Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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PhD Students

As you’ll see from their bios below, Cultural Studies attracts a diverse group of students. Their scholarly work extends beyond the classroom, and into the world. Our students perform hands-on research in Argentina, China and Turkey, to name a few. They are artists who write plays, create works of art, curate museum spaces and use their artistic practices as their scholarship through research-creation. They win the highest academic accolades, including SSHRC, Fulbright and Vanier scholarships. They engage in community-based research, working with indigenous peoples, artists, students, prisoners and activist groups to bring about social transformation. Get to know a bit about them below!

​Meet Our 2020 Cohort
Adesoji Babalola
Sarah Shulist
Bio:  Adesoji Babalola is a doctoral student in Cultural Studies. His scholarly interests are politics of language in Indigenous youth pop cultures in Africa and North America with a focus on hip hop; language revitalization; and Black studies. Adesoji studied and taught English and linguistics at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria. He has published scholarly works in notable academic journals. His hobbies include listening to music, watching soccer football, socializing, and writing poems.
Lesley Ann Foster
Dorit Naaman, Carolyn Prouse
Jacqueline Giesbrecht
Supervisor: Shobhana Xavier
Bio: Jacqueline Giesbrecht is a PhD student originally from southern Manitoba. She holds a Master's in Religious Studies (Queen's) and a Bachelor of Arts with an Honours in Biblical and Theological Studies (CMU, Winnipeg). Jacqueline's current research interests surround cultures of disability in faith communities; her Master's research essay looked at historical and contemporary Christian theologies of sacred space and disability and how these conceptualizations have led to the exclusion of people with disabilities from faith communities. Jacqueline intends to extend this research into her PhD by focusing on how various Canadian faith communities and faith-based advocacy groups are working toward barrier-free participation for people with disabilities in faith communities, resulting in a conceptualization of sacred space that is inclusive rather than exclusive.
Jacqueline is also interested in material culture and religion, as well as folklore, myth development and group formation. For example, her undergrad thesis was on Celtic Christianity in Ireland and centered around the figures and hagiographies of Saint Patrick and the Holy Woman Brigid as showcases of the development of Christianity in Ireland. While folklore and myth development are areas that presently lie in the realm of leisure, Jacqueline plans to revisit these concepts in the future and hopes to find a way to creatively integrate these frameworks into her current research.
Tracey Guptill
Supervisors: Dorit Naaman, Keren Zaiontz
Bio: Tracey Guptill is a movement-based actor, collaborative creator, and teaching artist. With the establishment of anARC Theatre and its coLABoratory method for Research-Creation, she co-created When I Get There, for her Master of Environmental Studies degree at Queen’s, in 2014. The play engaged with community member to address questions of agency, activism, and environmental justice. With anARC Theatre, she has since co-created Our House, with Cellar Door Projects and Anybody Can Be Pussy Riot with RAFT; the current work-in-progress is an access-centered piece with the Circus Kingston Collective entitled Uncovering. The work seeks to showcase accessible theatre while collaborating with artists across identities to tell some of Kingston's untold stories. Other Kingston co-creations include the film LIVE in Kingston, and Ambrose, with Single Thread Theatre Company. Tracey is also a stilt-walker and co-founder of the Kingston Stilters. She lives on a working farm in the Thousand Islands. She has been published in Alt.Theatre. Her dissertation will examine the Settler Problem by means of Research-Creation.
Mariah Horner
Supervisor: Jenn Stephenson
Bio:  Mo (Mariah) Horner is a theatre artist based in Kingston. Her PhD research focuses on abolitionist dramaturgies, site-specific live performance, care work, and collaborative creation. As a theatre director she’s worked with Thousand Islands Playhouse, SpiderWebShow, Great Canadian Theatre Company and Theatre Kingston. Interested in catalyzing independent and non-traditional theatre artists and forms in Kingston, she was the Festival Director of CFRC's Shortwave Theatre Festival in 2020 and Kingston's Storefront Fringe Festival from 2016-2018. Co-founding the Cellar Door Project with Devon Jackson in 2013, Mariah has produced and dramaturged 15 original site-specific theatre performances in Kingston and Ottawa. She has an an MA in Theatre Theory & Dramaturgy from uOttawa and has been published by SpiderWebShow, Visit Kingston, Canadian Theatre Review, and the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. You can read her project in progress on participatory Canadian performance with Dr. Jenn Stephenson
Nabila Huq
Supervisor: Margaret Pappano
Arthi Jeyamohan
Supervisors: Heather Castleden, Amanda White
Abdelrahman Kamel
Supervisor: Lynda Jessup
Bio: Abdelrahman Kamel is an Egyptian cultural analyst, art historian and researcher with an interest in Middle Eastern studies and Identity politics. His academic background includes studies in culture and politics from Georgetown University, a master of arts in Museum and Gallery Practice from the University College London, as well as an additional master degree in art history from the University of Toronto. He worked as a research assistant on multiple projects involving the Qatar National Museum, The Media Majlis, as well as the Royal Ontario Museum, where he had extensive training with collections and museum practices. During his specialization in museum studies, he concentrated on community engagement, fundraising and education, focusing primarily on theories addressing cultural integration in institutions of memory.
Currently, his doctoral research concentrates on international museum networks in relation to contemporary museums in the Arabian Peninsula. His research investigates how the history of museology and practices of collecting can provide a framework to understand the cultural discourse of individual state politics, as well as the contested modernity of postcolonial heritage preservation in highly capitalizing developing nations.
Samia Khan
Supervisors: Sylvat Aziz, Ishita Pande
Bio: I am a PhD scholar in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. I am a bibliophile and someone who enjoys traveling. My academic background is in History and Visual Studies, which includes three degrees, B.A History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University; M.A History (Medieval) and MPhil in Visual Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. For my MPhil dissertation I explored the different ideas about self fashioning among modern women and their portrayal in visual and literary cultures. I have diverse research interests, which include popular culture, literature, cinema, subaltern history, gender and power relations, colonialism, nationalism, religion and aesthetics.

Complexities of women’s identity and their experiences have fascinated me as a scholar. My PhD explores Muslim women’s marginalisation in the meta-narratives of the nationalist imagination examining their contributions in the intellectual, political, social, visual and cultural dynamics of 20th century India. My research focuses on analysing the interplay between nationalism, colonialism, religious identities, global cultural assimilation and their manifestation in modern literary, oral, visual cultures and women’s lived experiences.


Cultural Studies at Queen’s University provides scholars with the structural and methodological space to engage with and produce a holistic research.

