photo of two doctoral students from June 2016 convocation

Dissertation Topics of PhD's Awarded


Nadiya Ali

Refusing Internment, Reclaiming Vitality, and Moving Past the Bargain of Recognition: The Case of a Muslim Creative Counterpublic

Grace Barakat

The Price of Knowledge: An Exploration of Student Demographics Between Regulated and First-degree Professional Programs in Ontario

Heather Hax

Worker Cooperatives: Strategies and Tactics for Interstitial Transformation

Gulay Kilicaslan

Deprovincializing Kurdish Contentious Politics: Forced Migration, Scale Shift and Activism Across Kurdistan, Turkey, and Europe

Rana Sukarieh

Theorizing Sustained Solidarity: The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement in Toronto

Dina Taha

Marriage for Refuge? Syrian Refugee Women’s Resettlement Experiences in Egypt

Samuel Tecle

Black Grammars: On Difference and Belonging

Hart Walker

'It Takes a Whole Community': A Pragmatic, Strength-based Needs Assessment of Programs and Services Addressing Services Addressing Youth Homelessness in Bruce and Grey Counties, Ontario, Canada

Jason Webb

Working for Citizenship in the Liminal Space: Social Reproduction in the Emergency Family Shelter System


Gloria Adagbon

The "Dream" Team? Immigrants, Multilevel Marketing and Integration

Mandi Gray

Cease and Desist/Cease or Resist? Civil Suits and Sexual Violence

Sarah Rogers

Trade Union Decline and Renewal: A Case Study of Precariousness, Labour Standards, and Union Responses in Ontario’s Unionized Supermarket Sector

Elisabeth Rondinelli

The Young Cosmopolitans: Young People’s Intercultural Work in an International School

Suzanne Spiteri

Tourism Representations, Imaginaries, and Encounters on the Maltese Islands

Philip Steiner

Enemies, Adversaries and Unlikely Allies: Reimagining Agonal Democratic Theory Through a Classical Sociological Lens

Giselle Thompson

National Debt and Public Education in Jamaica: "Glocal" Challenges and Responses


Nicholas Cristiano

Managing Risk Environments: An Ethnographic Study of Club Drug Use and Harm Reduction in the EDM Scene

Colin Hastings

Writing for Digital News: The Social Organization of News Stories About HIV Criminalization in an Age of Convergence Journalism


Bojan Baca

From Revolution to Referendum: Processes of Institutionalization and Practices of Contestation in Post-Socialist Civil Society Building, 1989-2006

Carmen Grillo

Autonomy, Identity and the Right to Die:  A Qualitative Study of Medically Assisted Death Attitudes in the Canadian Context

Sarah Hornstein

On Alienation and Imperialism: Synthesizing the Work of Herbert Marcuse and Samir Amin

Adam King

The Making and Reproduction of Male Working Class Identity in a Mining Town

Azar Masoumi

The Paradox of Refugee Protection in Canada:  Law and Bureaucratic Politics of Efficiency


Aliya Amarshi

From Pain to Power:  A Socio-Psychological Investigation of Anti-Racist Feminist Ressentiment

Bianca Baggiarini

Drone Warfare and the Governing of Sacrifice

Krista Banasiak

"Make Your Belly Dance": An Exploration of Feminism, Orientalism and Embodiment in the Lived Experience of Belly Dance

Penny  Dowedoff

A Feminist Political Economy Analysis of Medical Broker and Fertility Clinic Websites

Guadalupe Dyson

In the Hands of Strangers:  The Myth of Choice and Self-Determination for Chronic Pain Patients in Ontario

Vivian Stamatopoulos

Young Carers in Canada: An Examination of the Prevalence, Policy and Practice of Young People Providing Unpaid Care

Shaira Vadasaria

Temporalities of 'Return':  Race, Representation and Decolonial Imaginings of Palestinian Refugee Life


Benjamin Christensen

The Struggle For Security:  Risk, Politics and Pension Policy in Ontario, 1960-2016

