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.


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.


matt-cain_croppedMatthew Cain

Growing up on Canada’s largest air force base, CFB Trenton, gave me an early interest in national affairs. When Canada joined the fight in the Persian Gulf in 1991, Trenton was critical. Whenever food, clothing, and other aid was sent overseas in Hercules aircraft, it was sent from Trenton. When refugees from Kosovo were evacuated in 1999, Trenton provided them a temporary home. Interactions with refugees, and members of the forces who had served in Cyprus, Somalia, Rwanda, etc., remain formative experiences for me.

 Witnessing how people banded together in national institutions like the military always made me curious. How did institutions foster a sense of community and shared values? What basic philosophy determined those values?

My surroundings lent themselves to a consideration of conservatism. The Trenton-Belleville-Prince Edward County area had been the landing ground for thousands of United Empire Loyalists, and since WWII, the base had been the strategic heart of Canada’s air force operations. 

Now in the editing stage, my dissertation deals with the place of Edmund Burke’s political thought in the origins of both Canadian conservatism and the political culture more broadly.


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.


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 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 to settle in Saskatchewan. 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 lands 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. My research looks at the history and consolidation of regimes of coloniality and racial domination in the Ottawa region and in the watershed of the Kichi Sibi (Ottawa River), while exploring and interrogating my position as a settler (non-Indigenous) white man.

I have presented papers on the history of racialization and coloniality in the Ottawa region at the McGill-Queen’s Graduate History Conference in Kingston, Ontario, and at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am also the co-organizer, with Professor Nimo Bokore, of the annual academic colloquium at Carleton University entitled “Somali Studies in Canada: Resistance and Resilience”.  I am the co-coordinator, with Professor Cristina Rojas, of the Decolonial/Postcolonial Reading Group, a monthly gathering of graduate students and professors who read decolonial and postcolonial theory together.


Allyson Green

I am a first year PhD student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. I received my Bachelor of Arts, Honours, from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University. In that degree, I examined the intersection of disability, gender/sexuality and the political economy through a close reading of the critiques of ‘compulsory able-bodiedness’ offered by queer disability artists.

My present research lies in the area of exploring ways to build new relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples in Canada through the arts. Specifically, I am interested in marrying my personal artistic practice as a traditional wet felt-maker with rigorous academic research.

To that end, I am examining whether, and if so how, a critical arts-based pedagogy might facilitate the delivery of Indigenous-centered curricula to high school students in Ontario, thereby creating the conditions for respectful intercultural dialogue and social change.


Sheila Grantham

Sheila has well over 15 years’ experience working with First Nations and Métis national, provincial, regional organizations and communities. She has an Honours degree in Law and Human Rights, a Master’s in Canadian Studies and is currently a Doctoral Candidate within the Joint Carleton-Trent Canadian Studies program.

Throughout her time as a student Sheila has assisted in the creation of Carleton University’s Student Associations first Aboriginal Service Centre, and along with the Word Warrior Student Society, coordinated the first Indigenous Academic Conference “Aditawazi Nisoditadiwin: Empowerment Through Knowledge” at the University. In 2010 she helped to develop the Word Warrior Student Bursary that continues to support Indigenous academics that wish to pursue community-based research. Her past research on homelessness at the National Aboriginal Health Organization, led to a publication on “First Nations women and Homelessness in Canada: A Discussion Paper and Annotated Bibliography” (2012). In addition, she is a collaborator on a book chapter entitled “Researching with Respect: The Contributions of Feminist, Aboriginal and Community-Based Research Approaches to the Development of our Study of First Nation’s Healing from Problematic Drug Use” (2014); and author of recent publication “(in)visible bodies and (de)contextualization: A critique of the Independent Review of Cathedral Valley Group Home”.

Sheila is of Métis and Anishnaabe ancestry and currently is the Community Coordinator and Administrator of the Indigenous Policy and Administration Program at Carleton University.


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.


Anna Shah Hoque

Anna Shah Hoque is a PhD student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. She holds a BA Honours – Double Major in Communication Studies and Canadian Studies with a Minor in Sexuality Studies. She has received her Master of Arts in Communication at Carleton University.

Her Master’s thesis, Indigenous Storytelling: Contesting, Interrupting, and Intervening in the Nation-Building Project Through Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes, interrogates the nature of nationalistic media texts and more specifically what alter-narratives emerge when turning to Indigenous media makers who directly and indirectly utilize the Minutes to critically engage with settler discourses of Canadian nationalism. Her research interests include storytelling, decolonization, visual culture, public memory, and nationalism.


Miranda Leibel

Miranda was born and raised in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton) in Treaty 6/Métis Territory. She is a settler student of Italian and Yiddish-German ancestry. She holds a BA(Hon) and MA from the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta.

Miranda’s research focuses on child welfare policy from a critical political economy perspective, with specific attention given to the intersections of settler-colonialism and neoliberalism in contemporary Canadian policy and public opinion-making. She is particularly interested in government discourses of transparency and accountability in child death inquiries.


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

I’m a Franco-Ontarian from the north shore of Lake Huron and a second year PhD student with an interest in technologies of resistance, archival preservation, and Francophone identities outside of Quebec.

I received my BSW from Laurentian University in 2001 and my MI from the University of Toronto in 2016. I’ve developed and implemented several community-based projects for minority Francophones in the last 15 years. More recently I’ve worked in a variety of information management roles and published articles on the use of simulation in Social Work education, and the uses, limitations and preservation of blogs as legal sources.

My recent work examines the influence of information technologies like new media on cultural and linguistic identity in Canada.   .


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).