Simalchik, Joan

Women & Gender Studies (WGS) Program Director, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream Historical Studies - Women and Gender Studies

Contact Information

NE 4220
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Rd.
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 11:10-12:10pm, and by appointment


Joan Simalchik coordinates the interdisciplinary Women and Gender Studies Program at UTM and teaches courses on women and social change, history, memory and human rights, and transnational perspectives on gender and cultural difference. 

She graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in history from Philadelphia’s Temple University and her master’s and doctoral degrees were received from the University of Toronto where her work focused on the relationship between Canadian churches and Chilean refugees and the material culture of the Chilean democracy movement. She is currently editing the Canadian edition of Women’s Realities/Women’s Choices (Oxford University Press) a textbook for introductory courses in women and gender studies, and has delivered and published many papers dealing with diasporic refugee communities and human rights.

Joan’s work as founding executive director of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (1985-1994) and founding board member of the Canadian Centre for International Justice informs her research on the impact, particular the gender impact, of psychosocial trauma on communities, families and individuals. In 2007 she received the CCVT Amina Malko Award for Service to Refugee Women and in 2012 received the University of Toronto’s Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize.

Current Courses: 


  • WGS101H5: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies


  • WGS435Y5: Women and Gender Studies Practicum


Women and Gender Studies; Migration and Diaspora; History; Memory and Human Rights