Current Sociology Master's Students

Nadira Aleaf

Nadira entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2018. She received her BA Honours in Criminology from SFU in the same year.

Supervisor:  Parin Dossa; Committee member: Wendy Chan

Gabriela Arana

Areas of study: psychiatric ideologies and sociology of mental illness and mental health.

Began my MA in Sociology in the fall of 2019. Completed my Bachelor of Arts with a major is psychology and minor in sociology at the University of Alberta.

Interested in exploring the idea of mental illness through a sociological lens, as opposed to a psychological one. This allows me to explore issues of governmentality and dominant Western ideology within our mental health care system. 

Supervisor: Dany Lacombe

Ece Arslan

Ece entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2018. She received her BSc from Middle East Technical University (METU) in International Relations program same year. Her research interests are political economy of land use, changes in land use and origins of capitalism.  

Supervisor: Pamela Stern; Committee member: Suzanna Crage

Anecia Gill

Anecia entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2018. She received her BA Honours with Distinction in Sociology from the University of the Fraser Valley in the spring of 2017.

Supervisor: Wendy Chan; Committee member: Dany Lacombe

Dylan Harvey

Dylan entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2019. 

Supervisor: Gary Teeple

Sharan Johal

Areas of Study: Immigration and asylum, race and ethnicity, racism, racialization, multiculturalism, gender, social and economic integration, resettlement and health.

Sharan entered the MA program in Sociology in Fall of 2019. She completed a BA in Sociology at Simon Fraser University in Fall of 2018 and a Legal Studies Diploma at Douglas College in 2016.

Supervisor: Wendy Chan

Rowena Keil

Areas of Study: Neoliberal capitalism, racism and diversity, gender and sexuality, corporate media concentration, precarious work, labour unions, and social movements.

Rowena entered the MA program at Simon Fraser University in the fall of 2018 after completing a BA (Honours with Distinction) in the same department. Her proposed research will explore the tensions between the media, corporations and the state in the discursive production of ‘bad’ jobs.

Supervisor: Kendra Strauss, Committee member: Ann Travers.

Marina Khonina

Marina Khonina started the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2018. They hold a BA in Sociology from the American University of Central Asia and have done academic work at Yeditepe University and Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. Their current research focuses on dietary restraint and gender in athletes. 

Supervisor: Ann Travers; Committee member: Lindsey Freeman
 

Grace Kwan

Grace Kwan entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2020. Grace is an author and editor who received her BA in Sociology and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in 2020. Her graduate research undertakes migrant labour, precariousness, and racial capitalism. She's interested in how the workings of capitalism - along with middle class aspirations, tastes, and social and symbolic boundaries - inform the deepening precariousness of racialized workers engaged in migrant labour in North America.

Supervisor: Kendra Strauss

Connor MacMillan

Connor entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2020. He has a BA from Simon Fraser University with a major in Social Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Connor was a project manager and research assistant in Dr. Lara Aknin’s Helping and Happiness Lab at Simon Fraser University. He has a research interest in critical race relations, intergroup relations, critical gender, and power and privilege dynamics.

His master’s thesis will be on Intimate Partner Violence/ Coercive Control with a specific interest in a relation to societal norms surrounding toxic male masculinity.

Supervisor: Wendy Chan

Kevin Park

Kevin entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2020. He completed a BA in Sociology at Simon Fraser University in 2018. 

 Areas of Study: Critical race theory, race and ethnicity, quantitative methods, racial health disparities. 

Supervisor: Ann Travers

Tyler Perkins

Areas of Study: Gender and sexuality, sport and society, social control and ethnographic writing.

Tyler entered the MA program in sociology in the fall of 2016. Tyler completed a B.A (Honors) in sociology at University of Regina in 2016.

Supervisor: Ann Travers; Committee member: Lindsey Freeman

Supriya Raj Kumari

Supriya entered the Master’s program in Sociology at Simon Fraser in fall 2017, after completing a BA from the same department. Her research integrates elements of theory and ‘storying’ to reveal structures of violence that pertain to the lives of women with particular focus on the generational transmission of trauma. Theoretical foundations that support her work on gendered violence include intersectional and postcolonial feminisms and critical race theory.

Supervisor: Parin Dossa, Committee member: Ann Travers

Momoka Yamagata

Areas of Study: Social inequality, cultural identity formation, race and ethnicity, and immigrant settlement strategies, and multiculturalism.

Momoka entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2016. Momoka completed a B.A. in Sociology at International Christian University, in Japan in 2016. Her proposed research will focus on economic and cultural integration and identity formation of second generation descents of immigrants in the metropolitan areas of Vancouver.

Supervisor: Wendy Chan; Committee member: Habiba Zaman (GSWS)

Victor Yao

Victor entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2019.  

 

Erika Zaldívar

Erika entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2020. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques, with a specialization in Organizational Communication and Advertising.

Since she started writing her undergraduate thesis on the Conceptualization of sexual education in single mothers and their youngsters, she has been passionate about sexuality. For this reason, she plans to focus her thesis research on the attitudes of teenagers towards sexuality, their experiences and how social agents like family, school, peers, and partners impact the values and norms that orient their practices.

Supervisor: Dany Lacombe

Yun Zhang

Yun entered the MA program in Sociology in the fall of 2018. She received her BA in Sociology and a Minor in Media and Communication Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley in the spring of 2017.

Supervisor:  Wendy Chan; Committee member: Suzanna Crage