What Can I Do With an M.A. or Ph.D. in Anthropology from Carleton?

Below please find a list of some of our M.A./Ph.D. graduates in anthropology, and information on what they are doing at present.  The Ph.D. program in anthropology admitted its first students in the 2009-10 academic year, and proudly graduated its first two Ph.D.’s in 2014.  M.A. graduates from our anthropology program go on to a variety of Ph.D. programs as well as employment in the government, non-profit, and private sectors.

Grant MacNeil (MA, 2015) is an organiser for the Canadian Federation of Students and supports student unions in the Maritimes and advocates for high quality, accessible education for all. He is currently on a leave to serve as Organizer for the Public Service Alliance of Canada. His research examined the relationship between food and Identity among Inuit men in Ottawa.

Daniel Tubb (PhD, 2014) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. His work explores resource extraction in Canada and Colombia. Click here for his faculty webpage.

Marieka Sax (PhD, 2014) was our first Ph.D. student to defend her thesis (August 2014), which was nominated for a medal. She is currently the Research Lead at the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium at the University of Northern British Columbia, where she works with faculty members and community partners to explore the community, health, and environmental impacts of resource development across northern BC. She also collaborates with the Fraser Basin Council as the Secretariat for the Nechako Watershed Roundtable (a cross-sectoral organization working to protect and improve the health of the Nechako River watershed). She is also a postdoctoral researcher working on the gendered dimensions of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Kitimat, BC.

Sarah O’Sullivan (MA, 2014) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Toronto, where her research focuses on humanitarianism, NGOs, and HIV services in Northern Uganda.

Katie MacLeod (MA, 2013) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at Dalhousie University. Her research investigates the historical, political, and social relations between the Mi’kmaq and Acadians of the Maritime Provinces, with particular attention to how historic relations and alliances resurface in the present though sustained attachments to the land.

Cassandra McCabe (Verardi) (MA, 2013) teaches high school students with the York Region District School Board. She is interested in experiential learning, voluntourism, cross-cultural teaching styles, and promoting diversity in the classroom. In her Social Science courses, she encourages students to explore research methods and conduct their own primary research.

Matthew Sanderson (MA, 2013) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at Carleton University, where his research focuses on the experience of post traumatic stress disorder among police offers who have served overseas in politically unstable environments.

Miranda Mason (MA, 2012) is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Health in British Columbia and a PhD student in social and medical anthropology at York University. Her work and research revolves around social determinants of health and inequities in health care access in both British Columbia and Southeast Asia.

Graham Fox (MA, 2012) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at McGill University, where his research focuses on the politics of race and wildlife conservation in Kenya.

Nicole Robinson (MA, 2012) is Program Manager for Community Engagement with the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Cancer Strategy team at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC). CPAC is a national organization funded by Health Canada to be the steward of Canada’s national cancer strategy. Her job is to ensure that they work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners, communities, organizations and governments in a way that is respectful, appropriate and grounded in reconciliation.

Alana Conway (MA, 2011) is a Research Assistant at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she works on researching international human rights stories for inclusion in museum exhibits.

Kim Chi Tran (MA, 2011) is a Ph.D. student in Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies – Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. Her research explores how children from Mongolian nomadic pastoralist families experience and perceive the influences of Information Communication Technologies in their lives as they encounter these technologies through formal and informal forms of learning.

Anita Agrawal (MA, 2010) is a not-for-profit Consultant who has worked in many capacities in the arts sector, working with over fifty organizations to promote diversity and inclusion in the arts. She is also a well-known Canadian jewellery designer, small business owner and a former federal and provincial political candidate.

Ana Fonseca (MA, 2010) is a PhD student in History at Carleton University, where her research focuses on the Maroon population in 18th century Pacific Colombia and the threat it posed to the Spanish colonial order.

Jennifer Slawich (MA, 2009) works as a Consultant for Plan Canada as their Senior Policy Advisor, where she works on issues ranging from maternal and child health to girl’s education and gender-based violence. She has also worked as the Child Health and Education Campaigns Officer at RESULTS Canada, and the HIV/AIDS Campaign Officer at the International Department of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Caryl Patrick (MA, 2009) is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at York University, where her research focuses on Aboriginal health, health promotion programs, and homelessness. She recently published a book reviewing the literature on Aboriginal homelessness in conjunction with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York, which was featured in a CBC news article and on CBC radio.

Bryan Myles (MA, 2008) is the interim director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and an SFU PhD student. His work and research explore the use of new media technologies in the documentation, archiving, and circulation of Northwest Coast First Nations’ cultural heritage.

Hodan Mohammed (MA, 2007) is a Ph.D. student in Population Health at the University of Ottawa, while also working as a policy analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada. She has conducted community based research and training in Ottawa on a range of topics related to settlement and counselling supports for newcomers and youth. Her research interests include health equity and immigrant health, in particular the experiences of Somali Canadian male youth.

David Loewen (MA, 2005) is currently the Manager of Strategic Policy in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture developing policy and analysis on issues including infrastructure, municipal planning and taxation, labour, federal-provincial relations, social license, strategic planning and research, and capacity development. Previously, he was a Senior Intergovernmental Officer, Canadian Intergovernmental Relations at Executive Council. Before returning to Saskatchewan he held positions as the Manager of Immigration Policy and Health Workforce Analyst in the Government of Alberta.

Kathryn Friesen (MA, 2004) is the Director of Immigration and Settlement Service with Catholic Social Services in Edmonton, Alberta. Her work involves supporting the resettlement of all Government Assisted Refugees (GARs) who arrive in Edmonton through the federal government’s Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP). In her role, she has participated on the National GAR-RAP Working Group with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Also, she has been selected to participate in the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a member of the Canadian NGO delegation.

Colleen McKay (MA, 2004) was a Project Coordinator at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network in Toronto where she worked with researchers and community members to carry out HIV related community-based research and provided support to various grant programs. As a Grants Officer at the Ontario Tech University (formerly the University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Colleen has provided support across all UOIT faculties for a wide variety of individual and institutional research grant programs. Currently, she manages the Canada Research Chairs program and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in research portfolio while providing primary research grant support to the faculties of Social Science and Humanities, Business and Information Technology, Health Sciences and Education.

Manon Turcotte (MA, 2004) is a Policy Analyst at the Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control, a division of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Mandy McCarthy (MA, 2002) is the Director of Policy, Planning and Reporting in the Settlement Agreement and Childhood Claims Branch of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada. She is responsible for working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners to support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action regarding Missing Children and Burial Information. Over the years, as a civil servant, she has been responsible for negotiating culture and heritage provisions in modern treaty agreements, managing programming to support Indigenous languages and cultures, running heritage designations for historic sites, lighthouses and railway stations and was the Executive Secretary to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board.