We Welcome Our Newest Fellows and Associates of the College to the Trinity Community

Posted Jul 15, 2019 10:00 am

As outstanding academics within the University of Toronto community, Trinity's Fellows and Associates play an active role in the life of the College. Enhancing the student experience and enriching the College’s intellectual community, these newly appointed members of our community will make valuable contributions through their participation at events, programs and activities. Congratulations to our newest Fellows and Associates -  we are grateful for their commitment to Trinity and look forward to their ongoing engagement in the life of the College and with our students.


Timothy Sayle received his BA from the International Relations Program at the University of Toronto, before receiving his MPA from Queen’s University and MA from the University of Toronto. Following his PhD from Temple University, Tim was recruited by the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Tim is Assistant Professor of History and Senior Fellow of the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History. His “Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order” will be published by Cornell University Press in April 2019. He is also a principal co-investigator and editor of an oral history project examining President George W. Bush’s decision to “surge” troops to Iraq in 2007; a volume of the oral history will be published by Cornell University Press in September 2019. His research on NATO, Canadian-American relations, and intelligence issues has been published in the International Journal, Historical Journal, Cold War History, Canadian Military History, and Intelligence & National Security and in several edited books.

Simone Davis received her BA from New York University before obtaining her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Following faculty positions at New York University, Long Island University and Mount Holyoke College, Simone joined Trinity College in 2012 where she has been heavily involved with the Margaret MacMillan Trinity One Program and with the Ethics, Society & Law (ES&L) Program. She is Associate Director of the ES&L program and is currently Acting Director. A pioneer of the Inside-Out Program and subsequent Walls-to-Bridges Program, Simone has been instrumental in the development of programs that bring together University of Toronto students with students who are incarcerated.

APPOINTED ASSOCIATES OF THE COLLEGE (each for a two-year term, effective July 1, 2019):

Aisha Ahmad received her BA from the University of Toronto, where she majored in the International Relations program. Following her MA at the Munk School, she received her PhD from McGill University before joining the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Scarborough campus. Aisha is Chair of the Board, Women in International Security (WIIS)-Canada National Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Women in International Security (WIIS)-Canada, Toronto Chapter, reflecting her research interests in international security.

Mairi Cowan received her BA from the University of Toronto where she was a student of Trinity College. Following her MA, she received her PhD from the Center for Medieval Studies and BEd from OISE before being recruited by the Department of Historical Studies where she is currently an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream. Mairi is a historian of the late medieval and early modern world, with specializations in the social and religious histories of Scotland and New France. Her recent books and articles examine the connections between social discipline and the Catholic Reformation in Scotland; tensions of international theology, national politics, and local tradition in twelfth-century Glasgow; experiences of childhood in the Renaissance court of James IV, King of Scots; colonial efforts to “Frenchify” Indigenous people in seventeenth-century Québec; and Jesuit missionaries’ beliefs about demons in Indigenous societies of North America.

Jonathan Lofft received his BA from the University of Toronto where he was a Trinity student. He subsequently received his MISt, MTS and ThD from Trinity College and the Toronto School of Theology. He teaches courses in the history of Christianity at Trinity College and in the Faculty of Theology, Queen’s College, MUN. He has published and lectured internationally, earning his doctorate with a thesis entitled "A Blessed Word: the Mixed Life of Edward Marion Chadwick (1840-1921)". His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. A trained archivist, his research interests include Anglican history and identity, Canada’s Indigenous peoples, colonialism and imperial history, medievalism, critical place name studies, hagiography, and heraldic studies.

Keir Moulton received his BA in Linguistics and English Literature from the University of Toronto where he was a student of Trinity College. Following his MA at the University of Toronto, he received his PhD in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before being recruited to Simon Fraser University where he received tenure in 2018. He has recently been recruited by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto. Kier is a theoretical and experimental linguist seeking to understand the relation between structure and meaning in natural language. His research connects generative syntax and formal compositional semantics on topics such as clausal complementation and propositional attitudes, relativization, quantification, binding and ellipsis.

Mariana Mota Prado obtained her law degree (LLB) from the University of Sao Paulo, and her Master's (LLM) and Doctorate from Yale Law School. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies). Prior to joining the University of Toronto in 2006, she worked for the Private Participation in Infrastructure Database Project at the World Bank and was a fellow of the Olin Center for Law, Economics and Public Policy at Yale Law School. A Brazilian national, she has taught courses at Centre for Transnational Legal Studies in London, Direito Rio - Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in Brazil, ITAM Law School in Mexico, Los Andes Law School in Colombia, and University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on law and development, regulated industries, and comparative law. She has a number of research projects related to institutional reforms in Brazil.

Anna Su holds an SJD from Harvard Law School where her dissertation was awarded the John Laylin Prize for best paper in international law. She received her JD and AB degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Prior to coming to Toronto, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy based in SUNY Buffalo Law School, and a graduate fellowship in ethics with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. She was recruited to the Faculty of Law in 2014 and holds a cross-appointment in the Department of History.

Matthew Walton received his BMus in music composition and MA in Political Science from Syracuse University before receiving his PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington. Following appointment as Aung San Suu Kyi Senior Research Fellow in Modern Burmese Studies at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, he was recruited to the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His research interests include religion and politics, especially Buddhism in Southeast Asia; comparative political theory, especially Buddhist political thought; and the politics of Southeast Asia.

APPOINTED SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE OF THE COLLEGE (for a three-year term, effective July 1, 2019):

Don Rickerd received his BA from Queen’s University and MA from Oxford University before receiving his JD from Osgood Hall, York University, LLD (Queen’s University). DCL (Mount Allison University). He has held numerous leadership positions in Toronto, Ontario and beyond and is an expert on North Korea. He currently holds positions as a Visiting Research Fellow of the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, President of the Zavikon Foundation and Associate Director of the Asian Business and Management program at York University.

REAPPOINTED ASSOCIATES OF THE COLLEGE (each for a two-year term, effective July 1, 2019): Mark Taylor and Rupert Kaul

The appointments were approved by the Trinity College Board of Trustees on April 11, 2019.