Current Students – PhD Program

Michelle BauldicMichelle Allen

I hold a MA in Art History from Queen’s University (2010) and am currently a Doctoral Student in the Canadian Studies program. My thesis will examine Inuit art, but specifically Ookpik–a whimsical interpretation of a snowy owl created by Jeannie Snowball in 1962. It gained fame after being circulated, promoted, and adopted as an official emblem by the Canadian federal government in the mid-1960s.

My research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century Canadian art history; Inuit visual and material culture in the twentieth century; and twentieth century Canadian history and cultural policy.

Patrick AugustinePatrick Augustine

I am Míkmaw and currently reside on the Elsipogtog First Nation. I am ABD (all but dissertation) and my dissertation is on the dispossession of the Mi’kmaq from their traditional lands in the traditional district of Sikniktuk, often called Chignecto.

I am writing about my First Nation’s relationship to traditional lands as a determinant of health. Previously participating on numerous boards such as the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centers, and the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), I currently sit on the Unamáki College Advisory Board at Cape Breton University.

trycia-bazinet_croppedTrycia Bazinet

Trycia is a francophone student from northern Québec, from so called Abitibi-Témiscamingue. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from Concordia University and a Master of Arts in International Development and Globalization with a Specialization in Women’s Studies from the University of Ottawa.

She is interested in exposing in depth the affective, intimate and emotional components of the structure of white settler colonialism. She wants to use “new materalisms” as well as visceral and emotional geographies for the purpose of non-metaphorical decolonization.

Trycia is a proponent of centering the grassroots struggles of land protectors in praxis and in theory making.

Kelly BlackKelly Black

Hi! I am a fourth year PhD student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies collaborative program with the Institute of Political Economy. I have a B.A. in History, and I completed my MA at Carleton in 2011, also in Canadian Studies.

My research interests are broad, but include Canadian Political Economy (especially the staples approach), decolonial theory, and historical geography.

My research looks at how the forest industry on Vancouver Island has shaped property relations and impeded the ongoing treaty process. I enjoy the challenges of interdisciplinary work which is why Canadian Studies has been a good fit for me. I am currently based in Victoria, BC.


matt-cain_croppedMatthew Cain

I grew up on Canadian Forces Base Trenton. The landing ground for thousands of United Empire Loyalists, Trenton also was briefly home to “Hollywood North” in the 1920s, and since WWII, the base has been the strategic heart of Canada’s air force operations.

 The historical influences of the Loyalists and the military got me interested in the origins of conservatism in Canadian political culture. My dissertation deals with historical claims by generations of Confederation’s historians to a Burkean inheritance in our politics.

 Now finished all but my dissertation, I am also a part-time parliamentary assistant for an Ottawa-area MP.

john-carlson_croppedJohn Carlson

I am Anishinaabe, Loon Clan and member of Opwaaganisiniing First Nation (Red Rock Indian Band).

My desire, passion and will is to strengthen my community’s relationship to our traditional territory. This involves, among other things, the question of land-based education, as well as recovering the dynamism of our intellectual and practical traditions. In this sense, I am also concerned with the relationship between Indigenous resurgence and decolonization, which, I believe, we cannot assume to be self-evident.
Along with my academic work I am constantly learning new things about my culture and doing my best to build the relationships that enable this learning as well as the responsibilities it carries. 

amy-chamberlin_croppedAmy Chamberlin

Amy is a PhD student in Carleton’s Canadian Studies program. Upon completing her BA (1999) and MA (2003) at Trent University, Amy worked as a community-based researcher in the areas of health and social services for Aboriginal communities in the Gaspe Region of Quebec. As part of her PhD research, Amy plans to pursue research about the evolution of healthcare policies and social services in First Nations communities. To address inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Peoples in the area of health, it is critical to envision ‘ethical space’ for dialogue.

Amy currently lives in the First Nation community of Listuguj, Quebec with her husband and their three children.

Johnathan DewarJohnathan Dewar
Jonathan Dewar is Director of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre and Special Advisor to the President at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where he leads research, education, and community service programming, including museum and gallery initiatives.

