Faculty of Art and Social Sciences

Featured Graduate Student

  • Aaron research focuses on questions about the mind, and how to use both scientific and philosophical methods to answer those questions. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Rachelle is researching the various health, emotional, and social impacts of intergenerational relationships/programs have on older adults. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Cari is a master's student who is interested on innovating and creating opportunities for older adults to live purposeful, connected, and fulfilling lives regardless of their health status. Special (Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Sherif is a master’s of Philosophy student focusing on the nature of scientific knowledge and the connections between logic, human reason, and rationality. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Marybelle is a master's student exploring the relationship between language and politics. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Dr. Kim from the Department of Linguistics investigated syntatic and interpretive properties of Korean anaphoric devices.

  • Isamara is interested in the decision-making process about urban transportation and urban mobility in Brazil and Canada.

  • Emanuela is a PhD graduate in Linguistics exploring how doctors and patients communicate during medical visits.

  • Natalie is a Graduate Liberal Studies master’s student who aims to learn the skills required to put forth her own ideas into the world through the magic of the written word.

  • Jesse is focussed on how people process and interpret imperative sentences with no overt subject from audio recordings. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Nikola's research is focused on children's memory for events, and researching best practices for interviewing children. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Thomas is a Graduate Liberal Studies master’s student researching Greek Mythology, and fiction and non-fiction literature.

  • Teresa is a Graduate Liberal Studies Master's student. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Steve, an Urban Studies student, is researching the impact of COVID-19 on the Korean-Canadian community in Metro Vancouver. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Stephen is studying aspects of professional design implementation, situating the intersection of professional ethics of public space design and social equity within the formation of the city. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Amanda is an Urban Studies master’s student researching collaborative governance and the ways in which process design is influenced by municipal reasons for choosing to initiate a collaborative process. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Guerin is dedicated to revitalizing hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, the downriver dialect of the Halkomelem language spoken by the Musqueam people.

  • Lauren Rattray in International Studies studied the semi-autonomous archipelago of Zanzibar in Tanzania.

  • Sarah is researching effective current human rights advocacy strategies, specifically for defending LGBTQ workers' rights.

  • Nancy researches on The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and its application to environmental matters. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Saima is a public policy student with previous research experience in health and education in developing countries.

  • Kathleen is researching how trans youth in BC connect to support and resources online, including how they handle privacy issues and misinformation. (SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship)

  • Rachel focuses her research on how to divert plastic waste away from the ocean and into a circular economy in Taiwan. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Nikita is a master’s of International Studies student researching Latin American refugees and forced migration. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Chun is researching the psychological and developmental harms resulting from the gamble-like mechanism in video games. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Megan is exploring how the government can use and incorporate Indigenous Knowledge to support climate adaptation policy and decision-making. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Reema is a Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies PhD student who joins her colleagues in researching the roots of oppression along vectors of difference and the struggle for equality.

  • Thuy is a Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies PhD student researching gender politics and identity, migration, multiculturalism, economic development, and Vietnam's economic history. (Graduate Fellowships, and the Meredith Kimball Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Diana is researching about how technology is changing social dynamics globally, deepening gaps and inequalities, but also opening spaces for participation and empowerment. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Mathew is a Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies PhD building bridges between feminist STS and the work of Indigenous theorists on multispecies governance (Dean's Graduate Fellowship, the BC Graduate Scholarship, the Margaret & Claude Mitchell Graduate Award, the National Council of Jewish Women Scholarship, and Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC))

  • Dr. Teeple explored the feasibility of creating a nuclear arms control regime in the Arctic within the context of the U.S.-Russia arms competition.

  • Bella's research interests include gender and ethnic representation in North America and Southeast Asia, particularly Myanmar (Burma).

  • Darya is researching Track II diplomacy, that is to say, unofficial dialogues between academics, policy experts, and retired government officials, rather than the official diplomacy that we typically think of when world leaders visit other countries. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Clarissa's research looks at radical politics and how different social, cultural, and economic issues impact political behaviour and party competition. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Jenny is a political science master's student who is focusing on energy issues in relation to environmental impacts, taking a political economy perspective. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Justine won both first place and public choice award in the Institute of Public Administration of Canada’s (IPAC) Fifth Annual National Student Paper Competition.

  • Mohamed is a PhD Economics student researching monetary policies. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Thomas is a PhD graduate in Economics whose thesis focused on instrumental variable estimators. (Peter Kennedy Memorial Graduate Fellowship)

  • Inez's research is heavily focused on alternatives to policing and facilitating access to social services (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Hung Truong is a economics doctorate student who explores the interaction between human behaviour and economic modeling. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Eric is a PhD graduate in Economics whose research focused on immigration policy's effect on documented vs. undocumented immigrants.

