Born in Myanmar and raised in the United States, I have been a resident of Canada since 2017. I am a mental health warrior, an intersectional feminist, and a Political Scientist. I earned an honors degree in International Relations with a minor in Mathematics from Linfield College, Oregon, and completed a semester abroad in Politics, French, and Arabic at the University of Nottingham, UK, with first-class honors standing. Having recently awarded an M.A. degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, my recent research encompasses the electoral representation of visible minorities in Canada, resettlement of newcomers to Canadian cities, and populism and nationalism in Burmese politics. I joined the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University as a doctoral student in September 2020.
Decolonizing academia and incorporating the lived experiences of indigenous and minority people into academic discourse are my ultimate goals as a researcher. I hold these topics very dear to my heart since I am a visible minority in Canada due to my identity as a Burmese woman, and indigenous in Myanmar, having Mon and Karen grandparents. My research interests include gender and ethnic representation in North America (Canada and the United States) and South and Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar (Burma). I am also very passionate about gendered and racialized experiences of individuals with mental illnesses and/or disabilities in academia. I am a firm believer that strong mental health and wellness support needs to be continually accessible for marginalized academics. Outside of academia, I enjoy traveling, reading classic Burmese novels, and taking long walks in nature.
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Aung, B. (2020). Women and Visible Minority Representation on Vancouver’s City Council [Master's thesis, Simon Fraser University]. Summit - Institutional Repository.
Fourot, A. C., & Aung, B. (2019). Fostering Welcoming Communities in Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview: A Report on Assets and Gaps in Newcomer Services (Rep.). Moncton, NB: Greater Moncton Local Immigration Partnership.
Fourot, A. C., & Aung, B. (2019). Favoriser des Communautés Accueillantes à Moncton, Dieppe et Riverview : Un rapport sur les Atouts et les Limites des Services aux Nouveaux (Rep.). Moncton, NB: Greater Moncton Local Immigration Partnership.
Aung, B. (2017). Women, Religion, and Democracy in Myanmar [Honors thesis, Linfield College]. Digital Commons at Linfield.
Conference Papers and Participation
Aung, B. (2019). Underrepresented Visible Minorities in Vancouver Municipal Offices, presented at the British Columbia Political Science Association (BCPSA) Annual Conference, Vancouver, 2019.
Nowacki, D., & Aung, B. (2016). Regime Change and the Opening of Political Space for Women in Asia, presented at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Conference, San Diego, 2016.
Organizer, Women in Politics: the Road to Equal Representation Speaker Series, Vancouver, BC, October 2019.
Participant, Congress 2019 of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, BC, June 2019.
Panelist, British Columbia Political Science Association (BCPSA) Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC, May 2019.
Delegate, representing Burnaby North – Seymour Federal Riding at Daughters of the Vote (Héritières du Suffrage), Ottawa, ON, March 31-April 5, 2019.
Participant, International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT) 2019 – Migration, Trondheim, Norway, February 2019.
Panelist, Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2016.
Panelist, Women in Politics: the Road to Equal Representation Speaker Series. Invited by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions (CSDI) at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia, and Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, October 11, 2019.
Guest Speaker, Greater Moncton Local Immigration Partnership (GMLIP) Council Meeting (with Dr. Aude-Claire Fourot). Presentation on Fostering Welcoming Communities in Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview (Favoriser des communautés accueillantes à Moncton, Dieppe et Riverview), City Clerk's Office – City of Moncton, May 28, 2019.
Guest Speaker, Table Ronde: Faire de la Recherche en Sciences Politiques: Défis et Opportunités (with Justine Mallou and Nick Pollous). Invited Talk as part of the Printemps de la Francophonie, Bureau des Affaires Francophones et Francophiles (BAFF), Simon Fraser University, March 5, 2019.