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Danielle Rodrigue-Todd

PhD candidate

Danielle Rodrigue-Todd is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Danielle’s research explores the role of crisis narratives in refugee politics and policy in Canada. Under the supervision of Dr. Christina Gabriel her dissertation explores the dynamics surrounding the relationship between crisis narratives and the ascendency of private sponsorship as a federal policy initiative and response to large scale refugee resettlement in Canada. Operating under the theoretical assertion that crises are not objective events but subjectively perceived and manifested through narratives, her research seeks to analyze the significance of the crisis narratives that circulated amidst political actors, civil society actors, and private sponsors in Ottawa during the Indochinese and Syrian refugee movements.

Prior to her dissertation Danielle worked as a research assistant at Acadia University on a SSHRC funded Digital Humanities project exploring the possibility of feminist values in war games, and contributed as a coauthor with Dr. Jon Saklofske. Emily Cann and Derek Siemens to the chapter “Are there (can there be/ should there be) feminist War Games?” in Feminist War Games? Mechanisms of War, Feminist Values and Interventional Games (2020). She has also worked as a research assistant with the City of Mississauga’s Culture Division.

Danielle’s previous education includes a master of arts degree in Social and Political Thought from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Governance from Ryerson University, as well specialization certificates in Research Analysis from Humber College and Refugee and Forced Migration Issues from York University.