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New faculty member in 2021-22: Dr. Julie Chamberlain

Tue. Oct. 5, 2021

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to welcome new faculty members in several departments this year including: Criminal Justice; English; History; Political Science; Psychology; Religion and Culture; Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications; Sociology; Theatre and Film; and Urban and Inner-City Studies.

We're asking each of our new faculty members to introduce themselves by providing us with a brief profile highlighting their research, a list of courses they'll teach, and a photo. That way we'll recognize them when we meet them in the halls on campus or in Zoom meetings online.

Dr. Julie Chamberlain (Urban & Inner-City Studies)

Dr. Julie Chamberlain
Dr. Shauna MacKinnon says that Dr. Julie Chamberlain (photo left) "brings diverse experience including teaching, critical urban scholarship, and community service."

Photo credit: A. Jehan (Summer 2020)

Here, we feature Dr. Julie Chamberlain, Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies. Dr. Chamberlain completed her PhD at York University. Prior to coming to the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Chamberlain taught in Brandon, Toronto, and Hamburg.

Dr. Shauna MacKinnon is Chair of the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies. She shares that “Faculty and staff in the Department of Urban and Inner-City studies are excited to welcome Dr. Julie Chamberlain to the University of Winnipeg. Dr. Chamberlain brings diverse experience including teaching, critical urban scholarship, and community service." She adds that "Her commitment to community engagement, anti-racism and anti-oppression, and social justice aligns well with our department’s critical place-based approach to learning and research."

Please join us all in welcoming Dr. Chamberlain to the Faculty of Arts. And thank you to her for providing her profile info and photo as below.


PhD – Environmental Studies, York University

MA – Adult Education & Community Development, University of Toronto

BSW – Social Work, Ryerson University


Julie Chamberlain is an assistant professor and activist scholar who studies the intersections of racism, anti-racism, urban development, and planning, mainly in Germany and Canada. Before joining the Department of Urban and Inner-City Studies in 2021, she taught courses in qualitative research methods and human and cultural geography in Brandon, Toronto, and Hamburg.

Dr. Chamberlain values community-engaged and community-based knowledge creation and knowledge sharing, particularly as a white settler who studies racialization and urban space. Her past work has illuminated racialized residents’ perspectives on neighbourhood change and development in Hamburg, analyzed how racism is reproduced in urban development and planning discourse, and facilitated community-based knowledge sharing with immigrant and refugee-serving organizations. Dr. Chamberlain is from Scarborough, Ontario.

Recent publications

Chamberlain, J. (In press). Theorizing Hamburg from the South: Racialization and the Development of Wilhelmsburg. In Ha, N. and Picker, G. (Eds). European Cities: Modernity, Race, and Colonialism. Manchester University Press.

Chamberlain, J. (2020). Experimenting on racialized neighbourhoods: IBA Hamburg and the urban laboratory in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 38(4), 607-625.