Earning a PhD is an outstanding achievement that reflects dedication and countless hours of work, from attending classes and conducting research to teaching and writing papers. The work done by PhD graduates from the Faculty of Arts demonstrates that their studies aren't confined to books; they're geared towards making a difference in society.

The Faculty of Arts is proud to have supported them along their journey, and we are excited to see the impact they continue to make as they enter this new chapter.

Join us in celebrating our newest PhD graduates! 


Sarah Curry


The mad manifesto

Investigating the challenges faced by disabled university students during the pandemic era, analyzing systemic inadequacies, and proposing "mad-positive" facilitation techniques for more inclusive and responsive Universal Design for Learning environments.

Abdelrahman Elnakouri


Together I Strive: The Motivational Benefits of Shared Reality with Instrumental Others

Exploring the role of shared reality in relationships and its impact on individual success, emphasizing the connection between successful individuals and their partners' perspectives.


Blake Freier


A Social-Pluralistic View of Science Advising

Combining science, technology, and society studies with the philosophy of science to challenge conventional beliefs about science advising.

Taylor Hudd


Social Anxiety and the Nature and Function of Social Pain

Exploring the impact of social pain on individuals with high trait social anxiety and how their unique sensitivities to social threats and rewards influence their reactions to exclusion and affiliation.


Hari Jnawali

Global Governance

Response to International Human Rights Norms in Asia: Challenges of Ethnic Movements in Nepal and China

Analyzing why the Chinese and Nepalese governments equate ethnic minorities' self-determination claims with secession, considering political regimes, anti-colonial interpretations, and foreign interventions.

Olivia Merritt


Close Others as Context: Understanding Treatment Attitudes in Anxiety and Related Disorders

Examining the impact of social behaviours like criticism and accommodation on the treatment attitudes of anxiety sufferers and their close ones, emphasizing the intertwined nature of social norms and treatment perspectives in influencing therapeutic outcomes.


Ala Mokhtar


Subjectivity in Performance Evaluation and Group Identity as Antecedents of Employee Overwork

Investigating the factors that lead to employee overwork, focusing on the role of subjectivity in performance evaluation and the strength of group identity.

Kathleen Riddell

Religious Studies

The Celebrity Imprint: "Religion" and Identity Among Fans of John Lennon and Johnny Cash

Analyzing the parallels between fandom and religion and why fans employ religious language to describe their experiences.


Brady Roberts


On Memory for Everyday Symbols

Exploring the memorability of graphic symbols and logos in contrast to words and demonstrating that symbols are more memorable than their word counterparts. 

Ashley Ryan


Pressuring Others: Examining the Motivations Behind Deviant Instigation and the Strategies That Accompany Them

Examining the motivations and strategies behind peer pressure leading to deviant behaviours. 


Masa Torbica


Idle No More: A Rhetorical Analysis of a Movement

Analyzing the key features of the Idle No More Movement, highlight the challenges faced by Indigenous women, and critiquing the limitations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Alexander Walker


The Effect of Strategic Language on Perceptions of Actions and Speakers

Evaluating how euphemistic terms influence perceptions of actions and events and revealing the careful linguistic choices can sway public opinion without backlash of deception.


Sydney Waring


Relational Body Image: Developing an Understanding of How and Why Body Image Changes Across Specific Relationships

Highlighting that an individual's perception of their body can vary across close relationships based on the perceived characteristics of the other person.