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Sociology MA Students

Samuella Appiah

Areas of study: women, gender abuse, labour migration, occupation and labour markets, social inequality, poverty and societal violence in Ghana

Samuella entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2021. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Studies from Lancaster University. Although from a very different academic background, the study of sociology to Samuella is the quintessence of truly understanding the drastic differences and nuances of the world, thus her yearn to study with the hopes of contributing to creating a better world. Samuella's proposed research will explore the socio-economic differences facing the 'Kayaei' (younger women and oftentimes unskilled migrants from rural northern Ghana who serve as head porters in major market centres in the south).

Co-Supervisors: Maureen Kihika and Kendra Strauss

Gabriela Arana

Areas of study: psychiatric ideologies and sociology of mental illness, mental health

Gabriela entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2019. She completed her BA with a major in psychology and minor in sociology at the University of Alberta.

She is interested in exploring the idea of mental illness through a sociological lens, as opposed to a psychological one. This allows her to explore issues of governmentality and dominant Western ideology within the mental health care system. 

Supervisor: Dany Lacombe

Rincy Dominic Calamba

Rincy entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2021. He has a BA in Interdisciplinary American Studies at the University of Tübingen in Germany and a BA in International Studies major in American Studies, with a minor in Sociology from the Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines. His research interests are on temporary migrant labor issues and the experiences of migrant families in Canada with regards to race, gender, and citizenship issues. Other interests include: Filipino studies, Filipino diaspora and integration, sexuality and transnational movement.

Co-Supervisors: Evelyn Encalada Grez and Cindy Patton 

Anecia Gill

Anecia entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2018. She received her BA Honours with Distinction in Sociology from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2017.

Supervisor: Wendy Chan
Committee member: Dany Lacombe

Ramy Habib

Areas of study: masculinities, gender socialization, social roles and identities, and social change

Ramy entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2021. Prior to that, he completed a BA in English Language and Literature in Damascus University, Syria. Although from a different academic background, Ramy’s interest in sociology stems from his three years of work on gender, legislations and policies related to gender equality, and gender-based violence with the United Nations in Syria. His research interest is in masculinities and how specific conceptions of masculinities are developed, maintained, and/or challenged. Also of interest is the shifting roles and responsibilities between men and women in the wake of the Syrian crisis, the relationships between those changes and emerging forms of masculinities, and the influence of globalization and UN intervention on masculine identities in the Syrian context.

Co-Supervisors: Cindy Patton and Amanda Watson

Sharan Johal

Areas of study: Immigration and asylum, race and ethnicity, racism, racialization, multiculturalism, gender, social and economic integration, resettlement, health

Sharan entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2019. She completed a BA in Sociology at Simon Fraser University in 2018 and a Legal Studies Diploma at Douglas College in 2016.

Supervisor: Wendy Chan

Rowena Keil

Areas of study: neoliberal capitalism, racism and diversity, gender and sexuality, corporate media concentration, precarious work, labour unions, social movements

Rowena entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2018 after completing a BA (Honours with Distinction) in Sociology. Her proposed research will explore the tensions between the media, corporations and the state in the discursive production of ‘bad’ jobs.

Supervisor: Kendra Strauss
Committee member: Travers

Grace Kwan

Grace Kwan entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2020. Grace is an author and editor who received her BA in Sociology and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in 2020. Her graduate research undertakes migrant labour, precariousness, and racial capitalism. She's interested in how the workings of capitalism—along with middle class aspirations, tastes, and social and symbolic boundaries—inform the deepening precariousness of racialized workers engaged in migrant labour in North America.

Read Grace's student profile by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies here.

Supervisor: Kendra Strauss

Steffanie Ling

Steffanie entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2021.

Supervisor: Kendra Strauss

Connor MacMillan

Connor entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2020. He has a BA from Simon Fraser University with a major in Social Psychology and a minor in Sociology. Connor was a project manager and research assistant in Dr. Lara Aknin’s Helping and Happiness Lab at Simon Fraser University. He has a research interest in critical race relations, intergroup relations, critical gender, and power and privilege dynamics.

His master’s thesis will be on Intimate Partner Violence/Coercive Control with a specific interest in a relation to societal norms surrounding toxic male masculinity.

Supervisor: Wendy Chan

Asli Ozer

Areas of study: violence against women, intimate partner violence, power, gender inequality

Asli entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2021 after receiving her BA in Sociology and Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She would like to focus on how social isolation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted violence against women.