Meghan Lindsay
Supervisors: Lynda Jessup, Sascha Priewe
Bio: Meghan Lindsay is a Canadian opera singer, creator, and researcher. She has performed to critical acclaim in Canada and internationally as an interpreter of Baroque and Classical Music, with highlights including The Harris Theatre Chicago, Opera Atelier, Odyssey Opera Boston, The Royal Opera Versailles, The Glimmerglass Festival, Carnegie Hall, and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. As a Co-Founder of the interdisciplinary artist collective New Art/New Media, Meghan has co-produced and performed in works with CLUB SAW Ottawa, Ottawa Chamberfest, and The Newest Magazine. In their 2021 season, New Art/New Media has commissioned two new pieces of chamber music and is producing a four-part digital docu-series on new creation in North America.
Meghan holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from School of Public Policy at Carleton University, where her research examined legitimizing frameworks of cultural organizations and how they intersect with artists, patrons, and the state. Her doctoral research examines issues of cultural evaluation, public benefit, and civic impact initiatives in Canadian cultural organizations. Meghan is a MITACS Research Fellow for the Toronto City Diplomacy Initiative and a research fellow with the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initative.
Maria Lupoi
Supervisor: Sharday Mosurinjohn
Brenna MacDougall
Supervisor: Will Kymlicka
Bio:Brenna MacDougall has a background in visual arts and English literature. She holds an MA in Studies in Comparative Literatures and Arts from Brock University. During her studies there her researched was focused on time and temporality in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake and Samuel Beckett's Endgame. However, her primary interest shifted towards the theoretical and is now focused on interrogating how "the public" is conceptualized. Her current research is directed towards critiquing the longstanding anthropocentrism inherent in the public and finding ways for nonhuman beings and the broader environment to become visible as integral parts of what constitutes a public.
Her other interests include: Joyce, Sterne, and Rabelais, Dialectics and post-political critique, the Arts and Crafts movement and the Pre-Raphaelites, Giordano Bruno, and whatever research rabbit hole she has currently fallen down (of which there are many).
Isabella Machado Altoe
Supervisor: Molly Wallace
Bio: Isabella Altoé is a food studies researcher and activist from Brazil. She began by researching veganism and affective memories during her undergrad course. After getting her BA, she worked for a year as a cook in a restaurant and came to realize that food is a never-ending source of knowledge about the world. In 2018, Isabella started a MA in Social Sciences, where she studied immigrant chefs and did ethnographic research in an Argentinian restaurant in Brazil. With a deep interest in anthropology, Isabella is starting an interdisciplinary PhD in Cultural Studies to research food futures in the Anthropocene. She wants to investigate different forms of planting and eating during our environmental and socially challenging time both in Canada and in Brazil. Her academic interests include everything there is to know about food, such as agrifood systems, food activisms, culture and memory, affects, and human and non-human relations. The intention of her work is to complexify our way of thinking about food through a non-anthropocentric approach, without losing sight of the subject’s affective dimension.
Shannon McConnell
Supervisors: Lisa Guenther, Julien Lefort-Favreau
Bio: Shannon is a writer, educator, and musician originally from Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds degrees in English Literature and Education from the University of the Fraser Valley and Simon Fraser University, respectively, and also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Saskatchewan. Over the last five years she has researched and written about the former British Columbian institution Woodlands School which served as a custodial training school for children with disabilities. Her PhD work will build off of her knowledge of Woodlands and incorporate new research concerning Huronia Regional Centre which was a custodial training school in Orillia, Ontario. The institutions share many similarities, particularly their fraught history of systematic abuse and the subsequent fight by survivors for compensation from the government. Shannon plans to blend her archival research skills with her creative writing background to dig deeper into the understanding of the complex history of custodial training schools within Canada.
Amy Parks
Supervisors: Jeff Brison, Lynda Jessup
Brianna Peacey
Supervisor: Sarah Shulist
Xavier Philippe-Beauchamp
Supervisor: Lisa Guenther
Bio: Xavier’s experience as a literacy educator brought him to question the entwinement of lived space with language and learning. His present investigations turn these questions towards the carceral setting. Relying on critical phenomenology and critical pedagogies as theoretical grounding blocks, Xavier will lead literacy workshops in prison, collaboratively creating an embodied cartography inside the walls.

His secondary area of research is French-Canadian cultural studies and creative writing. He regularly contributes to the arts and politics magazine Liberté.

Alisha Piercy
Supervisor: Dolleen Tisawii'ashii Manning

Alisha Piercy is a fiction writer and visual artist in Tiotià:ke/Montréal in her second year PhD in Cultural Studies (Research-Creation) at Queen’s. Her research areas include hauntology, spectropolitics, claiming bad kin, Indigenous and non-western speculative/sci-fi worlding and Critical Animal Studies. In her doctoral work, in which theory interweaves with fiction, Alisha re-imagines the future through a series of creative “haunting” gestures. By centering spectral kinship and speculative worlding compositions as tools for ethnographic practice, she is exploring what it means to live with ghosts everyday in situated environments and across a plurality of dimensions, hoping to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous hauntologies into conversation.  

Alisha's interdisciplinary work includes film and drawing installation, and she is the author of poetry, novels, and texts that write-with artists. She holds an MFA (Concordia University), an MA in Art Conservation (Queen’s University), and a BA in Literature (McGill University). Her work has been exhibited at Somerset House (London, UK), and AXENÉO7, Diagonale, fofa, MUTEK, Centre Clark, and Société des arts technologiques (SAT) (Montréal). Her fiction is published with Book*hug (Toronto) and she recently attended a writing residency with The Banff Centre to workshop one of her “settler-on-settler haunting” projects.

Sarah Somerville
Supervisor: Laura Murray
Bio: Sarah is a feminist scholar and activist from Fergus, Ontario. She completed her Masters in Social Justice Studies with a Women’s Specialization at Lakehead University, completed in Spring 2020. Throughout her Masters, Sarah participated in various research projects including an analysis on harm-reduction in Ontario women’s shelters, an ecofeminist and anticapitalist analysis of post-modern horror films, as well as a project dedicated to (re)valuing second-wave feminist publications in Northwestern Ontario in order to inform contemporary feminist activism and pedagogy.
In her Cultural Studies PhD, Sarah is interested in pursuing interdisciplinary and activist-based research that analyses how the changing landscape of technology and online spaces might impact the future of sex work and how attitudes, perceptions, and policy might shift pertaining to the ‘validity’ of online sex work(ers) in order to ensure their rights and safety are secured within Canadian society.
Darren Zanussi
Supervisors: Sam McKegney
Bio: Darren Zanussi is a settler scholar from Parry Sound, Ontario, located in the Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory. His research interests include Indigenous-settler relations, cultural politics, settler-colonial studies, Canadian politics, and the critical examination of reconciliation.
Darren completed his M.A. at Carleton University’s School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. His Major Research Paper titled “Podcasts as pedagogy: irreconcilable indigeneity and conciliation through digital spaces” was supervised by Doctor Kahente Horn-Miller and supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Ontario Graduate Scholarships. In addition, Darren presented at the 2017 British Association of Canadian Studies annual conference in London, England and received the Jody Robson award for best Master’s level paper.
Darren’s Doctoral research is supported by a CGS-D scholarship and examines how rural settler-Ontarians in close proximity to First Nations conceive of reconciliation. He is using adult recreational hockey as a case study analysis of cross-cultural interactions and reconciliatory possibilities outside of the government purview.
Francisco Zepeda Trujillo
Supervisors: Claudio Palomares Salas
Bio: Francisco's interest in Philosophy and Religion started when he was 17 years old. One of his professors was a Chilean, socialist, atheist, who went to Mexico after Pinochet overthrew Allende. Frequently, the debates they had in his classes were related to religious topics, specifically Christianity, its impact on society, and Christians' coherence or incongruity. He studied Classical Humanities, Philosophy, Sociology of Religion and Catholic Theology in Spain, Rome, Mexico and Oxford. In the meantime, he discovered his love for education, which he considers a means to contribute to his students' personal and professional flourishing. Besides, he graduated from an MBA at Texas Tech University and has worked in the business sector, specifically in marketing and real estate, for more than 12 years. He recently completed the M.A. in Religious Studies at Queen's University and currently is a Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies. His research interests focus on culture, secularism, religion, democracy, social problems, and religion's impact in the public sphere. In particular, he is interested in exploring the role of religious and secular imaginaries in Mexico's modernization from the 1917 revolution to the present day.
​Meet Our 2019 Cohort
Angela Alberry
Jane Tolmie, Nick Graham
Bio: If you had asked me some years ago if I saw myself working toward a PhD I may have just laughed it off. However, from my first day in a university setting I was hooked and never wanted to leave. St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, showed me how much thoughtful conversation, intense arguments, and fantastic friendships can come from passion, a little hard-work, and ignoring the “disciplinary boundaries” people have placed between literature, political science, philosophy, and so much more. I continued these lessons through my MA at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. In the final year of my BA I wrote my thesis on Marcus Aurelius’ ‘Meditations’ and what it tells us is important to reflect on in our own lives. For my MA I threw Aristotle at J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter’ series to see how the virtues of the Houses hit and missed.

