Rhonda George (doctoral candidate). Rhonda's research interests include, but are not limited to: Sociology of Education, Sociology of Sport, Critical Race Theory, Social Reproduction, Cultural Studies and Caribbean Diasporas. Her current doctoral research explores how Black Canadian female basketball athletes that have pursued U.S. athletic scholarships navigate social, academic and athletic contexts. Her research project is also concerned with how this pursuit of U.S. athletic scholarships impacts athletic and educational outcomes.
Gokboru Tanyildiz (doctoral candidate). Gokboru's research interest is mainly in social theory - specifically, 18th and 19th century German social and political thought, 20th century French critical theory (with a special focus on Merleau-Ponty, Irigaray and Kristeva), and historical materialism (from Marx to today). His dissertation aims to foreground a historical materialist conception of sexuality, contra both queer theory and mainstream LGBT studies. Currently he is co-editing a special issue on sexuality for a well-known Marxist social science journal. In addition, he is very much interested in social movements and political-economy of the Middle East (as an international student coming from Turkey). He has forthcoming book chapters in this area.
Christopher Walsh (doctoral candidate). The Informal Regulation of Displaced Manufacturing Workers, examines the nature and effects of informal regulatory processes that come to bear on the conduct of displaced manufacturing workers' responses to job-loss in contexts of deindustrialization. Using mixed-methods, Chris will document the frequency of categories of responses in relation to structural and attitudinal variables, interview workers from four closing or closed manufacturing facilities to identify influential regulatory processes, and engage in discourse analyses, program evaluations, and ethnographic fieldwork to enhance understanding of salient forms of regulation. By drawing on a post-paradigmatic array of social theories, he will attend to three categories of regulation: 1) material and symbolic impositions; 2) exigencies of interaction, self-presentation, and justification; 3) power and domination.
Yikun Zhao (doctoral candidate). The keywords summarizing her research interests are: consumer culture, culture, the economy, and social theories. Her specialized areas include classical and contemporary social theories, cultural sociology and the sociology of culture (comp #1 area), economic sociology and the sociology of the economy (comp #2 area), and their intersections. Topic-wise, currently she is mainly interested in the societal transformations that are often referred to as the rise of consumer society or consumerism in various social contexts, especially mainland China from the 1980s to this date.