Meet Our Dedicated Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Erin Silver is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Chair of the Critical and Curatorial Studies MA Program at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of Taking Place: Building Histories of Queer and Feminist Art in North America (Manchester University Press, 2023) and Suzy Lake: Life & Work (Art Canada Institute, 2021), as well as co-editor (with Amelia Jones) of Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (Manchester University Press, 2016), and (with taisha paggett) the winter 2017 issue of C Magazine, “Force,” on intersectional feminisms and movement culture.
Member Since 2011
DR. ALENA BUISVice-President
Alena Buis, PhD is an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Surrey, BC). Alena is one of the founders of Open Art Histories (OAH) a SSHRC-funded collective, committed to building a generative and supportive national network for teaching Canadian art or art history in Canada and co-author of CanadARThistories: Reimagining the Canadian Art History Survey.
Member Since 2007
Stephanie Springgay is Director of the School of the Arts and Professor at McMaster University. She is a leading scholar of research-creation with a focus on walking, affect, queer theory, and contemporary art as pedagogy. She directs the SSHRC-funded research-creation project The Pedagogical Impulse which explores the intersections between contemporary art and pedagogy and directs WalkingLab – an international network of artists and scholars committed to critical approaches to walking methods.
Member Since 2019
Keith Bresnahan (PhD, York U.) is Associate Professor of design history and theory at OCADU, University in Toronto, Canada. He is the co-editor of Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction (Routledge, 2014), and is the author of various works on the history of architecture and design. His research focuses on three key areas: histories of emotion in design architectural destruction and reconstruction; and symbols and visual signs in design history.
Member Since 2003


DR. ELIZABETH ANNE CAVALIEREContract Academic Staff Representative - UAAC-AAUC
Elizabeth teaches Canadian art histories with a focus on photographic and institutional histories. She has writing on tourist views, instructed looking, survey photography, railroad bridges, photographic directories, royals on timberslides, and giant (really giant!) mounds of ice published in Environmental History, Journal of Canadian Studies, Histoire Sociale/Social History, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, RACAR, and Journal of Canadian Art History. She is a settler-Canadian and granddaughter of Italian immigrants, residing in Toronto/Tkaronto.
Member Since 2010
RACHELLE SABOURINStudent Representative
Rachelle Sabourin is a PhD student in Communications, New Media, and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and has been an arts advocate and administrator in Toronto since 2012. She is a devoted feminist scholar and educator interested in contemporary art history, social justice, labour rights, and subcultural studies. Sabourin is on the executive committee of CUPE Local 3906 and currently works as the Research Program Coordinator at the Image Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Member Since 2023
DR. ERIN MORTONAtlantic Provinces Representative - UAAC-AAUC
Erin Morton is a white settler art historian who works in Nalikitquniejk | Antigonish in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. She is the author and editor of three books with the McGill-Queen’s University Press/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation Series in Art History: Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada (2014), For Folk’s Sake: Art & Economy in 20th-Century Nova Scotia (2016), and Unsettling Canadian Art History (2022). She is currently the co-editor of Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region.
Member Since 2005
DR. YANI KONGBC and Yukon Representative - UAAC-AAUC
Yani Kong is a writer and scholar of contemporary art in Vancouver, Canada. Kong contributes to national publications such as Galleries West, and Le Sigh, and as well as texts for galleries such as The Gordon and Marion Smith Foundation, The Freedman Gallery, PA, and the Photographers Gallery, UK. Her research areas are reception aesthetics, contemporary art history, digital ecology and eco-aesthetics. Kong is a faculty member in the department of art history and religious studies at Langara College and is the Yukon/BC representative for the Universities Arts Association Congress.
Member Since 2016
KARLA MCMANUSPrairies, NWT and Nunavut Representative - UAAC-AAUC
Karla McManus is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Regina. Her research on photography history focuses on the rise of eco-photography and the history of the medium in Canada.

Karla’s current SSHRC-funded research grant explores how bird photography has contributed to ecological knowledge and wildlife species conservation. With UAAC members Andrea Korda and Devon Smither, she is the founder of the Prairie Art Network.

Member Since 2010
SOHEILA K. ESFAHANIOntario Representative - UAAC-AAUC
Soheila K. Esfahani is a visual artist and Assistant Professor at Western University. She is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally and collected by various public and private institutions, including the Canada Council’s Art Bank.
Member Since 2017
DR. BARBARA CLAUSENQuebec representative - UAAC-AAUC
Dr. Barbara Clausen is a professor at the Art History Department and Associate Dean of Research and Creation at the Faculty of the arts at UQAM (2020-2024), as well as an independent curator, living and working in Tiohtiake/Mooniyang/Montreal. Since 2000 she has lectured and written extensively on the historiography and institutionalization of performance-based art practices and the discourses surrounding the politics of the body, the exhibition and the archive. From 2017-2021 she was the Curatorial Research Director of the Joan Joans Knowledge Base in collaboration with the Artist Archives Initiative in New York. She is the author of Babette Mangolte. Performance zwischen Aktion und Betrachtung (Edition Metzel, Munich) and co-editor of the monograph Joan Jonas. next move in a mirror world, (Dia Art Foundation & DAI New York) both published in 2023.
Member Since 2011
Mitchell B. Frank is Professor of Art History and Director of the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University. Since 2019, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of the UAAC’s journal RACAR. He is the author of German Romantic Painting Redefined (2001), Central European Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada (2007), The Met and the Masses in Postwar America: A Study of the Museum and Popular Art Education (2023), and co-editor of German Art History and Scientific Thought (2012) and History and Art History: Looking Past Disciplines (2021).
Member Since 1993


PAOLA ARON BADINExecutive Director
Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with postgraduate studies in Technologies of Education (Harvard Univ.), International Development (UBC) and Social Innovation (UN University). Her areas of expertise are strategic foresight and planning, organizational change and design thinking. She provides consulting services to government, private sector and NGOs both in North and South America and collaborates with academic institutions as a researcher, professor, speaker and mentor.