Archived graduate profiles

Laura Morlock

Laura Morlock

PhD Religious Studies

“I’m very interested in what happens when you bring religion into public space,” says Laura Morlock of her PhD dissertation.  Examining how religious minorities have played a role in the development of hate speech legislation, Laura hopes to articulate how the legislation intersects with the larger conversation about Canada as a secular nation.

Sonya Bittner

Sonya Bittner

PhD Sociology

One aspect of policing deviance that remains shrouded in mystery is the role of Media Relations Officers. Having noticed a trend in declining public confidence in policing, Sonya Bittner is examining both quantitative and qualitative data to better understand the claims-making capacities of Media Relations Officers.

Carlie Leroux-Demir

Carlie Leroux-Demir

PhD Sociology

“We, as students, are working with the best of the best in the field,” says Carlie Leroux-Demir, a 5th year PhD student in Sociology. The Sociology and Legal Studies department is home to diverse faculty members with a wide range of expertise, from deviance and criminology to education and gender to security and governance.

Kate Dawson.

Kate Dawson

MA Rhetoric and Communication Design

Developing a new language for multi-touch gaming

“Picture a table of about four by two-and-a-half feet where the table surface is a computer screen. The screen responds to multiple types of touch, like an iPod touch, allowing for new functionality and a lot of potential applications.”

Lori Straus

Lori Straus

MA German alumna; Theatre Manager, Registry Theatre

Lori Straus, MA ’03 (German), Theatre Manager for the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, ON, says that although she is no longer pursuing a career in academe, graduate studies at University of Waterloo provided her with the skills and professionalism necessary to her career.

Natasha Dennis

MA Russian alumna; Data and Information Specialist, ConnexONTARIO

Natasha Dennis (Kazanecki) BA ’03 (Slavic Studies), MA ’04 (Russian), Data and Information Specialist for ConnexONTARIO, says that it was the small class-sizes and friendly environment that attracted her to the Slavic Studies program during her BA.

Kyle Harris

Kyle Harris

MA Global Governance alumnus; Campaign Officer, CIVICUS

Kyle Harris’ graduate studies have been bookended with a wealth of globalized experience. After living and working in Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia, he returned to UWaterloo for the MA in Global Governance (MAGG) program based at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Kristyn Frank

Kristyn Frank

PhD Sociology alumna; Research Sociologist, Statistics Canada

What are your key responsibilities as Research Sociologist at Statistics Canada?

I am primarily involved with conducting research that pertains to immigration, education, and labour market issues using Statistics Canada data. 

Cesar Jaramillo

Cesar Jaramillo

MA Global Governance alumnus, Executive Director of Project Ploughshares

Cesar Jaramillo, originally from Colombia, came to Canada in 2005 with his wife seeking protected person status. With no relatives in Canada, they ended up at a refugee shelter in Toronto as they waited for their claims to be processed.

“At that point initially to be quite honest I didn’t even know Waterloo existed, what was to become my long-term home,” says Cesar.

Sarah Barran

Sarah Barran

MDEI alumna; Designer, Mobile Banking Customer Experience, Scotiabank

“The Master of Digital Experience Innovation really gave me a better understanding of how user experience could be applied to different aspects of media development. Designing a poster, a website, or the signs on a street corner all involve user experience in some way.” Sarah Barran received her MDEI in 2012 and has since gone on to work as a designer for startup company Powernoodle and now Scotiabank.

David Kempthorne

David Kempthorne

PhD Global Governance alumnus, Research Fellow - Global Economy, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

David’s research focuses on the role and influence of financial standard setting bodies in governing global finance. These institutions play an influential role in both informing national regulatory responses to financial crises and in coordinating national regulatory frameworks to help mitigate current and emerging risks in the global financial system. 

Josh Garofalo

Josh Garofalo

MDEI alumnus; Inbound Marketing Manager, Decision.io, Marmot Labs

Throughout my undergraduate years, I went from studying the great works of philosophy, to Buddhism, to cognitive psychology and neuroscience, to human physiology, and finally to how human physiology and psychology influence one another. I did well in my courses despite lacking a relevant background.

Rosalind Abdool

Rosalind Abdool

MA Philosophy alumna, PhD Philosophy candidate; Clinical Ethicist, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and the Centre for Clinical Ethics

What drew you to your current role?

Shan Chen

Shan Chen

PhD Economics alumna; Manager, Enterprise Model Risk Management, Royal Bank of Canada

What interests and goals led you to graduate studies in economics?

Alexis Nielsen

Alexis Nielsen

MA Political Science alumna; Senior Strategic Planner, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario

Following graduation from the Political Science MA program (2008) I accepted a self-funded "Junior Professional Consultant" placement in the Education Unit at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role I monitored and evaluated UNHCR Education Programs in 42 refugee camps worldwide, identifying gaps and progress in delivery.

Mark Carter

Mark Carter

MA English alumnus; Development Coordinator, THEMUSEUM

Can you tell us about your position with the Sudbury Film Festival?

Since September 2012, I’ve worked with the Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, one of the 5 major film festivals in Canada, as Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator. 

Marc Hurwitz

Marc Hurwitz

PhD Psychology alumnus; Chief Insight Officer, FliPskills Consulting; Lecturer, Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre, University of Waterloo

“I’ve been a graduate student exploring the job market on more than one occasion. The first time, I started my own business and dropped out of grad school. The second time, I had a job and used the degree to change roles within the company. This time I had a plan and, even though there were times it seemed that the plan wasn’t working, it eventually fell into place.”

Catherine Scott

Catherine Scott

PhD English alumna; Director of Foundation Relations, Heifer International

“When I began my PhD, I definitely thought I would end up as a professor,” says Catherine Scott, a PhD English Language and Literature (2007) alumna. “I loved teaching. I still do.

Karen Neary

Karen Neary

PhD Psychology alumna; Child Development Specialist & Autism Consultant, Karen Neary Autism and Behaviour Services

“All throughout school, I was trying to decide the academic or applied track. I enjoyed research but felt that based on my personal experience, I wanted to help families that had a child with a developmental disability.”

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