Graduate Student Profiles


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.'
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.

Alexis Wolfe
Alexis Wolfe completed her BA in Sociology at UBC (2017) and is currently an MA student in the Department of Humanities. Her interests center largely around mysticism, existentialism and phenomenology. Using a biocentrist model, she hopes to reimagine consciousness as existing beyond locality, matter and causality and as an idea allow transcendence of the subject/object distinction built into the language and perceptual apparatus of Western philosophical tradition. In the midst of what is being called the "psychedelic renaissance' she intends to use psychedelic phenomenology to investigate archetypal conceptualizations of death, the body, the ego, unconscious and dreams to meet the ontological insecurity of the post-postmodern age of automation. She will draw from the more mystical-leaning dimensions of the work of Martin Heidegger (Dasein, the 'Clearing'), C.G. Jung (synchronicity, collective unconscious, dreams) and Simone Weil (Metaxu, affliction), as well as others.
Stephanie Yu
Stephanie has a BSc in Biological Sciences (2013) and a BA in Sociology (2017), both from the University of Alberta. The sociology courses that she took as arts options during her BSc deeply impacted her perspective, resulting in her pursuit of a BA After Degree. Throughout her studies, Stephanie developed an interest in continental philosophy, environmental sociology, and social theory. For her thesis, she will examine how the instrumental rationalization of modern society may have problematized the ability to assert authentic action on both an individual and societal level, focusing specifically on approaches to environmental problems such as the Degrowth Movement and Ecological Modernization. She will draw upon the works of Martin Heidegger, the Frankfurt School, Max Weber, and other related theorists.
Laura Blaj
Laura’s MA research focuses on written and artistic representations of noble violence in France in the Central Middle Ages. Her thesis attempts to relate such representations to the often obscure agenda of their authors, as well as to a historical reality that remains very much elusive even today. Once completed, the thesis hopes to offer one possible answer to a vastly tangled question: was the Central Middle Ages as violent an age as modern historians have almost unanimously described it to be?

Education: B.A. (Hons) English-Italian (2001), PhD Philology (2013); PDP (2012). Professional activity: Italian language and literature instructor (2000-2010).

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.
Christopher Hardcastle
Chris is an MA student in SFU’s Department of Humanities with an interest in the interface among legal theory, myth, semiology, critical theory and post-structuralism. With a background as a lawyer, Chris is interested in how a multi-disciplinary re-reading of Canadian legal cases that deal with corporations can lead to a fresh critique of the widely accepted idea in law that corporations have the same rights as a natural person. In addition to being an MA student, Chris teaches law courses at Capilano University and Langara College. In his spare time, he hangs out with his two daughters and plays classical guitar. Badly.
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.
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.