History, politics, philosophy, classic and modern literature: I love all of it and didn’t want to have to choose what to pursue. Then Cultural Studies came along and told me “Don’t” and here I am. This time my aim is to explore how modern media has siphoned off certain aspects of different cultures and, through community work on the world-wide-web, has made it something new. Or something old. Or maybe both. The internet is a weird place but I hope to find out how stories told make it a familiar and different place that is worth trying to understand.

Saima Asghar
Supervisor: Reena Kukreja
Bio: Saima Asghar will be joining the Cultural Studies program as a PhD candidate at Queen’s University. She obtained a BA (Honours) degree with a double major in Communications Studies and Women and Gender Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017. Saima also earned an MA in Cultural Analysis and Social Theory (CAST) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018. Currently, she is completing her second MA in Religion, Culture and Global Justice at Laurier. Her research interests focus on enhancing the effective literacy of the unprivileged girls of Pakistan who face social and economic inequality within the patriarchal society and are often overlooked by the government’s education policies. The social stigma surrounding girl's education due to conservative practices and poverty in Pakistan forces them to sacrifice their desire to attain an education and live truncated lives in permanent obscurity.

Originally from Pakistan, Saima got married at a very young age and completed her education as a mature student with four kids after moving to Canada in 2011. Based on her own experiences, she understands the value of education and the confidence it provides to champion one’s rights as responsible citizens. Through her research Saima hopes to provide new perspectives on female education in Pakistan by applying cultural theories along with exposing them to contemporary forms of digitalized education using an electronic device the tablet enhancing the educational goals of these unprivileged girls. Saima hopes that her research will bring awareness around the importance of girl’s education within the patriarchal society of Pakistan.

Alison Benedict
Supervisor: Emily Pelstring, Karen Lawford
Bio: Kiawenniserathe (Bright Day)/Alison Benedict, MSW, RSW, is Kanien'kehá:ka from Akwesasne, Wolf Clan. The roots and inspiration of her life work come from the teachings of the Peacemaker. As a Civitas scholar, the focus of her Master’s degree in Social Work was intervention with children and youth, specifically abused and neglected children. Her professional experience has focused primarily on Indigenous communities throughout Turtle Island, as a helper, educator and advocate. She has worked with mainstream/colonial institutions, helping them understand what happened to Indigenous peoples (through a trauma-informed approach), taught about the diversity between and within First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, and trained professionals on evidence-based practices. Alison’s clinical practice is wholistic and inclusive, incorporating traditional teachings from culturally diverse Elders, alongside Western evidence-based practices.
Throughout my life, I’ve worked in human services. In this entire time, it’s always been the same problems: suicide, child abuse, rape, domestic violence, human trafficking, mental illness, poverty, and so much more. The list goes on and on. More systems are created, and often more problems are created by these systems. Research shows that many don’t work and are harmful. Yet, we keep doing the same things, hoping for a better world, while continuing to destroy it. What is it going to take to break this cycle? What can we learn from our ancestors and research evidence that will help us create a better future?
The only narratives that we have now for the future are violent, desolate and callous. If we can’t even imagine a peaceful future, how are we ever going to get there?
Cheryl Bruce
Supervisor: Colleen Renihan
Kyler Chittick
Supervisors: Karine Bertrand; Alanna Thain
Bio: Kyler Chittick is a Ph.D. student and Ontario Graduate Scholar in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Cultural Studies at Queen's University, where he is a student researcher with the Archive/Counter-Archive Network, a teaching assistant in the department of Film and Media, and a previous recipient of the Douglas Sheppard Wilson Fellowship in Film Studies. He also serves as a virtual research assistant with the Edmonton Queer History Project at MacEwan University. Kyler holds a master's degree in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, a master's degree in Politics from York University (where he majored in political theory), and an honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta. Kyler's first refereed journal article, "Family Guy's Queer Child," was published in May 2020 in a special issue of Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film & Moving Image Studies. His book reviews are published or forthcoming in Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, Foucault Studies, Film-Philosophy, and English Studies in Canada. Kyler's dissertation combines the work of Gilles Deleuze, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Susan Sontag to provide a new reparative framework for thinking with and otherwise about queer theory and cinema. More aptly, his dissertation explores the reparative possibilities of Deleuze's work on ethology and expressionism in a variety of queer moving image contexts, including AIDS activist film and video, the New Queer Cinema movement of the early 1990s, gay pornography, and the films of Kent Monkman, John Greyson, and Bruce LaBruce. Kyler maintains interests in queer theory and media; popular culture; continental, legal and political philosophy; HIV/AIDS; pornography, censorship and sexual representation; affect theory; film theory and film-philosophy; and finally, Canadian cinema.
Kacey Dool
Supervisor: Sharday Mosurinjohn
Hadley Howes
Supervisor: Dylan Robinson
Bio: How is abolitionist poetics changing everything, everything? Hadley is a QT white settler whose research focuses on civic monument and art in so-called “public” spaces as sites of shifting relations, concepts of subjectivity, and forms of co-memory. How have the colonial aesthetics of commemoration served to shape the city, the polis, and political subjects? What are the abolitionist practices that transform these shapes? Hadley’s interest in monument and public art comes from their professional experience creating art in public space, having worked on a number of “permanent” artworks in urban centres over the past seven years. They made the shift to public practice after exhibiting and performing in galleries and temporary sites including the 4th Marrakech Biennale, the 19th Biennale of Sydney, Seattle Art Museum, Kunstwerke Berlin, Witte de With Rotterdam, and the National Gallery of Canada. After years of complicity with white European art traditions and hierarchies, Hadley is reorienting toward abolition and refusal. At the heart of their practice is an interest in undoing the fantasy of the self-possessed, sovereign and propertied individual as the (white supremacist) central agent of western aesthetics.
Gracelynn Lau
Supervisor: Isabelle St-Amand

Gracelynn Lau 劉頌恩 was born and raised in Hong Kong when it was still a British colony. Self-identified as a settler of colour who is dealing with a triple colonized past, she moved to Canada in 2005 for her master studies in ecofeminist theology.  Gracelynn is daughter, water, auntie, ecovillager, lover of life, herbalist, microbial cultures maker (fermentation and other human culturing), nature-based expressive arts therapist (Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association), permaculture and ecovillage design education facilitator with Gaia Education.  Currently a PhD candidate, Gracelynn is curious about the spaces between the known and the unknown, the air between those that have language to speak about and those that don't, and the abundances of possibilities and mysteries between the either/or dichotomy.  Her community-based participatory research focuses on fostering community resilience in physical communities (not online!) to navigate emerging social conflicts and polarity in the Indigenous-settler contexts in Canada and in Hong Kong, and how play and imagination in expressive arts therapy theory and practice can facilitate such situations.  Her hidden intention, however, is to increase more biodiversity within the mainstream academic ecosystem by being part of it.

