Leigha Comer (doctoral candidate). Leigha's research is focused generally on the social organization of health care for the treatment of chronic diseases in Canada. As someone living with chronic pain, she is especially interested in chronic pain as a disease in its own right. Leigha is interested in the organization of health care for chronic pain, but also the impacts of chronic pain on sufferers' lives and identities. For her PhD, she will focus on multidisciplinary pain clinics and how social determinants of health affect treatment outcomes in chronic pain patients.
Lacey Croft (doctoral candidate). Lacey's research explores the pathologization of workers during job loss. In particular, her dissertation will examine the classification of job loss as a workplace critical incident that defines employees as at risk of mental illness and in turn justifies forms of psychological intervention including Critical Incident Stress Debriefing.
Colin Hastings (doctoral candidate). Colin's research on the social organization of knowledge related to HIV disclosure lies at the intersection of health studies, criminal-legal studies, and media studies. His critical inquiry on this topic has included analysis of how the criminal-legal response to HIV transmission comes to bear on the work of community-based AIDS organizations, and analyses of the content of news media reports of HIV non-disclosure criminal cases. Colin's dissertation project is an institutional ethnographic study of how people come to know about HIV criminalization that examines how news outlets produce knowledge on the topic.
Betty Ann Henry (doctoral candidate). Betty Ann's research is in the area of weight discrimination against Black women in the Canadian labour force.
Kelsey Ioannoni (doctoral candidate). Kelsey is interested in the politics of the body and the way in which we regulate different bodies in our society. Specifically, she focuses on the fat body, weight based politics, and weight based discrimination. She is interested in further exploring the power dynamics between primary care physicians and patients (fat women), and how their conceptualizations of health based on BMI negatively affect the lives of fat Canadian women.
Burak Kose (doctoral candidate). Burak's research interests are broadly in development studies, urban studies and environmental studies. More specifically, he is interested in understanding the socio-historically specific configurations of neoliberalism with a focus on the shifting conceptions of development, nature and state-society relations as well as the socio-spatial and environmental impacts of neoliberal policies of infrastructure development in newly urbanizing areas. Theoretically, he draws on Marxist and post-structuralist approaches to the study of space, nature and state as well as post-colonial thought on the questions of knowledge production and representation. Geographically, the main focus of his research is Turkey, while, more broadly, he is also interested in the Middle East and South Asia.
Shelagh Ois (doctoral candidate). In general, Shelagh's interests lay in questions about the rise of the use/presence of new communication technology in everyday life, and its impact on interactive practices, negotiations, and self “development.” Her focus centres on the imposition of ubiquitous technologies, in particular mobile smart phones, in interactive social encounters. Possible contexts of interest are the family, millennial peer groups, higher education, and work situations. At this point, Shelagh's interests centre on conceptions of self and other, and the negotiation of social ordering in mediated present/co-present micro-interaction, with an eye to broader structural constraints. Broad questions that have emerged through her studies include: comparatively, how are self and other conceptualized in states of presence and co-presence, and how do they spill over (or not) into these types of situations; in situations of constant distraction, how is self, other, identity and social ordering negotiated in unmediated interactive situations in which there is constant attention switching between states of presence and co-presence; how do individuals experience and locate themselves in the “world”; how is identity expressed, practiced, and ordered; how do individuals locate themselves as members of a group/community, and what is the strength of their ties to others; how are self and other socially and morally centred and regulated; how does our conception of self, other and group membership that emerge out of mediated interaction reflect our current social milieu in North America, in which mobile technology has become a central means of communication; and what is the impact of mediated communication on capacities for reflexive self/social critique, active and transformative social change, and political participation, locally and globally. She situates her interests at the intersections of the sociology of self, the sociology of technology and the sociology of knowledge.
Matthu Strang (doctoral candidate). The aim of Matthu's research is to examine how living organ donors understand their bodies, boundaries and selves in connection to current interpretations of a reusable, replaceable and unbounded body (Balsamo, 1996), not to view living organ donors as a health research site. Using the concept of embodiment, which describes the phenomenological subjectivity of the lived body in the lived world (Turner, 2004), his qualitative research will develop a deep understanding of donors’ experiences of (dis)embodiment pre-, during and post-organ transplantation. Matthu's research question: how do people who have electively parted with physical pieces of themselves (living organ donors) understand/experience the body, self and (dis)embodiment? This connects to larger sociological notions of how the body is understood.
Samantha Teichman (master's candidate). Samantha’s research interests are within the sociology of death and dying in regards to grieving processes. Her MA proposal explores literature in new areas of digital sociology with the association of grief through online memorialization practices. Specifically, she is interested in how the advancement in technology and the rise in social media has introduced a new form of grieving referred to as “online mourning”. The practice of online mourning includes users sharing memories of their loved ones who have passed, examples of this include sharing photos, messages, stories, and eulogies on various social media platforms.