Current Anthropology Master's Students

Brianna Dines Brianna Dines

Areas of Study: alternative economic arrangements in intentional and separatist communities as well as the construction of mental health and the place of those with mental health “disorders” in their larger community.

Brianna entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2014 after completing a BA in Political Science at Indiana University in 2011.

Senior Supervisor: Parin Dossa; Committee Member: Kathleen Millar.

Toni GoreToni Gore

Areas of Study: medical anthropology, sexuality and gender, development, and visual culture (both material and as expressed by the body).

Toni entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2014. Toni completed her B.A. in Anthropology and Global Studies at Vancouver Island University in 2011. She also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria, specializing in collections management. Toni's thesis prospect is to investigate the extent to which cultural beliefs, particularly those in the Western world, influence and affect the development of global health practices. She plans to investigate this topic by researching cross-cultural practices of genital cutting.

Senior Supervisor: Stacy Pigg; Committee Member: Sonja Luehrmann.

Candase Jensen

Research Areas: theory, ideas surrounding identity, and feminism

Candase entered into the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2015 after completing a BA with a split major in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2014.

She plans to focus her thesis research on the experiences of women who live with endometriosis along with the stigma and taboo surrounding women’s health issues.

Senior Supervisor: Cindy Patton; Committee Member: Parin Dossa.

Sheila Joe

Sheila entered Master of Arts program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2018.  Sheila completed her Bachelor of Arts Program in Anthropology at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2006.  Her research will be focused on ethnographic work with a  Yukon First Nation.  The Champagne and Aishihik First Nation (CAFN) traditional territory is vast, people and places were connected by trail networks and waterways. Tangible cultural resources are still found throughout the traditional territory, one such resource are arborglyphs that were created many generations ago but still stand along the trails.  They represent culturally significant areas and are an affirmation of Southern Tutchone/Tlingit cultural identity and can provide an analysis of times past, how people lived and where they travelled.   We acknowledge that CAFN citizens still maintain a presence on the land and they have rights and responsibilities they need to sustain as stewards of the land and water, retain and share their local and traditional knowledge and to ensure the continuance of their inherent right to their traditional territory.

Gyuzel Kamalova

Research Areas: Production/reproduction of self in an institutional environment and ways in which these identities affect spaces they inhabit. She is also interested in orphanages, as an example of institutional childhood in post-Soviet Kazakhstan.

Gyuzel entered the MA program in Anthropology in Fall 2016. She completed her BA in World Literature (2013) at Simon Fraser University and MA in Cultural Studies (2015) at the University of Sydney, Australia. She also taught at the Faculty of General Education at Kazakh-British Technical University in her hometown Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Senior Supervisor: Sonja Luehrmann; Committee Member: Lindsey Freeman.

Michelle La

Areas of Study: Economic anthropology, value, consumption, hype, and fashion

Michelle entered the Masters program in Anthropology in the fall of 2016. She completed her undergraduate degree (with honours) in Sociology and Anthropology and a Certificate in Social Justice at Simon Fraser University. Her research seeks to understand how Metro Vancouver young (15-25 years old) sneaker enthusiasts, also known as “sneakerheads,” participate in creating regimes of value around shoes. This ethnographic study, will reveal how sneakerheads ascertain the value of particular pairs of sneakers. The particular focus of her research seeks how a presumably mundane clothing item, such as sneakers, becomes the object of fantasy and enchantment among an active community of consumers.

Senior Supervisor: Pamela Stern; Committee Member: Jie Yang.

Anna Maslouskaya

Areas of Study: Brazilian popular culture and media as tools for social formation of national values and cultural meanings.

Anna is entering the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2016 after completing her BA in Linguistics at Minsk State Linguistic University in Belarus, and a BA in International Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her proposed research will focus on the role Brazilian soap operas play in promoting social change in contemporary Brazil.

Senior Supervisor: Kathleen Millar;Committee Member: Christopher Gibson

Marina Mikhaylova-Kadriu  

Marina entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2017. Before coming to Canada, she studied the languages and literatures of Balkan societies in Bulgaria, her home country, and spent time in Romania, Albania, Kosovo and Greece. For her MA thesis she plans to conduct research on the conspicuous expenditure which accompanies weddings in Kosovo and Albania. She would also like to explore Albanians’ image of the bride, her role, position in society and appearance. She would like to find out more about linguistic expressions of social status, ways of creating an image of self in social media, memories, socialism and postsocialist reality and nationalism, and apply her knowledge to present-day Southeastern Europe.

Senior Supervisor: Sonja Luehrmann; Committee member: Jie Yang

Elena Pennell

Areas of Study:Temporary Labour Migration, Labour Precarity, Transnational Family and Emotion.