Julianne DiSanto

Imagining the Unimaginable: Psychopathy, (Un)Criminality and the Body

Tobias Timm

Recovering Richard Rorty's Sense of Experience


Anke Allspach

Modern Imperialism:  Canadian Renditions to Torture and the Production of Impunity for Sovereign Racialized State Violence

Angele Alook

Indigenous Life Courses, Racialized Gendered Life Scripts, and Cultural Identities of Resistance and Resilience

Andrea Campbell

Invisible Work(ers), Invisible Hazards:  An Examination of Psychological and Physical Safety Amongst Frontline Workers in Long-term Residential Care Facilities in the "New" Global Economy

Jesse Carlson

The Kenosis of Sociology, or Essays Toward a 'Weak Program' in the Sociology of Morality

Craig Fortier

Unsettling Movements:  Decolonizing Non-Indigenous Radical Struggles in Settler Colonial States

Markus Kip

The Ends of Union Solidarity:  Undocumented Labour and German Trade Unions

Patricia Phillips

The Nation's Gardeners:  Social Work Professionalization and Interpretation Work in Scientific Adoption Practice, 1930-1960


Alan Bourke

Universities, Community Engagement, and Democratic Social Science

Jordan Cicalo

Solving the Unsolvable:  Western Responses to Otherness From Saint Augustine

Democratia Dafnos

Negotiating Colonial Encounters:  (Un)Mapping the Contemporary Policing of Indigenous Protests in Canada

Suzanne Day

Making It Work:  A Study of the Decision-Making Processes of Personal Support Workers in Long-Term Residential Care

Michael Follert

From Foundation to Dissolution:  Rethinking the Social Contract Tradition

Jennie Haw

From the Incinerator to the Bank:  A Feminist Qualitative Study of Private Cord Blood Banking in Canada

David Moffette

Governing Irregular Migration:  Logics and Practices in Spanish Immigration Policy

Katherine Pendakis

Political Genealogies of a Generation:  Kin, Movement and Party in the Greek Diaspora

Luz Maria Vazquez Garcia

Adaptation Narratives:  Climate Change and Environmental Politics in Mexican Coastal Communities

Research Review Paper/Thesis Topics of MAs Awarded


Xylia Fraser

What Are They ‘Gabbin’ About?” A Relational Realist Approach to ‘Small Stories’ (Re)Told on GAB

Seulsam Lee

At the Intersection of Precarious Work and Precarious Immigration Status: Structural Vulnerability, Resistance, and Migrant Women in Canada

Santbir Singh

The Divine Light of Anarchy: A Socio-Political Analysis of Conflicting Sikh Historical Narratives

Noor Youssef

A Critical Examination of the Detention of Asylum Seekers in Canada


Merna Fatohi

The Evolution of Workers' Compensation in Ontario: From Tort Regime to Common-sense 1830-2019

Alexander Haley

Sociological Perspectives on Representations of Mass Shootings in U.S. News Media: A Review

Kasandra Kerfont

Work Orientations, Work Values, and Job Satisfaction in Canada)

Jenna Lavery

The Adolescent Cancer Experience: Discovering the Psychosocial and Developmental Implications

Carly Luchuck

The Child Welfare System: A Tool to Assimilate and Oppress Black Canadians

Ben Masanic

Contemporary Global Populisms on the Left and Right

Candace Trusty

The Politics of Respectability: A Racialized and Colonial Discourse, A Site of Black Queer Refusal and Resistance

Ana Vujosevic

Post-Yugoslav Diasporas: Racialization and Whiteness in the Settler Colonial States


Benjamin Blaney

A Unique Exposure: The Social Determinants of Health and Mental Health and the University Student

Tamayah Edwards

Crime and Race: Unmasking the Falsehood of Equality in the Courtroom

Toby Anne Finlay

Between Feminist Psychoanalysis and Deleuze:  Bisexuality and the Transgender Subject in Feminist Theory

Chanelle Gallant

Can Sex Be Work?  A Critical Reflection

Victoria Ogley

Exploring the Return Movement of Children of Hong Kong Immigrants Through the Lens of Transnationalism, Social and Cultural Reproduction, and the Intersections of Class, and Race/Racialization

