MA Candidates

Only those students who wished to have their profile on our website are included.

Nathan Flaig

Nathan Flaig is presently an MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. He received a BA(Hons.) in Communications Studies with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Calgary in 2014. His past research analyzed the intersection between discourse, subjectivity, and popular culture, through the lens of gender performativity. Currently, he hopes to expand his research to encompass critical perspectives on masculinity and queer embodiment. Other areas of interest include: Asian religious philosophy, psychoanalytical theory, and poststructuralist theories of language, gender, and sexuality.

Brooklyn Fowler

Brooklyn is presently a MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.  They completed their undergraduate studies in International Studies with an extended minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University with a semester away at Concordia University in Montréal.  Their research interests include labour law in Canada, deconstructing the gender binary, femininity studies and looking at informal community survivor support structures for survivors of abuse.  Brooklyn has a background in social justice activism and this is reflected in much of the academic work and research they focus on.  They intend to build off of this work in law or public policy work as a part of one of the many social justice organizations that make Vancouver such a dynamic city for social justice work.

Breanna Gray

Breanna is presently an MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. She completed her undergraduate degree in the spring of 2016 with a BA from Simon Fraser University in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, a minor in Biological Sciences, and a Certificate in Performance Studies. She is secretary to the GSWS Graduate Caucus and Liaison to the undergraduate Student Union in order to promote effective communication and sharing of ideas and resources. She also is a Teaching Assistant within the GSWS department. Her research interests include public policy, queer ecologies, and creative writing; of particular focus are policies for queer and trans youth in correctional facilities and diverse representation in young adult literature. She hopes to return to her hometown of Calgary, Alberta, upon completion of her degree in order to work closely with the important social and art movements in development there.

Terri Lucas

Terri is an MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She completed her BA (Hons) degree in English Studies at Sheffield Hallam University in England in 2007. She is passionate about analysing representations of gender in art and media, and explores concepts of gender and sexuality through creative writing. Her research interests include social constructs of gender, gender representations through language, art and media, LGBTQI history, intersectional feminism and history of activism. She is particularly interested in exploring how everyday language and mainstream forms of communication express and influence views of gender.

Burgundy MacLeod

Burgundy is presently an MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. She received a BA (Specialized Hons.) in Sexuality Studies from York University, in Toronto, Ontario in 2017. During her undergrad, she completed a summer abroad program, hosted at the University of London. She is currently the MA representative for GSWS, and is excited to become further involved within the department. Her research interests include feminism within popular culture, women's rights, queer theory, sex worker's rights, as well as the politics and legislature currently surrounding sex worker's rights. She hopes to one day work for an NGO to help with securing women's rights around the world.

Lutfun Nahar

Lutfun Nahar is presently an MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Originally from Bangladesh, she completed her LL.B (Hons.) from the University of London as an external student in 1996 and was called to the Bar from Lincoln’s Inn, UK, in 1997. She did her LL.M in Lund University, Sweden, in the year 2012 with major on International Human Rights Law and Intellectual Property Rights Law. She has extensive work experiences of working as Law Lecturer, Legal Practitioner, Asst. Law Manager in Unilever Bangladesh Ltd., National Consultant of United Nations Development Programme and Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Attorney General in Bangladesh. She has also been involved in community services as an Executive Member in Defence Officers Housing Society Council, Mohakhali, Dhaka – working voluntarily in Arbitration Sub-committee to resolve family and civil disputes within the society; as well as Area and Lake Beautification Sub-committee to plant trees, replace broken pavements, increase number of street lights and other improvements in the community. She has written articles in Law Journal of Bangladesh and newspaper columns regarding the laws on sexual harassment in Bangladesh, the right to education of the disabled children and access to internet a human right etc. Her research interests include: violence against women, disability studies, intellectual property rights, women and human rights, and gender analysis in policy studies.

Jamie Noulty

Jamie is presently a MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. He completed his undergraduate in Political Science with a Joint Major in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include gendered violence, masculinity, post-conflict, post-colonialism, and emerging men’s studies.

Kaitlyn Woodman

Kaitlyn is presently a MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology.  Her research interests include sexual violence, women’s reproductive rights, and the connection between the judicial system and gendered inequality. Her current research focuses on linguistic sexism and rape culture, utilizing a survivor-centered methodology to analyze recent cases of sexual assault across North America. She is excited to be volunteering with the Active Bystander Network through the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office here at SFU, and hopes to continue spreading awareness about sexual violence across campus and throughout the greater Vancouver community through activism and research.

PhD Candidates

Sim Badesha

Sim Badesha is a PhD student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at SFU. She completed her MA in Sociology with a specialization in Women's Studies at Lakehead University in 2015.  Sim's areas of interest include anti-racism, women's sexuality and gender, South Asian women, and feminist theories.

Barbara Bates

Barbara is seen knocking at the door of the University of al-Karaouine, Fez Morocco (founded in 859 and thought to be the oldest university in the world).  Barbara believes that scholastic pursuits should be accessible to people of any age and unrestrained by agism.  

Barbara is a PhD student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at SFU.  She completed a BA of Anthropology at SFU in 2008 and an MA in Graduate Liberal Studies in 2012.  Barbara is the mother of two sons who are both graduates of SFU.  She has worked as an administrator in a family and criminal legal practice for over twenty years.  

Barbara's doctoral thesis will focus on second wave feminism and the 1960's social shift.