Elena entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2016. Elena completed her B.A. with a double major in Anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Victoria in winter 2015. Elena’s thesis prospect is to work with Mexican Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) participating in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) here in BC in the Fraser and Okanagan valleys. She aims to shed light on how this form of labour migration impacts TFWs’ family-life. In order to do so she will ask How TFWs experience being away from their families in their every-day lives and how they engage with transnational practices, such as calling, instant and video messaging, and sending remittances, in order to cultivate their family ties across great distances.

Senior Supervisor: Kendra Strauss; Committee Member: Dara Culhane.

Paola Pinto Vidal

Areas of Study: South Korean popular culture, media, processes of cultural globalization, identity formations, and global circulations of cultural forms.

Paola entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2015. Paola completed her BA in Sociology and Gender Studies and a Post-Baccalaureate diploma in Communication at SFU.

Senior Supervisor: Michael Hathaway; Committee Member: Cindy Patton.

Zoë Sanderson

Areas of Study: Centre around ideas of identity --  belonging and becoming -- specifically in terms of religion and transnational families.

Zoë began the MA program in anthropology in the fall of 2016. Islam is a fast-growing religion. Women are converting to Islam and this fact is frequently used to defend Islam against claims that the religion is heavily laden with misogyny. But what does conversion mean to the many women who are not born Muslim, some of whom have met very few Muslims throughout their lives? Zoë’s research intends to explore the many "whys, whos, hows, whens and wheres" of women converts, including how they practice their faith, what family and friends think about their transitions, why they chose to convert (especially given the social stigma mainstream Canadian population has applied to Muslims -- particularly "visible" Muslims such as hijabis -- in recent years), and how their conversion is embodied by each woman personally.

Senior Supervisor: Dara Culhane; Committee Member: Sonja Luehrmann.

Julia Smithers

Areas of Study: How marginalized populations currently experience health care and social programs in Canada, and the potential for the implementation of decolonization theory through policy.

Julia entered the MA program in Anthropology in the fall of 2015 after completing a BA in Anthropology and Sociology (joint major) at Simon Fraser University. Her proposed research focuses on the processes and relationships of individuals as they access health services at a community level.

Co-Senior Supervisors: Dara Culhane & Stacy Pigg.

Soltan Mir Soltan

Soltan entered the MA program in Anthropology in the fall of 2017.

Senior Supervisor: Sonja Luehrmann; Committee Member: Jie Yang.

Merrhea Teixeira

Areas of Study: Kinship, identity, recognition, revitalization and reconciliation within Canada’s indigenous communities.

Merrhea entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2016. Merrhea completed her BA in Anthropology in 2015 from Washington State University. She is particularly interested in how limitations in physical spaces affect traditional activities as well as relationships within family units.

Senior Supervisor: Dany Lacombe; Committee Member: Christina Adcock.

Cahley Tod-Tims

Areas of Study: Inuit food security and sovereignty in the western Canadian Arctic, commercialization of traditional foods.

Cahley entered the MA program in Anthropology in the fall of 2018. She completed her BA in Anthropology and a Certificate in Social Justice at Simon Fraser University. Her research seeks to explore local perceptions of the commercialization of traditional foods in an Inuit community in the NWT. This ethnographic study will reveal how Inuit residents of Tuktoyaktuk envision and respond to an initiative to develop a market for country foods as a community-based strategy to combat food insecurity.  

Senior Supervisor: Pamela Stern; Committee Member: Susan Erikson

Kristina Uyeda

Areas of Study: Gender issues in media and popular culture, superstitious beliefs, religion, and evolution.

Kristina entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2015 after completing her BA in Anthropology and Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  She is particularly interested in how cultural beliefs and behaviours are communicated through, and influenced by popular culture.

Senior Supervisor: Lindsey Freeman; Committee Member: Stacy Pigg.

Publications: "Latent Sexism in Print Ads Increases Acceptance of Sexual Assault"

Jeremy Waller

Areas of Study: decolonization, embodiment, Indigenous sovereignty, Inuit visual and performing arts practices, neoliberal arts-governance and political economy.

Jeremy entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2018 after completing his BA in Anthropology at Simon Fraser University. He is particularly interested in the decolonization, continuance and resurgence of Inuit art practices along with ongoing Canadian-state “bureaucratic erasure” of Inuit oral histories.

Senior Supervisor: Dara Culhane; Committee Member: Pamela Stern

Alex Werier

Areas of Study: medicine and (trans) gender identities.

Alex entered the MA program in Anthropology in fall 2017 after completing their  B.A. Hons in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Calgary.

Senior Supervisor: Ann Travers; Committee Member: A. Nye.