Cultural Studies Admin Team

CUST admin team

From left to right: Susanne Cliff-Jungling (Graduate Assistant), Carrie Miles (Program Manager), Laura Murray (Co-Director), Lisa Sykes (Program Assistant), and Jeff Brison (Co-Director).

Cultural Studies is located in B176 Mackintosh-Corry Hall, in the basement. To find us, take the stairwell or elevator across from the cafeteria.


Meet the Team

Jeff Brison

Jeff Brison (he/him)
Co-Director, Cultural Studies
Associate Professor, Department of History

Jeff Brison is author of Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Canada: American Philanthropy and the Arts and Letters in Canada, an exploration of the impact of American wealth on culture in Canada. His present work explores the role philanthropic foundations played in fostering extra-national intellectual and cultural networks of power in the north Atlantic world. A former Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History and Deputy-Senior Editor with McGill-Queen’s University Press, Jeff is a founding member of the Queen’s-based research collective, Public Diplomacy and the Economy of Culture (PDEC). He is always eager to help students navigate their way through the Cultural Studies Program, as long as he gets to go for a good long run from time to time. 

Contact Jeff for:

  • guidance on committee composition, academic progress (PhD)
  • questions or suggestions regarding Colloquium (CUST 802/902)
  • admissions-related ideas and queries

Susanne Cliff-Jungling (she/her)
Graduate Program Assistant


Contact Susanne for:

  • admissions and assistance with application process
  • course add/drop
  • transcript questions
  • grant, award, and scholarship applications
  • scheduling & protocols of exams & defenses
  • annual progress reports and supervisory committee forms
  • keys and requests for office space
  • website management and updates

Carrie Miles

Carrie Miles (she/her)
Program Manager

Originally from Hamilton, Carrie completed a BSc in Psychology and Chemistry at Wilfred Laurier University. Building on jobs counting trees, counting money, and counting the neurons in Einstein’s brain, she joined Queen’s in 2010, working first in Alumni Relations, moving briefly to Smith, and landing in Cultural Studies in May 2016. She’s a soccer mom, an avid hiker, a pitiful but persistent runner, and generally a lover of the outdoors. Plans for the future include one day (soon-ish) pursuing an MA. Carrie oversees budget and student funding, TA and RA positions, and the overall administrative operations of Cultural Studies.

Contact Carrie for:

  • faculty issues: course assignments, affiliation, general support, questions about MA or PHD guidelines
  • student advising on supervisor or committee changes, withdrawal, academic accommodations, medical leave, transfer to part-time
  • TA/RA/TF assignments & issues
  • course & curriculum planning, hiring, Collective Agreement issues
  • financial requests
  • office space allotment and trouble-shooting
  • booking the lecture theatre
  • items for the newsletter

Laura Murray

Laura Murray (she/her)
Co-Director, Cultural Studies
Professor, Department of English Language and Literature

Laura has found Cultural Studies a hugely stimulating and supportive place to develop her interdisciplinary research in areas such as copyright policy, treaty histories, and community-based history and heritage studies. See her website for information on her scholarly interests. Originally from Toronto, she has made a home in Kingston where she keeps a hand in various musical and activist projects, while making time for cycling, kayaking, and cross-country skiing.

Contact Laura for:

  • guidance on application to 2-year MA, academic progress (MA)
  • questions regarding MA capstone course (CUST 850)
  • curriculum-related matters

Lisa Sykes

    Lisa Sykes (she/her)
    Program and Financial Assistant

    Lisa Sykes graduated from Queen's with a degree in Film Studies and promptly moved back to Toronto. But it turns out Kingston is not only a wonderful place to be a student, it’s also a great place to raise a family, so Lisa returned to Queen's and spent ten years in the advancement office working with alumni and donors. She is thrilled to join the Cultural Studies team as the part-time Program and Financial Assistant, and looks forward to helping the faculty, staff and students. 

    Contact Lisa for:

    • Financial questions including invoice payments, travel reimbursements, and honoraria
    • Keys and requests for office space
    • Booking the lecture theatre
    • Items for the newsletter

    For all other inquiries please email:

    Cultural Studies Program Office
    ​B176 Mackintosh-Corry Hall [campus map]
    Queen's University
    Kingston, ON
    Canada K7L 3N6