Congratulations fall 2020 sociology and anthropology graduates

October 20, 2020

Congratulations graduates!

Although we can’t gather in person, graduation is an event worth celebrating. Join us for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Fall 2020 Convocation, which will be hosted virtually by Chancellor Tamara Vrooman and President Joy Johnson. The ceremony is open to graduating students and their friends and family, and will include recognition of each individual graduate.

FASS Fall 2020 Virtual Convocation:
 Thursday, October 22
Time: 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. PDT

More details on the event, including the broadcast link, can be found here.

MA Graduates

Shaughna Cooper, MA sociology

Shaughna Cooper started her MA in sociology at SFU in the Fall of 2017 and will be graduating this October. Her entry into the MA program coincided with the Provincial Government’s Temporary Modular Housing program, which aims to rapidly create housing units for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The program has faced mixed reactions, with particularly heated responses from Maple Ridge residents, whose city was the proposed site for one of the modular housing buildings. “This eruption appeared to me as an interesting opportunity to explore the ideological influence of neoliberal governance and its wanton disregard for the welfare of the poorest communities in BC,” says Cooper.

Her thesis, “Panic! In the suburbs: Investigating moral configurations of risk, neoliberal rationality, and middle-class anxiety in Maple Ridge, BC” explores the reaction to the homeless encampment “Anita Place” and the ensuing modular housing proposals. Cooper’s thesis seeks to understand why the Maple Ridge community had such a strong reaction to the government housing program, and argues that the resistance is the result of a moral panic. Her full thesis can be found here.

In 2019 Cooper began working at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS where she is a Research Assistant for the Viral Hepatitis Research Program; in November she’ll be moving into the role of Research Coordinator. The program looks at the hepatitis C virus (HCV) epidemic in BC, focusing on: the evaluation of treatment and care; the intersection of HIV, HCV and addiction; and advising health policy through evidence-based research. Cooper also recently started volunteering with the Democratic Socialists of Canada, where she helps with research and writing that promote democratic socialist policies in Canada.

Connor Moore, MA sociology

Conor Moore is an MA grad in sociology whose thesis, “Organizing Canadian theatre designers: The intersection of creative and precarious labour”, explores the working conditions faced by designers working in theatres. Through a series of 55 in-depth interviews, Moore seeks to understand the specific challenges designers face and what can be done to improve their work lives.

It was a personal connection to theatre design that sparked Moore’s interest in the subject. He works as a professional theatre designer and is on the board of the Associated Designers of Canada (ADC), a non-profit professional organization that represents the interests of theatre designers. Through his organizing and advocacy work, Moore felt compelled to take a broader, more critical approach to the question of how designers can work cooperatively to improve working conditions within the field.

Moore’s research and his own lived experience led him to the conclusion that the best way to improve working conditions would be to certify with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union. His research has helped to inform the future of the ADC, whose membership recently voted to affiliate with the IATSE. 

BA Graduates

Alison Mitchell Andrews-Paul
Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Social Policy

Riyana Rashid Chaklader
BA sociology

Dominic Cruz
BA sociology, Certificate in Social Justice

ChungKa Hong
BA sociology

David Daniel Inwood
BA sociology

Ifeoluwa Miracle Iranloye
BA sociology, Certificate in Social Justice

David Lee
BA anthropology, Certificate in Social Justice

Grace Lo
BA sociology and criminology, Certificate in Social Justice

Jas Mattu
BA sociology

Preya Mattu
BA sociology, Certificate in Social Justice

Aaliyah Mohammed
BA sociology and criminology, Certificate in Social Justice

Karishma Narayan
BA sociology

Thomas Allan Gudmund Overstrom
BA sociology

Othniel Luke Spence
BA sociology

Mary Louise Valdez
BA sociology, Certificate in Social Justice

Jiayue Wu
BA sociology, Certificate in Social Justice