Beryl Bain is an M.A student in the Literary Studies program. Her research interests include early 20th century literature, post-colonial African diasporic literature and the role of poets in contemporary culture.
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.
Alexandra Battaglini is an MA student in Literary Studies. She completed an Honours BA in English Rhetoric and Literature. She hopes to use her writing to better the world in areas including (but not limited to) animal rights, the environment, and empowering others to make a positive difference in their lives. Alexandra's interests include reading personal growth books, meditation and analyzing literature for deeper messages and symbolism.
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.
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. Her research interests include communications around mental health, social media, and the storytelling of our lives. She works full-time as a technical writer for a company that makes mental health therapy platforms and is completing her MA part-time.
Rebecca de Heuvel
Rebecca de Heuvel is currently completing her M.A. in English Literature. Her SSHRC-funded research investigates the role Gothic tropes play in constructing the Victorian heroine of the British Realist novel. In May of 2021, she earned her Honours B.A. in Western Society and Culture at Concordia University’s Liberal Arts College. Her other interests include affect theory, the novels of Thomas Hardy, and maintaining an obstinate faith that Arsenal will qualify for Europe this season.
Riani de Wet
Riani de Wet is an MA student in the Literary Studies Program. She completed a BA in English and Psychology at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her interests include African colonial/post colonial literature, the dynamics between literature and political/societal change, and oral literature and storytelling.
Disrupting techno-bodies to encourage contemplation of long-term human existence.
Hannah Gardiner is an MA student in the Literary Studies program. She previously completed a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration with a diploma in Chinese Language. Her research interests include poetry (& lives of poets), visual exegesis, wisdom literature, and plant / art interventions.
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.
Helen Hamilton-Doucet is an MA student in the Literary Studies Program. She previously completed a joint Honours degree in Modern European Languages and European Union Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She has taught secondary school education in the international schools sector, and has a broad range of literary interests.
Mahum Jafari is currently completing her M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Design, in the co-op stream. In June 2021, she received her Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in Honours English, Literature and Rhetoric, as well as Legal Studies from UW. She also received a Diploma in French Studies, French Language II. This year she is serving as the Internal Communications Officer for SAGE. Her research interests include rhetorical pedagogy and the specific applications of critical discourse analysis on contemporary digital mediums. Her interests include creative writing and hiking.
Danielle Jodway is a Master’s Co-op student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design stream. Her SSHRC-funded Master’s research examines the language used to discuss genetics and disability in British and American news discourse reporting on human germline engineering. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo in 2019 in Honours English Literature and Rhetoric, where she specialized in Intensive English and Digital Media Studies, and minored in Cognitive Science. Her other interests include linguistics, narratology, criminology, fashion design and watching her daughter discover the world.
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.
Jason Lu is an M.A student in Literary Studies of the English Language and Literature Department. This is Jason's first year of studies at the University of Waterloo. Just a few months ago, Jason completed his Honours BA degree in English Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University. Jason Lu has demonstrated research interest in literatures from the Romantic to the earlier Victorian period in Britain. It is a pleasure and honour to be a member of the community!
Alexander Martin is a MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design (co-op) program. He completed a BA at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication while minoring in History. Alexander is interested in the topic of social media and rhetoric. Specifically, how rhetoric becomes utilized amongst social media platforms to influences users. His future research interests concern this relationship and how rhetoric plays an important role in contemporary internet culture.
Darren McAlmont is a Master's student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design program, intending to undertake a Major Research Paper on mainstream media's rhetoric of Black men and its effects on their lived experiences. Darren completed his Honours BA at York University in English and Professional Writing after transferring from the University of Guyana where he studied English Literature and Linguistics. Darren is also a 2019 Jan Rehner Writing Prize winner for his piece, "The Skin I'm In."
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.
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 (she/her) graduated from the UW Honours Literature and Rhetoric program with distinction. She hopes that her Master’s scholarly research helps to manifest a world community with transformative, just and sustainable practices. Her interests span across poetry, drama, linguistics, rhetorical studies and life writing with a focus on restorative, transformative and social justice. In her spare time, she volunteers and writes and performs speeches at her local Toastmaster club.
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.
Madeleine (Maddie) Savage
Madeleine (Maddie) Savage is an MA Co-op student in the Rhetoric Communication and Design program. Her research interests include women’s reproductive health, specifically looking at hormonal birth control and its side effects. She received her BA in English at Laurentian University where she specialized in Rhetoric and Media Studies
MJ Singh is an MA student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design stream. MJ holds a BA from the University of Waterloo with a double degree in English: Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication & Political Science. Her research interests include the intersections of technology, digital media, and ideology. Currently, MJ works with the Ontario Digital Service Lab as a UX Designer.
Máire Slater is a Master’s Co-op student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design stream. Her past work as a music teacher focused on the rhetoric in music that allows storytelling outside of language and strengthened her interest in the music and structure of language that work together to promote or undermine meaning. As well receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University in Honours English with a minor in Music, Máire also graduated from the Randolph College for the Performing Arts.
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.
Angela Stemmler is a Masters student in the Literary Studies stream. She hopes to complete a thesis analyzing information design principles in Victorian recipes. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo in 2017 in Honours English Professional Writing and Rhetoric, with minors in Speech Communication and Catholic Studies. Other interests include uses of rhetoric in everyday communications (such as through advertising and social media), social/material history, especially fashion history, user experience (UX) writing, cooking, and crafting.
Bart Streppel is a master's co-op student in the Rhetoric and Communication Design Program. He received his BA from the University of Waterloo in 2021 in Rhetoric, Media, and Professional Communication with a specialization in Digital Media Studies. His interest in film, video games, and short story writing have led his research interests to collide on the front of narrative design and dissemination with special interest concerning the depiction and deconstruction of masculinity in digital media. His other interests consist of playing guitar, biking, and outdoor tent camping.