Researcher inspired by fellow professors

Posted: January 2, 2014 9:02 a.m.

Dr. Shadia Drury, a Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, enjoys relaxing at Falcon Lake, Manitoba.
Dr. Shadia Drury, a Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, enjoys relaxing at Falcon Lake, Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Wafaa Babcock

Dr. Shadia Drury, a professor in the departments of Political Science and Philosophy is a Canada Research Chair in Social Justice.

“Being a Canada Research Chair means a lot because I get to spend more time doing what I love most, which is writing,” says Drury.

Drury is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the director of the Masters Program in Social and Political Thought at the University of Regina.

Her research interests include ancient Greek philosophy, history of Western thought, political ideologies, American foreign policy, philosophy of religion, and postmodernism.

Drury earned her MA at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and her PhD in Political Science at York University in Toronto.  She taught Political Philosophy at the University of Calgary before joining the University of Regina in 2003.

“This is a very inspiring place because it is full of interesting professors in the arts, which are very strong at U of R,” she says.

Away from the classroom, her hobbies include sailing, canoeing, and oil painting – especially Canadian landscapes.

“I was born in Egypt and speak Arabic, but not at a sophisticated level. I find it funny that on the internet I am identified as an Egyptian intellectual, but that is just such nonsense. I would not have been an intellectual if I were not a Canadian, because it was my Canadian education that made it possible. Besides, I am very iconoclastic and irreverent, but I also like living, which would be very difficult in the Middle East,” says Drury.

The other Canada Research Chairs at the University of Regina are Christine Chan, Gordon Huang, Peter Leavitt, Gregory Marchildon, Charity Marsh, Joseph Piwowar, Christopher Somers, Chris Yost and Sandra Zilles.