Jennifer LeBlanc
Supervisor: Dylan Robinson
Izabeau Legendre
Supervisor: Julien Lefort-Favreau
Bio: Izabeau completed a BA in Literary Studies at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), where he focused on the interactions between literary texts and politics, especially through the lens of Michel Foucault’s account on ethics and subjection. Leaning towards a sociological approach, especially after gaining particular interest in Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology, he is currently studying Montréal’s zine scene, its history, its inner organisation and its relationship with Quebec’s fields of cultural production. This research has been the subject of his MA, and has led him to Queen’s Cultural Studies PhD program, where he aims to deepen his understanding of the intertwinement of art and politics, in the context of social, political, cultural and artistic marginality.
Research interests: art and politics and their relationship with identities and institutions; political communities; multilingualism in Montreal’s cultural production; empowerment and self subjection through creation; art and radical activism
Michael Lukaszuk
Supervisor: Matt Rogalsky
Bio: Michael Lukaszuk is a composer, computer musician and educator from Kingston, Ontario. His current research focuses on the way that music technology can be used to create contemporary interpretations, interactions and criticisms of canonical Classical music works. Michael holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music along with degrees from Western University. In 2015 he received first prize in the SOCAN Foundation Hugh Le Caine awards for electroacoustic music. Michael's music and research have been presented across Canada, the US and in the UK, Poland, the Netherlands, Romania, South Korea and China, and at major international conferences and festivals such as the International Computer Music Festival, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium and the SEAMUS conference (Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States).  
Benedictus Mattson
Supervisor: Margaret Walker
Bio: Benedictus Mattson is a Choreographer, Performer, and Researcher with interest in Ghanaian popular dances. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana. At the postgraduate level, Benedictus researched on how to create dances for commercials, by synthesising contemporary African dances with popular Ghanaian dances, eventually carving a niche for himself as a specialist in popular dance – an area that has brought fresh breath to the Department of Dance Studies – University of Ghana. After working as graduate assistant and teaching assistant for two years, Benedictus also served as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Dance Studies, University of Ghana, where he taught popular dance, Choreography, African dance performance, dance forms of Ghana/Africa to both local and international students at the undergraduate level. He is really excited to pursue his PhD at Queen’s where his research will focus on investigating “cyber social interaction” within the Ghanaian popular dance culture and explore how the pop dance cypher in Ghana is gradually moving onto the cyber space.
James McNutt
Supervisors: Lynda Jessop, Jeff Brison
Bio: Hello, my name is James McNutt and I will be a Cultural Studies PhD Student beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. I am from Edmonton and High River, Alberta. My academic background includes three degrees from Queen’s University: BA (History), BEd (IS History and English), MEd (History of Education). Additionally, I have an MA from the University of Toronto (History). Given my diverse background, Cultural Studies appears to be a fertile environment to explore my various interests. The primary focus of my research is the history of post-secondary curriculum in Canada and its impact on the wider society, in particular, Canadian identity. I am eager to meet my fellow Cultural Studies students and discuss the various projects in which you are all involved. You will find that I have some background in almost every subject and I am always intrigued to learn. My email is
Melissa Noventa
Supervisors: Claudio Palomares Salas, Karen Dubinsky
Joel Oliver-Cormier
Supervisors: Molly Wallace, Dylan Robinson
Melanie Proulx
Supervisor: Jane Tolmie
Bio: Melanie Proulx is a writer, doctoral candidate, and FQRSC fellowship recipient originally from Montreal. Her background in English literature, history, and professional writing has aided her in winning several awards including two Wynne Francis Awards (2018 and 2019). Her latest publications include her article "Shameless Comedy: Investigating Shame as an Exposure Effect of Contemporary Sexist and Feminist Rape Jokes" in the journal Comedy Studies (December 2018), and her first children's book, The Bum Drum Conundrum (July 2019), a story of consent, published by Matthew James Publishing. Her doctoral research-creation project, "Shock, Shame, and Laughter: Visually Communicating Affects and Effects of Sexual Violence Through Humour", examines the ethical and practical challenges of communicating sexual violence trauma to survivors of sexual violence. This interdisciplinary project will analyze sexual violence discourse through the lenses of humour studies, critical trauma studies, affect theory, and contemporary literature to devise a new mode of visually testifying sexual violence in a richer way for survivor audiences while decreasing survivors' risk of reception (the odds of being triggered or re-traumatized). The findings will be applied in the form of an autobiographical graphic novel. To prevent herself from becoming overwhelmed by her feminist activist work, Melanie likes to meditate in her butterfly garden with her cat, Appa.

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Jessica Sealey
Supervisors: Keri Cronin, Theodore Christou
Bio: Jessica Sealey is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. Her thesis research focuses on nineteenth-century Britain and how ideologies of morality and sexuality constructed the discourses of medicine, sanitation, and moral reform, and shaped Victorian public health policies such as the Contagious Diseases Acts of 1864, 1866, and 1869. Jessica holds a Masters in the History of Art from the University of Western Ontario and has previously worked in Ontario’s visual arts and tourism sectors.
Maram Taibah
Supervisor: Glenn Willmott
Bio: I’m a writer, filmmaker, travel blogger, and creative coach from Saudi Arabia. I’ve tried so many creative ventures and mediums of expression but writing has been the one thing I haven’t changed my mind about! I’m currently writing a fantasy novel and a family dramedy for TV. Cultural studies, when I heard about it, spoke to the travel adventures I’ve been having in the past two years trying to experience and understand different cultures and spiritualities around the world. I’m so excited about this program because it feels like an extension of that.

My area of research in the broader sense is about indoctrination and how it seeps into fiction and drama. Indoctrination has been a big part of my life and it’s something I feel called to pick apart. I look forward to a like-minded community, mentorship and, yes, I might want a roommate. Email: Instagram: maram.taibah

Renee Whittaker
Supervisors: Jackie Davies, Lisa Guenther
​Meet Our 2018 Cohort
Hiba Ali
Emily Pelstring
Bio: Hiba Ali is a new media artist, writer and musician from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Her digital and sculptural installations and performances focus on the history of objects that are produced from global circuits and their embedded codes, encompassing both the technological and sociological. She conducts workshop around open-source technologies, reading groups about technology, personal and colonial histories. She has worked with black, immigrant, queer, brown, white, old and young populations and community organizing and employs digital technology in ways that empower people. She holds two undergraduate degrees from the School of the Art Institute Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Video, New Media and Animation and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual, Critical Studies. She has a Master in Fine Arts candidate at University of Texas-Austin. She has exhibited and presented her work in Chicago (IL), Toronto (ON), New York (NY), Istanbul (TR), Detroit (MI), London (UK), Riga (LV) and Dubai (UAE).
Özlem Atar
Supervisor: Petra Fachinger

Özlem holds a BA and MA in English Language Teaching (ELT/EFL/ESL) and taught English as a foreign language before moving to Canada in September 2018. Her research interests include women’s narratives of transnational movement, ethics and aesthetics of undocumented migration, and intercultural communication.

Daphne Brouwer
Supervisors: Will Kymlicka,Lisa Guenther
Bio: “It’s a universal fantasy, isn’t it?—the animals learn to speak, and at last we learn what they’re thinking, our cats and dogs and horses: a new era in cross-species understanding. But nothing ever works out quite as we imagine. When the Change happened it affected all the mammals we have shaped to meet our own needs. They all could talk a little, and they all could frame their thoughts well enough to talk. Cattle, horses, goats, llamas; rats, too. Pigs. Minks. And dogs and cats. And we found that, really, we prefer our slaves mute.” (Johnson, 2007)

The goal of my research is to provide a voice to those animals that surround us in our daily lives, but that are not welcomed into our homes. To built a framework for those liminal animals will not only change our political and cultural system, it also offers a challenge to the academic world to expand its narrow scope. 

