Committee Members

Steven Rayan (D.Phil, Oxford)
InterD Director/Committee Chair

An Associate Professor and NSERC- and CFI-supported researcher in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. I am a faculty member of both the College of Arts & Science and the College of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and also the Director of the Centre for Quantum Topology and Its Applications (quanTA) at the USask.

Dr. Rayan is a pure mathematician influenced in large part by physics. My primary areas of research are algebraic geometry, topology, and representation theory of moduli spaces and geometric and topological techniques in mathematical physics and quantum theory.


Colleen Bell (BA, MA, PhD, York University)

Dr. Bell is an international relations scholar who specializes in theories of security and war, the contested boundary between military and civilian modes of intervention, and the politics of Western counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. Her work is embedded in critical theoretical approaches, including post-structuralism, de-colonialism and feminism. Currently, she is examining the role of public relations management in Western ways of war. She is also working on an adjacent project which critically examines the role of police power in stabilization and counterinsurgency campaigns. She is editor of the journal Critical Studies on Security


Assem Hedayat (BSc, MSc, PhD, Michigan State)

Dr. Hedayat's expertise in biomaterials is industrial and academic. He was the president and CEO of Bregma Materials Solutions for 14 years and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical and the Division of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering (USask) 
Hyunjung Shin (MA, PhD, University of Toronto)

Assistant Professor Department of Curriculum Studies, College of Education 


Ulrich Teucher (PhD)

Dr. Teucher is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. In general, his field of research interests can be best described as “Culture, Health, and Human Development.” More specifically, he is interested in the different ways how human beings negotiate continuity and change throughout one's lifespan.
Michael Gertler (B.E.S., M.Sc, Ph.D.)

As Associate Professor in Sociology, Fellow in Community and Co-operative Development at the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, and Associate Member in the School of Environment and Sustainability, I continue on an interdisciplinary journey. I am privileged to teach rural, community, and environmental sociology, and the sociology of agriculture and food. Read More