If you are interested in doing a research apprenticeship, special studies course, independent studies course, or Honours essay/thesis, please consult the list below to determine which faculty member you would be interested in working with. You will need to get in touch with that person first to learn whether he or she is able to act as your supervising professor for the particular term(s) you are planning to take the course(s).

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Name                         

Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

Blokhuis, J.C.


Education law and policy; children's rights; custodial authority

Case, Robert


Social welfare policy, community development, community organization, social movements, and activism

Cowan, Doug


Popular culture; sociology of knowledge and propaganda theory; religion and social development; meaning-making through storytelling and gameplay; atheism, skepticism, and non-belief

d'Ailly, Hsiao


Educational psychology; cognition and instruction; motivation; cross-cultural psychology; immigrant adaptation

Fortier, Craig


Settler colonialism, decolonization, nationalism, social movements, migrant justice, qualitative research methods; oral history; anti-authoritarian social service provision and baseball history

Gibson, Margaret F. (Meg)


LGBTQ communities and sexuality studies; Disability studies; Parenting and families; Critical social work practice; Feminist research methods; History and philosophy of healthcare and social services

Hiller, Chris


Settler colonialism; Indigenous-settler relations; education towards decolonization; critical pedagogy; alliance building and allyship; social movements; anti-colonial activism; conflict transformation and peacebuilding; qualitative research methods; narrative; anti-oppressive and anti-colonial social work

Llewellyn, Kristina


Oral history education; history of education; sociology of education; child and youth studies; citizenship education; restorative approaches; qualitative methods; and feminist theory

Logel, Christine


Health psychology; gender and racial stereotypes; self-esteem

Marigold, Denise


Close relationships; social support; attachment; self-esteem; positive psychology

Parker, Christina


Multicultural education; peacebuilding; conflict resolution; dialogue; restorative justice; K-12 schools; cultural diversity; immigrant children; identity; equity; social justice; critical pedagogy

Peressini, Tracy


Gender inequality and homelessness; single parents' mental health; Aboriginal poverty; role of pets in health and well-being of Canadians; poverty; homelessness; welfare policy; social inequality; mental health; fragile families; social support; survival strategies; social movements

Roberts, Sharon


Transition to adulthood; eating disorders; identity issues; diabetes research; furries

Shaikh-Grande, Arshi


Sacred feminine, healing and justice; feminine and matrilineal spirituality; identity development among multigenerational immigrants and refugees; non-dominant perspectives and models of resilience

Questions? E-mail sds@uwaterloo.ca