Simge Erdogan
Supervisor: Lynda Jessup
Bio: Simge obtained her BA degree (High honours) in History from Bogazici University and her MA degree in Museum Studies from University College London, and earned grants and scholarships from the European Union, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and ISTEK Foundation. After completion of her studies in 2015, she started working as a curator at the first museum of Industry and Science of Istanbul, Turkey, where she worked in a variety of refurbishment, extension and exhibition projects.  Since March 2017, she has been writing articles and developing content for Her collaborative projects with UCL Art Museum and Science Museum London are a few examples of the work that she carried out in the area of art and culture since 2011. Her academic and intellectual interests include cultural diplomacy, critical museology, curatorial studies, and museum representation. She is interested in understanding the cultural power of museums and culturally-stimulating experiences that unfold in exhibition spaces. She sees museums as highly cultural and political institutions that shape our perceptions of objects – and hence our ideas of the cultures embedded in them. She hopes to create new forms of research, open up new perspectives and propose new ways of looking at our world by pursuing her PhD in Cultural Studies. 
Christina Fabiani
Supervisor: Jeff Brison, Laila Haidarali
Bio: Christina Fabiani examines the history of tattooing practices in twentieth-century American culture to reveal the fluid boundaries between understandings of deviance and normativity.  Her MA thesis, completed at the University of Victoria, uses extensive archival material and an interdisciplinary approach to explain how the meanings of tattoos shifted and to identify factors that influenced the public’s perceptions of body ink as deviant or acceptable. Her PhD dissertation will continue to demonstrate that tattooing practices created and perpetuated but also destabilized and influenced gender-, race-, and class-based American ideals, and will further expose the nuanced connections of body ink with American culture, the malleability of social conventions, and the complex webs of power relations constantly in flux. At Queen's, she is thrilled to work with Dr. Jeff Brison (History) and Dr. Laila Haidarali (History/Gender Studies).
Sanita Fejzić
Supervisor: Glenn Willmott
Bio:Sanita Fejzić is an award-winning Bosnian-Canadian writer. At the age of seven, after experiencing the Siege of Sarajevo, she fled the Balkan War and was a refugee across Europe for five years with her mother and brother. Her father, who was stuck in the longest siege of modern history, joined them years later. In 1997, her family moved to Ottawa, Canada, to be welcomed by the ice storm and soldiers from the Royal Regiment shoveling snow an uncanny and stressful first winter in the Great White North. Fejzić is currently completing her PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University specializing in the relationship between words and the way they open up possibilities for imagining new worlds. She asks the question: if it is true that we are in and of nature, deeply entangled with nonhuman beings, including animals, plants and elements such as water and land, then how has our language changed to reflect this reality? Her essay about more-than-human responsibility, titled “Entangled Bodies in a Stubbornly Material-Textual World,” has been published in the February 2019 issue of the feminist magazine, Canthius . She has also published two anthologies of essays, prose, poetry and art as co-editor, including Refuge(e) (with Lise Rochefort) in 2016 and Dis(s)ent in 2018 (with guest editor George Elliott Clarke).
Marshall Hill
Dylan Robinson, Katherine McKittrick
Bio: Marshall Hill is a scholar of the Americas who focuses on poetry as a site of investigation to consider how Black and Indigenous livingness re-writes notions and practices of human potentiality beyond regimes of racial capitalism and coloniality. His MA thesis took up this question in relation to the work of poets Aimé Césaire, Cecilia Vicuña, and Beth Brant to explore the poetics of decolonial thought. His PHD dissertation continues this investigation within a horizon of hemispheric exhaustion, arguing that while Black and Indigenous communities are kept in states of exhaustion by the dominant society they in turn possess the potential to generate new forms of life that exhaust such structures and strategies of containment. He is Onyota'a:ka and a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames.
Elvira Hufschmid
Keren Zaiontz
​Bio: Elvira Hufschmid is a migrant artist with German ancestry. As a collaborator in the SSHRC-funded art and science project ‘Leaning Out of Windows – Art & Physics Collaborations through Aesthetic Transformations’ (2016-22) at Emily Carr University, Vancouver, BC, she co-investigates how metaphor may act as a common code between arts and science. In a recent project at Queen's University and as a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, titled 'Understanding the World through Aesthetics' (2021), she hosted workshop conversations between artists and physicists about the possibilities of inspiration to cross disciplinary boundaries. Her current PhD research focuses on Aesthetic Transformation processes as a participatory strategy to investigate settler narratives of land enclosure as they relate to colonial property regimes of the settler society. Beyond her interest in transdisciplinarity, Elvira has an extensive place-based, conceptual drawing practice that emerges from a deep (inter)-relationality to the other-than-human world. She holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, US, and taught as a Visiting Artist at Emily Carr University, and as a Guest Professor for ‘Artistic Transformation Processes’ at the Berlin University of the Arts, Germany. In the winter term 2021, she is co-teaching a Media and Cultural Studies course as a Teaching Fellow in the Film and Media Department at Queen's University, Kingston, ON.
Hannah Burgé Luviano
Co-Supervisors: Margaret Walker, Claudio Palomares Salas
Bio: Hannah Burgé is an artist and scholar. Her debut album, Green River Sessions (2014), charted on US College Radio, and received sustained worldwide airplay on more than three hundred stations. She headlined the Polanco International Jazz Festival in México City with her band, in 2016. During the COVID-19 crisis, Hannah presented a live-to-air concert at JazzFM 91.1, in Toronto, and released a video of her composition, “Serenity,” in partnership with multimedia artist, Justin Broadbent (Shad, Metric, Emily Haines), which features a duet with Canadian piano sensation, Robi Botos. Hannah served as a Research Fellow at Queen’s University for the Toronto’s City Diplomacy: Arts, Heritage, and Culture project in 2019, and has presented on jazz and ethnomusicology topics at the Society for Ethnomusicology General conference (US), Queen’s University, the University of Guelph, and the Guelph Jazz Festival (Canada).
Anthony Lomax
Dylan Robinson
Bio: Anthony Lomax recently completed his Master’s thesis at York University, which was funded through a CIBC Graduate Fine Arts Scholarship. In this project, he analyzed Mary Lou Fallis and Monica Gaylord’s recording of John Weinzweig’s “Private Collection” through lip-synced performances by four artist/collaborators. Lomax was interested in lip-syncing as a queer method of performed musical analysis, drawing on the work of scholars like Nicholas Cook and Suzanne Cusick. He is excited to begin his PhD research at Queen’s, where he plans to enter the Cultural Studies research-creation stream and compose a song cycle for lip-syncing performer and recording. This research will use a framework of new materialism. He is also undertaking a project exploring how musical scores can be used in “imaginative” ethnomusicology, especially scores created out of synthetic, organic materials other than paper. This project explores music within a context of emplaced, embodied, and multisensorial research.


Michelle MacQueen
Kip Pegley, Laura Murray
Bio: Michelle MacQueen is a PhD student in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s University. She’s originally from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Acadia University in Wolfville NS, where she completed an undergraduate thesis on Led Zeppelin and the band's performative persona. She completed her MA in Music and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her MA thesis examined the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, and how the band created constructions of Canadianness that reflect Canada as a ‘work in progress.’ She was drawn to Queen’s Cultural Studies program because of its focus on interdisciplinary work and its deep connections between arts, culture, activism, and social change. During her PhD, she aims to continue researching the connections between Canadian music and politics, music’s role in social justice, and music’s ability to spark discussion on politics, identity, and alliances in Canada.
Darcy McNinch

Bio: Darcy holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Waterloo. After working as an architect in Toronto for several years, he moved to Kingston to start a lavender farm and adopt a small herd of cashmere goats. He is now working as functional space planning analyst at Queen's University.  His Master's thesis analyzes how personal space contributes to the inhabitant’s identity, helps form an understanding of the wider world, and how to interact with it.  He is currently exploring how architecture shapes cultures and communities, specifically looking at how Institutional architecture, created by white settlers, has impacted Indigenous communities within Canada.
Research Interest: Domesticity, Aesthetics and Happiness, Queer Space, avant-garde fashion, Memories and Dreams, Phenomenology, Alchemy, and how all of these contribute to the formation of identity and the psychological implications of habitation in these realms.
Sylvia Nowak
Susan Lord
Bio: Sylvia Nowak is a Toronto-based activist, documentary maker and artist, with an interest in (re-)working archival and found materials. She holds a BFA in Photography and is completing her MFA in Documentary Media, where she produced 206 Carlton a short archival-based film exploring racism and resistance in the city of Toronto, through focusing on one address, one house. She is a research assistant for the Alternative Toronto project, a community archive and historical map of Toronto’s alternative cultures, scenes and spaces of the 1980s and early 1990s.
Jill Price
Matt Rogalsky

Bio: Jill Price is a professional curator, educator and artist from Barrie, Ontario. Intensely investigating and confronting her colonial settler past, Price holds an interdisciplinary MFA from OCAD University, a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Western University, and is currently a SSHRC Research Fellow at Queen's University where her research-creation PhD seeks to make reparations for how her practice has contributed to the contamination and colonization of traditional territories not her own. Looking to develop an UNMAKING methodology that can assist other self-identified settler artists re-imagine processes of extraction, consumption, dissemination and discard, Price's self-reflexive practice investigates what needs to be unmade and how different approaches to unmaking can be used to disrupt contemporary art systems and spaces that continue to celebrate and perpetuate anthropocenic perspectives and approaches to land that disregard the material realities of climate change, international calls for ecological and cultural reparations, and earth as a living being dependant on the flourishing of plants.  

