Julie Kate Seirlis

Continuing Lecturer
Julie Kate Seirlis

Contact Information
519-888-1460, ext. 25222
UTD 206

Julie Kate Seirlis, a continuing lecturer for the School of Environment Enterprise and Development, joined United College (formerly St Paul's College) in August 2013. Her research at United and the University of Waterloo focuses on: the ethics and politics of teaching international development and pedagogy as activism; the radical promise of the Constitutions of South Africa and Ecuador; race in Zimbabwe; and material culture on Kefalonia, Greece. Since 2014, Dr Seirlis has contributed to and participated in the University of Waterloos indigenization process. Between 2018 and 2021, she was a member of the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre's (WISC) Council of Non-Indigenous Helpers. She worked in the development sector in Zimbabwe and South Africa between 1996 and 2009. Dr. Seirlis lectured in anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was a sessional instructor in anthropology at Laurier. She currently teaches in International Development, Human Rights and Indigenous Studies. In 2018, she was a recipient of UW's Distinguished Teacher Award. 

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Current courses:

  • INDEV 300
  • INDEV 490 A and B

Previous courses:

  • INDEV 302
  • INDEV 475/476
  • INDEV 401 and 402
  • INDEV 601


  • D.Phil. - Social & Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 1999
  • M.St. - Social & Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, 1995
  • B.A. - English, French, Italian, Latin & Private Law, University of Cape Town, 1992