  • Thinh is a master's student in Economics to approach high standards and modern knowledge for practical researches in the future. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Fatima is a Economics Master's Student. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Lindsey Bannister in English studied the lives and writings of Twentieth Century Canadian authors who were regarded as racial imposters in Ontario and Alberta.

  • Dr. Knight from the Department of English focused on Indigenous writers who authoritatively proclaim enduring national, linguistic, and land-based connections for her research.

  • Dr. De'Ath provides new insights into the relationships between culture and capital in a moment of protracted economic crisis.

  • Connor's research concentrated on the intersection of Gothic literature and ecocriticism in children's and young adult literature.

  • Jacob is a master’s English student researching the interactions of medieval English authors with medieval Italian literature. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Mackenzie is an English PhD student researching poetry, Indigenous literature, and urban spaces. (Edward M.W. Gibson Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)

  • Alyssa is researching archival and manuscript studies, with a focus on materiality. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Jorji researches pop culture from the 70s until now demonstrating how romantic love continues to be connected to the dynamics of capitalism. (Messenger Graduate Fellowship in English)

  • Robin is Master's Student focusing in finding points of connection between content and form. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Rawia is a PhD student exploring how individual and group fantasies are embedded in cultural objects that reproduce the Palestinian-Israeli context. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Siling Tao in History studied overseas Chinese communities in the Fujian province in China.

  • Rui Zhang in History studied different measures to safeguard workers in Hong Kong.

  • Joseph Burton in History conducted biographical research on labour union activist, Frederick Thompson, in the USA.

  • Curtis Platson in History studied the colonial politics of witchcraft in Zanzibar and Pemba, during the 1920s-1964.

  • Stevan Bozanich in History & Hellenic Studies studied the Chetnik movement from Yugoslavia in Southern Europe.

  • Robin Bunton in History studied the political dimensions of British representations of Egyptian female entertainers throughout the nineteenth-century at Oxford University.

  • Milad Doroudian in History studied the Kastner affair in Romania.

  • Benjamin Dipple in History studied 20th-century Ottoman and Turkish figures in the USA and Turkey.

  • Songwei He in History studied the Temple Destruction Movement during the Qing Dynasty in China.

  • Panagiotis Delis in History studied ethnic cleansing in the Balkan Wars in Europe.

  • Katherine studies the assessment of violent behavior and psychopathic personality.

  • Madison's research focuses on witness memory and what makes a credible witness in the legal system.

  • Rashmi is a master’s student involved in Clinical Psychology research done in private practices and hospitals. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Robin is researching how people learn and acquire skills over time. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Annika is researching group processes and collective environmental action. (Special Entrance Graduate Scholarship)

  • Tiara is a graduate student in Social Psychology who is focusing on the intersections of life transitions and pro-social behaviors on well-being outcomes. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Emily is a PhD student who is focusing on traumatic brain injury. (CIHR Doctoral Research Award)

  • Hira is a Clinical Forensic Psychology graduate student researching the risks for violence and sexual offending, criminal behaviours, psychopathy, and other issues in the area of mental health and law. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Naz is researching the Greek-Orthodox Carnival celebrations in the Ottoman Empire, Greece, Balkans and Modern Turkey. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Julia is a Clinical Psychology masters student expanding her previous work in adult risk-taking behaviours to focus on adolescents and the impact of close relationships in the future. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Emma's research looks at the influence that seeing social media profiles for potential suspects of a crime. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Anna Maslouskaya in Anthropology studied how Brazilian telenovelas influence the understanding of race and class.

  • Gyuzel Kamalova in Anthropology studied the experience of orphanage graduates in Kazakhstan.

  • Abigail's research looks at the effects of ethical capital on social enterprises.

  • Ileanna is a master's student who is researching dance improvisation. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Connor is a Master's student researching the social construction of gender concepts. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Grace is a sociology student who is interested in investigating myths of success, equality, and freedom, deepens and informs the precariousness of racialized migrant workers. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Erika is researching the way young adults internalize (or not) the messages received in school-based sex education and how that knowledge shapes their perceptions regarding sex and sexuality. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Rowena is researching the experiences of people working in grocery stores during the global pandemic. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Madelyn research looks at makers to understand what contributes to their making practices and products. (SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship)

  • Elena Pennell wants to shed light on the effect of SAWP on family life for Mexican migrant workers.

  • Yun Zhang is an international master's student in Sociology and Anthropology and participated in the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program.

  • Vienna Chichi Lam in Criminology studied aquatic human body detection, recovery and repatriation in the Netherlands Antilles.

  • Michaela McGuire in Criminology presented on a panel on Indigenous issues in Toronto.

  • Carlos Ponce in Criminology studied gang violence in Central America.

  • Dr. McCuish is from the School of Criminology in the Faculty of Arts + Social Sciences.

  • Dr. Warren designed an innovative method to estimate age of immature insects which can be applied to death investigations.