Ky Pearce
Supervisor: Jackie Davies
Bio: Ky Pearce (they/them) is a doctoral candidate and poet from Newfoundland with Mi’kmaq and settler ancestors.
Research interests: queer and feminist theory; two-spirit critique, art, and literature; Indigenous philosophy, Mi’kmaq knowing, and Mi’kmaq history and storying; anti-capitalist critique and anarchist theory; utopian theory, dystopian literature, and sci-fi utopianism; affect theory, felt theory, and embodiment; and Indigenous history
Tyler Russell
Supervisor: Jeff Brison
Bio: Interested in infrastructures for preventive diplomacy and conflict mediation, Tyler Russell has spent much of his career inspired by art’s capacity to kindle empathy, build community and provoke change. During his undergrad years, working with NGOs in former Yugoslavia, he gained an appreciation for art’s role in moderating conflict. After graduation, he ran a Korea-Japan Arts Camp and was subsequently invited to work on large-scale contemporary art exhibitions in Asia. Imagining these as sites for intercultural understanding, he saw them utilised as arena for inter-state soft power competition. These experiences informed his Masters thesis Dancing at the End of Pax Americana: Contemporary Art and International Relations in North East Asia. More recently, working for Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, a public art gallery in Vancouver’s Chinatown, he’s become a keen observer of Chinese soft and sharp power strategies. For his PhD, Russell will examine the role of private philanthropy in contemporary Chinese cultural diplomacy. Through this research, he seeks to gain a better understanding of Chinese soft power, while considering broad-based infrastructures for conflict mediation in the emergent era. Russell holds a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University and an MA from Tokyo National University of Arts. He completed his post-graduate internship at the Pearson Peacekeeping Training Centre and has worked for organisations including International Ocean Institute, Municipality of Nakatsue, and samuso: space for contemporary art. He’s outgoing Executive Director/Curator of Centre A, incoming Executive Director of Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna, BC and 2018 Curator-in-Residence at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei.
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.
Prerna Subramanian
Trish Salah
​Bio: Prerna Geeta Manian (alias Prerna Subramanian) hails from Korba, Chhattisgarh, India and is a doctoral candidate in the field of cultural production and LGBTQIA+ studies.  She also takes interest in performing arts and writing for social justice. She loves watching television and often uses telly preferences as barometers/ice breakers for her social interactions.Her research interests lie in the field of production of queer/trans/fat bodies in media, film and literary studies.
Edward Thomas
Barrington Walker, Jeff Brison
Bio: Edward Thomas' research interests are driven by Queen's 1918 decision to ban black students from admission to its medical school and the opportunity it presents for exploring how institutional power, collective memory and cultural tropes are served by narrative structures. In addition to documentation and analysis, he is also considering the narrative mechanisms by which the affected students' stories were effectively erased from the university's collective memory and the ensuing impact on its institutional culture. What can such narrative mechanisms tell us about the formation of an institutional history, institutional culture, or the cultural exchanges between institutions and their peers? How does narrative mechanism serve or diminish constructs of institutional professionalism, racism, nationalism, ethical conduct or achievement & recognition? Can historiographers improve their understanding of historical intent based on an expansive, systematic model of narrative mechanics?

Edward works full-time for Queen's University as an innovation & research development manager at Innovation Park in Kingston, ON. He provides advisory services to disruption-minded scholars, entrepreneurs, executives, administrators and public officials seeking to solve problems, fund R&D, launch startups, solve social problems, expand businesses and attract investment. He was a full-time journalist prior to completing graduate training in chemical engineering at Queen's. During his research & innovation career at Queen's, he has been regularly engaged in proposal development, having designing and co-managed more than $100-million in funded initiatives. Through his consulting practice, he has been working on a systemic model of persuasive writing, based on reverse-engineering of decision-making psychology.

Jake Torrie
Julien Lefort-Favreau
​Bio: My research will focus on the written works of Cyril Lionel Robert James, a 20th century Caribbean intellectual. From his origins as a Marxist public intellectual (Black Jacobins; World Revolution) to his development as a cultural humanist (Beyond a Boundary; Mariners, Renegades, Castaways) and his maturation as a social critic (American Civilization, Modern Politics) I expect to find C.L.R. James' work illuminating and integral to discourses in cultural studies.

Personally, I enjoy distance running, culinary arts, literary fiction, cinema, and music. I've played as a drummer in a few rock bands. My masters thesis here at Queen's University was about the political economy of Canadian symphony orchestras. Previously, I've earned an honours bachelor of business administration from Trent University and an honours bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto in political science and peace and conflict studies. My hometowns are Ottawa and Cobourg, Ontario.

Devin West

​Bio: Devin West is an artist-activist-academic from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Devin is completing a MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.  Devin’s research focus has been female masculinity and the threads of cultural resilience masculine women share.   A thesis interactive installation art exhibit created a space for research participants stories to be experienced and witnessed, and to further engage and encourage a publicly accessible conversation about female masculinity as an embodied gender identity.  Devin’s artistic practice juxtaposes reclaimed colonial objects to challenge public audiences to relate their own sense of gendered resilience to the resilient experience of masculine women.  For their Cultural Studies PhD research, Devin plans to further their artistic practice to shed light on the liminal spaces and magical places of identity in which masculine women dwell. Devin grew up in Northeastern Saskatchewan and had a career in clinical social work prior to a career as a Master Carpenter. Devin tends to be disruptive, everywhere they go.
​Meet Our 2017 Cohort
Sean Callaghan
Karine Bertrand
Saira Chhibber
Margaret Walker
Saira holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. She completed a BA Honours in Cinema Studies, with a double minor in Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and World Literatures at the University of Toronto (University College).
Her research interests include gender and national identities in Canadian and South Asian cinema and new media; transnational circulation of national cinemas; intersections of horror and ethnicity in contemporary popular cinema and culture; youth culture; popular culture; comic books and visual cultures.
Sebastian De Line

Sebastian De Line
Dylan Robinson, Petra Fachinger
Bio: Sebastian holds an MA in Art Praxis (cum laude) from the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, The Netherlands. He/they completed a BFA in Autonomous Fine Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Research Interests: His/their scholarly interests include contemporary art theory; decolonial studies; diffraction methodology; new materialism; relationality; affect; trans studies; queer studies; transfeminism; contemporary art; poetics; and Indigenous ways of knowing.

