Liang Cao

" I focus on the group of queer immigrants living in Canada. I see a lot of inequalities and ideologies that are still marginalizing certain groups. I want to explore this issue and gain more insights, thus contribute to resolving it."

 

Program/Degree: Languages, Cultures and Literacies, PhD

I originally come from China. My undergraduate studies were in Hispanic Studies, I worked for three years in China, Ecuador, and Argentina after getting my BA. In 2015, I came to Canada and did my Masters studies at Western University in TESOL.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.

I first found this program by viewing the faculty profiles and searching for doctoral programs on the website.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.

My research interest centers on language and queer identities. At SFU, a group of great scholars are experts in researching marginalized groups and power dynamics in relation to languages. I think I can learn a lot from studying and working with them, and then shape my career trajectory.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?

My pro-tem is Dr. Huamei Han. I have taken courses from Dr. Roumiana Ilieva, Dr. Steve Marshall and Dr. Suzanne Smythe.

What inspires you to learn and continue your education?

I focus on the group of queer immigrants living in Canada. I see a lot of inequalities and ideologies that are still marginalizing certain groups. I want to explore this issue and gain more insights, thus contribute to resolving it.  

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?

Great scholars and colleagues!