Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Current MA Students


2017 Cohort

​Lubna Alarda
Supervisor: Dorit Naaman
Bio: My name is Lubna, I was born and raised in one of the most politically complicated areas in the world “Palestine”.  I was always interested in Arts and Culture and how these elements helped in creating and defining the collective identity of such a strong community in the Middle East. I studied literature, sociology, drama and music; I also worked as a writer and a translator for different cultural organizations and events. My attempt in this program is to investigate more about the representations of the collective identity in the cultural productions in the Middle East. 
Alejandro Bascope Alizpaz
Alejandro Bascope Alipaz
Supervisor: Jennifer Hosek
Bio and Research Interests: My name is Ale. I have an undergrad in psychology and I’m currently enrolled in the Cultural Studies MA program.  I am interested in understanding how identity is constructed, how culture is both a huge factor in this process but also a product of it, why is there a need for an “other” from which we can differentiate ourselves, and how in constructing this “other” we establish how we “want” to relate to it. I’m also very interested in challenging all the preconceived notions integrated in what I just mentioned. The focus of my research will be Indigenous cultural identity in Bolivia, where I’m originally from, and I hope plunging into this project will help me in this journey of learning.
Faith Chipman
Faith Chipman
Supervisor: Emily Hill
Bio and Research Interests: Originally from Toronto, Faith has made Queen’s her home for the last 4 years. Completing her undergraduate Degree in Global Development Studies with a certificate in International studies, Faith is now continuing on as a Gael into her graduate career as a Masters student. Her intended area of study is in the disparities in access to quality education between urban and rural citizens due to regional and cultural divisions. More specifically, Faith is interested in looking at the current issues surrounding the Chinese Hukou, a controversial system of household registration required by law in Taiwan and China which divides regionally the ability of where one can live as well as their access to quality social services, primarily education. In her third year of her undergraduate degree, Faith embarked on a research practicum at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Here she discovered the multi-faceted issues surrounding the cultural and structural constraints that the Hukou system presents to rural and migrant populations and their ability to access quality education and thus a bright future. Through her strong belief in education as key to eliminating poverty and inequality, Faith hopes to continue to delve deeper into this topic through her research.
Jayme Grieco-Hogg
Supervisor: James Miller
 
Emily Harmsen
Emily Harmsen
Supervisor: James Miller
Email: 17eh7@queensu.ca
Bio and Research Interests: Emily graduated from the Fashion Design program at Ryerson University in 2011. She has been working at Queen's as a Solutions Specialist on the Education & Collaboration Technologies team within ITS. Her intended area of study for her masters includes universal and inclusive design. Emily is interested in the successes and failures of modifications made to existing designs to deem them accessible and the stigma that can exist in relation to the use of inclusively designed material items.
Kate Johnson
Kate Johnson
Supervisor: Jill Scott
Bio: Kate was appointed chaplain to Queen’s in 2013 after following an extremely non-linear path. As a teenager she worked 4 summers in the bush in Northwestern Ontario. She then studied Social Work and Sociology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay where she specialized in youth corrections. Following university she worked as a treeplanter and homecare provider while she travelled between Thunder Bay and Vancouver Island and then sojourned two summers to a territorial campground outside of Yellowknife. Craving brighter winter skies, Kate returned to her hometown of Peterborough where she cobbled together a living in youth corrections, supporting adults with developmental delay who need a sign language environment and providing case management for post-adoption reunions. Kate moved to Kingston in 2002 to attend Queen’s and attain a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Restorative Justice. She worked as a hospital chaplain, a bank custodian and a counsellor at the Canadian Hearing Society before achieving her dream of becoming a full time prison chaplain. She ministered to the staff, prisoners and families of Joyceville Minimum security institution for 5 years until the universe surprised her with the opportunity to minister at Queen’s. Kate's studies will focus on the culture of medical education and how that culture affects the spiritual health of physicians.
Alex Kemp
Alex Kemp
Supervisor: Jeff Brison
Alex completed his undergrad at the University of Ottawa in History and Political Science. As a graduate student, he plans to examine the development of cultural policy in North America and abroad from 1945 onward. His work hopes to add to our understanding of postwar statecraft, the collusion of nationalism, state policy, art, and burgeoning communications technologies, and the impact of private, non-state actors on cultural landscapes. Academics aside, Alex is passionate about music and community radio, having cultivated these interests at CHUO 89.1 FM in Ottawa.
Rebecca Marquez
Supervisor: Norman Vorano
Catrina Mavrigianakis
Catrina Mavrigianakis
Supervisor: Laura Murray
Catrina is originally from Toronto, and completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Queen’s in 2017. Her intended area of study for her masters includes exploring the modern implications of particular Southern Ontario treaties on Indigenous individuals’ ability to access their hunting and fishing rights. Her research is community focused, and will utilize oral history methodologies to create awareness surrounding Canadian hunting and fishing rights and access.
Yianni Pantis
Supervisor: Laura Murray
 
