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Jane E. McArthur

Ph.D., Sociology/Social Justice, University of Windsor

Jane McArthur, Ph.D. Sociology/Social Justice at the University of Windsor, combines her educational background in communications with her twenty-five years of working on issues of environmental and occupational health through community-based research, education and advocacy.

With past experience in Research Coordination and Assistance on projects including the "Risk Exploration Project", “Living and Working in Essex and Kent Counties”, and "Lifetime Histories Breast Cancer Research Study", Jane's work is rooted in community-based health investigations with a view to prevention.

Though her work for improved well-being and justice has often had breast cancer as a focus, she also works through broader issues of health and well-being as they intersect with gender, race, class and inequalities in power, all with a view to empowerment and social change from the grassroots up through various levels of governance.

With a recognition of the importance of the role of the media in contributing to the construction of realities in contemporary society, investigating the production of discourses are a pivotal aspect of Jane’s ongoing work in community environmental health perspectives.

Her dissertation research examines how women who work in an environment with an identified risk of breast cancer construct understandings and narratives of their risks and how women perceive and exercise agency in the acceptance, avoidance or negotiation of those risks.

Jane has received multiple awards and scholarships for her research, is a Member of the Windsor Cancer Research Group, an Affiliated Researcher with HRCVAW, an Informed Opinions Expert and is a champion for getting issues from the margins into the mainstream.


  • 2014–2020
    Research Assistant, University of Windsor
  • 2007–2009
    Research Coordinator, Risk Exploration Project, University of Windsor
  • 2004–2008
    Research Assistant, Lifetime Histories Breast Cancer Research Study, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
  • 2006–2007
    Project Coordinator, lIving and Working in Essex and Kent Counties, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
  • 2005–2007
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Windsor
  • 2001–2004
    Development Officer, Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre (Windsor)
  • 2000–2001
    Writer and Education Consultant, National Health and Safety Conference on Occupational Stress, Canadian Union of Public Employees
  • 1993–2000
    Research Assistant and Video Production, Windsor Occupational Health Information Service


  • 2021 
    University of Windsor, Ph.D., Sociology/Social Justice
  • 2014 
    University of Windsor, M.A., Communication and Social Justice
  • 1998 
    University of Windsor, B.A.Hons, Communication Studies


  • 2020
    Ontario Health Care Workers in the Time of COVID-19, New Solutions
  • 2018
    Chapter 6 in Sick & Tired, “Challenging the Dominant Breast Cancer Causation Paradigm through the Lens of Media Discourses” , Fernwood Publishing
  • 2014
    “Toronto Star Coverage and the Politics of Breast Cancer”, Synaesthesia: Communication Across Cultures

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
    Doctoral Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2007
    Risk Exploration Project
    Research Coordinator
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Chapter
  • 2006
    Living and Working in Essex and Kent Counties
    Project Coordinator
    Funding Source:
    Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • 2004
    Lifetime Histories Breast Cancer Research Study
    Research Assistant
    Funding Source:
    Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
  • 1999
    Student Program to Eliminate Environmental Cancers (SPEEC)
    Project Coordinator
    Funding Source:
    Ontario Trillium Foundation

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Sociological Association