Current Student Profiles
Gender Studies is pleased to introduce our sixth cohort of MA students: Top left, clockwise: Katherine McKittrick, Jan Hill, Astri Jack, Jamie Harnum, Avery Everhart, Roxanne Runyon, Zoya Islam, Megan Lonergan, Kara Melton.
Joddi Alden holds a BA Honours in English Literature, an Associate of Arts in English Literature, and Advanced French Proficiency Certification from the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Born in Vancouver and raised in Abbotsford (a small town located an hour away from Vancouver), Joddi was always fascinated by culture, language, and travel. When she entered university, Joddi took all the opportunity she could to see the world, and successfully embarked on several study tours which took her to Quebec, China and Hawaii. Once graduated, Joddi taught in several international learning academies, and eventually applied for the chance to teach English to rural elementary students for the International Department of Education in South Korea. Joddi stayed in South Korea for almost a year, living and teaching in the rural countryside, and then embarked on several international modelling contracts in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and the Philippines. While modelling, Joddi also simultaneously taught English to students in pre-school, elementary school, high school, and university, as well as taught corporate English to lawyers and idiomatic English to call centre workers. Working in the fashion industry as a model has provided Joddi with unique insider insight into perceived notions of femininity within entertainment and media; teaching in Asia has similarly shown Joddi the intricate ways in which western and eastern power dynamics are exchanged within the classroom. Joddi is interested in the ways in which race/racism, critical race theory, transracial adoption, colonialization, interdisciplinary methodologies, and feminist pedagogies intersect and operate within the space of the classroom, especially as they relate to the ESL experience for both students and teachers, and how this is affected by different forms of media projecting assumptive standards of beauty and worth to the Asian public. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bianca Beauchemin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Women's Studies from York University. As a biracial girl born and raised in Montreal, she recognized the limitations of rigid binary identity categories, especially when it came to define herself; she realized she was stuck in between. Many years later, this constant negotiation of identities has fuelled some of her research interests dealing with discrimination within the Black diaspora in Canada with its connection to multiculturalism, pigmentation and mixed-race. She is also very interested in issues of violence against women, sexual assault, good/bad girl dichotomies, media representations, colonialism, identity politics, queer theory and appropriation of cultures, to name a few. Her future endeavours include a career in Canadian politics, where she plans to change the world, one smile at a time! :) email@example.com
Avery Everhart graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in Religious Studies (Disciplinary Honors with thesis “Stately Fetishes”) and French and a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies (Disciplinary Honors with thesis “What’s Gender Got To Do With It?: Rethinking Trans Subjectivity and Experience”) with minors in Sociology and African-American Studies. Avery is a performance and installation artist living, thinking, and working at The Artel, an artist collective/co-op and venue/gallery in Kingston, in addition to their master's work at Queen's. Their art work looks at intersections of art, theory, and praxis through notions of community, accessibility, reflexivity, and affect. In keeping with, though branching off from those themes, their academic work focuses on critical race theory, performance studies, sociolinguistics, and queer and trans activism and thought. They can be reached at Avery.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angie Fazekas graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences and Anthropology. She is interested in theatre and queer, creative interactions with popular culture. Her proposed research project looks at ways in which online fan communities talk back to mass media on issues of race and sexuality. By examining fan communities on social networking sites, particularly Tumblr, she hopes to explore how fan activities can create a queer online space. email@example.com
Bilan Hashi holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in the areas of Anthropology, Linguistics and Women & Gender Studies. Her research interests include subjectivity, affect, trauma, memory, narrative, cultural geographies and visual anthropology. She is also involved in creative writing, photography, interactive storytelling and other art projects. By incorporating aesthetics and cultural theory, she hopes to offer an alternative conception of diasporic memory. Her proposed MA thesis addresses the production and articulation of female Somali Diasporic subjectivities in Canada through the textuality and materiality of firstname.lastname@example.org .
