Affiliated Graduate Students

Itrath Syed

PhD School of Communication

Itrath Syed is a PhD student in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University where her doctoral project involves an analysis of “moral panics” concerning Muslim bodies in the West.  This follows her completion of a Masters degree in Women’s Studies at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of British Columbia. Her MA work explored the gendered and racialized construction of the Muslim community in the media discourse surrounding the Islamic Arbitration or “Shariah” debate in Ontario. Currently, Itrath is an Instructor who has taught at Langara College, Centennial College and Simon Fraser University.

Awards and Scholarships

  • MEICON-BC Student Conference - Best Paper Award
  • Graduate Fellowship, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

Ardalan Rezamand

PhD History

Ardalan Rezamand is a PhD Candidate at the Department of History, Simon Fraser University. He completed his BA at University of California at Santa Barbara in 1998 with double-majors in Philosophy and Islamic & Near Eastern Studies. He worked as a healthcare analyst and a personal banker before returning to academia in 2008. Ardalan attended Simon Fraser University for his MA studies graduating with an MA in History in 2012. His MA thesis traced the influence of academic philosophy in the formation of a modern Iranian identity. Currently he is completing his PhD thesis on the introduction of Western academic philosophy to Iran and its impact on the Pahlavi modernization project.