Manahil Bandukwala is an MA student in the literature program. Her research interests include postcolonial and diaspora literature in the South Asian context, with a particular focus on contemporary poetry. She completed her BA in English at Carleton University, where she undertook research on “Be(longing) in the Digital Age: Diaspora Poetry and the Imaginary Homeland” as part of an undergraduate research internship. Outside of the academic world, Manahil is a writer and visual artist, and is currently working on a multidisciplinary project that explores folklore from Pakistan and interprets it through poetry and sculpture.
Matthew Bandura is pursuing a Master's degree in English XDM (Experimental Digital Media) at Waterloo. He previously completed his Bachelor's degree in English and Theatre + Film at McMaster. Interested in studying media and technology as text, as well as more traditional literature and art.
Lisa Brackenridge is pursuing her MA in Experimental Digital Media. Lisa’s research interests include communications studies, media theory, podcasts, and digital media. Lisa completed her BA in Communications Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a part-time student and a full-time staff member at Waterloo in the Student Success Office.
Teresa Chung is an MA student in the Experimental Digital Media (XDM) program. Her research interests include feminist theory, the construction of identities within virtual worlds, and cultural studies. She previously completed a BA in the Honours Specialization Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT) program with a Certificate in Digital Communications at the University of Western Ontario. Her other interests include film theory, Indigenous studies, graphic design, marketing, environmental studies, and photography.
Alyssa Clarkson is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. She previously completed a BA in Honours History at the University of Waterloo. After many years working as a technical writer in the high tech industry, she returned to the University of Waterloo as a Communications Project Manager and is now pursuing her MA part-time.
Morgan Cohen is an M.A student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design Program. She obtained her B.A in Honours English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing and Journalism at Bishop’s University. Her research interests include economics, postcolonial narratives, polarized discourse, and rhetorical theory.
Aaron Cornies is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. His research interests focus on perceptions of art, especially music, in popular media. He previously completed a BA in Honours English (Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Writing) with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. His other interests include the rhetorical studies of television and video games.
Monique Dang is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Her research interests include visual rhetoric, the public sphere theory and media studies. She previously completed a BA in Honours English (Literature and Rhetoric) at the University of Waterloo. In her spare time, she enjoys reading old classic novels, creative writing, and storytelling through drawing.
Disrupting techno-bodies to encourage contemplation of long-term human existence.
Giuseppe (Joey) Femia
Giuseppe Femia is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. His main research focus is on the reparative and therapeutic potential of Dungeons and Dragons. He previously completed a BA in Honours English (Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication) at the University of Waterloo. He is doing a thesis stream with Professor Fraser Easton as his supervisor and works as the Podcast Producer for First Person Scholar.
Priya Gill is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Her research interests include using critical discourse analysis to examine how corporate institutions provide responses through public announcements, especially pertaining to mental health outcomes. She previously completed a BA in Honours English Literature and Rhetoric with an intensive specialization in English and a double minor in Sociology and Legal Studies, at the University of Waterloo. Her other interests include analyzing representation through digital media, improving pedagogical practices and writing short stories.
Rowan Moses Gnaniah is an MA student in the Experimental Digital Media program. His research interests include Postmodern thought, Poetry, The Philosophy of Technology and Design Thinking. He previously completed his BA in Economics, MA & M.Phil in Comparative Religion and Philosophy in the University of Madras, Chennai, India. He worked on the intersection between Postmodern thinking and Faith in relation to Subaltern experiences in India. His other interests include Media Theory, Sufi Poetry, New Materialism and Inter-religious futures.
Hasan Ahmet Gokce
Hasan Ahmet Gokce received his BA, MA and Ph.D. (Turkish Philology and Literature) at Marmara University. He also received a double major degree in Theology. Before joining University of Waterloo, Hasan was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Peace and Conflict Studies at the Conrad Grebel University College. Prior to that, he was a Turkish Language and Literature professor at the SSU in Istanbul for six years.
His research interest draws on Turkish and English language and literature, literary criticism, comparative literature, children’s literature and especially children's magazines. He taught a broad range of courses including Islamic Arts, Ottoman and Turkish Literature, Critical Reading, Literary Criticism, Children’s Literature, Oral Communication, and Written Expression. He has written several conference papers and journal articles, and over 50 books on these subjects.
Danielle Griffin is a Master’s Co-op student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design stream. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo in 2019 in Honours English Literature and Rhetoric, where she specialized in English and Digital Media Studies with a minor in Cognitive Science. Her SSHRC-funded Master’s work examines the language used to discuss genetics and disability in British and American news discourse reporting on human germline engineering. This work practically situates the ethics involved in the communication of human germline engineering and genetics, as we work to responsibly articulate research on emergent biotechnologies and disability to the public. (Note: Danielle is on parental leave for the 2020-2021 academic year).
Marion Gruner is an MA student in the Experimental Digital Media program. Her career in documentary film production, writing and editing has fed her research interests in the interplay of storytelling and technology, locative media, and audience studies. She previously completed a BA in English Literature with a minor in Sociology at the University of Guelph. Marion was the recipient of the 2020 Graduate Professional Communication Award.