Lisa Ravensbergen
Supervisor: Dylan Robinson
 
Xenia Reloba de la Cruz
Xenia Reloba de la Cruz
Supervisors: Susan Lord and Karen Dubinsky
Bio and Research Interests: Xenia completed her undergraduated degree at University of Havana, Cuba, in 1994, majoring in Journalism and showing a deep interest in socio-cultural aspects of her country´s contemporary history. Her approach search for alternative narratives in a context where official information has been pretty far of everyday Cuban realities. In a period of socio-economic changes, it has emerged a group of new independent media that exist and survive on a gray legal area. Her intention is to deeper delve into the strategies created and used by Cubans to stay updated and informed, despite their limited access to Internet, as well as the growing of an alternative system of media and its real impact in the Cuban quotidian.
Joseph Ryan
Email: 
joseph.ryan@queensu.ca
Supervisor: Dorit Naaman
​Bio: Joseph’s research focuses on how race and identity impact day-to-day life for residents in small town Ontario. His own experience growing up in small towns across Ontario is part of why he wants to return to them as both an academic and a filmmaker. He graduated with BA in History from Carleton University in 2015 where he made short films in the classroom, for the student newspaper and with friends. After graduating, he co-hosted the community radio show The National Hum, which highlighted emerging Canadian musicians as well as social justices issues in Ottawa. Through his research at Queen’s Joseph will continue to explore his passion social justice and art.
Colin Simonds
Colin Simonds
Supervisor: Ellen Goldberg
Bio and Research Interests: Colin recently completed an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at Queen’s University. For his Masters, he seeks to look at the intersection of contemplative traditions and environmentalism. Specifically, he seeks to understand how an individual’s contemplative practice informs their views on the environment and whether these practices have the capacity to foster ecofriendly lifestyles. His other research interests include Buddhism, mysticism, deep ecology, entheogens, literature, and 20th century counterculture.
Sylvie St-Jacques
Sylvie St-Jacques
Supervisor: Laura Murray
Bio and Research Interests: With a Masters in Communication and a Bachelors in literature studies, Sylvie St-Jacques is a bilingual (French and English) writer/reporter, with 20 years+ experience in newsroom journalism. Over the last few years, Sylvie worked as a foreign correspondant from Cape Town, South Africa. A feature and interview writer, she recently wrote about music and migration (her piece La musique syrienne en pleine forêt laurentienne was nominated at the last National Newspaper Awards), and is pursuing researches related to jazz music in South Africa. Current interests also include how we can innovated with storytelling methods in podcasting.

2016 Cohort

Emma Bass

Emma Bass
Supervisor: James Miller
Email: 0eb24@queensu.ca
Bio: Emma Bass received her BA in Religious Studies and International Relations from Mount Allison University. Her research interests include studying the material culture of Buddhist practice in order to understand the relationship between practice and theory and the blurred lines between sacred and secular in religion places and spaces. 