From 2007-2012 he served as Director of Research at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and is a past director of the Métis Centre at the National Aboriginal Health Organization.

Jonathan is of mixed heritage, descended from Huron-Wendat, Scottish and French Canadian grandparents with an academic background in Aboriginal literatures and drama, Indigenous studies, and creative writing. A former SSHRC doctoral fellow, Jonathan’s research explores the role of art and artist in truth, healing, and reconciliation with regard to Indian Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

rachelle_dickenson_croppedRachelle Dickenson

Rachelle Dickenson is a PhD Student at Carleton University. Previous to this she was Curatorial Assistant in the Indigenous Art Department at the National Gallery of Canada and has an MA in Art History from McGill University.

Rachelle is co-curator of Reading the Talk, with independent curator and artist, Lisa Myers. Rachelle is engaged in relationships and distinctions between Canadian and Indigenous art histories, pedagogies and curatorial practices in Canadian exhibition and educational institutions.

william-felepchukWilliam Leonard Felepchuk

My name is William Leonard Felepchuk. I am called William after my mother’s father, who was raised by his Italian immigrant grandparents in downtown Hamilton. I am called Leonard after my father’s father, whose people came from Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine. My mother’s mother Isabel’s people were Protestant Ulster Irish settlers in Southern Ontario, as was the family of my father’s mother Ivy.

I was born in North York, on the land of the Mississauga nation, and moved with my family at the age of four to Ottawa, on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation, where I have lived since. I now live near the Kichi Sibi (Ottawa River) with my wife Yusra and my daughter Maria Saoirse, who are my principal (and patient!) teachers. My sister is the talented topical singer and multiinstrumentalist Erin Saoirse Adair (google her!).

My PhD research explores and interrogates my position as a settler (non-Indigenous) person within the current settler colonial reality of the society in which I live, focusing particularly on the National Capital Region, on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. I owe my abilities to think and read critically to my mother and father, who encouraged me through both a BA in Aboriginal and Canadian Studies and an MA in World Literatures and Cultures at the University of Ottawa.

My MA major research paper is entitled “‘We want to pretend that you are our ancestors’: The Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Algonquin Nation, and the Archaeology of White Settler Fantasy”. My research chronicled the 2002-2005 struggle of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation (KZAFN) to have the remains of Algonquin ancestors repatriated from the Museum’s collections, and analyses the Museum’s reactions to KZAFN’s repatriation request.

David Hanley

David Hanley

David Hanley has a BFA and MA in Film Studies from Concordia University and is currently working toward a PhD in Canadian Studies at Carleton University, where his research interest is a group of filmmakers from the cultural communities whose work briefly enlivened Canadian cinema during the 1990s.

David is a regular contributor to the online film journal Offscreen and has written over a dozen entries for The Historical Dictionary of South American Cinema by Dr. Peter H. Rist (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and a chapter, “Serial Killers, Deals with the Devil, and the Madness of Crowds: The Horror Film in Nazi-Occupied France”, for Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2015). Since 2011, he has been a programmer for Cine Gael of Montreal’s annual season of contemporary Irish films. He also finds writing about himself in the third person to be weirdly enjoyable, and recommends it to others.

charlotte_croppedCharlotte Hoelke

Charlotte Hoelke is a third year PhD student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Her research explores the ways in which Indigenous erotic arts engage in decolonization efforts by voicing Indigenous perspectives and views of sexuality and gender, and envisioning new Indigenized futures.  She is also interested in how Indigenous erotica can be used as a teaching tool, and as a catalyst to foster much-needed conversations between scholars of Indigenous Studies and Queer Theory.

John Macbeth

John Macbeth

To say that I’m honoured to be a part of the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University is an understatement! Although I was born in Kingston I grew up in Ennismore, Ontario just north of Peterborough, so when I heard that Trent and Carleton had partnered for this very worthy endeavour I was thrilled.