Yiyi He
Petra Fachinger
Bio: Yiyi He holds an MA in the English Department of Fudan University, China. She finished her BA at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law. Research interests: ecocriticism, environmental humanities, Chinese Canadian/American literature, comparative literature, cultural studies. She works to facilitate dialogues and promote knowledge mobility, especially in the Sino-Western ecocritical context.
Rena Karanouh
Sylvat Aziz
James Kwateng-Yeboah
James Kwateng-Yeboah
Marc Epprecht
James’ research interests are broad, but tend to interrogate new dynamics of religious expressions in Africa and the African Diaspora, with a particular focus on the interconnectedness between religion and development, migration, civil society and the environment. His current doctoral research explores issues of contemporary African immigrants’ religiosity in Canada with a special focus on African initiated Pentecostal Churches. This study investigates reasons for the proliferation of African Pentecostal communities in Canada, the roles these communities play in the adaptation of new immigrants to their new environment, and the social change they engineer in their home and host context.
Nhi Ha Nguyen
Molly Wallace
Growing up in an urban environment, the strays, ferals and similar animals have always fascinated me, for they seem to dwell in an uncertain state of liminality that sheds light on the vulnerabilities of ideological categories, problematizing conventions of domestication and petness. Now consider an atypical companion animal such as members of the avian or reptile family, or an urbanized "wild" creature such as the Eastern coyote (Canis latrans), and the uncertainties increase tenfold, for the unknown-ness of their care, interactions and livelihood provokes anxiety in public consciousness. It is no surprise then, that these animals are often discussed with references to risks. What does it mean to be an urbanized animal in a postmodern age, in a city saturated still with modernist sensibilities? How do we intend to interact, and regulate interactions with these creatures that are very much the embodiment of ruptured categories and troubled boundaries between nature, culture, humanity, animality, etc.? My doctoral research capitalizes on this niche crossroad between modern considerations of the risk discourse and urban animality.
Valerie Noftle
Supervisor: Karine Bertrand
Building on her three previous graduate degrees in Law (Osgoode Hall), Journalism (Western University) and Political Science (Dalhousie University), Noftle brings a truly interdisciplinary approach to her PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. As an artist with a working studio, Noftle weaves photo based art and audio into her innovative and thought provoking research, with relationship building through storytelling as her fulcrum. With a focus on visual cultural identity, Noftle seeks to facilitate communication and increase understanding among different peoples by creating visual bridges across cultures.
Josh Noiseux
Mick Smith, Jay Garfield
Bio: Joshua Noiseux is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.  He completed his MA at Trent’s Theory, Culture, and Politics program, with a thesis on the American and Israeli militaries’ engagement with Deleuzean philosophy and its implications for their practices of strategy. Joshua’s emerging doctoral research attempts to synthesize various iterations of the concept of “reciprocal presupposition”, “mutual-enaction”, and “co-dependence” across continental philosophy, cognitive science, and Mahayana Buddhism, with specific respect to their participation in the development of non-linear concepts of causality, agency, and ecology. The core hypothesis of the project is that reciprocal models of causality can help provide ecologically constructive ways to think and experience agency as living-together with the world.
Michelle O'Halloran
Efkan Oguz
Efkan Oguz
Susan Lord, Lynda Jessup
Efkan Oguz obtained his BA degree (Hons) in American Studies from Ege University and recently received his MA in Media and Visual Studies from Bilkent University. During his time at Ege University, he took an interest in new media studies in relation to socio-political settings. In addition to writing several art and literature related articles for magazines, giving conference presentations and partaking in projects/workshops on topics such as cultural heritage and transmedia, he co-translated the book titled Writing the History of “Ottoman Music” (2015), and translated Development in Urban Transportation and Cultural Heritage: A Look at Turkey by Corduas (2016). Blending different aspects of the works in which he was involved, his MA research focused on the discursive reconfiguration of spatiotemporality in museums by means of new media and conceptualization of this transmutation based on Foucauldian literary theories. His PhD research expands on the implementation of new media within the museal context and its socio-cultural connotations with a focus on Ottoman heritage and nationalism.
Laura Phillips
Laura Phillips
Dylan Robinson, Laura Murray
Laura Phillips is from a settler family with Western European roots. She grew up in the south western Ontario Treaty 2/ Treaty 6 / Treaty 21 (Oneida Nation of the Thames, Chippewas of the Thames & Munsee-Delaware Nations territories) region of what is now known as Canada. Prior to becoming a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University (Ka’tarohkwi/ Kingston, Ontario), her educational profile includes an undergraduate degree in Classical Studies from Western University; a post-graduate diploma at the University of Oxford; and an MPhil at the University of Bristol. Laura lived in England for 10 years, working at museums and other cultural organizations. In 2010 she relocated to Doha, Qatar, where she was the Head of Museums Documentation for Qatar Museums until 2013. In 2014 she was appointed Collections Manager at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Florida and then returned to Canada to take up a position as Collections & Exhibitions Coordinator at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in Ouje-Bougoumou Cree Nation, Eeyou Istchee (Quebec). In her PhD Research, Laura is focusing on decolonising museums and working with other settlers to de-centre colonial narratives in museum spaces and in her everyday life.
Rohit Revi
Rohit Revi
David Murakami Wood, Angus McBlane (Indian Institute of Technology)
Bio: Rohit is a first year PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies. He completed his Bachelors in Physics at Christ University, Bangalore and then received his Masters in Society and Culture from Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar.
Research Interests: Philosophy of Technology, Contemporary Critical Theory, Paranoia and Late-Capitalism.
Ben Schnitzer
Ben Schnitzer
Lynda Jessup, Jeff Brison
Bio: A graduate of the Master of Public Service program at the University of Waterloo, Ben enjoyed a diverse career in the federal government, most recently as a senior policy analyst at the Department of Canadian Heritage, where he helped develop and implement policies and programs impacting the cultural sector. Ben is also an opera singer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Manitoba and pursued further studies in Vancouver, Italy and Germany. Ben has performed with organizations in Canada and abroad, such as the Vancouver Opera, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa), and the Konzerthaus (Berlin). Ben is excited to bring these varied experiences to his work in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s.
Research Interests: Cultural policy development, international relations, cultural diplomacy, Canadian cultural history, the arts in society.
Victoria Sicilia
Victoria Sicilia
Rena Kukreja and Colleen Davison
Bio:  I am in my fourth year of my PhD and live in Toronto. For my thesis, I hope to look at the aspirations and duties for university-going women in the Malabar region across multiple generations (daughters and mothers). I am interested in identifying differences and similarities, and perhaps generational patterns. Indeed in a state which has both high levels of patriarchal norms and familial gendered pressures, alongside high levels of education and health, women find themselves subject to a ‘double burden’ – educated whilst restricted by socially constructed norms of motherhood and familial structures permeating her daily space. This space is the area I hope to explore, by examining the generational transition of this process between mother and daughter. Specifically, I am interested in those values which seem to alter from one generation to another, as well as those which have worked to inspire and grow young girls in their finishing university years. This transitional period of finishing university is essential to my work, as it provides a snapshot of life decisions that young women are faced with in the state; a comparative analysis of this snapshot with those decisions made by young girls’ mothers, I believe can provide a telling representation of the gender ideals which have both restricted and empowered women within the state.
Research Interests:  Women's studies, women's rights, post-colonial feminism, anti-racist critical theory, history, gender studies
Sarah Garton Stanley
Sarah Garton Stanley
Susan Lord, Dylan Robinson
Bio: Originally, from Montreal, Sarah now lives and studies in Kingston and works in Ottawa and beyond. A theatre director, dramaturg, creator and conversationalist, Sarah trained at École Jacques Lecoq, the Vancouver Film School and received her BA and MA from Queens University. In 2015 Sarah concluded a first cycle of dramaturgical inquiry as part English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre’s relationship to Indigenous Performance happening in Canada. This happened in collaboration with Yvette Nolan, Corey Payette, Cole Alvis, Joseph Osawabine and countless other leaders and makers across Turtle Island. Along with co-curator Syrus Marcus Ware and other leaders and makers near and far, Sarah just completed work on the 2nd Cycle that culminated in the Republic of Inclusion in Ottawa in June of 2017. Work on the Cycles can be referenced here: Sarah is the Associate Artistic Director, English Theatre and creative catalyst at SpiderWebShow, and a former AD of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Research Interests: Intersectionality, Failure Theatre, Performance, Cultural Change, Progressive Policy Frameworks, Conversation, Digital Connections, Space as Character, Iconoclasm, Dilettantism.
Tanzina Tahereen
Supervisor: F
ahim Quadir
Camille Georgeson-Usher
Camille Georgeson-Usher
Dylan Robinson
Bio: Camille Georgeson-Usher is a Coast Salish/Dene/Scottish scholar and artist from Galiano Island, BC. She did her MA in Art History at Concordia University with research focusing on Indigenous community based artistic practices that bring forward conversations of fear, humour and sexuality as acts of cultural survivance that aim to reduce the rate of suicide in the Arctic. Both her research and artistic practice works through ideas of urban Indigenous identity rooted in melding together street art and hip hop culture, Indigeneity, and care for community. She began developing skills as a painter at a young age, which has now evolved into the world of street art, thinking of street art as a performative practice. Along with two colleagues Cheli Nighttraveller and Isabella Weetaluktuk, the three worked together to create an Indigenous women’s bikers collective called the Uppity NDNs, where they insert their visibility through street art and mobility through the bicycle as Indigenous women in space. She continues her work as an artist in Toronto when time permits, where she also works as the Programs Coordinator at the Inuit Art Foundation.
​Meet Our 2016 Cohort
Hanbai Han
Supervisor: Emily Hill
I am a PhD student in Cultural Studies. I am originally from Kunming, China and hold a BA in Anthropology from Sun Yat-sen University and a MA in Ethno-ecology from Yunnan University.
Research Interests: Environmental history research, Ecological Anthropology and China study.
Bronwyn Jaques
Bronwyn Jaques
Supervisors: Jeff Brison, Lynda Jessup
Bronwyn Jaques is a PhD student in the Cultural Studies Graduate Program at Queen's University. Her CGS Doctoral Scholarship-funded research focuses on settler-colonial tourism, cultural diplomacy, and national identity in the North American and local contexts. Professionally, she has undertaken research contracts with the Swamp Ward & Inner Harbour History Project (SWIHHP), the City of Kingston, and the "In Our Own Words: The Links Between Kingston's Heritage and its Penitentiaries," a community oral history project, for which she won a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Trust award for Excellence in Conservation in 2018. She is also the Project Coordinator for the North American Cultural Diplomacy Initiative (NACDI), a research group based at Queen's University. 
Research Interests: Canadian cultural history; ‘culture as tourism’ and dark tourism; the history of national parks and the commodification/nationalization of nature; cultural diplomacy; commemoration and remembrance; modern anti-modernism; national narratives in public spaces; media and advertising; imagined communities; and national mythologies.​
Geraldine King
Scott Morgensen
Geraldine King is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek in Northwestern Ontario. Geraldine recently completed an MA in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria, where her primary research was centred on Indigenous erotica as viable nation (re)building praxis. Ms. King is also the Managing Editor of Intercontinental Cry Magazine, a publication of the World Center for Indigenous Studies. As a mother, a dreamer, and a writer who happens to be an academic, Geraldine’s ultimate goal in the Cultural Studies Program at Queen's University is to encourage thoughtful reclamation of bodies, sexualities, psyches and anti-oppressive governance structures for all Indigenous peoples on the pathways to liberation. 
Meet Our ​2015 Cohort
Tanya Lukin-Linklater
Supervisor: Dylan Robinson
Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings centre histories of Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands, and structures of sustenance. Her performances in relation to objects in exhibition, scores, and ancestral belongings generate what she has come to call felt structures. She investigates insistence in both concept and application. Tanya has shown at SFMOMA, Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, EFA Project Space + Performa, Art Gallery of Ontario, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Remai Modern, Winnipeg Art Gallery, and elsewhere. She is participating in Soft Water Hard Stone, the 2021 New Museum Triennial. Her collection of poetry, Slow Scrape, was published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism in 2020 with a second printing in 2021. Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours). In 2021 Tanya received the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for Visual Art and was long listed for the Sobey Art Award. She is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen's University with supervision by Dylan Robinson.
Susan Fowler Olding
Susan Olding
​Supervisor: Petra Fachinger
Research Interests: My project combines lyric and experimental poetry, a lyric essay, and opera to explore questions about trauma, loss, power, identity, and meaning in the context of transnational/ transracial adoption.
Meet Our ​2014 Cohort
Craig Berggold 
Supervisors: Gary Kibbins, Clive Roberston
Media artist Craig Berggold strives to combine social justice activism with a contemporary art practice. His PhD research examines the visual culture of the precarious and so-called marginalized, who are now the majority, and whose lives are cobbled together with their work and personal lives indistinct and interchangeable. How are the precarious made visible and seen? The precariat work in temporary, intermittent, part-time jobs or internships, are migrant or flexible in their time and mobility, self-invest, often exist in perpetual debt, and with particular note to educated young people globally and women and racialized as a majority of the precarious workforce. Craig is a recipient of a 2016 SSHRC Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship and the 2015-16 Douglas Sheppard Wilson Film Fellowship Award. He is a Teaching Fellow in the Film and Media Department. And, elected four times as the President of Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) local 901- the union representing 2000 academic workers on precarious short-term contracts every semester. His award-winning films Fresh Talk: Youth & Sexuality, Educate Your Attitude: Gay & Lesbian Youth Speak Out!, Pocket Desert: confessions of a snakekiller and Up To Scratch have been broadcast on television and shown in film festivals, museums and community centres around the world. At Simon Fraser University’s Special Collections Library he is the lead researcher for The Canadian Farmworkers Union Archive Project. He has taught at Emily Carr University of Art & Design for a decade and is the co-founder of the Vancouver Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts
Research Interests: the evolving fields of cultural labour studies, militant research, visual culture, precarious as a new class.
 Meet Our 2013 Cohort

