Margo L Matwychuk

Primary Field
Cultural Anthropology
Assistant Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program in Social Justice Studies
Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Sociocultural, political economy, feminism, poverty, housing and homelessness, politics of food and hunger

My long standing interests in anthropology revolve around issues of power and inequality, in particular in relation to capitalism, neoliberalism, class, gender, and poverty. I am particularly interested in these processes as they have played out in Latin America in general and Brazil in particular as well as in Canada and British Columbia. My recent research has focused on community based research on housing and homelessness and poverty in Victoria BC. This has included participation in a community-based research projects on transitional housing, affordable housing solutions for families, and child and family poverty. As part of these interests, I also maintain a research interest in the politics of food and hunger.

I was previously a member of the Research and Evaluation Working Group of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and the UVic-Community Housing and Homelessness Advisory and co-taught a graduate seminar on Housing and Homelessness.

I have also researched community organizing in and Canada, feminist methodologies, and worked in Brazil on a variety of projects concerned with political economy, agro-industry, elites, inequality, poverty, power, social movements, and class and gender.

Throughout this work, I have maintained a strong concern with the practices and potential of women's groups, anti-poverty coalitions, community associations, and other such community- and identity-based organizations to effect emancipatory practices and everyday resistances.

I am currently Director of the Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program in Social Justice Studies (see and teach in the SJS program.


  • Sociocultural anthropology
  • Political economy
  • Feminism
  • Latin America (Brazil)
  • Poverty
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Politics of food and hunger
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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere