Current Sociology Doctoral Students

 Abolfazl (Abu) Fakhri

Areas of study: diaspora, politics of remembrance, home and belonging, ethnography, migration in the Middle East

Abolfazl entered the Ph.D. program in Sociology in fall 2019 after completing his MA in Anthropology at the University of Tehran. He did his B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering at Sharif University of Technology. His previous research was an ethnography on how young Hazaras, an ethnic community in Afghanistan and the majority of Iranian Afghans, remember a past from which they are geographically and generationally faraway. Hazaras have had a historical experience of violent discrimination in Afghanistan. As a diaspora, they now live in different places yet transnationally remember a shared origin and past. That being the case, his research dealt with the ways young Hazaras articulate their conceptions of identity and belonging once a neither-here-nor-there life is lived and wounded memory is remembered. For his Ph.D. research, Abolfazl intends to extend his research on place(s) and/of memory, and how a diaspora can politically aspire a future by remembering its traumatic past.

Supervisor: Lindsey Freeman

 Abigail Franco Vazquez

Areas of study: Social Enterprise, Island Studies, Sociology of Labour, Ethical Capital

Abigail’s current Ph.D. in Sociology is centered around Ethical Capital and Social Enterprises with an interest in the Sociology of Labour. Her previous research via an internship, focused on youth engagement with marine resources in a project called “The Heart of Mother Earth”, where she became interested in continuing exploring the phenomenon of what is a Social Enterprises. Her Ph.D. draws on aspects of her master’s degree in Island studies which centered around Social Enterprises and Islandness. Her M.A. offered an opportunity to better understand people’s experiences with Social Enterprises, and under what circumstances Social Enterprise affects the lives of those experiencing marginalization. Furthermore, it explored the effects that levels of inclusion of individuals within island societies have on their communities, and how Social Enterprises aid their members in improving their quality of life.

Selected Publications:

Heart of Mother Earth:

Supporting Heritage Enterprise Development: the Island of Chiloe, Chile:

Supervisor: Kendra Strauss

Esin Gozukara

Esin started her MA program in Sociology, in the fall of 2010 and then transferred into the PhD program in sociology, in the summer of 2011. Esin's research interests are on the agrifood systens and livelihoods under supermarketization producing baklava in Turkey.  Esin received the President's PhD Scholarship in 2012-13.

Supervisor: Yildiz Atasoy; Committee member: Hannah Wittman

Lisa Poole

Lisa (M.A. in Sociology, University of Victoria) is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at SFU. For her master’s research she examined bisexual men’s identities, challenging the popular notion of bisexuality as fixed and binary. For her doctorate studies she is researching “poly politics” by exploring the sexual politics of polyamorous people in Canada through an analysis that is focused on sexual citizenship and equal rights. Her research interests include: social issues and movements; neoliberalism and citizenship; gender, sexuality, non-monogamy, and queer family relations; qualitative research design; and social theory (feminist, queer, and trans theories). Committed to critical pedagogical practices, she is also engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Supervisor: Ann Travers; Committee member: Michael Hathaway

Jennifer Thomas

Areas of Study: Masculinity, sexuality and the body.

Jennifer entered the PhD program in Sociology in the fall of 2010. Her previous research focused on the diagnostic process of Gender Identity Disorder in the United States, investigating how mental health care practitioners act as gatekeepers to the materialization of particularly sexed bodies. Jen has also conducted an in-depth qualitative analysis of male body depilation and the construction of embodied masculinity.

Supervisor: Ann Travers; Committee member: Michael Hathaway