Supervisor: Barbara Mitchell
Committee member: Yildiz Atasoy

Kevin Park

Areas of study: critical race theory, race and ethnicity, quantitative methods, racial health disparities

Kevin entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2020. He completed a BA in Sociology at Simon Fraser University in 2018. 

Supervisor: Travers

Hannah Selg

Hannah entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2021. Prior to that, Hannah received her BA in Sports Management and Sports Sociology from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. Hannah‘s graduate research undertakes the inequality and exclusion associated to gender and sexuality in the context of sport. While still maintaining an active research interest in the inequality that cisgender female athletes face compared to cisgender male athletes, her focus recently opened up to the inequality and exclusion of members of the LGBTQIA+ community experience in sport. 

Supervisor: Travers

Karlie Tessmer

Areas of study: housing, the construction of space and place, gender and sexuality, bodily practices, kinship and family formation, health and well-being

Karlie entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2021. Prior to that, Karlie completed a joint BA (Honours with Distinction) in Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, 2020. Her previous research examined relationship formation and categorization in professional kitchen settings. Her proposed research takes a new direction by examining the concept of home in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Karlie hopes to explore how young professional families have (re)constructed their homes to accommodate things like work, education, play, and safety. 

Supervisor: Pamela Stern
Committee Member: Amanda Watson

Courtney Vance

Courtney entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2021.

Supervisor: Kyle Willmott

Victor Yao

Areas of study: cities, municipalities, industrial democracy, political economy, sociology of law

Victor entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2019. He completed a BA in Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2017 where he published research on municipal bylaws and their role in the so-called ‘War on Drugs’. His research interests include the study and potential of municipalities, models of industrial democracy, political economy, and the sociology of law.

Supervisor: Nick Scott

Erika Zaldívar

Erika entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2020. She holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques, with a specialization in Organizational Communication and Advertising.

Since she started writing her undergraduate thesis on the Conceptualization of sexual education in single mothers and their youngsters, she has been passionate about sexuality. For this reason, she plans to focus her thesis research on the attitudes of teenagers towards sexuality, their experiences and how social agents like family, school, peers, and partners impact the values and norms that orient their practices.

Supervisor: Dany Lacombe

Yun Zhang

Yun entered the MA program in Sociology in the Fall of 2018. She received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Media and Communication Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2017.

Supervisor: Wendy Chan
Committee member: Suzanna Crage

Anthropology MA Students

Paloma Bhattacharjee

Paloma entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2021.

Supervisor: Cristina Moretti

Vivi Wei Cong

Vivi entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2021 after completing her BA at the University of British Columbia in May 2021. Her thesis focuses on discussing the influences brought by the contemporary beauty anxiety experienced in China and how this social phenomenon contributes to the Chinese beauty economy sector. Moreover, she also explores more about how the Chinese beauty standards have evolved throughout history. 

Supervisor: Jie Yang

Elizabeth Danis

Elizabeth entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2021.

Supervisor: Michael Hathaway

Ermen DelliCarpini

Areas of study: blood memory, endangered language revitalization, food sovereignty, Indigenous new media, museum studies

Ermen entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2019. Ermen completed a BA at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver specializing in museum studies and anti-colonial curatorial practice with an additional focus on Indigenous New Media and Endangered Languages.

Their proposed research thesis is to link language transmission and revitalization of sleeping or endangered languages with the production of traditional foods; tapping into blood memory and olfactory senses to open/engage pathways of language transmission and acquisition. Specifically, theTaíno language Borikén (Puerto Rico). This work is inspiredby their maternalancestral line and their great-grandmother, Celodina (Nina) Garcia y Cruz, who emigrated to New York in the 1920s and retained cultural and linguistic heritage through communal food production.

Supervisor: Lindsey Freeman

John C. Foerster

Areas of study: substance abuse, narcotics, harm reduction, experimental ethnography, epistemology

John entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2020. He attended the University of Central Florida and graduated in 2020 with a BA in History. John completed his undergraduate honors thesis on the realities of the U.S. Opiate Crisis within Orange County, FL and the popular etymology/understandings of this event. During John's time in Florida he worked passionately with the Florida Farmworkers Association assisting with maternal and general female-identifying wellness through the Woman 2 Woman Conference, of which he has been a part of over the last 10 years.