Daphne Brouwer

Daphne Brouwer
Email: 15dzzb@queensu.ca
Last year I came to Queen's University as an exchange student, and my heart never left. Although born Dutch, my interest has always been in North-America, whereby immigration and cultural identity has been my fields of research. With a slight detour of five other studies, I finally graduated in International Studies in 2016 at Leiden University. It was this study that opened the world of Cultural Studies to me, and throughout the years I developed a special interest in Arab Muslim immigration and identity, especially in literature and politics. Besides a love for Tim Hortons, I also ended up with a Canadian kitten during my exchange period, and he will return with me again to Canada. Although most of my time is spend with this little devil and cooking for friends, I love swimming and outdoors

Priscila de Oliveira Falcao
Email: 16pddo@queensu.ca
Bio: Originally from Brazil, Priscila holds a degree in Social Communication with specialization in Publicity and Advertising. Her research interests are currently organized around communication studies focused on media, cinema, television and journalism. Other research interests include social and cultural studies industries, local media, online marketing and new information technologies.
Research Interests: cultural studies; local media; cinema; television; marketing. 

Josh Hawley

Josh Hawley
Supervisor: Richard Day
Email: j.hawley@queensu.ca 
Bio: My MA research is on housing co-operatives as an alternative to the capitalist housing machine through resident-led horizontal organizing.
Research interests: Decommodified housing; direct democracy; poverty; urban land trusts.

Lauren Jaques

Lauren Jaques
Email: lauren.jaques@queensu.ca
Bio: Lauren is a recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management. She is originally from Westport ON and has lived in Toronto for the past four years. She has always taken an interest in the humanities and wishes to further her education through the Cultural Studies program. She has a strong background in marketing and communications, social media analytics, and retail branding. Her research will focus on the relationship between corporations, consumption and the manipulation of "culture" in marketing and advertising tactics.

Niki Kaiser
Email: 16ndjk@queensu.ca
Bio: Hi, I'm Niki Kaiser, I was born right here in Kingston, but have lived all over our spectacular country.  I am a mom of four beautiful kids who have occupied much of my time and energy in recent years, however, I am excited to return to school and pursue my MasterAs of Cultural Studies.  My initial degree was a first class BAH in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University. 
Research: My research interest for my Master's degree is Ableism in a Canadian cultural context, specifically institutionalized Ableism in the Canadian elementary school system.  Two of my kids have pervasive developmental disorders, and our journey through the public school system has been an eye opening, and sadly negative, experience.  This area of interest is very personal, as well as academic, for me!  I truly believe that if invested parties work together, educate themselves, and invite participation from individuals involved in all levels of decision making and public policy implementation, positive change is possible.  I intend to change the world.

Emma Konst
Email: 16efk@queensu.ca
Bio: Emma has just completed her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver majoring in English Literature and minoring in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice studies. Her intended areas of study are queer politics of representation, narratives of national belonging and gender play and theory. More specifically, Emma is interested in looking at the current moment of transgender representation in popular culture and its relationship with on the ground transgender and gender non-binary activism in converging Canadian and U.S. settings. In the last year of her undergraduate degree, Emma completed a practicum at  a Vancouver women’s shelter in order to deepen her understanding of resources available to women and trans-identifying folks in urban areas and the politics of belonging within ‘women’-exclusive spaces. Through her research, Emma intends to explore the relationship between popular media and institutional spaces in producing common conceptions of gender expression.

Gözde Öncil
Email: 16go1@queensu.ca
Bio: Gözde Öncil completed her undergraduate studies (high honors) in the department of American Culture and Literature at Bilkent University, graduating as the highest ranking student in both her department and the Faculty of Humanities and Letters in 2016. Her research interests are neoliberalism, sports culture, biopolitics, gender studies, film studies. In her spare time, she plays the guitar, goes windsurfing and swims. 

Ky Pearce

Ky Pearce
Email: 16kgjp@queensu.ca
Bio: Ky is from a small village on the south west coast of Newfoundland, and holds an undergraduate degree in Social/Cultural studies from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Ky has recently worked as assistant-administrator and co-designer of an innovative teaching and learning initiative that works toward the removal of barriers of access to education and services within the academy. While not working, volunteering, or researching Ky enjoys poetry, fantasy literature, documentary films, and camping.
Research: Ky’s research has largely focused on social inequalities, with a keen interest in queer, feminist, and postmodern theory. In 2017 Ky was awarded a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship for their research that marries elements of ethnographic research with inspirations from queer, feminist, and Marxist theory to better understand the lives of, and give a potentially emancipatory voice to, their fellow queer Newfoundlanders.

