Graduate Students

Rebecca Acton

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Rebecca’s dissertation examines experiences of paid work, caregiving responsibilities, financial struggles and health concerns among women recipients of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) with a mental health disability of anxiety and/or depression. Focusing on increasingly disabling social and economic contexts, her research challenges individualized and medicalized definitions of mental health and disability by employing an intersectional feminist political economy framework integrated with the social model of disability to understand new processes of disablement behind the growth in women applying for ODSP.

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Dr. Vivian Shalla
Alicia Adamski

Alicia Adamski

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Alicia's current research seeks to explore the employment experiences of lesbian health care workers. Her research aims to better understand how lesbian health care workers manage their sexual identities within the workplace and how these individuals navigate experiences of acceptance or discrimination.

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Dr. Vivian Shalla

Leanna Augsten

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Using the theoretical framework of feminist political ecology, and discourse from anthropology of gender and environmental anthropology, Leanna's research focuses on the impacts of climate change on women farmers in Ladakh, India. Particular attention is placed on women's interaction's with their environment through their daily responsibilities as farmers and caregivers, and the impacts that place-specific environmental stress has had on undertaking such tasks.

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Dr. Karine Gagné

Danielle Bader

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violence against women, safety planning, feminism, sociology of space/place, decolonization, qualitative methods

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Dr. Myrna Dawson

Lauren Barr

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Sebastian Best-Lathangue

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Homelessness, Poverty Intervention, Policy, Public Spaces.

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Dr. William O'Grady

Rukmini Borooah-Pyatt

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Danielle Brausen

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Police/policing, missing person's reports, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, violence against women, feminism, intersectionality, decolonization, settler colonialism.

Advisor:
Dr. Paulina García-Del Moral
Malissa Bryan

Malissa Bryan

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women, work, education, race, diversity, culture, LGBTQ2S, identities, ethnicity, social change, marginalization, feminist theory, critical race theory, intersectionality, marxism, mixed methods, and community based research.

Advisor:
Dr. Vivian Shalla

Cass Bunsee

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Cass' research interests include: material culture studies,  anthropology of care/elder care, critical medical anthropology, engaged and collaborative scholarship, arts based and sensorially focused ethnographic methods, as well as how ethnographic knowledge is disseminated, understood and instrumentalized.

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Dr. Satsuki Kawano

Haley Clark

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Haley's research explores the experiences of students with special needs within the educational system. She explores how different educational approaches (stand alone schools, integration) can influence students behaviours (positively or negatively). Currently, Haley's research is focusing on how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting students with special needs. Her interests also include youth justice, disability studies, marginalized youth and disability education.

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Dr. Stephanie Howells

Victoria Clowater

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My research examines the impacts of an "X" gender marker on government-issued IDs for nonbinary Ontarians.

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Dr. Renee Sylvain

Greggory Cullen

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Janna Cutting

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Indigenous Storytelling, climate change, decolonization, Indigenous knowledge

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Dr. Tad McIlwraith

Amanda Dakin

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Amanda's research examines the regulation of public space and homelessness. Her ongoing master's research investigates how homeless persons are excluded from the public realm through the use of the outdoor built environment.

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Dr. Mervyn Horgan

Yvonne Duah

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Trisha Einmann

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Trisha's current research focuses on educational pathways and labour market outcomes for non-traditional students and disadvantaged/marginalized groups. Her dissertation research utilizes linked survey data to examine pathways and outcomes of adult learners, non-binary individuals, individuals with exceptionalities and disabilities, those with mental health issues, recent immigrants, Indigenous persons, visible minorities, and more.

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Dr. David Walters

Carol Elston-Jackson

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Dilshan Fernando

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Dilshan Fernando's research focuses on political economic analysis of digital work and its impact on development. He has field-work experience in Myanmar, India and Sri Lanka conducting research about how the emerging technologies change the lives of marginalized persons. He is a Research Fellow at LIRNEasia, a regional policy think tank based in Colombo.

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Dr. Belinda Leach

Olivia Flegg

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Lidia Fourcans

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Lidia's research aims to answer what role do men's understanding of their emotions play in the construction of their masculinities and the prevention of sexual and emotional violence while dating.

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Dr. Sharada Srinivasan

Donna Francis

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Alain Gagnon

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Alain's research explores the use of migrant labour under the Caporalato system, an Italian-based system of agricultural labour exploitation. Alain remains committed to transformative research in operationalizing anthropological knowledge to address ongoing issues of agricultural labour exploitation. His research interests include Mediterranean food systems and social relationships of food production.

Advisor:
Dr. Erin Nelson & Dr. Tad McIlwraith

Olivia Gater

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Olivia's research examines how registered sex offenders are socially constructed in Canadian news media. In addition, her research aims to understand how the media facilitates the production of information that gives a false reality of online-only sexual offenders. Research interests: sexual offending, media constructions of sexual offenders, online-only sexual offenders.

Advisor:
Dr. Carolyn Yule

Valérie Grand'Maison

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Valérie's dissertation explores experiences of violence and resistance in the lives of women with disabilities in Canada. She adopts an intersectional approach to better understand how multiple systems of oppression shape agency and collective resistance. Valérie is committed to transformative research with the goal of amplifying the voices of women with disabilities in feminist activism and scholarship about gender-based violence. Her research interests also include healthcare violence, eugenics, and transnational feminism.

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Dr. Paulina García-Del Moral

Cameron Henderson

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Devan Hunter

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Devan's current research interests include copresence in everyday life, intergenerationality, embodiment, critical social theory and community-based arts organizations. Her previous MA work focused on the values, meanings and lifestyle practices of vegans and how gender identity intersected with this.

Advisor:
Dr. Mervyn Horgan
Anna Johnson

Anna Johnson

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First Nations, Inuit, and Métis views of justice, Specialized Indigenous Courts, Indigenous Methodologies, Gladue Rights, Decolonization.

Advisor:
Dr. Myrna Dawson

Varun Joshi

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Varun's area of interest is on Green Criminology, specifically the intersection of critical animal and carceral studies. He is partnering with Evolve Our Prison Farms to advocate for the abolition of the ongoing For Profit Prison Farms at the men's federal penitentiaries in Kingston, Ontario. An animal rights approach is integrated into his work to advocate for both prison worker rights and the abolition of animal exploitation simultaneously. Other research interests include environmental sociology, violence, and settler decolonization.

Advisor:
Dr. Jeji Varghese and Dr. Mavis Morton

Yeana Kim

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Yeana's research examines bullying in contextual school systems with a focus on teacher-student relationships. Her research aims to understand implications on mental health, indicators of resilience, and consider marginalized groups within power dynamic structures.

Advisor:
Dr. Ryan Broll and Dr. David Walters