Supervisor: Dany Lacombe

Wenlei Huang

Wenlei entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2021.

Supervisor: Jie Yang

Candase Jensen

Areas of study: theory, ideas surrounding identity, feminism

Candase entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2015 after completing a BA with a split major in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2014.

She plans to focus her thesis research on the experiences of women who live with endometriosis along with the stigma and taboo surrounding women’s health issues.

Supervisor: Cindy Patton
Committee member: Amanda Watson

Sheila Joe

Sheila entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2018. Sheila completed her BA in Anthropology at the University of the Fraser Valley in 2006. Her research will be focused on ethnographic work with a Yukon First Nation. The Champagne and Aishihik First Nation (CAFN) traditional territory is vast, people and places were connected by trail networks and waterways. Tangible cultural resources are still found throughout the traditional territory, one such resource are arborglyphs that were created many generations ago but still stand along the trails. They represent culturally significant areas and are an affirmation of Southern Tutchone/Tlingit cultural identity and can provide an analysis of times past, how people lived and where they travelled. We acknowledge that CAFN citizens still maintain a presence on the land and they have rights and responsibilities they need to sustain as stewards of the land and water, retain and share their local and traditional knowledge and to ensure the continuance of their inherent right to their traditional territory.

Supervisor: Pamela Stern
Committee member: George Nicholas (Archaeology & First Nations Studies)

Michelle La

Areas of study: informal economies, valuation, speculation, consumption as labour

Michelle entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2016. She completed her BA (with honours) in Sociology and Anthropology. Her research investigates how “sneakerheads” and sneaker traders online and in-person participate in an informal economy revolved around limited-edition sneakers. She focuses on the varied economic practices of traders, how sneakers can become the object of fantasy and enchantment among an active community of consumers, and the ways corporations such as Nike and Adidas influence the economic practices of traders. 

Michelle’s research was featured by The CBC: $40K shoes, rare finds draws thousands to Vancouver Sneaker Con

Supervisor: Jie Yang
Committee member: Kendra Strauss

Sam Seoung-Hwan Lee

Sam entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2020.  He completed his BA in Anthropology at Vancouver Island University. His research interests focus on local perceptions of halal restaurants in the Itaewon district of Seoul, South Korea. By pursuing research on this topic, he intends to explore the meaning of food production and consumption as a gesture of solidarity. 

Supervisor: Pamela Stern

Niyat Ogbazghi

Niyat entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2021.

Co-Supervisors: Maureen Kihika and Pamela Stern

Tazin Rahman Ananya

Tazin entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2021.

Supervisor: Kendra Strauss

Merrhea Teixeira

Areas of study: kinship, identity, recognition, revitalization and reconciliation within Canada’s indigenous communities

Merrhea entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2016. Merrhea completed her BA in Anthropology in 2015 from Washington State University. She is particularly interested in how limitations in physical spaces affect traditional activities as well as relationships within family units.

Co-Supervisors: Dany Lacombe and Dara Culhane

Kenmore (Joshua) Thompson

Kenmore (he/him) entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2020 after completing a BA in Anthropology and Political Science from Memorial University in 2016. Kenmore is a Newfoundlander and his diverse resume includes custodial work, answering phones at a call centre, teaching English overseas, and development work in rural Tanzania.

Kenmore's MA research uses an autonomist Marxist standpoint to examine the social reproductive labour that goes into the creation and maintenance of online video game communities by primarily examining the player "Orgs" that surround the under-development space sim MMO Star Citizen.

Some other topics that distract Kenmore from time-to-time are (in no particular order): imagining Newfoundlanders and Labradorians as forming a kind of diaspora; questions of value and exchange among adult LEGO hobbyists; food anthropology; memes on Chinese social media; and new and creative ways of carrying out "public" Anthropology.

Supervisor: Kendra Strauss
Committee Member: Pamela Stern

 

Kristina Uyeda

Areas of study: gender issues in media and popular culture, superstitious beliefs, religion, and evolution

Kristina entered the MA program in Anthropology in the Fall of 2015 after completing her BA in Anthropology and Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  She is particularly interested in how cultural beliefs and behaviours are communicated through, and influenced by popular culture.

Supervisor: Lindsey Freeman
Committee member: Stacy Pigg

Publications: "Latent Sexism in Print Ads Increases Acceptance of Sexual Assault"