Affiliated Graduate Students

Ataman Avdan

PhD Sociology

Ataman Avdan is a PhD candidate in Sociology at SFU. He completed his BA in Political Science and International Relations at Yildiz Technical University (Istanbul, 2008) and his MA in Modern Turkish History at Bogazici University (Istanbul, 2010).  Ataman was a Lecturer with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Isik University (Istanbul, 2010-2012), where he taught 19th- and 20th-century history. Currently, he is interested in how socio-environmental change occurs at the nexus of ecological, social, economic, and political conditions. His dissertation research focuses on the transformation of peri-urban landscapes in western Turkey. Specifically, he is examining how social actors produce, internalize, or challenge particular environmental imaginaries and their expression in concrete socio-ecological projects. From September 2013 to 2017, Ataman has also been a Research Assistant with the CCMS.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Community Trust Fellowship in Humanities, Spring 2016.
  • Travel and Minor Research Award, Spring 2016. 
  • Edward W. Said Memorial Scholarship, Fall 2015.
  • Dossa Muslim Studies Graduate Travel Award, Fall 2015.
  • Graduate International Research Travel Award, Summer 2015.
  • Graduate Fellowship, Spring 2014.
  • Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Fall 2012.
  • Graduate Fellowship, Fall 2012.

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.