Our People - Graduate students

Pierson Browne

PhD Student

Dissertation/Research area

Patrick's dissertation research examines frontline social interactions between border services officers (BSOs) and members of various travelling publics. (Funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship)

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Laura Connoy

PhD Student
Female student

Dissertation/Research area

Laura’s dissertation research focuses on governance, mobility politics, asylum, and social justice. Specifically, she critically examines the irregularization of refugee claimants in Toronto’s everyday spaces and places, and how such processes are negotiated and contested.

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Katie Cook

PhD Student
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Dissertation/ Research area

Youth crime, Social networks, Female delinquency

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Brittany Etmanski

PhD Student
Brittany Etmanski

Interests: Sociology of (higher) education; School-to-Work transitions; Quantitative and mixed methods; Social and public policy; Social stratification and inequality.

Dissertation Topic Description: Brittany’s doctoral research examines the employment pathways of recent Canadian PhD graduates in the social sciences through a national, institutional, and individual-level approach. In particular, it aims to identify the specific industry-related pathways graduates secure, as most research has focused extensively on obtaining academic employment. As a growing number of graduates obtain non-academic employment, it is important to inform current PhD students of viable career options they can pursue upon graduation, and to aid in removing the stigma associated with obtaining an industry career.

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John Faichney

PhD Student

Dissertation/ Research area

Discourse, Conversation, Reflexivity, Interpretive methodology, Post-Wittgensteinian philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Art

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Jamal Hejazi

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic

Jamal's doctoral research examines topics of migration and securities.

Research area

Migration, Securities, Risk, Insurance, Surveillance, Biometric Borders, Global Governance, Globalization, NAFTA, Free Trade.

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Cathlene Hillier

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic

Cathlene's doctoral research examines macro- and micro- understandings of parent engagement and its relationship to children's literacy achievement.  Funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

Research area

Sociology of Education, Sociology of the Family & Childhood, Inequality, Organizations, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

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Michael Holland

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic

Michael's research examines the relationship between low socio-economic status (SES) of families and children's literacy.

Research area - Socciology of education; inequality; economic sociology; comparative and mixed methods.

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Celia Huang

PhD Student
Female student

Dissertation/ Research area

"Interpretive Sociology,Reflexive Analysis,Cosmopolitanism,Migration"

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Karolina Korsak

PhD Student

Dissertation/ Research area

Interpretive Sociology, Heritage, Museums, Culture, Art

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Pat Lalonde

PhD Student
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Dissertation/Research area

Patrick's dissertation research examines frontline social interactions between border services officers (BSOs) and members of various travelling publics. (Funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship)

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Carlie L Leroux

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic

Carlie's doctoral research examines the mother-child program in relation to larger trends in penal governance, particularly the shift from penal welfare to neoliberal political rationalities

​Research area

penal regimes, mother-child, empowerment, neoliberalism, gendered discipline 

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Rod Missaghian

PhD Student
Male student in sweater

Dissertation/ Research area

Drawing on a qualitative examination of senior high school students enrolled in an after-school enrichment program in the inner-city, Rod's research examines how they make choices about their educational careers and the experiences of those students who decide to transition into postsecondary.

Research area - Sociology of education; higher education marketing; work and occupations.

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Manjit Pabla

PhD Student
Male student

Dissertation/Research area

Manjit's research focuses on how the South Asian gang phenomenon in Western Canada has been problematized and governed by authorities and how various stakeholders (government and non-government actors) problematize risk..

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Rowland Keshena Robinson

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic

Rowland's doctoral research examines the direct juridcal means by which North American colonial-state actors impose definitions of indentity upon Indigenous People. 

Research area

"Antisystemic Movements; Domestic Colonialism; Settler Colonialism; Marxist Political Economy; World-Systems Analysis; Indigenous Identity; Indigenous Rights; Anticolonial Theory; Decolonization; Self-Determination; Indigenous Nationalism; Historical Materialism
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Kanika Samuels

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic

Kanika's doctoral research will explore the factors that contribute to the formation of youth perceptions of social injustice and how these perceptions of injustice impact criminal behavior and other life outcomes.

Research area

Juvenile Delinquency, Policing, Social Inequality, Criminal Justice Process 

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Krystle Shore

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic

Krystle’s doctoral research explores the disconnect between police and hospitals when responding to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. 

Research area

Mental health; Mental Crisis; Police; Hospital

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Shannon Speed

PhD Student

Dissertation Topic

Shannon’s dissertation research looks at the Canadian Security Certificate Initiative from a governance perspective and makes use of ideas of ‘scale’ to investigate the interplay of immigration and criminal law.

Research area

Immigration security, Governance, Socio-legal studies

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Damian Sycz

PhD Student

Dissertation/ Research area

Policing, Policing Strategies, HR management, organizational theory, research methods.

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Christine Wojciechowski

PhD Student
Female student with pink shirt

Dissertation/ Research area

Policing, police discretion and decision-making, policing strategies, homicide studies, socio-legal responses to crime, research methods. Funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

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