Meysoon Amin

Ph.D. Anthropology Student

Areas of Interest: Meysoon is a recent graduate of the MSc program in Capacity Development and Extension at the University of Guelph. Following the completion of her master’s thesis on upland rice cultivation and gender empowerment, she has had the opportunity to work with several NGOs in her native Sudan, as well as many local organizations focused on agribusiness development. As a Ph.D student she hopes to conduct research on the geopolitical, economic and social aspects associated with gender-sensitive rice learning and technology adoption within rural communities. Geographic areas of interest include: Sub-Saharan Africa and Sudan.

David Ashelman

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., David has spent over 20 years working in Human Resource Management. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the State University of New York, and his doctoral research is on the shared, lived experiences of those engaged in precarious employment from the lens of social location. His previous research has been in the areas of household poverty, child poverty in foster care systems, as well as urban decay & deindustrialization. Other research interests include: economic sociology; sociology of work; public policy.


Emma Bider

M.A. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Post-conflict; politics of identity; post-colonialism; performativity; migration; diaspora; autochthony; nationalism; music; politics of memory; marginalization; reconciliation; peacebuilding.

Alex Bing

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Sociology of education; feminist science and technology studies; skilled migration; science-art divide; conservative subcultures; sociology of resentment; and ethnographic methodologies.

Vivianna Boiles-Leonard

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Heritage; South Africa; commodification; identity politics; memory studies; tourism; nationalism; public history and affect.

Greg Brown

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Contemporary policing; police use of force; differences in views/perceptions among the police and the citizenry; citizen journalism and Web 2.0 New Media; the regulation of drugs in society; public criminology.

Michael Bueckert

Ph.D. Sociology student, with a specialization in Political Economy

Areas of Interest: Michael’s primary areas of research include social movements and activism, and international development. His ongoing thesis research looks at the opposition to international solidarity campaigns in Canada, including boycott campaigns that target South Africa and Israel. He has published on topics including Canadian development aid policy and Occupy Wall Street, and his Masters’ research was a political economy critique of post-development theory.

Website: http://michaelbueckert.weebly.com/


Courtney Cameron

M.A. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Biological, environmental and socio-cultural determinants of health; nutrition and well-being; children’s health and development; ethnomedicine cross-culturally; Shamanism and healing; Canadian Aboriginal populations and Central American populations.

Selena Choi

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Socio-legal studies; Indigenous women’s studies; Aboriginal social movement; post-colonialism; citizenship and social status; race and racism; culture and gender; social stratification; urban sociology.

Warren Clarke

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Warren Clarke is an anthropologist who graduated from the University of Guelph.  Warren’s master’s thesis research, titled “Youth Outreach Work: Using Solidarity to Empower Marginalized Youth”, explored the practices that Toronto Youth Outreach Workers (YOWs) use to build reciprocal relationships with marginalized youth.  A key finding that emerge from his research was that YOWs intentionally reveal their own vulnerability as a practice to support marginalized youth, it can build a relationship of solidarity between marginalized youth and YOWs, which in turn has positive implications for program successes. The data and insights provided in his research report will be useful to know how to work in relation with marginalized youth, and to advocate for the well-being of young people, Anthropologists or not. As a Ph.D Sociology student Warren continues his research in the area of Solidarity; Marginalized Youth; Outreach Work; Social Determinants of Health among Black in Ontario and Quebec.

Kyle Coady

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Criminal justice; the youth legal system; discretion among legal system players; in camera legal processes; criminology; socio-legal studies and systems theory.

Ryan Coulling

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Affect; digital sociology; online ethnography; social justice. Ryan is interested in aspects of social justice that impact people in their everyday lives and practices. With a focus on digital and social media, his research looks at what happens when individual or collective bodies come into contact online, and how this contact creates the very surface of bodies through emotions. He is especially interested in the responses by people of privilege to the (online) voices of marginalized people.

Rachel Crawford

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Indigenous practices of motherhood; theories of empowered motherhood; Indigenous feminism; Indigenous research paradigms; urbanization; decolonization; subjectivity; space and positionality.

Abigail Curlew

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: My primary research interests are located within the sociology of surveillance, security, and ethnography. I am currently interested in conducting an institutional ethnography on national security and public safety practices deployed to surveil Indigenous and environmental activists in Ontario. Furthermore, I write about contemporary surveillance and technology issues, my work has been featured on Vice, The Conversation, rabble.ca and Briarpatch Magazine.


Palak Dhiman

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Arranged marriage; marriage migration; Indian classical dance; South Asian diaspora; identity formation; postcolonial feminism; multiculturalism; citizenship; nationalism; racism.

Zuber Dinani

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Study of crime; crime prevention approach to sociological issues; study of prisons as social institutions; correctional officers’ attitudes toward minority inmates; restorative versus punitive approach in addressing crimogenic needs; understanding social relationship between guards and inmates; and community & justice services.

