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Danielle Saj

Feminist Political Economy, Care Work in the Healthcare Sector

Degrees:Ma Candidate, Concentration in Work and Labour

Before beginning your studies at the Institute of Political Economy where did you study and what program(s) were you enrolled in?

I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Labour Studies at the University of Manitoba.

What is it specifically that attracted you to study Political Economy at Carleton?

I appreciate that the program is interdisciplinary and students are encouraged to take courses in a variety of departments. This provides opportunities to collaborate with faculty and students from diverse academic backgrounds. I was also drawn to the program because of the concentration in Work and Labour. This option allows me to explore my interests in this field in greater depth, as well as engage in experiential learning.

My areas of research interest include…

Feminist Political Economy and care work within the healthcare sector.

What activities have you been involved in lately? (work placement, work experience, Undergraduate research, research positions, volunteer work, awards, travel, favourite books)

I am currently working as a research assistant with Dr. Susan Braedley on the project “Bordering Old Age, Bordering Care: Comparing Welfare State Approaches,” which explores policy implications for immigrant families and the care of older adults and children.

What advice would you give to a prospective Political Economy graduate student?

Don’t be afraid to reach out to current students! This is a great way to learn more about life as a grad student, the process of applying to grad school, as well as various scholarship opportunities like Tri-Council awards.