Kathryn Barber (doctoral candidate). Kathryn's research interest looks broadly at the intersection of migration and development. She is particularly interested in non-traditional immigrant receiving countries and knowing if the experience of migration positively impacts perceptions of migrants.
Jana Borras (doctoral candidate). Jana's research interests centre on precarious status, commodification of labour, transnationalism and immigration. She is particularly interested in Canada’s Live-in caregiver program, a temporary foreign worker program, that attracted Filipino women health care workers to work in Canada. Jana is interested in how permanent legal status affects the quality of employment and experiences of these women migrant workers.
Duygu Gul (doctoral candidate). Duygu holds an MA from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. Her research interests include memory studies, theories of transnationalism and diaspora, and current debates around citizenship and belonging. She co-edited a Special Issue for Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture, Theory (Vol. 9, Issue 3, 2013), in which she co-authored the essay "Violence, Memory, and the Dynamics of Transnational Youth Formations”. Her book reviews have appeared in Canadian Journal of Sociology, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Memory Studies, and H-Memory. Her latest article, “Coming to Terms with the Past in Turkey: Rewriting History through a Therapeutic Public Discourse,” has appeared in prestigious Cambridge University Press’s International Journal of Middle East Studies in October 2015 (Vol. 47, No 4).
Gulay Kilicaslan (doctoral candidate). Gulay's doctoral research focuses on the impacts of civil war on political mobilization of civilians in Turkey. In this context, her research interests are forced migration, refugee movements, civil war, political violence, social movements and Kurdish political movement.
Seulsam Lee (master's candidate). Seulsam Lee's areas of research include inequality, migration, intersectional feminism, postcolonialism, and transnationalism. Her current research mainly examines sexual violence experienced by migrant women workers and its related social policies in both Canada and South Korea. She is also interested in temporary labour migration programs and Korean diasporas.
Sarah Marshall (doctoral candidate). Sarah is in the third year of her PhD in sociology. Her research interests relate to ideas of citizenship/non-citizenship, legal status precarity, and transnational migration. Her dissertation work is focused on the intersection of health and migration, where she will explore how ideas of deservingness mediate and shape health care access for persons with precarious status in Canada.
Alexandra Mirowski Rabelo De Souza (doctoral candidate).
Alexandra Mirowski Rabelo de Souza is a first-year PhD in Sociology student with a background in Anthropology and International Development Studies. Her main research interest is in (im)migration, with a focus on topics related to pathways to permanent legal status, precarious status, student-migrant turned (im)migrant experiences, immigrant service provision, immigrant integration, social inclusion and exclusion, transnational migration, as well as citizenship and belonging. Her dissertation research will focus on pathways to permanent legal status, the inherent precarity in this process, and the ways in which legal service providers help or hinder individuals seeking permanent residency in Canada. Alexandra is a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and the Chancellor Bennett Doctoral Scholarship for Liberal Arts.
Rana Sukarieh (doctoral candidate). Rana Sukarieh is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at York University, Toronto, Canada. Her dissertation examines how transborder social movements build sustained solidarity with other marginalized groups, focusing on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement in Toronto. Rana's research interests are in the areas of transnational social movements, Middle East, post-colonial studies, sociological theory and qualitative research.She is a recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) award, and the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security award.
Dina Taha (doctoral candidate). Dina's research interests include Critical Forced Migration and Refugee discourses, Postcolonial Feminism, Gender in the Middle East, victimhood and victimization, Refugee agency and survival strategies. Her dissertation explores Female Syrian Refugees survival mechanisms in Egypt especially through marriage to nationals.