Akintunde Akinleye

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Akintunde recently received an M.A. in Film Studies at Carleton University with a specialization in African Studies. Before coming to Carleton, he had worked as a photojournalist in Nigeria for nearly two decades, traveling west and central Africa for Reuters news agency, after a few years of working at a local news media organization. An ardent follower of Stuart Hall and his critical race theory, Akintunde’s research work will focus on how archival films and other visual materiality communicate black representation in popular culture, examining their impacts on post-modernist construction of Afro-centrism. Akintunde had earlier studied for two graduate degrees in Mass Communication and Educational Technology at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.

Website: www.akintundeakinleye.com

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.


Jasmeet Bahia

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Law and cyberspace security; cyber espionage; extremist ideologies; Islamic and white extremists; surveillance; hacktivism; actor network theory; governmentality; social networks; culture and space; ideology; social policy.

Ryan Bathurst

M.A. Sociology student, specialization in Digital Humanities

Areas of Interest: Social media; populist movements; extremist ideologies; identity presentation and technologies of the self; science and technology studies; actor network theory; critical discourse analysis.

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.

Cihan Erdal

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Erdal’s M.A. thesis focused on the reproduction of abilik (big brotherhood), a form of institutionalized hierarchy based on age, experience, and gender faced by youth in the left political space of Turkey in the 2000s. Before coming to Carleton, in addition to his prior academic work and research, as an activist he took roles in several initiatives particularly on youth, left, LGBTI+, co-designed and co-organized national and international projects and programs with the activist youth in Turkey and Europe. Erdal also hosted a weekly web-based TV program on youth and politics in 2017. His areas on interest include: youth sociology; activist youth culture; social/political generations; gerontocracy and ageism in political space; intersectionality, queer theory, and feminist approaches; social movements; memory of leftist movements; modern and contemporary political philosophy and history of political thought; collective memory theory; diaspora theory and Anatolian diasporas; sociology of literature.


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


Justin Gobeil

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Critical criminology; national security; counter-terrorism policy; securitization; surveillance and policing; secrecy; legal states of exception; knowledge production and technocracy; science and technology studies.

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.


Tyler Hale

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: User research and consumer insight; science and technology studies; mobility and automobility; symbolic anthropology; phenomenology.

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

Ekaterina Huybregts

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Sociology of health; fat studies; critical obesity studies; healthism; biological, environmental and socio-cultural determinants of health; health and morality; health regulation; narratives around indigeneity and obesity, social justice movements and activism; racism; ableism; social inequality; gender and feminist studies; Marxist theories; commodification; consumer culture.


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 criminology; sociology of mental health; gender and violence; men and masculinities; labour and resistance; radical social movements; narrative inquiry; qualitative methods; reflexivity.

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


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.

Regina Licarte

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Cultural criminology; critical criminology; autoethnography; video games; new media; policing; regulation of crime and social control; criminalization of vulnerable populations.

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/reginalicarte/

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.

Natalia Manning

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Indigenous studies; intersectional feminism; Indigenous incarceration rates; criminology; criminal justice system; youth crime; race and racism; Marxist theory; socioeconomic inequality; sociology of environment; media studies.

Gazel Manuel

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Filipino diaspora; Asian-Canadian studies; ethnic entrepreneurship; cultural activism; citizenship studies; critical multiculturalism; sociology of food and cuisine; critical race and ethnic studies; fat phobia and sizeism.

Samantha McAleese

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Qualitative research; institutional and political activist ethnography; critical criminology; public criminology; criminal records management; (structural) stigma; criminal justice voluntary sector; advocacy; criminal justice reform; housing and homelessness; social justice; community integration.

Samantha’s research interests stem from her experience working frontline in the criminal justice voluntary sector. Her doctoral work focuses on the changes made to Canada’s pardon system under the previous federal conservative government and the impact of these changes on criminalized persons and on non-profit organizations who provide supports to people with criminal records in the community. Samantha remains connected to the criminal justice voluntary sector in Ottawa through her research, volunteer, and advocacy work and she is a member of the steering group for a new international research group, CRIMVOL, based out of the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Sheffield.

Samantha also recently completed a research project with the Alliance to End Homelessness which focused on the housing and safety needs of street-level/survival sex workers in the city of Ottawa. The final, peer-reviewed, report for this project can be found here.

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: Megan completed her MSc in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam on the topic of Indigenous food sovereignty activism. Megan’s current research focuses on the importance and impact of cultural safety in Indigenous health services. Her research interests include medical anthropology, applied research, decolonization, community-based and collaborative methodology, traditional food systems, food security, and social justice. Megan has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant and is currently a CIHR Health System Impact Fellow with the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre.


Andrea Noreiga

Ph.D. Anthropology student

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

Danielle Normandeau

Ph.D. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Danielle holds a BA (Hons.) in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta and an MA (2018) in Sociology at Carleton University. Their master’s thesis, “Touching Theory: AIDS Activism and Disability Justice,” took up critical disability and queer phenomenology to identify and analyze the social relations of touch surrounding 1980s and 1990s AIDS activism in Canada. Their doctoral research focuses more broadly on critical disability studies, Mad studies, trans studies, memory studies, queer theory, political theory, and social philosophy.


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.

Alex Robb

Ph.D. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Educational anthropology; comparative education; anthropology of youth culture; oral history; geo-narratives; expressive culture; North American ethnomusicology; museum studies.

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.


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.

Charlotte E. Smith

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Charlotte’s research has primarily focused on the generation of youth-informed solutions to youth homelessness. She has conducted research as a peer researcher, transforming her lived experience of homelessness into a tool for youth engagement. As Charlotte continues to investigate the experience of youth homelessness throughout her MA, she is also thinking about how the research process itself could be developed into a form of prevention and intervention for youth homelessness. The goal of her research is to not only generate solutions that work towards the eradication of homelessness but also to find ways to include people with ‘lived experience’ in all aspects of the research process to go beyond mere participation in interviews to the development of methodologies, ethical practices, recruitment, knowledge mobilization and dissemination. In this way, Charlotte hopes that both academics and individuals with lived experience of homelessness can gain greater and more immediate benefits from involvement in research.

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.

Olivia Stavretis

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Criminology; the criminal justice system; restorative justice; reintegration of offenders; criminal justice policy (policy reform); high risk offenders; programming for offenders both in the institutional setting and in the community.

Hannah Stewart

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: International adoption; race and ethnicity; discrimination; cultural identification; citizenship; (im)migration.


Ayesha Tak

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: The intersections of immigration and work; the meaning of work; social and economic mobility among immigrants; immigration policy; political economy; newcomers’ settlement into Canada; economic sociology.


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.


Miranda Wagorn

M.A. Sociology student

Areas of Interest: Settler colonialism in the Canadian Prairies; settler colonial and anti-colonial theory; the Palestinian/Israeli conflict; Indigenous language revitalization in Canada.

Vanessa Watson

M.A. Anthropology student

Areas of Interest: Tiny house builders/dwellers in Portland, Oregon; anthropology of North America; the American ‘middle class’; consumerism/anti-consumerism; media studies; ethnography; alternative housing; late capitalism; urban anthropology.

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.