Dian Day
Supervisor: Sammi King
Research Interests: food studies; the cultural meanings of food and eating; family and community studies; history of agriculture; sustainability

Robin Alex McDonald
Supervisors: Allison Morehead, Erin Silver (Department of Art History, Visual Art, & Theory, UBC)
Research Interests: visual culture studies; feminist, queer, and trans theories; activist art and art-as-activism; collaborative modes of artistic and cultural production; theories of relationality, collectivity, "love," and the social; affect and emotion.

Angela Silver
Research Interests: how language inhabits the body and the innumerable ways our bodies perform language; communication systems and their artifacts.
My work uses trans-disciplinary techniques to look critically and poetically at Western societies’ relationship with information and communication and implicitly the meaning embedded there. This research focuses on the residue of language, examining the diverse ways in which it inhabits the body. I re-interpret the artifacts and paraphernalia that accompany our various linguistic systems and writing tools. Re-interpreting obsolete writing artifacts, such as typewriter balls, is a method for me to examine the representation of language and to examine the authority of text. Re-working these systems and their instruments are strategies to examine the material and matter of communication and the profound ways we perform language. By repurposing lapsed or overlooked information devices, I re-engage and adapt informational content and meaning through methodologies that engage the body at scales ranging from the handheld to the infrastructural.

Michelle Smith
Supervisors: Frances Leeming
Research Interests: Stop motion Animation; Monster Studies; Film Studies; Visual Studies; Material Culture; Abjection; the Gothic; Popular Culture; The Uncanny; Ugliness; The Sublime; Posthumanism; The Dead, Undead and Zombies; Fairy Tales and the Fantastic 

​Meet Our 2012 Cohort
Sunny Kerr
Curator of Contemporary Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Art, Queen's University
Research interests: contemporary art; artist-run institutions; performance studies; social practice; neoliberal subjectivity; affective, aesthetic and political economies of aspiration