Shannon Walsh

Prospective Graduate Students / Postdocs

This faculty member is currently not actively recruiting graduate students or Postdoctoral Fellows, but might consider co-supervision together with another faculty member.

Associate Professor

Research Interests

South Africa
Afropessimism & Critical Race Studies
Film Production
Indigenous studies
Environmental justice
Affect Theory

Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.


Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker and an interdisciplinary scholar. She has written and directed five feature documentaries on topics ranging from labour rights to grief and climate change. Her work is known for emphasizing marginalized voices and stories on the front lines of vital contemporary issues. Walsh’s films have been theatrically released internationally and broadcast on networks such as ARTE, Al-Jazeera, CBC, and Netflix. Her work has been screened in festivals globally such as Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Doc NYC, as well as in museums such as the Pompidou Centre, in Paris. As a scholar, she has published works on inequality, social justice, and visual methods. She teaches film as an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and is a Research Associate at the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg. Walsh is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Research Methodology

Visual Methodologies
Participatory methods
action research

Graduate Student Supervision

Master's Student Supervision

Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.

"A conversation" - an experimental documentary exploring autism's influence on memory (2024)

No abstract available.

Persia and I (2023)

No abstract available.

Twelve: story of boy child preference and my family in Nigeria (2022)

No abstract available.

Film thesis: the two of us (2021)

No abstract available.

40 Seconds: a short film exploring representations of mental illness through empowered female characters (2020)

No abstract available.


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