Dear Humanities Alumni,
We've started this web-page as a way of keeping in touch with our alumni and for alumni to see what their classmates are doing. From this modest beginning with just a few of our alumni, we hope to see it grow. If you want to be added to the list, please email your information to Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
What our Humanities graduates are doing after completing their degrees:
Michelle Mackenzie (BA HUM/HONS CMNS 2011)
Michelle finished her SFU BA and went straight into a PhD candidacy in the Comparative Literature Program of Duke University. She is the recipient of a 2013 SSHRC doctoral fellowship. Michelle organized and sat on the 2013 ACLA Conference panel "Burning the Thread: The Poetics of Digression".
Krisha Dhaliwal (BA HONS HUM 2012)
Krisha Dhaliwal completed her Humanities Honours degree in 2012 and is now studying Law at the University of British Columbia. She was the recipient of the Mahatma Gandhi Annual Student Award and a chief editor of the Humanities Student Union's publication inter/tidal.
Natalie Wing (BA HUM/HONS ENGL 2009)
Natalie has completed a Master of Studies in an English degree at Oxford University. She is the recipient of a Violet Morgan Studentship as well as a Queen Elizabeth II British Columbia Centennial Scholarship. She is now attending the University of British Columbia's Library Science program.
Carlos Colorado (BA HUM 2001 / MA SAR 2004)
Carlos works in an assistant professor position teaching religion and multiculturalism at the University of Winnipeg's Department of Religious Studies. Following the completion of his BA and MA at SFU, Carlos received a PhD in Religion and Politics at McMaster University in 2009.
Justin Klassen (BA HUM 2002)
Justin works as a visiting assistant professor in Critical Theological Studies at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. After completing his BA in Humanities at SFU, Justin moved to McMaster University where he received his MA and PhD degrees.
Daniel Kline (BA HUM 2007)
Daniel completed a Research Master's degree in Religious studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2009.
Paul Heibit (BA HUM)
A year after graduating from SFU's Humanities Department, I moved to New York City to earn a master's degree in journalism from New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where I was granted a spot in the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program. After graduation, I was hired as a full-time staff writer for The Daily, News Corporation's former tablet-only national newspaper. I eventually left the position to become a freelance writer, and have since written for publications such as Slate and The New Yorker. Since all the suffering and joy and triumph found in our world is primarily due to the action and inaction of people, I've found that my education in history, religion, and philosophy is highly relevant to everything I write about. Whether it's a singer performing at the Apollo's legendary Amateur Night or a change in fast-food employee demographics or the Rwandan genocide, all these things come down to the wants and needs of people. Nowhere is an education in Humanities not useful for my career as a journalist.
Nicholas Hauck (BA HUM)
After graduating from the Department of Humanities in 2008 I went on to do and MA and PhD at the University of Toronto in the French Literature and Theory. My dissertation examines issues of language, politics and translation in Walter Benjamin and contemporary French poetry. The multidisciplinary environment in the Department of Humanities gave me the foundations necessary to excel not only in my postgraduate studies but also as a writer published in poetry journals and magazines, and as a founding editor of The Maynard poetry magazine (themaynard.org). I am also the founder and co-editor of Modern Horizons Journal (modernhorizonsjounrnal.ca) whose mandate is similar to the Department of Humanities' - to address what is central to and meaningful for human existence. I have had the opportunity to spend a research year at the Sorbonne in Paris, and am currently a Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellow in the Humanities at the Jackman Humanities Institute at U of T. Without being maudlin, my undergraduate experience is to thank for these achievements."
Layli Antinuk (BA HUM 2008)
I graduated from SFU in 2005 with a major in Humanities and an extended minor in Psychology. Immediately after graduation, I moved to Victoria and jumped right in at UVic’s Faculty of Law. The critical thinking and analysis skills that the Humanities Department demanded and fostered served me well in law school, despite the fact that I often felt like an imposter there.
After finishing my first year, I won the prestigious First Year Medal in Law for excellence in academics, community service and school spirit. In the summer between first and second year law, I worked for the Faculty as a research associate. The relationships I formed with my professors during that time has only ever been rivaled by the rewarding relationships that I developed with some of my incredibly talented Humanities professors at SFU.
I carried on as a research assistant for the entirety of my second year and, following that, I worked for the Department of Justice doing research, writing and making court appearances. In this new position, I found that the skills I honed making oral presentations in several Humanities courses became very useful on the ground. I had a confidence and ease while making submissions before judges and masters that I never would have had otherwise.
When I graduated law school in 2008, I began working for the British Columbia Supreme Court as a law clerk. Again, my research, writing and editing skills came very much into play here – skills that I first developed while doing my Humanities courses. I articled at Dwyer Taw Lawyers and, for the first time in my legal career, I found myself in client interviews, depositions and meetings. Again, the critical thinking demanded by the Humanities department at SFU came to the fore, and I found myself applying those skills in much more dynamic, fluid, “human” situations: I looked for flaws in logic, dishonesty, slip ups in stories and hidden motives.
Now I work as a lawyer in Prague, Czech Republic. It’s amazing that even after nearly 10 years, my first thought when the opportunity to move to Prague arose was whether or not SFU’s Humanities Department still had a field school in Prague. Might I have the opportunity to meet up with one of my SFU professors for a coffee on a different continent? If I needed any further confirmation that I chose the perfect fit when I picked the Humanities department at SFU, this was it! This shows how deeply the Humanities program has impacted my personal and professional life.