Angela Ostrikoff

Breaking Ground and Changing Her-story:  Reimagining Business as Usual Through Women's Entrepreneurship

Camille Pawelczak

More Than a #Selfie: Exploring the Affective Dimensions of Self-Imaging Practices

Charlotte Smith

But Who Are Our Theories For? Problematization, Lines of Flight, and the Practical Relevance of Drugs Research in the Ontological Turn

Samantha Teichman

The New Mourning Routine: Online Mourning and Ritual Practices in the Digital Age

Yue Teng

Work-family Conflict in Canadian Families: Gender Inequality Over the Life Course


Santhia Akram

The Significance of Pre-Migration and Transnational Influences on the Migrant Incorporation Process

Yasmin Ali

'Ma I Fahmeysa?' Representations of 'Somali Canadians' in Academic Literature

Anna Benker

A Case for Qualitative Methodologies of Anti-Muslim Attitudes

Alina Budhwani

Patterns of Violence:  How Gender and Race Considerations Shape Conceptions of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Jessie Lou Helmkay

Structural Determinants of Youth Delinquency in Urban vs. Rural Canada: Space, Race and Class

Kara Inzirillo

Bonds: A Sociological Analysis of the Relationship Between Incarcerated Mothers and Their Children in Canada

Kayla Jeffrey

The Geographical Imagination: Imaginative Geographies and Its Influence on Development in the Global South

Nishan Kaushall

Of Hand-Spun Nations and Its Estranged Familiars:  A Struggle For Ancient Futures

Theodora Kyriakakos

Barriers to Mental Health Services Among Chinese Immigrants in Canada

Melissa McLetchie

Unemployed, Under-Educated, and Over-Incarcerated:  The Macro-Streaming of Black Canadians.

Olivia Messina

The Crisis of Wasted Potential:  Structural Violence and  Underemployed Graduates in Canada

McKenna Norgaard

The Labor of Pleasure and Pain: Exploring Intimacy and the Therapeutic Aspect of Professional BDSM Through Emotional Labor

Monisha Poojary

South Asian Identity:  Negotiating Identity Through a Panethnic Perspective

Mark Strauss

The Differential Impact of Multiculturalism on the Polish Diaspora: Promises and Paradoxes

Kathryn Wells

Activism in a Post-Disaster Setting:  How Displacement Contributes to Participation in Environmental Justice Movements


Carlo Charles

Black Refuge:  The Interplay Between Ethno-Racialization and Nationalism in the Reception of Haitians in Canada

Rubina Karyar

A Marxist, Feminist and Intersectional Critique of Homeless Women's Shelter Institutionalization and Bureaucratization in Canada

Emma Lindala

The Insidious Contagion in Health Care

Anna Lippman

Growing Roses From  Concrete:  Exploring How Racialized Youth Create Resistance Identity Through Hip-Hop Culture

Zeleco Persaud

Looking Through a Gendered Lens -- Exploring Social Control and Discipline of Youth in Transitional Homes


Sara Arya

Islamophobia in Citizenship and Nation-building Practices in the UK

Jana Borras

Puzzling Through Transience:  A Conceptual Analysis of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Nathali Bortei

Give It To Me Straight:  "Professionalism" and Black Hair Politics in the Workplace

Evander Cobbold

"A Beauty Project":  The Effects of the Mass Media and Western Body Ideals on Women's Body Dissatisfaction

Leigha Comer

"I Had a Lore More Faith in Doctors Back Then:"  An Analysis of Chronic Pain Content in Ontario Medical Curricula

Leigh Denholm

The Potential Praxis:  Material and Philosophical Affinities of the Early Church and Marx

Amrit Dhillon

Lighten Up:  Exploring Skin Lightening Practices Among Canadian South Asian Women

Gillian Elliott

Women's Experiences With Breastfeeding Support:  Conflicting Practices and Discourses

