Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in Social Work in 2004 (University of Toronto), my MSW in 1997 (University of Toronto), my BSW in 1996 (York University) and my BA in 1995 (York University).
Prior to joining Laurier, I taught at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and at the School of Social Work, Ryerson University.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My broad interdisciplinary research interest includes issues of identity and belonging, the meaning of home and homeland in the era of heightened globalization, grassroots spirituality, indigeneity and transnationality, and youth violence and the practices of healing and liberation. I am also interested in exploring multiple ways of knowing. Issues of social justice and human rights sit at the heart of my scholarship. My utmost practice interest is the development of strategies for critical self-reflexivity as a way of engaging injustice and the violation of human rights.
Awards and Achievements
Courage Award for Human Rights, Herbert Carnegie Future Aces Foundation, 2012.
Faculty Merit Award, 2009.
New Pioneers Award, Skills for Change, 2003.
Massey College Junior Fellowship Award, University of Toronto, 2000.
Massey College Scholars-at-Risk Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2000-02.
Graduate Special Entrance Scholarship, University of Toronto, 1997-2000.
Hellman/Hammett Award for Free Expression, Human Rights Watch, 1996.
The Dr. Wilson Head Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Anti-Racism, Peace, and Human Rights; Atkinson College, York University, 1996.
Major Program Scholarship, Atkinson College, York University, 1995.
Christopher Beattie Essay Prize, Atkinson College, York University, 1995.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I welcome graduate and undergraduate students interested in research assistantships in my research projects. As my research interest is broad, I welcome students from across multiple disciplinary boundaries.
I am interested in advising graduate students whose research areas align with mine.
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee, Adrienne Chambon, Miu Chung Yan, and Sarah Maiter. “Catching the Shimmers of the Social: From the Limits of Reflexivity to Methodological Creativity.” Qualitative Research. (2014).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee, Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy, Funke Oba and Sadia Gaasim. “The Contours of Anti-Black Racism: Engaging Anti-Oppression from Embodied Spaces.” CAOS: The Journal of Critical Anti-Oppressive Social Inquiry. (2014).
Berihun, Gebrehiwot, Martha Kuwee Kumsa, Abdullahi Hussein, Amilah Baksh, Jemila Jackson, Jenany Jeyarajan, Shani Ellis, and Yunfei Ma. “Reflections on Using Physical Objects as Data Generation Strategies: An Example from a Study of Youth Violence and Healing.” Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice. (2014).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “Precarious Positioning: Tensions in doing Siiqqee Feminist Social Work Research.” In Wahab, Stephanie, Ben Anderson-Nate and Christina Gingeri (Eds), Feminisms in Social Work Research. Routledge (2014).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “Subversive Education: Turning Coercive Encounters into Transformative Possibilities.” In Nilan Yu and Deena Mandell (Eds.), Subversive Social Action: Extralegal Action for Social Justice. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. (2014).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. Songs of Exile: Singing the Past into the Future. Kitchener, Canada: Duudhaa Publishing. (2013).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee, Kelly Ng, Adrienne Chambon, Sarah Maiter, and Miu Chung Yan. “Rethinking Youth Violence and Healing.” Journal of Youth Studies. (2013).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “When ‘Woman-at-Risk’ Meets ‘Youth-at-Risk:’ Engaging the Discursive Practices of the Nation-State.” In Stanley Witkin (Ed.), The Call to Social Construction: Social Work as Relational Practice. Colombia University Press. (2012).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “A Resettlement Story of Unsettlement: Transformative Practices of Taking It Personally.” In Donna Baines (Ed.), Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Justice Social Work (2nd Ed), Fernwood Publishing. (2011).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “Wounds of the Gut, Wounds of the Soul: Youth Violence and Community Healing among Oromos in Toronto.” Canadian Social Work Journal. (2010).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “Soothing the Wounds of the Nation: Oromo Women Performing Ateetee in Exile.” In Chima Korieh and Philomena Okeke-Ihejirika (Eds.), Gendering Transformations: Gender, Culture, Race, and Identity, Routledge. (2009).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “Community Service Learning: Social Working the Dance of Otherness.” Canadian Social Work Review. (2008).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “Home and Exile.” Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice. (2007).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “The Meaning of Displacement and the Displacement of Meaning.” In Alireza Asgharzadeh, Erica Lawson, Kathelene Oka and Amar Wahab (Eds.) Diasporic Ruptures: Globality, Migrancy, and Expressions of Identity. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. (2007).
Kumsa, Martha Kuwee. “’No! I'm not a Refugee!’ The Poetics of Be-longing among Young Oromos in Toronto.” Journal of Refugee Studies. (2006).