Monique Harvison completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Studies at Queen's University in 2013. During the later years of her undergraduate career she discovered the field of Gender Studies and found her eyes opened to a host of exciting ideas that fascinated and enticed her to explore the field further. Her research interests broadly include social policy, poverty and welfare. In her proposed MA thesis she is interested in exploring the culture of poor-shaming that permeates contemporary neoliberal society and is reflected in social policy. She is especially interested in understanding how socially constructed neoliberal narratives about the poor are drawn upon to justify their socioeconomic position and maintain the status quo. email@example.com
Danyel Haughton graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Development Studies and a minor in Sexuality Studies. She is an avid reader and HBO addict who enjoys dancing to reggae, dancehall and soca music. Her research interests are varied and include: race and development, queer theory, critical race theory, post-colonialism, post-colonial identities, indigenous studies, black subjectivities, slut shaming, the politics of black hair, surveillance, performativity, technologies of self, body discipline and negotiating safe sex. firstname.lastname@example.org
Erika Ibrahim is a maritime girl at heart, born n' bred in Saint John, New Brunswick: salt, beer, and despair course through her veins. Eventually, she found herself attending the University of Ottawa, and after deliberation chose the much-esteemed Joint Honours of Political Science and Communication as her field of study. Although the field of study was interesting, enriching and instructive, she found it wasn't fully able to capture the lived-in experience of our world, leaving countless crucial questions unanswered. Increasingly, her studies turned her toward issues of identity: gender, sexuality, race - particularly through its representation through media, as well as social and political theory. During her time at Queen's, Erika will be exploring: topics of gender and race as manifested in new media and fashion, the globalization of human trafficking, volunteering abroad and its relation to post-colonialism, and textile industry processes. She likes cats. email@example.com
Melanie "Mel" Large completed her BA Honours at the University of Ottawa in English Language and Literature, with a Minor in Women's Studies. While working for the Public Health Agency of Canada in Ottawa, she became interested in how governments contribute money to community organizations, particularly those involved with health, and the effects that this funding has on the form of the work that these organizations do. Her research focuses on social marketing agendas undertaken by community organizations and NGOs that target chronic diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, and the deficits in this messaging for groups such as (but not limited to) transfolk, First Nations folks, and newcomers. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria-Teresa Matani graduated from Lakehead University, in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She received her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women's Studies with a minor in Sociology. Her academic interests lie in feminist, queer and critical race theories, transnational feminism, intersectionality and the law, interdisciplinary methodologies, feminism and psychology, mental health and personality disorders. Maria-Teresa's graduate research focuses on anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation and gender. Anyone interested in her work can contact her via email at email@example.com
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Stephanie McColl graduated from the University of Auckland in New Zealand with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies and Sociology. She is interested in baking, cycling and critical social theory. Her proposed research project looks at the intersections of technologies, social media, neocolonialism and the reproductive body within the twenty-first century. By examining discourses of transnational surrogacy on Twitter against surrogacy hostels in India, she aims to contribute to a broader feminist project that envisions the emancipatory potentials of technology taken up by and conceptualized through the maternal/reproductive body. email@example.com
Dorota Polonska received her Bachelor of Arts (Women's Studies) and her Bachelor of Nursing Science degrees from Queen's University in 2008. Her research interests center around global health, refugee migration, child poverty in the Global South, and transnational activism. firstname.lastname@example.org
Roxanne Runyon completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta, where she attained an Honours B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies with first-class honours in 2014. Her research interests include body studies, theories of subjectivity, biopolitics, settler colonialism, feminist art practices, French feminisms, queer theory, and critical mental health studies. Her graduate research examines the relationships between feminist subjectivity and affect, attending particularly to the emotional labour of feminist community building and the management of difficult feelings in a neoliberal context. Sandra Bartky describes feminist consciousness as an ‘anguished consciousness’: an acute and painful awareness of the contradictions and problems of social existence. While anguish may be vital for feminist politics, as it motivates and animates activism, the weight of this feeling can be a difficult burden to bear, contributing to experiences of burnout, emotional exhaustion, and mental illness. Roxanne engages with affect theory, critical mental health studies, critical race theories, and Marxist feminisms to consider the complexities of how those engaged in social justice movements struggle to live and to thrive in a world that they deeply want to change. Roxanne is an avid hiker, yoga practitioner, amateur ukulele player, and lover of cats, craft beer, house music, and karaoke. During the summer months she can most often be found in the backcountry of the rocky mountains or dancing at music festivals throughout Alberta and British Columbia. email@example.com
Natasha Stirrett holds a BA Honours in Sociology from Queen's University (2012) and a Behavioural Science Technology Advanced Diploma from St. Lawrence College (2009). Her research interests include: indigenous studies, feminism, queer theory, critical race theory, post structuralism, settler colonial theory, intersectionality, creative text, film, surveillance, transracial adoption, interdisciplinary methodologies, decolonization and social justice. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanchari Sur is a Bengali Canadian who was born in Calcutta, India. She holds a BA Honours in English and Psychology from York University (2008) and English MA from McMaster University (2011). A recipient of the 2012-13 R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship for academic excellence, her current research interests lie in formulating a methodological approach to trauma theory through the lens of feminist psychoanalytic discourse, while using fictional texts as points of departure. She is also into creative writing and photography. You can find her at http://sursanchari.wordpress.com email@example.com
Katie Thibault graduated from Trent University, with a bachelor (Honours) in Gender and Women's Studies. Her research interests include the criminalization of women in Canada, critical race theory, colonialism, and feminist movements centred on social change/activism. Her proposed graduate thesis will examine the historical and contemporary criminalization of marginalized women and how debates in feminist criminology have informed various methods (women's centred model/prison abolition) of addressing changes to women's interaction with the prison system. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dana Wesley completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Women's Studies at Queen's University in Fall 2009. She joined the first cohort of Gender Studies M.A. students in the Winter of 2010 and is really excited about the project that she is working on currently with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Born and raised on the James Bay coast, she's still getting used to the hot and unpredictable Kingston weather and prefers the dry and harsh climate of Moose Factory, ON. Dana's interests are diverse, but if she had to describe them via academic terms, they'd include a combination of Indigenous Feminisms and Queer Theory. She strives to make her work accessible and relevant to Indigenous communities (especially youth), but particularly wants to work on projects that focus on Two Spirit peoples, Indigenous everyday resistances and radical community building. She is also actively involved in the anti-oppressive/anti-racist and Indigenous communities on campus and welcomes anyone interested in her work to contact her via email. email@example.com