  • Britny is focused on the decomposition of human remains underwater and the use of novel underwater detection techniques to assist recovery and identification of missing people. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Emma is exploring Asian-Canadians' feelings of safety given the recent rise in hate crimes due to COVID-19. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Sydney is studying the politicization of human trafficking laws. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Victoria is researching how individual characteristics covary with support for social movements such as BLM, and discovering fascinating trends. (Social Science and Humanities Research Council CGS-M Award)

  • Michaela is a School of Criminology PhD student examining the importance of belonging, justice, and injustice by analyzing decolonization, belonging, resurgence and self-governance. (Ph.D. Graduate Dean's Entrance Award, SSHRC CGSM, SFU Graduate Deans Entrance Award, etc.)

  • Taline researches on the experiences of foster children in the justice system. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Vienna's research on aquatic bone decomposition has earned her international recognition as the Forensic Science Foundation and CRC Press 2019 top student travel award winner.

  • Muhammad has completed his PhD as well as his Masters in Criminology at SFU.

  • Adam Vaughan, PhD Candidate in the School of Criminology, is one of two researchers to have been awarded the newly created Health Policy Fellowship by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

  • Katherine is studying forensic search and recovery methods in residential schools in Canada.

  • Hasheem is studying multimodal queer-based pedagogy in French Immersion high school classrooms.

  • Liam is enjoying the cohort experience of the Public Policy master's program along with the practical and theoretical knowledge the program offers. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Jessamyn is a Counselling Psychology master’s student researching youth born of genocidal sexual violence during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Sarah Vanderveer in Sociology studied how female academics in Ghana are challenging gender norms.

  • Biftu Yousuf in Criminology and Health Sciences studied Oromo conceptions of well-being in metropolitan areas of Canada.

  • Dr. Kyle Willmott's doctoral research broadly focused on questions of political and economic sociology, and Indigenous policy.

  • Dr. Wiwad is a doctoral graduate from the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Art + Social Sciences.

  • Amila is a Master's Student who is researching how literature as mean to understand the intersection between race, economy, and mental health. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Daniel is a Law and Forensic Psychology student who is researching how photographs can make statements seem more true and believable. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Shelbie is a PhD student who is focusing on using interview techniques to enhance eyewitness memory. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Maegan McKay is currently working on a survey project which is collecting quantitative data and analysis on the mental health of seniors, and the accessibility to Mental Health Care and Services. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Ashley is a student who is researching labour trafficking of migrant workers who enter the country legally but are later coerced into exploitative conditions. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Tasnim is researching the use and diffusion of English language in non-native contexts, to explore the theoretical models of World Englishes. (Special Entrance Graduate Scholarship)

  • Madison is a Clinical Psychology student researching individual’s risk of violence and the relationship between criminal offending, mental illness, and the legal system. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Jennifer's research looks at the concept of housing being more than a shelter or economic commodity, exploring how attachment to a dwelling creates a sense of home.

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Department of Criminology

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Applied Legal Studies MA Specialty Course Work
Criminology MA Regular Thesis
Criminology PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Economics

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Economics MA Regular Course Work; Extended Essay; Project; Thesis
Economics PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of English

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
English MA Regular Course Work; Extended Essay or Project
English PhD Regular Thesis
Master of Arts for Teachers of English MATE Regular Thesis; Extended Essay or Project
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Department of French

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
French MA Regular Thesis; Extended Essays
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Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies MA Regular Thesis; Course Work
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Gerontology

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway Work Experience
Gerontology MA Regular Thesis; Project Internship
Gerontology PhD Regular Thesis -
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Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Liberal Studies MA Specialty Course Work; Extended Essay; Project
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Department of History

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
History Certificate Regular Course Work
History MA Regular Thesis
History PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Humanities

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Humanities MA Regular Thesis
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School for International Studies

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
International Studies MA Regular Extended essays; Thesis
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Department of Latin American Studies

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Latin American Studies Certificate Regular Course Work
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Department of Linguistics

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Linguistics MA Regular Thesis
Linguistics PhD Regular Thesis
Linguistics of a First Nations Language   Specialty Course Work
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Department of Philosophy

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Philoshopy MA Regular Course Work; Thesis
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Department of Political Science

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Political Science MA Regular Course Work; Extended Essay; Project; Thesis
Political Science PhD Regular Thesis
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Department of Psychology

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway Work Experience
Psychology MA Regular Thesis Practicum (Clinical Stream only)
Psychology PhD Regular Thesis Practicum (Clinical Stream only)
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School of Public Policy

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway Work Experience
Public Policy MPP Specialty Course Work Co-op
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Urban Studies Program

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Urban Studies Diploma Specialty Course Work
Urban Studies Murb Specialty Project
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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Anthropology MA Regular Thesis
Anthropology PhD Regular Thesis
Sociology MA Regular Thesis
Sociology PhD Regular Thesis
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