Ky politely asks to be referred to with non-gendered language and prefers the pronouns they/them. 

Dana Sidebottom
Supervisor: Craig Walker
Email: 5ds36@queensu.ca
Bio: Dana Sidebottom is a Winnipeg native who graduated from Queen's in 2010 with a degree in Drama and Religious Studies. She has returned to Kingston with three cats and two best friends in tow, and plans to study the willing suspension of disbelief in religious ritual and religious transcendence in theatrical ritual. She thinks that one day she might want to be a professor, but she's given up trying to predict where life will take her, as she is almost never right. She is very excited to have once again escaped the barren wasteland that is prairie winter to live on the lake. In her spare time, Dana enjoys board games, swimming, reading fantasy novels, and training in Krav Maga. She has also been known to play the odd video game and write lyrics and vocals with her songwriting team, Maestro and the Muse. She is learning ASL and Spanish. Baking and crocheting fill the remainder of her spare time, and she runs a small custom crochet company with her best friend and roommate called So Yarn Cute Crochet. 

Carla Stewart

Carla K. Stewart
Supervisor:
Keren Zaiontz
Email: carla.stewart@queensu.ca
Bio: Carla K. Stewart received a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Visual Culture and Performance Studies from Simon Fraser University. While based in Vancouver, she founded an online arts publication, co-founded an artist-run gallery project, and coordinated a program that improves incarcerated individuals' access to information. Her master's research, for which she was awarded a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, examines squatting, and creative interventions into property, in Vancouver.
Research interests: Anarchist visual culture and artistic production; gentrification and the creative industries; performance studies; social practice and community-based art; tactical media.

Rachel Wyatt

Rachel Wyatt
Email: 16rw11@queensu.ca
Bio: Originally from Brantford, Ontario, Rachel holds a Bachelors of Arts and Business from the University of Waterloo, studying the Holocaust and theatre. Rachel has been an avid theatre artist since starting her own production company at 17; she also helped co-found the Left of Centre Theatre Festival in Brantford, Ontario. During her undergrad, she became fascinated by the intersection of performance and politics, particularly the use of theatre as propaganda in the Third Reich. She recently worked for a human right organization producing a touring theatre production of The Diary of Anne Frank, to teach school ages students about the impacts of prejudice and racism. She is interested in how representations of history impact people.
Research Interests: Political theatre; Holocaust; Nazi Germany; propaganda; representations of history


2015 Cohort

 

Usman Ahmed
Supervisor: Emily Hill
Email: usman.ahmed@queensu.ca

Kristen Cochrane
Supervisor: Jan Mennell
Email: kristen.cochrane@queensu.ca
Bio: My thesis research is currently located in queer, Argentinian cinema. I am looking at how the prevalence of generic (or genre) hybridity (i.e. comedy-drama-mystery) in queer cinemas intersects with sexual fluidity, an almost anti-orientation that considers how sexual orientations can change throughout our lives, rather than remain static and fixed. I also write about cinema, TV, art, pop culture, gender, sexuality, and travel in the press—I am a regular contributor for Slutever and Amuse/i-D, but my work has also been featured in Teen VogueSomesuch, and Xtra!, as well as in peer-reviewed journals such as the Canadian Theatre Review and the Performance Research journal. I am always happy to chat with and connect with people who are interested in the above-mentioned topics and areas of inquiry.   

Natalia Equihua
Supervisor: Petra Fachinger and Audrey Kobayashi
Email: i.equihua.bracho@queensu.ca
Bio: Born and raised in Mexico City, the experience of living in California and later migrating to Scotland inspired my interest in researching the emotions that accompany migratory processes. My current thesis work focuses on exploring the experiences of Mexican women who migrated to Canada for a romantic relationship.
Research Interests: migration and emotions, emotional geographies, feminization of migration, Mexican identity, qualitative research, narrative inquiry, Mexican migration.

Michelle O'Halloran
Email: 0hmfo@queensu.ca

Victoria Sicilia
Supervisor: Villia Jefremovas
Email: 1vs6@queensu.ca

Jordan Toohey Carignan
Email: 15jtc2@queensu.ca