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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.
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.
Ph.D. Sociology student
Areas of Interest: White supremacy; white rage; white fright; race wars; white male shooters; gun control; post-colonialism; anti-racism; racism in academia.
Celeste Kali Bilung-Meyer
M.A. Anthropology student
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Areas of Interest: Environmental anthropology; resource development and management; environmental change; built adaptation; Canadian Indigenous peoples; settler- colonialism; decolonization; food sovereignty; sustainability; policy implications; human- nature relationships.
Areas of Interest: Abigail Curlew is a journalist, doctoral researcher, and trans feminist who specializes in advocacy around LGBTQ+ human rights, surveillance studies, and research around social media, doxxing, and trolls. Her past work ranges from grassroots organizing, work with non-profit organizations, media liaison work, and independent journalism. She received a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship and a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship for her ethnographic research which examines practices of do-it-yourself (DIY) policing and surveillance deployed against trans feminine activists, journalists, and scholars by anti-trans vigilante trolls. Using a blend of ethnography and investigative journalism, her doctoral work seeks to illuminate practices of vitriolic digital vigilantes as they go about the work of bullying, harassment, and other transgressive practices. She is currently writing a book titled DIY Gender Police: Doxxing, (Trans)Misogyny, and the Blight of Far-Right Digital Abuse for Between the Lines press which should debut in the coming year. Her by-lines have appeared in Briarpatch Magazine, The Conversation, and Vice Canada.
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.
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.
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.
Areas of Interest: middle-classness; Mainstream North American culture; anthropology of consumption; the Ontario craft beer community; identity; political economy.
Areas of Interest: crip theory; queer theory; crip/queer futurity; marriage and the family; conjugality and conjugal law; polyamory/ethical non-monogamy; mononormativity; kink studies; gender and sexuality; critical disability studies; chronic pain; disability and sexuality; social constructions of deviance; ethics of care; anticapitalism; parenting; mutual aid; anarchism; care networks and non-normative families; ethnography; law and social regulation.
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.
Areas of Interest: Critical race; identity politics; qualitative methods; phenomenology; power dynamics; racialization in Thunder Bay; hegemonic whiteness; white fragility; conceptualizations of lateral violence; intersectional feminisms; and queer studies.
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.
Areas of Interest: Meighan Mantei holds a Bachelor of Social Work (2003) and a Master of Social Work (2012). She is currently a Ph.D. student in Anthropology with a specialization in Political Economy at Carleton University. As a social worker, Meighan is committed to the pursuit of social justice through feminist practice and research. In her master’s research, Meighan engaged with young women and girls from Burma participating in a work-study program in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Her thesis explored the meaning of weaving in the lives of women and girls as they transitioned from Burma to Thailand to Canada. Her current research seeks to understand the meanings of girl and girlhood, and how these social categories are negotiated and lived by young women in rural communities. She is specifically interested in how concepts of gender, race, class, and age are experienced by rural girls in places that are heavily tied to resource extraction and agribusiness.
Areas of Interest: Rural sociology; political economy of rurality; political activist research; Atlantic Canada.
Areas of Interest: Genocide studies, Nakba studies, Indigeneity, North America’s First Nations, Israeli-Arab conflict, culture, social theory, critical political economy, capitalism, power, racism and discrimination, nationalism and Ottoman Palestine.
Areas of Interest: Educational anthropology; comparative education; anthropology of youth culture; oral history; geo-narratives; expressive culture; North American ethnomusicology; museum studies.
Areas of Interest: Canadians' relationships with nature, environmental degradation, and nature tourism, and the impact of those factors on environmental activism in younger generations.
Areas of Interest: Citizenship education; critical pedagogy; critical multiculturalism.
M.A. Sociology student, concentration in Quantitative Methodology
Areas of Interest: Immigration settlements; the intersectionality of immigration and cultural change; normalization of crime and domestic violence in South Asian communities; policy change in Canada.
Carole H. Therrien
Areas of Interest: Carole's academic interests focus on those phenomena and factors that create the forces of change and resilience. Over the course of a Master’s in Philosophy (Humanities) at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, Carole looked at the concepts of empire and postmodernism and how they wove into language and art. Her final thesis addressed how contemporary experiential art is a harbinger for political change and may prove to be the new “church” for young generations. Her interests now lie where climate change meets political and cultural change, how the political deals with ever-happening environmental changes, and how cultures address the concept of resilience. Carole is a Fellow with the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University and completed undergraduate studies in economics at the University of Ottawa.
Areas of Interest: Cheyanne Thomas is a band member of Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3. She has recently received an MA in Social Justice Studies from Lakehead University and has an undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Her research interests are Indigenous Women's Roles, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Post-Colonial studies. She has experience with many social justice organizations; as an employee of the Kinna-aweya Legal Clinic, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario and the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario.
Areas of Interest: Originally from Edmonton, Jaclyn worked in corrections throughout her undergraduate degree. Her broad research interest is in vulnerable groups in Canada. As a proud member of the Indigenous community, she is specifically interested in initiatives that support Indigenous communities and reconciliation. Her past research experience has focused on housing challenges for urban, Indigenous youth; housing challenges for formerly incarcerated seniors; incarceration of Indigenous persons, and the lived experience of persons living in long-term care. Her other research interests include corrections, alternatives to incarceration, institutions, long-term care, and Indigenous methodology.
Areas of Interest: Veronica recently received an M.A. in Anthropology at Carleton University. Veronica's master's thesis research titled "Gender and sexual fluidity in Veracruz, Mexico" explores how queer Mexicans from the towns of Poza Rica and Coatzintla in Veracruz, Mexico make queer-worlds possible for themselves. Transfering her fieldwork to Ottawa, Ontario, in her research as a Ph.D. student she hopes to examine the ways in which queer Latinas negotiate and challenge white spaces in the city. She seeks to understand not only how queer migrants contest gender and sexual policing, but also how these individuals create, maintain and reinforce social connections, social support, agency and identity based-pride. Her areas of interest include: critical race theory, feminist studies, gender and queer studies, Chicano(a) and Latinx studies, identity politics, diaspora, performativity, migration, and globalization.
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