Christina Doonan

Assistant Professor

SN 2043
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada

Telephone: (709) 864-7413
Email: cdoonan[at]mun[dot]ca


BA Hons, MA (Carleton University); PhD (Rutgers University)

Areas for Student Research Supervision

  • Political theory
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarianism
  • Gender and politics
  • Public health
  • Law and society

Examples of Recently Courses Taught

POSC 2100 Intro to Political Theory
POSC 6100 Political Philosophy

GNDR 1000 Intro to Gender Studies
GNDR 3007 Theories of Care

LWSO 3300 Understanding Human Rights


Dr. Doonan studies political theory and has a particular interest in rights theories, philosophy of law, critiques of humanitarianism, and caring labour. In addition to current work on human trafficking legislation in the United States, she is researching infant feeding practices in Newfoundland and Labrador in the context of social determinants of health.

Select Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Doonan, C. (2018). She's Married, She's Faithful, She's Dying: Politicizing the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Politics & Gender, 1-27.

Doonan, C. (2018). Rights for whom? Linking baby’s right to eat with economic, social, and cultural rights for women. Canadian Food Studies / La Revue Canadienne Des études Sur L'alimentation, 5(1), 8.

Doonan, C. (2016). A House Divided: Humanitarianism and Anti-immigration Within US Anti-trafficking Legislation. Feminist Legal Studies, 24(3), 273-293.


(2017) “Communication, Relationships, and Priorities: Parental and Provider Experiences of Infant Feeding Support on the Northeast Avalon,” Dr. Julia Temple Newhook, Dr. Christina Doonan, Dr. Leigh Anne Newhook, Dr. Anne Drover, Dr. Kevin Chan. Report for the Baby Friendly Council of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Other Peer Reviewed Publications

Doonan, C. (2017). “Breastfeeding in the House of Assembly” in Moore, L., & Marland, A., eds, The Democracy Cookbook: Recipes to Renew Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador (Social and economic papers; no. 34).


Is it Me? How Women Professors Experience Gender Bias Found in CEQs.” Memorial University Gazette, May 7, 2018.


Department of Political Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000