Graduate Student Profiles


Oliver Baker

Andrew Bruce
Andrew Bruce has an MA in Political Science from SFU with a degree focus on political theory and representation. His current research focuses on the political work of artist Joseph Beuys and its influence on the ecological movement. PhD. thesis title: 'Joseph Beuys: Aesthetic Politics and the Ecological Crisis.'

Charles Michael Campbell
Michael’s graduate work focuses on the debate between Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth, titled "Recognition or Redistribution? A Political-Philosophical Exchange." The tensions of this debate and these two pivotal terms are far-reaching and inform discussions on all Human Rights and questions of human agency. However, Michael primarily is interested in how the tensions of this exchange manifest in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, the political platforms of Vancouver’s COPE and even the 2016 Presidential race between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Meghan Grant
Meghan Grant obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts and Certificate in Religious Studies at SFU. She is currently in the Master’s program in the Department of Humanities. Her graduate work focuses on food and religion, and how food practices like vegetarianism, veganism, and the raw movement are by nature, religious. Much of her research focuses on the work of Dr. Charles Taylor, whose "A Secular Age" has been instrumental to her graduate career. Her other research interests include both Occidental and Eastern religions, New Age religion and the Occult, secularity, food ecology, green religion and the environment, the culture and history of food, the treatment of animals, and the systemic use of language concerning agri-commercial activities. 

Tanya Tomasch
Tanya Tomasch grew up in Austria, where she studied the violin and learned German. After completing high school there she moved to Vancouver where she continued her violin studies at UBC under Marc Destrubé. In 2007 she changed her career path and decided to focus on writing. She completed her BA in English from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she had studied under Prof. N.P. Kennedy, Prof. Fred Ribkoff and Prof. Puqun Li, and joined SFU's Humanities department as a grad student in the Fall of 2013 with Jerry Zaslove as her supervisor. Having read and loved Ludwig Wittgenstein and Thomas Bernhard for many years, her thesis will examine the style, method and character of Ludwig Wittgenstein in the works of Thomas Bernhard with the help of Mikhail Bakhtin and Jan Patoka.

Ka-Ying Tsang (Maggie)
Maggie, driven by her interest in environmental issues, took up Environmental Science and Management as a major for her Bachelor degree in Hong Kong. Later on, realizing that key problems lie deeper in human nature and its cultural conditions, she extended her focus to the study of Humanities. After finishing an MA in philosophy, she chose to continue her inquiry at SFU. Being particularly interested in the cultural-philosophical background of Chinese medicine, she is now working on a research project, “Chinese Medicine as Hermeneutic Knowledge? On the Role of Classical Works such as Huangdi neijing suwen 黃帝內經素問 (Yellow Emperor's Inner Class: Basic Questions) in Chinese Medicine,” under Professor Paul Crowe’s supervision. Apart from her thesis work, she is participating in a project on an exhibit of Chinese herbalist shops at Burnaby Village Museum.


Morgan Young
Morgan has an interdisciplinary background, mostly in music, anthropology and philosophy. She is currently an MA Student in the Department of Humanities at SFU. She is interested in the Frankfurt School and related theorists on art and critical aesthetics. In particular, she is interested in the utopian dimension of the Frankfurt School, and the Romantic critique of capitalism. She is exploring the idea of art as transformative experience and as site of resistance. Her developing thesis, "Toward a Critical Theory of Fantasy," is focused on developing a critical theory of fantasy as a part of a broader category of theory for radical speculative fiction. Morgan also enjoys singing, writing, and cuddles with her cats.


Meg Penner
Meg's successfully defended her thesis, "Herodotus; the Greek Struggle for Freedom" in 2014. Since then she has been translating Aristotle's "Politics" and Cicero's "de Inventione," and investigating Aristotle's perspective on political freedom and its reception in select Renaissance cities.

Meg holds two B.A. degrees, one in Liberal Arts and one in English Literature, and three M.A. degrees: Medieval History (McMaster), English Literature U. of Toronto), and the most recent one here at SFU. in Humanities. Meg taught in high schools in Ontario and B.C. for twenty years. Travelling and volunteer work has rounded out her years. She loves cats and dogs!

Huyen Pham
Huyen Pham completed both her BA and MA in the Department of Humanities. Her research interests are classical, renaissance, and modern European thought and culture, and her MA thesis on Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre, titled "Breaking the Gaze: Ressentiment, Bad Faith, and the Struggle for Individual Freedom," was successfully defended in January 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Samir Gandesha and Dr. Ian Angus. Since graduation, she has been working as the Program Assistant for the Institute for the Humanities at SFU and Co-managing Editor for the Institute's online journal, Contours.


Lorenzo Simon Tomescu
Lorenzo's thesis,  “The Labours of Heracles as Labours of Love” interprets the fifth century tragedy Herakles by Euripides. The text analyses the significance of the play, within its mythological tradition from the perspective of psychoanalysis, Girardian and Nietzschean philosophy. In addition to academic research and writing, Lorenzo draws inspiration from visual art. In 2016, he participated in the annual Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Creative Connections conference held at the University of Alberta. Lorenzo presented a research paper complemented by artworks he produced during the course of his studies. He believes that his artwork reflects his learning of literary theory and adds to the expression of his understanding of social philosophy. In terms of Lorenzo’s career, he maintains positions working as a Community, Youth and Vocational support worker. His future career aspiration is that of an educator in the area of Special Education and the establishment of his own art studio.