Aldijana Halilagic is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, philosophy of language, and cultural studies. She previously completed a BA in Honours English (Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication) with a minor in Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. Her other interests include creative writing and literary fiction.
Kagen Kieftenbeld is an MA student in the Literary Studies program. His literary interests include Shakspearean drama, allegory and spiritual autobiographies. He previously completed a BA in English with a minor in Theology at The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta and has studied at Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, Alberta partaking in the General Studies - Major in Cultural Studies Diploma program. Kagen is currently working on his MRP exploring Shakespeare's revenge tragedy, "Titus Andronicus" through the political philosophical lens of pessimism. In his free time, Kagen enjoys HIT workouts, playing the piano and making bruschetta.
Sonia Laposi is an MA student in Rhetoric and Communication Design. Her research interests include medieval humanism and literature and theology. She completed her BA in Drama and Literature at the University of Waterloo. Her other interests include clowns, creative writing, and the Inklings.
Chris Paleshi is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Commutation Design Coop program. His research interests include the rhetoric of marketing and advertising and the rhetoric of sound. He previously completed a BA in Honours English (Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication) with a minor in philosophy and a specialization in digital media. His other interests are studying visual rhetoric and semiotics.
Anoja Parameswaran is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Her interests include political dissent and language in constructing and sustaining power dynamics and inequalities. She previously completed her BA in Honours Literature and Rhetoric, here at the University of Waterloo. Her other interests include photography, game studies, and embroidery.
Vivien Pham is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Her research interests include feminist theory and narratives in popular culture, digital media and video games. Previously, she completed her BA in Honours Arts and Business at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Speech Communication. Her other interests consist of film theory, livestreaming, and writing short stories and poetry.
Rafia Moienuddin Qaisar
Rafia Qaisar is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Her research interests include digital rhetoric, technical communication, and virtual reality. She previously completed a BA in Honors English (Language and Literature) at the University of Delhi, India. Her other interests include the study of computational rhetoric, environmental discourse, and marketing.
Neha Ravella is a graduate student in Experimental Digital Media (XDM) and makes things at the Critical Media Lab. As a researcher, she is currently interested in the fields of poetic computation, new materialism, and critical data studies. As a generative artist, she is interested in exploring the creation of subversive narratives through the use of technology. She enjoys photography, collecting records, and cooking for her friends.
Christopher Rogers is an MA student in Experimental Digital Media. He completed an Honours BA in Political Science at University of Toronto. After completing his undergraduate degree, he worked in trade media, public relations, and web design. His interests include interactive media and game design, and how technology can help us tell stories and think critically.
Wendy Rosart is an MA student in the Literature program. Her research excavates for silenced voices to reconstruct a richer, more inclusive literary history. She hopes that her scholarly research and creative writing are conducive to manifesting community in a more vulnerable, healing, forgiving and sustainable becoming. Her writing seeks to contribute to radical peace transformation in community at all levels. Her interests span across poetry, linguistics, rhetoric, conflict resolution, life writing, trauma, spirituality, near- death-experience (NDE) narratives, social justice, and appreciation for dad jokes.
Olivia Roth is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. She previously completed a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. After working as a communications and project manager for several years, she decided to return to UW where she now works and is completing her MA part-time. She aspires to combine her love of writing with her appreciation for persuasive and professional business communication throughout her time in this program. In her spare time she enjoys reading memoirs and making music.
Liahm Ruest is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Their research interests include science communications, digital media cultures, and memes. They previously completed a BSc in Honours Science & Business (Biochemistry Specialization) at the University of Waterloo. Their other interests include the study of photography, user-experience design, and graphic design.
Apoorva Sanagavarapu is a Masters student in the Experimental Digital Media ( XDM) CO-OP stream. Her research interests include: fandom, - particularly fan-fiction - digital/social media, identity formation, & constructions of gender - and to a lesser extent, race - (particularly among youth/young adults). She previously spent two and a half years working as an English teacher in Japan. Prior to this, she completed an Honours BA in English Literature and Rhetoric, along with specializations in Digital Media Studies and Technical Writing, as well as a minor in Italian Studies, from the University of Waterloo. Some of her other interests include studying languages, learning about cultures and cultural differences, and pedagogical practices within (post-secondary) education, particularly in the (digital) humanities. She is a multilingual speaker and thinker. Thus far, her linguistic repertoire includes Telugu and English, as well as varying degrees of: French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, Japanese, and Hindi. She is also the MA representative for XDM students, in the Student Association for Graduates in English (SAGE).
Stefani Starivlah is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. Her research interests include internet culture, cross–cultural media, and social media use in politics. She previously completed a BA in Honours English (Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication) with a specialization in Technical Writing and an Intensive English Specialization at the University of Waterloo. Her other interests include human–computer interaction, technical communication, and user experience design.
Heather Steinmetz is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program. She completed her undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University in Communication Studies, with a minor in Psychology, in 2009 and is excited to be participating in her masters program. She is still exploring her research options and will use her courses and networks with professors to determine her focus. She is studying part-time in the program as she works full time at the University of Waterloo. Heather is an active volunteer in the Waterloo community and is a competitive volleyball player.