Postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) are a key component of the Balsillie School’s vibrant intellectual community. Each PDF must be affiliated with a BSIA faculty member whose responsibility it is to recruit, select and supervise postdoctoral fellows. As the BSIA does not have its own funding source for PDFs, postdoctoral fellows must be employed by either the University of Waterloo or Wilfrid Laurier University, but would have their office at the Balsillie School.

For information on the types of funding and support available through the two universities, please visit the sites below:

Wilfrid Laurier University

University of Waterloo

Mary Caesar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Caesar’s primary research areas are public health, urban food security, urban governance, gender and race in South and southern Africa. Learn more

Rachael Johnstone (on leave until May 2020)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Johnstone’s research explores intersections of politics, public policy, law, and healthcare as they relate to gendered bodies. Learn more

Shannon Nash

Postdoctoral Network Manager

Dr. Nash’s projects at the University of Waterloo examine education and training in national security and counter-terrorism in Canada and how the ‘terrorism’ label is informed and applied to a violent attack in Canada. Learn more

Sarah Shoker

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Shoker a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo where she works on issues related to gender, emerging technologies, and international security. Dr. Shoker is also the founder of Glassbox, a consultancy firm that analyzes software products that use AI for signs of bias and legal risk. Learn more

Picture of Zhenzhong Si

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Si is a human geographer with broad research interests in sustainable food system, alternative food networks, food security, food safety and rural development initiatives. He is currently a QES postdoctoral fellow researching food security and small food vendors of Nanjing China within the Hungry Cities Partnership project. Learn more

Jennifer Vanstteenkiste

SSHRC Postodoctoral Fellow

Dr. Vansteenkiste is a human geographer whose primary research interests include sustainable food systems, food security, community development, gendered governance, and international development in Haiti. Learn more