Nadine Boulay

Nadine Boulay is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.  Originally from Manitoba, Nadine graduated with her Bachelor of Arts (Honours), with a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies and Religion from the University of Manitoba in 2011.  During her undergraduate degree Nadine became interested in studying sexuality, gay and lesbian history, and feminist social activism- an interest she explored further for her undergraduate thesis.  She recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies at Simon Fraser University.  Her SSHRC-funded these research explored the value of intergenerational conversation between queer women in their 20s, and lesbian women involved in feminist community building and political activism in the Lower Mainland in the 1970s and 80s.  Since 2013, she has worked as a research assistant for the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony, an online digital archive housed at Simon Fraser University. Her writing has been published in Australian Feminist Studies and Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society (forthcoming) and worked as a co-editor for the Feminist and Queer Review at the University of Manitoba.  She has presented research on LGBT Subjectivities in the academy (Winnipeg, 2011), gay and lesbian asylum seekers in Canada (Victoria, 2012), the importance of role models for queer youth (Victoria, 2012), and the necessity of anti-racist allyship in queer communities (Vancouver, 2014). She recently spoke on a roundtable discussing queer and lesbian archives and archival affect at the National Women’s Studies Association meeting in Puerto Rico in November 2014.

Nadine’s PhD research will explore the history of lesbian-feminism in the Lower Mainland in the 1970s and 80s, with a particular focus on rural and island experiences, intentional women’s communities, and the ‘back to the land’ movement.  Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada CGS Doctoral Scholarship.  She is very excited to be continuing her work with Dr. Elise Chenier, Associate Professor in History at SFU, Director of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony, and scholar of oral history and the history of sexuality.  In her community work, Nadine is involved with co-coordinating an intergenerational queer meeting group, and performing in the popular East Van queer drag show, Man Up.  She is passionate about queer history, intergenerational activism, memory, embodiment and affect theories, and feminist scholarly and community engagement.

Novia Shih-Shan Chen

Novia Shih-Shan Chen received her BFA from National Taiwan University, her MFA in Film Production from Ohio University and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Novia has worked as a filmmaker and a film and video instructor both in the US, Canada, and Taiwan. Her short documentary film titled Now He is a She, which explores the subjectivity, sexuality and familial relationships of a male-to-female transgendered teacher, has screened at several international queer and women’s film festivals from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan to France. Novia’s background as a female filmmaker and an international doctoral student informs her mobile position both as a creative artist and a diasporic scholar negotiating gender politics, filmic representation and feminist film criticism and theory. Her research project examines the positionality of contemporary female documentary filmmakers, the historical fluctuation associated with the production of their documentary films and the implications of independent filmmaking in the context of Sinophone cinema. Aside from writing, she also teaches in the Asian Studies Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and serves on the programming committee at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

Thuy Do

Thuy Do received her MA in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA in 2012 in which she was funded a full scholarship by International Fellowship Program from Ford foundation. Thuy also holds her bachelor in Development Economics from Nong Lam University, Vietnam and worked for 6 years in a local government in Vietnam in addition to several years working in various companies in Ho Chi Minh city (HCMC), Vietnam.  After returning from Clark University, Thuy has had 5 years teaching at Hoa Sen University (HSU) and worked as a visiting lecturer at Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam.  During this time, Thuy also worked as a research consultant for International Organization for Migration, HCMC, Vietnam and the Family Health International 360, USA. The two studies were located in the Mekong Delta where she has obtained strong background and experiences due to her long lifetime working and living there. In addition, Thuy actively participated in several studies hosted by HSU and funded by the Department of Technology and Science HCMC in which she was the author of the two thematic reports on the roles of intellectual women in community development and leadership and management capacity of intellectual women, perspectives from society and intellectual women. In summer 2016, Thuy was a coordinator of a Fulbright Specialist Project on Liberal Education which brought her group an outstanding project award of the year as a result of its wide spread impact on lecturers and staff at HSU. Thuy also rewarded for an excellent teaching ward of the year 2016 from HSU. Thuy’s research interest is on gender equality and equity, women leadership and empowerment, rural women development in the context of rural - urban migration.  

Reema Faris

Reema Faris successfully defended her MA in Graduate Liberal Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2015. She also holds a BA in History and Classical Studies from the University of British Columbia (1983) and an MBA from the University of Toronto (1990).  Ms. Faris has worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Humanities, History, and English departments at SFU and is pursuing her studies as a PhD student with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS). Her research will focus on the intersection of popular culture and feminism.  Specifically, she will be exploring whether popular culture distracts attention from the reality of women’s lives and in fact delays progress on important social policies such as pay equity, universally accessible childcare, and equal political representation. Before following her passion as an academic, Ms. Faris served as a one-term Trustee for the West Vancouver Board of Education and enjoyed a multi-decade career as a communications professional with a variety of public and private sector organizations. She is also a mother who is trying her best to guide a teenage artist through life as well as Grade 10. In addition to being a member of Vancouver Opera’s Board of Directors, she is an avid traveller, a chocolate enthusiast, and often dreams of Paris.

Shahar Shapira

Shahar Shapira is a PhD student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at SFU. She holds a BA in Art History and Multidisciplinary Studies (Psychology Track) from Haifa University, Israel, and a MA in Gender Studies from Ben-Gurion University, Israel. In her doctoral thesis, she intends to extend her MA thesis titled “Attitudes of the Psy-Disciplines towards Gender Identity in People with Autism”. She is interested in feminist and queer disability theories, science studies, critiques of the concept of ‘normal’, and critical discourse analysis. She published an article titled “Defending the Female Client From “Love for an Hour”: The Construction of Sexuality in a Court Case Ruling for Compensation for Sex Services” in Israel Studies in Language and Society, Special Issue on Language and Sexuality [Hebrew]. Shahar also gained experience in qualitative research and analysis as a research assistant in two healthcare studies.