Sara Louie Tehrani

Revisiting Transnationalism in the Context of the Iranian-Global Baha'i Diaspora

Jocelyn MacDonald

Examining the Cost of Kindness:  Food Insecurity in Canada

Eni Mema

The Evolution of Cuba's Symbolic Regime:  Fidel Castro's Revolution, Results, Future Prospects and Legacy

Janice Phonepraseuth

Who We Are:  An Examination of Ethnic Identity Formation Among Second-Generation Chinese Youth

Talisha Ramsaroop

Murals Talk Back:  An Understanding of Community Murals in Jane Finch

Jessica Thyriar

How Do Government, Post-Secondary Institutions and External Organizations Respond to Sexual Violence on Campus?


Babak Amini

Dissemination and Reception of Karl Marx's Capital in the United States, Britain, and Canada

Navneet Aujla

Temporary Employment Agencies in Ontario:  Experiences of South Asian Immigrant Women

Miriam Hird-Younger

Reimagining Participation: The Need to Consider Trust in Participatory Approaches to Development in Ghana

Keith Joe

An Investigation Into Police Resistance to Reforms

Peter Karambelas

Thinking and Internal Conversation in the Networking Age

Kazhal Mohammadi

Diasporic Kurds and Identity Politics: The Internationalization and Europeanization of the Kurdish National 'Struggle'

Christine Montgomerie-Mione

Exploring the Emergence of Social Movements During Times of Economic Crisis

Maigan Newson

Promoting Positive Community-School  Relations: Using Place-Based Education to Engage Students Within Urban Communities

Nilum Panesar

The "New" Second Generation: Hows Does a Transnational Orientation Reconceptualize Second-Generation Youth Identity in Canada?

Viet Phan

Immigration Through Education: A Framework on the Immigration Considerations of International Students in Higher Education

Connie Phung

Bourdieu in China: A Study of Migration, Reception and Adaptation of  Sociological Concepts

Rodney Rennis

Ending Carding: Police Resistance to Change

Emily Zimmermann

'Sexy' Empowerment: Analyzing the Postfeminist Neoliberal Rationalities Underlying the Government of Women's Sexuality


Rawan Abdelbaki

Neoliberalism and Canadian Immigration:  Rethinking the Land of (In)Opportunity

Grace Barakat

Generation Debt:  Student Debt in Canada

Mary Choy

Re-conceptualizing "Contributing":  Homelessness and Unpaid Labour in a Neo-liberal Climate

Devin Clancy

Policing Settler Colonialism.  An Analysis of Policing Indigenous Land Reclamations From Ipperwash to Caledonia

Markus Gerke

The Second Sex of Tomorrow?  Constructions of Masculinity in the Moral Panic About Boys' Education.  A Content Analysis of Canadian News Media

Jelena Golubovic

The Eastward Expansion of the European Union: Perspectives From University Students in Belgrade, Serbia

Mandi Gray

Segged Out:  The Segregation of Women in Manitoba's Provincial Jails

Sarah Haque

Examining the Abject and Identity:  Embodied Cancer Experiments in Adolescents and Young Adults

Betty Ann Henry

The Socio-Economic Marginalisation of Fat Black Women (fBw) and its Relevance for Contemporary Labour Practices

Danielle Landry

Madness in the Method:  A Critical Discourse Analysis of Psychiatric Survivor Research From Canada and the UK

Robyn LeBlanc

The Privatization Paradox:  Understanding Community Care and its Challenges Under Neoliberalism

Ali Abbas Mehboob Hirji

Hearing the Voice From the Veil.  An Ethnogrpahic Inquiry Into the Mourning For Lady Zaynab by Toronto Shiites

Nadia Nassar

Mixed Metaphors:  An Exploration of Discourses Surrounding 'Multiracial' People in Canada

Khalida Ramyar

Afghanistan Before the Invasions:  The Subversion of Democracy in 1973

David Spina

Queering Intimacy:  The Subculture of Barebacking and Breeding New Forms of Masculinity and Kinship

Christopher Zakher

Race Reification in the World of Warcraft