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Nexus Director

Dr. Sonja Boon (she/her) is a Professor of Gender Studies at Memorial University. Passionate about stories and storytelling, she has published on a variety of topics, from considerations of gender, embodied identity, and citizenship in eighteenth-century medical letters, to breastfeeding selfies and virtual activism, autobiographies of infanticide, auto/ethnography, and the embodiment of maternal grief, and craftivism in the feminist classroom. She is the author of four books, most recently Autoethnography and Feminist Theory at the Water’s Edge: Unsettled Islands (co-authored with Lesley Butler and Daze Jefferies, Palgrave 2018), and What the Oceans Remember: Searching for Belonging and Home (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2019). Her literary work appears in ROOM magazine, The Ethnic Aisle, and Geist, as well as in edited collections. Prior to pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies, Sonja studied music in Canada, the USA, England, and the Netherlands. She was principal flutist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra (Oregon, USA) for six years, and has also appeared as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician with the Toronto Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Holland Festival of Early Music, and Osaka World Expo, among others. In 2020, she was awarded the Ursula Franklin Award in Gender Studies by the Royal Society of Canada.

Nexus Research Assistants

Ericka Padua-Sanchez (she/her) and her husband moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland in August 2021 where she started a MA in Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Ericka earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, cum laude, from Angeles University Foundation in the Philippines. After graduation, she worked as a news correspondent, multimedia director, and radio host before moving to South Korea in November 2015 to work for Overseas Business for MR InfraAuto Co. Ltd. Ericka was provided the opportunity to travel to different countries to meet and transact with the company’s customers and suppliers which after some time found that she was rediscovering an interest in foreign policy and international relations. Ericka saw firsthand how practices and procedures of each nation were different from one other as well as from the Philippines and identified the potential to adapt best practices within each to improve their citizens’ lives. It has been in part, this newly developed knowledge that has motivated Ericka to further her education at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Sheridan Thompson (she/her) lives in Newfoundland with her two children and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program at Memorial University of Newfoundland. With a background in coastal geomorphology and experiential education, Sheridan’s research is focused on coastal communities in Iceland and adaptation in response to a rapidly changing environment perpetuated by climate change. Locally, Sheridan is involved in community work concerning the human-environmental relations along the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador which includes past projects with Shorefast Foundation, Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN), Oceans Learning Partnership (OLP), and Coastal Connections. Aside from being an active member of the St. John’s community, Sheridan spends a great deal of time in the water and on the trails near the coasts.

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-- English Oxford Living Dictionary

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