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Dr. Kristi Kenyon

Photo of Kristi KenyonDr. Kristi Kenyon, PhD
Director of Human Rights Program, Associate Professor (on leave)

Phone: 204.988.7107
Email: kr.kenyon@uwinnipeg.ca
Office: 2MS05

Dr. Kenyon's research and teaching is informed and inspired by more than fifteen years working in, on and with civil society organisations in Southern Africa, South East Asia and Canada in the areas of health and human rights. Her research examines the intersections between health and human rights and their social, cultural and political and legal contexts. She has a particular interest in the role that non-governmental organisations and social movements play in promoting, protecting, and interpreting human rights and health. Current projects include: a CIHR-funded research on stigma and Lymphatic Filariasis in Ghana, SSHRC-funded research on gender, disability and development in South Africa, and research on the role of Vancouver's Downtown Community Court in promoting health and well-being. Dr. Kenyon also has a strong interest in participatory, experiential and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning. 

Dr. Kenyon is an alumnus of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research – Azrieli Global Scholar program, and a research fellow with the Centre for the Study of Security and Development (Dalhousie University). She is the author of Resilience and Contagion: Invoking Human Rights in African HIV Advocacy (McGill-Queens, 2017).

Prior to joining the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Kenyon held postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Political Science at Dalhousie University (SSHRC) and in the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). She completed a PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia and an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex (UK). Dr. Kenyon has worked as a human rights practitioner with the Amnesty International International Secretariat (London), the Asian Institute for Development Communication (Kuala Lumpur) and the Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (Gaborone), and has served on the board of local and international development organizations in Canada and Botswana. She is currently the University of Winnipeg faculty liaison for the Canadian  International Council - Winnipeg Branch, serves on the City of Winnipeg's Human Rights Committee of Council, and is a member of the Executive of the International Studies Association's Human Rights Section.