Graduate Peer Mentors are Cultural Mediations PhD candidates who volunteer to provide program-related support and advice to doctoral students in the early stages of the program. Graduate Mentors’ profiles for 2023-2024 are expected to be updated soon. The program is run on a self-matching basis, with interested students invited to reach out by email to the prospective mentor of their choice.

Victoria Hawco – Currently a Third Year PhD student in Cultural Mediations, Victoria previously obtained her Bachelors in Humanities and her Masters in Public History with a specialization in Digital Humanities also at Carleton, and is currently also pursuing her diploma in Curatorial Studies. Her PhD dissertation is focusing on Tabletop Roleplaying Games Studies and its possible intersections with theories of morality and performance studies, but she works frequently with interdisciplinary topics and methodologies that relate to games studies andpopular culture. She is one of the founding editors of ICSLAC’s graduate journal, Scaffold (please consider submitting!) and loves tinkering with pop culture and games studies research. She plays Dungeons and Dragons twice a week and is dedicated to creating a home for interdisciplinary studies that allows academics to experiment with new topics and methods. As a mentor, she is focused on helping clear any confusion about the strangeness and complexity of grad school and making sure that each student can be focused on the fun and engaging parts, not the scary parts. If you are struggling to adjust and adapt to the workload, or just figuring out how Carleton works, she can also help with study and work tips to help make sure the PhD experience is as comfortable as it can be. She can be reached at