Not for a moment had considered that I would have the chance to attend my Alma Mater and my hometown university at the same time. Truth be told, I was a terrible student during my undergrad years and I just scraped by having never really applied myself to my studies. In the end I graduated with a BA in History/Classics from Carleton and I never really considered going back to school until 2012 when an opportunity to complete my Masters in an extremely interesting field presented itself.

In 2013 I enrolled in the Master of Arts, Organizational Leadership in Bethany Connecticut after witnessed first hand how it had transformed many of my friends lives after they had completed the program. My thesis focused on reimagining First Nations Care platforms and how mobility could alter the current state of affairs.

I hope to expand on this thesis in some way during my PhD work. I’ve enrolled as a Part Time student as I own and operate 2 mobile solutions companies, Mobileyes Consulting and Northern Apps. As of 2015 we have over 2 million concurrent users and 50,000 Canadian physicians are using at least one of our solutions daily.


Elaine Radman

Elaine Radman is a second year doctoral student with over 10 years of experience working in the museum sector. She has also worked with non-profit groups and educational institutions on developing activities to get the public to interact with exhibits and organized artifacts using automated database systems.

Projects that she completed during her MA focused on the analyzing the exhibits and artifacts in the Canadian Museum of History and how this type of Canadian historical and anthropological material culture represents the Canadian nation. Elaine’s doctoral thesis examines the history of Canadian Forces Bases with a specific focus on looking at the cultural landscape that is formed within these gated communities.

maggie-saunders_cropped Margaret Saunders

My name is Maggie Saunders and I am beginning the Canadian Studies doctoral program in fall 2016 on a part-time basis. I completed my undergraduate degree at Trent University in Political Studies and Women’s Studies with an emphasis in law and policy issues. I completed my graduate degree in Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.

My thesis topic is undetermined at this point; however, it will likely relate to the changing face of Canada’s public service. This is of interest to me as I am a policy analyst in the federal government.

Outside work and school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two young children.

Jen St. Germain

Jen St. Germain

I hail from a small town in Southern Ontario. I am Métis with two young daughters that love knowing Mommy goes off to school just as they do. I have worked for many years within the Métis public service in Ontario and continue to as the Director of Education and Training for the Métis Nation of Ontario.

I come to the PhD program in Canadian Studies at Carleton University with an MA in Canadian Studies from Carleton University and undergraduate degrees in History and Political Science from McMaster. I am keenly interested in the emergence and evolution of Métis nationalism in Canada especially as it has evolved within Ontario.

My research focuses on the rights based institutions that have been constructed as a space of governance, public policy, administration and culture and I seek to examine their intersection and inter-relationship with Canada, its provinces and with the people they purport to serve.

michelle-thompsonMichelle Thompson

A Franco Ontarian originally from Blind River, Ontario I’ve worked closely with many of Ontario’s francophone communities and organizations, identifying needs, developing and implementing projects and securing resources.

I have a degree in Social Work and more recently studied Folklore and Ethnology in French America. I have a Master in Information (MI) from the University of Toronto with a focus on Archives and Records Management. I’m also an empty nester with plenty of time, passion and energy to focus on my PhD for the next 4 years.

I plan on doing ethnographic research on the preservation of cultural information by Franco Ontarian teachers. A recent pilot study I completed as part of my graduate course work allowed me to gather fascinating information that will be helpful for my research design. My study will touch on archival preservation and knowledge management concepts as well as cultural elements and strategies important to linguistic minorities in Canada including the types and forms of cultural records collected and how they’re used. I ultimately want to play an active role in preserving French culture in Canada, particularly outside of Quebec, by helping to design preservation policies, professional development programs and more.

lindy-van-vliet_croppedLindy Van Vliet

I completed my BA at the University of Waterloo with a joint honours in Political Science and History, and my MA in Canadian Studies at Carleton.
My research interests for my PhD are broad and ever-changing, but most recently I have become interested in the way that online “memes” critique and reproduce counter-narratives. I am also interested in tracing the ways western liberal subjecthood is performed and questioned online.

 I spend my spare time “analyzing” the Mindy Project and knitting a sweater (it is a lifelong project).