime, and Justice in Canada, (pp. 39–56). Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin, & Richardson, John E. (2011). Discourse, Ethnicity and Racism. In T. A. Van Dijk (Ed.), Discourse Studies: A Multidisciplinary Introduction, (pp. 241–262). London: Sage.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2010). Doubling Discourses and the Veiled Other: Mediations of Race and Gender in Canadian Media. In S. Razack, M. Smith & S. Thobani (Eds.), States of Race, (pp. 59–86). Toronto: Between the Lines Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2010). Race(ing) the Nation: Media and Minorities. In L. R. Shade (Ed.), Mediascapes, New Patterns in Communication, (3 ed., pp. 271–286). Toronto: Nelson.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2010). Soft Power – Policing the Border through Canadian TV Crime Drama. In J. Klaehn (Ed.), The Political Economy of Media and Power, (pp. 275–293). New York: Peter Lang.


  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2009). Symbolic and Discursive Violence in Media Representations of Aboriginal Missing and Murdered Women. In D. Weir & M. Guggisberg (Eds.), Violence in Hostile Contexts E-Book. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2009). Covering Canada's role in the 'War on Terror'. In S. Sampert & L. Trimble (Eds.), Mediating Canadian Politics, (pp. 294–316). Toronto Pearson.
  • Berman, Helene, & Jiwani, Yasmin. (2008). Newcomer Girls in Canada: Implications for Mental Health Professionals. In S. Guruge & E. Collins (Eds.), Working with Immigrant and Refugee Women: Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals, (pp. 137–155). Toronto: CAMH.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2008). Mediations of Domination: Gendered Violence Within and Across Borders. In K. Sarakaskis & L. R. Shade (Eds.), Feminist Interventions in International Communication, Minding the Gap, (pp. 129–145). Plymouth, UK: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2007). Gendered Narratives of War post 9/11. In Y. Pasadeos (Ed.), International Dimensions of Mass Media Research, (pp. 367–378). Athens: Atiner.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006). Framing Culture: Talking Race. In G. Sherbert, A. Gerin & S. Petty (Eds.), Canadian Cultural Poesis, (pp. 99–114). Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006). Race(ing) the Nation: Media & Minorities. In P. Attallah & L. R. Shade (Eds.), Mediascapes, New Patterns in Canadian Communications, (2nd ed., pp. 305– 312). Toronto: Nelson.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006). From Dragon Lady to Action Hero: Race & Gender in Popular Western Television Programming. In T. Hellwig & S. Thobani (Eds.), Asian Women: Interconnections, (pp. 161–182). Toronto: Women's Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin, Steenbergen, Candis, & Mitchell, Claudia. (2006). Introduction: Childhood: Surveying the Terrain. In Y. Jiwani, C. Steenbergen & C. Mitchell (Eds.), Girlhood: Redefining the Limits, (pp. ix-xvii). Montreal: Black Rose Books.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2006). Racialized Violence and Girls and Young Women of Colour. In Y. Jiwani, C. Steenbergen & C. Mitchell (Eds.), Girlhood: Redefining the Limits, (pp. 70–88). Montreal: Black Rose Books.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). Orientalizing War Talk: Representations of the Gendered Muslim Body post 9-11 in The Montreal Gazette. In J. Lee & J. Lutz (Eds.), Situating Race in Time, Space and Theory: Critical Essays for Activists and Scholars, (pp. 178–203). Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). 'Tween Worlds: Race, Gender, Age, Identity & Violence. In C. Mitchell & J. Reid-Walsh (Eds.), Seven Going on Seventeen: Tween Studies in the Culture of Girlhood, (pp. 173–190). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2005). Walking the Hyphen: Discourses of Immigration and Gendered Racism. In C. L. Biggs & P. J. Downe (Eds.), Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies, (pp. 112–118). Halifax: Fernwood Press.
  • Faith, Karlene, & Jiwani, Yasmin. (2002). The Social Construction of 'Dangerous Girls' and Women. In B. Schissel & C. Brooks (Eds.), Marginality and Condemnation: An Introduction to Critical Criminology, (pp. 83–107). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2002). The Criminalization of "Race," the Racialization of Crime. In W. Chan & K. Mirchandani (Eds.), Crimes of Colour: Racialization and the Criminal Justice System in Canada, (pp. 67–86). Toronto: Broadview Press.
  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (2002). Race, Gender, Violence and Health Care. In K. M. J. McKenna & J. Larkin (Eds.), Violence Against Women: New Canadian Perspectives, (pp. 223–254). Toronto: Inanna Press.


  • Jiwani, Yasmin. (1998). On the Outskirts of Empire: Race and Gender in Canadian TV News. In V. Strong-Boag, S. Grace, A. Eisenberg & J. Anderson (Eds.), Painting the Maple: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Construction of Canada, (pp. 53–68). Vancouver: UBC Press.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Yasmin Jiwani in libraries (WorldCat catalog)


  1. ^ "Yasmin Jiwani". Voices Against Violence. Voices Against Violence. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Yasmin Jiwani, PhD". Department of Communication Studies Concordia University. Concordia University. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Curriculum Vitae Yasmin Jiwani" (PDF). Communication Studies Concordia University. Concordia University. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Yasmin Jiwani Ph.D". Learning to End Abuse. Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  5. ^ "The FREDA Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children". The FREDA Centre. The FREDA Centre. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  6. ^ a b "History About R.A.C.E." Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality/Equity (R.A.C.E.). Researchers and Academics of Colour for Equality/Equity (R.A.C.E.). Retrieved 9 October 2015.