Current Anthropology Doctoral Students

Linying Hu

Areas of Study: Psychiatric and psychological anthropology, gender and family, vulnerability, and ethics in China.

Linying entered the PhD program in Anthropology in fall 2017. She holds an MA degree in Education from Shandong Normal University and a PhD in Ethics from Renmin University of China. She has joined the programs of public health ethics and research ethics in Harvard School of Public Health in 2004 and 2010. She had been teaching ethics and bioethics in Peking University Health Science Centre since 2003. She has been deeply involved in policy advocacy in fields of organ transplantation, mental health and medical professionalism in China. In her doctoral research, she engages the emotional, moral and cultural crisis and conflicts along the gender line through investigating current discourses on postpartum depression in contemporary China.

Supervisor: Jie Yang; Committee member: Cindy Patton.

Eugenio Paradiso

Eugenio entered the PhD program in Anthropology in fall 2011. His research examines the interplay between Argentine football and politics by looking at the mechanisms through which patron-client relationships in football are established and maintained. Drawing on the subfields of political anthropology and the anthropology of sport, he considers the degree to which violence, political corruption, and patronage politics in football reflect a broader set of issues in Argentine society. His study seeks to understand the ties between sport and politics by providing an analysis of the social and cultural conditions that make Argentine football an arena where political and economic interests collide.

Supervisor: Noel Dyck; Committee members: Ann Travers and Peter V. Hall (Urban Studies)

Madelyn Prevost

Areas of Study: Collective memory and community identity, memory sites, nostalgia, settler colonial museums, (in)visibility and representation

Madelyn entered the PhD program in 2019 after completing her MA in the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. There, she conducted fieldwork at a Catholic HIV/AIDS organization. Using the theory of routinization, Madelyn found that the organization's staff and client memories of their charismatic period affected the expectations they had for the organization, their experiences of living with HIV, their daily work, and their interpretation of miracles. In her PhD, Madelyn intends to continue working on memory, identity, and health while studying settler colonial museums and the communities they live in along the St. Lawrence in Ontario. She seeks to complicate ideas of visibility around settler colonialism in Canada, analyze the ways identity is created and maintained in and out of the museums, and explore ideas around inheritance and nostalgia. 

Supervisor: Pamela Stern; Committee member: Dara Culhane

Bicram Rijal

Bicram entered the PhD program in Anthropology in fall 2011. He is interested in understanding how the ideas of modernity, development, globalization, civility and citizenship figure into the everyday habits of defecation and sanitation in Nepal. His research deals with the changing ideas of the body and bodily habits and how they relate to the changing contexts of sanitation and beyond. In doing so, he will examine: how are sanitation and toilet programs perceived within and beyond Nepal’s national development programs? How have their focuses and priorities changed over time? How do the changes in everyday habits of defecation and sanitation relate to the notions of self, subjectivity, and personhood? He has received fellowships from Wenner-Gren Foundation (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14) and Open Society Foundations (2012-13).

Supervisor: Stacy Pigg; Committee member: Michael Hathaway

Yuan Wei

Areas of Study: Gender and sexuality, queer and transgender studies, and medical anthropology.

Yuan entered the PhD program in Anthropology in fall 2016. He received his M.A. in Anthropology in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and B.A. in International Politics in Fudan University. His doctoral research intends to delve into the medical practices around transsexualism and lived experience of gender variant people in post-socialist China. He is also enthusiastic about integrating social research with activism. Before entering SFU, he had worked in NGO development and gender equality for about two years.

Supervisor: Cindy Patton; Committee members: Helen Leung (GSWS) and Pamela Stern