Caglar Dolek

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Marxist theory; state theory; political economy of Turkey; neoliberalism; historical anthropology of state, law and policing; critical criminology; private security; urban space; urban marginality; criminalization; social history; qualitative methods; oral history.


Jared Epp

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Phenomenology; mental health; homelessness; anthropology of psychiatry; negotiation of self and identity; alterity; otherness; intersubjectivity; addiction; ethno-cultural differences of self- mental illness and healing; diaspora; indigeneity; urban anthropology; social work practices.


Kirsten Francescone

Ph.D. Anthropology and Political Economy student

Areas of Interest: Extractive cities; labour and work; mineral economies; gendered production; colonial mining history

Regions of Interest: Bolivia and Canada


Megan Graham

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Medical anthropology; performativity and phenomenological analysis; creative arts therapy; education; music; theories of space and place; experimental ethnography.


Kent Hall

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Kent’s M.A. thesis focused on the construction and realization of recreational ethics in contested and fragile public spaces such as national and provincial/state parks. Continuing in this field, his Ph.D. work examines relations between recreational groups and Indigenous activists with particular interest in the mediating effects of policies governing public lands and challenges to and opportunities for solidarity. Other interests include: environmental sociology; genealogy; phenomenology; sociology of sport; public lands management; ethics; decolonization; liberatory practices; rock climbing.

Laleh Hadisi

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Class/inequality; sociology of consumption; political sociology; citizenship and immigration; identity formation and the integration process of newcomers in Canada.

Alejandro Hernández

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Alejandro is a PhD candidate in Sociology with specialization in Political Economy and a Vanier Scholar, the Government of Canada’s most prestigious international award for doctoral students. His areas of interest include (im)migration/diasporas, youth, and identities in Canada and Latin America, among others. Alejandro has ample experience in migration and youth research, policy evaluation, teaching, and education management both in Canada and Mexico. His current research focuses on the experiences of integration and development of transnational ties among Mexican youth in Ottawa and Montreal.

Alejandro is currently a Board of Directors member, Elections Officer, and Communications Co-Chair of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and was also the co-chair of the Committee for Refugee Issues, and member of the Advisory Search Committee for Vice-President (Research and International) at Carleton University.

Website: alejandrohernandez.ca/
Academia: https://carleton-ca.academia.edu/AlejandroHernandez
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alejandrohernandezr

Dan Houser

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Canadian energy exploration; industrial work and masculinities; gender inequalities in the workplace; homosocial work tropes; folk economics.


Genevieve Johnston

Ph.D. Sociology student and Vanier Scholar

Areas of Interest: Homelessness; youth resistance and agency; radical social movements; anticapitalism; anarchism; ecofeminism; animal liberation; total liberation; critical criminology; qualitative inquiry; labour power.


Matthew S. Johnston

Ph.D Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Critical psychiatry; critical criminology; sociology of mental health; gender and violence; men and masculinities; transgender studies; private security; sociology of punishment; Prison Industrial Complex; narrative inquiry; autoethnography; institutional ethnography; qualitative methods; feminist criminology; symbolic interactionism; Foucault; Szasz, Deleuze and Guattari; post-anarchism; labour and resistance; Social Movements.

Academia: https://carleton-ca.academia.edu/MatthewJohnston

Zoey Jones

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Critical criminology; penology; the sociology of deviance; sex work; gender and sexuality; qualitative research methods; ethnography; cultural criminology; media studies; First Nations peoples and the criminal justice system.

Amanda Joy

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: social movements; participatory democracy; activist ethnography; anarchism; Canada; cultural politics of HIV/AIDS; HIV/AIDS activism; Southeast Asia.


Janna Klostermann (janna.klostermann.ca)

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Activism; aging; art; care work; class politics; critical literacy studies; cultural studies; disability; ethnography; feminist theories of care; value production; visual/art-based methods; (academic) writing studies.

Website: Janna Klostermann’s Website
Academia: Janna Klostermann’s Academia Site

Kevin Koudys

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Sociology of education; criminalization of youth; neoliberalism in education law/policy; racism/race and discrimination; societal militarization and securitization; zero-tolerance policies; surveillance technologies; policing.


Leon Laidlaw

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Leon’s research interests fall within the scope of trans studies, feminist and critical criminology, and sex and the law. Leon hopes to specialize in trans individuals’ experiences with the criminal justice system. His SSHRC-funded Master’s research focused on the experiences of trans women in the sex industry and he has undergone several other initiatives relating to trans research and activism.

Ying-Ying Tiffany Liu

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Southern Africa; East Asia; diaspora studies (Chinese in Canada; Chinese and Zimbabweans in South Africa); migrant entrepreneurship; labour migration; petty capitalism; guanxi/gift economy; racial relations; the anthropology of food, identity and performativity.


