Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Gender Studies Graduate Research Projects

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Zoya Islam "Reworking Canadian Understanding of Transnational Labour Exploitation" supervised by Margaret Little.

Christopher Bennett “Performing Trauma: The ‘It Gets Better Project’ as a Performance of White Trauma” supervised by Trish Salah.

Brett Willes "Drag, Dirt, and Demons: Centering Indigenous Thought in Critiques of Queer Settler Colonialism on the Prairies" supervised by Scott Morgensen.


Bilan Hashi "Sexual Desire, Modesty and Womanhood: Somali Female Hybrid Subjectivities and the Gabar Xishood Leh Discourse" supervised by Katherine McKittrick.

Avery Everhart “Crises of In/Humanity: Posthumanism, Afrofuturism, and Science As/And Fiction" supervised by Scott Morgensen.

Roxanne Runyon "Exhausting Affects: The Negotiation of Affective Labour, Neoliberal Subjectivity, and Feminist Politics among Anti-Violence Workers" supervised by Samantha King.

Megan Lonergan "Governmentality Gone Wild: How the separation of sex workers from ‘communities’ contributes to violence against sex workers" supervised by Trish Salah.

Kara Melton "’A Kind of Logic, A Kind of Dominant Logic’: Navigating Colonialism, Honouring Black Mobility, and Thinking on Moving Through" supervised by Katherine McKittrick.

Katie Thibault "The Canadian Carceral State: Violent Colonial Logics of Indigenous Dispossession" supervised by Katherine McKittrick.

Monique Harvison “White Gatekeeping and the Promise of Shelter: Confronting Colonial Logics within Women’s Anti-Violence Services" supervised by Scott Morgensen.


Natasha Stirrett "Revisiting the Sixties Scoop: Relationality, Kinship and Honouring Indigenous Stories" supervised by Scott Morgensen.

Joddi Alden “Pinay, Balikbayan, Canadian: The Transnational Trajectories of Filipinas (As Domestic Workers)” supervised by Margaret Little.

Erika Ibrahim “’How Ima Read’: Queer Rap Discourse in Online Music Culture” supervised by Katherine McKittrick.

Dana Wesley “Reimagining ‘Two-Spirit Community’: Critically Centering Narratives by Urban Two-Spirit Youth” supervised by Scott Morgensen.

Joanne Farrall “’I have no one, I need someone’: Contextualizing Amanda Todd within the ‘My Secrets’ Video Genre” supervised by Margaret Little.


Stephanie McColl “#surrogacy: Confronting the Coloniality of Twitter and Contemporary Transnational Surrogacy Practices in India” supervised by Scott Morgensen.

Angela Fazekas “Queer and Unusual Space:  White Supremacy in Slash Fiction” supervised by Jane Tolmie.

Aarzoo Singh “Mobile Identities: Linking Colonial Histories of Displacement with Portable Affective Objects and Memories” supervised by Katherine McKittrick.

Carla Moore “Wah Eye Nuh See Heart Nuh Leap: Queer Marronage in the Jamaican Dancehall” supervised by Katherine McKittrick.

Yasmine Djerbal “Women’s Citizenship:  Between Bloodlines and Patriarchal Conditioning in Postcolonial Algeria” supervised by Katherine McKittrick.


Dan Vena  “Becoming Superman: Interpolating Transsexuality into the Superman Narrative” supervised by Dr. Jane Tolmie.

Andria Mahon “’Live Through This With Me’: Memoirs of Erotic Dance and Agency“ supervised by Dr. Jane Tolmie.

Rhea Ashley Hoskin “Femme Theory: Femininity’s Challenge to Western Feminist Pedagogies” supervised by Dr. Margaret Little.


Kaleigh Alkenbrack “Referential Lives: Literary, Legal, and Colonial Discourses in Audrey Andrews’ Account of the Life and Trial of Dorothy Joudrie” supervised by Dr. Jane Tolmie.

Emily Burns “Unsettling the White Noise: Deconstructing the Nation-Building Project of CBC Radio One’s Canada Reads” supervised by Dr. Jane Tolmie.

Auden Neuman “Wounded Subjects: White Settler Nationals in Toronto G20 Resistance Narratives” supervised by Dr. Scott Morgensen

Maya Thau-Eleff “Coming Home: Sovereign Bodies and Sovereign Land in Indigenous Poetry, 1990-2012” supervised by Dr. Scott Morgensen.


Shannon Coyle “A Mixed Methods Investigation of the Needs, Experiences, and Fulfillments of Trans Persons Accessing Ontario Health Care Services” supervised by Dr. Margaret Little.

Leora Jackson “Reading and Responding: Finding and Making Meaning in the Life Writing of Diasporic Iranian Jewish Women” supervised by Dr. Jane Tolmie.

Emily Macgillivray “Red and Black Blood: Teaching the Logic of the Canadian Settler State” supervised by Dr. Scott Morgensen.

Ayca Tomac “’Islamic Feminism’: Between Turkish Secular Feminism and North American Critiques” supervised by Dr. Dana Olwan.