Graduate student profiles

MA Students

Leslie Brunanski

Research areas: Women’s intersection with the criminal justice system and the accompanying issues related to women both as offenders and victims of crime. 

Sarah Cibart

Research areas: Evolution of unions in Canada and human rights advocacy- particularly for queer, trans, and Two-Spirit workers. 

Jamie Noulty

Research areas: Gendered violence, masculinity, post-conflict, post-colonialism, and emerging men’s studies.

Claire Wilson

Research areas: Post-secondary educational access and using decolonizing academic theories in university administration.

PhD Students

Nadine Boulay

Reserach areas: History of lesbian-feminism in the Lower Mainland in the 1970s and 80s, with a particular focus on rural and island experiences, intentional women’s communities, and the ‘back to the land’ movement. 

Nerida Bullock

Research areas: Nerida’s doctoral thesis explores how Canadian law has shifted dramatically to support the inclusion of same-sex couples, while adamantly excluding any reconfigurations of numeric possibilities that extend beyond the socially enshrined dyad.

Novia Shih-Shan Chen

Research areas: Positionality of contemporary female documentary filmmakers, the historical fluctuation associated with the production of their documentary films and the implications of independent filmmaking in the context of Sinophone cinema.

Sandie Dielissen

Research areas: Sandie’s research will also reveal the ways in which Aboriginal girls resisted and defied colonial education, providing a deeper understanding of institutions of reform and their impacts on the lived experiences of Aboriginal girls and women. 

Thuy Do

Research areas: Gender politics and identity, migration, multiculturalism, economic development, and Vietnam culturalism.

Reema Faris

Research areas: Reema's research will focus on the intersection of popular culture and feminism. Specifically, she will be exploring whether popular culture distracts attention from the reality of women’s lives and in fact delays progress on important social policies such as pay equity, universally accessible childcare, and equal political representation. 

Shanny Rann

Research areas: Shanny is proud to be back at SFU for her PhD in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and hopes to carry on the pioneering lineage of the department by championing gender equality through the combination of theory and practice.

Shahar Shapira

Research areas: Shahar intends to explore the interconnections between Israeli culture and science, and the ways in which scientific knowledge making and science communication participate in social power relations along the lines of gender, race/ethnicity, nationality and bodymind difference.