Jasmine Macaulay

M.A. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Medical anthropology; death and dying; domestic tourism; colonialism; elite landscapes; modernity.

Gazel Manuel

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Race and ethnic relations; intersectional feminism; consumerism; multiculturalism in Canada; neoliberalism; sociology of culture; sociology of food and cuisine.

Samantha McAleese

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Critical criminology; criminal justice / penal policy reform; prisoner re-entry and reintegration; criminal records management and expungement processes; public sociology / criminology qualitative research methods; emotion; stigma and resistance to (structural) stigma; social control; social capital; non-profit organizations; activism and advocacy.

Deirdre McDonald

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Standards, categories and projects of legibility by government institutions and their consequences; the construction of the notion of the high risk offender; offender management; sociology of space; spatial analysis and GIS; crime events; policing; criminal justice system; surveillance (human and technology based) with an emphasis on electronic monitoring.

Hawa Mire

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Hawa is a diasporic Somali storyteller, writer, and strategist with over a decade of experience in high impact community based initiatives. She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University where her research was preoccupied with storytelling as a site of social-boundary making. She is the co-editor of MAANDEEQ, a collective of young Somali-demics from diverse fields who write about the Somali territories and the Somali diaspora. Her research interests include: Oral histories; African feminisms; decolonial knowledge production; Somali diasporas; transnationalisms; memory and imaginaries.

Kazhal Mohammadi

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Nationalism; national liberation movement; post and settler colonial feminism; racism; Kurdish studies.

Megan Muller

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Food and food practices; healing; indigenous political discourses in Canada; traditional knowledge; agency and social change.


Andrea Noreiga

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Medical anthropology; food and nutrition; health identities; youth in Canada; consumer culture.

Danielle Normandeau

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Affect theory; trauma and memory studies; critical disability studies; necropolitics; critical race theory; feminist and queer theory; mad studies; dogs.


Kevin Patridge

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: My current research is focused on private security work in the Ottawa area. I am looking at the everyday practices of security workers through interviews, focus groups, and participant observation. My particular interest is the way in which the work reflects globalized concerns about risk and security as well as the ways in which these ideas interact with embodied gender practices at the individual level. I have done previous research work on the police, the military, a car club, and the punk rock scene in Vancouver, BC.

Website: kevinpartridge.ca

Konstantin Petoukhov

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Transitional justice; reparations for settler colonial violence; social constructivism; truth commissions; human rights; genocide; political sociology; public sociology.

Phillip Primeau

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Governmentality studies; historical sociology; moral regulation; state formation; municipal governance; community capacity building and resilience training.


Sheila Rao

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Feminist political ecology of nutrition and agriculture; East Africa; knowledge translation; ethnography of material and discursive networks.

Ali Ramezani

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Sociology and political economy of work; alienated labour; work as potentially and personally meaningful (axiological) activity; inequality; the ‘middle class’ in contemporary society; Canada’s immigration policy; temporary and permanent foreign worker program.

Marion Robinson

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Mental health; healing encounters with animals in non therapeutic spaces; empathy; medical anthropology; human/animal studies; personhood; intersubjectivity; affect theory; martial arts and self defense; anthropology of gender and the body; East Asian religions and diasporas.

Sarah Rodimon

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: intersectional feminism; reproductive justice; activism & social movements; oppression & resistance; social organization; qualitative research methods; political activist ethnography


Matthew Sanscartier

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: How populism and neoliberalism manifest in citizenship and citizen-identities; welfare state retrenchment and globalization; citizen-identities; quantitative methodology; ‘the paradigm wars’; mixed methods.

David Seguin

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Governmentality; power dynamics among political, social and economic institutions; social and economic regulation; political economy; alternatives to the criminal justice system.

Mikayla Sherry

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Citizenship education; critical pedagogy; critical multiculturalism.

Valerie Stam

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Citizenship; (im)migration; urbanization; Somalis in Canada; Somalis in the Netherlands; social movements; civic engagement; municipal politics; Islamophobia; race; gender and feminist studies; homelessness and housing; food security; youth; gender-based violence/VAW; women and politics; agency; India/Africa; qualitative research methods; participatory action research; visual/art-based methods; knowledge translation.


Amanda Van Beinum

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Medical sociology; death and dying; medical anthropology; intensive care units; sociology of science and technology; liminality; classification and standardization; health research methods.

Sandy Vandervalk

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Border anthropology; anthropology of North America; in-between-ness; identity and personhood; phenomenology; performativity.


Adam Wildgen

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Social determinants of health; political economy of health inequalities; individualization of risk/responsibility; welfare states; epistemology, knowledge production and use; agency and structure; sociology of work and organizations; contemporary social theory.

Amy Wilson

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Medical Anthropology; chronic pain conditions; Canadian healthcare; complementary and alternative medicine (CAM); healthcare inequalities; phenomenology; disability studies; illness narratives.