Alumni Achievements

Our Alumni are doing all sorts of wonderful things in the worlds of education, research, arts, social justice, and beyond.

Here is a very incomplete and unsystematic sampling to give you an idea of where a CUST MA or PhD may lead!

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  • Sebastian De Line (PhD 2023): Associate Curator, Care and Relations, Agnes Etherington Art Centre
  • James Kwatang-Yeboah (PhD 2022): Assistant Professor, Department for the Study of Religion, Saint Mary’s U
  • Natasha Stirrett (PhD 2021): Assistant Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton U
  • Golam Rabbani (PhD 2021): Assistant Professor, Creative Industries, Toronto Metropolitan U
  • Yasmine Djerbal (PhD 2021): Associate Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Queen’s U
  • Julia Chan (PhD 2020): Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Media, and Film, U Calgary
  • Lindsay Rodgers (PhD 2020): Advisor, Knowledge Mobilization, Applied AI Institute, Concordia U
  • Adam Saifer (PhD 2019): Assistant Professor, School of Management, UBC Okanagan
  • Alejandro Alipaz (MA 2019): Learning Advisor at the Center for Intercultural Learning in Global Affairs Canada
  • Shawn Newman (PhD 2018): Research and Impact Manager, Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation
  • Lauren Jaques (MA 2018): Project Coordinator, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Leah Decter (PhD 2018): Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Creative Technologies and Community Engagement, Nova Scotia School of Art & Design
  • Michael Gauthier (PhD 2017): Negotiator, Specific Claims Branch, Crown Indigenous Relations, Northern Affairs Canada; Co-owner, Life-Circle Consulting 
  • Tabasum Akseer (PhD 2017): Director of Policy and Research, The Asia Foundation
  • Julia (Blakey) Eden (MA 2017): Research Coordinator, Regent Park Community Health Centre
  • Maria Kyres (MA 2017): Coordinator, Graduate Career Development, Concordia U
  • Dalia Thamin (MA 2016): Communications Advisor, Government of Alberta
  • Meaghan Frauts (PhD 2016): Acting Manager, Modern Treaty and Self-Government Policy Directorate, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Jaspreet Bal (PhD 2015): Chair, Child and Family Studies, Centennial College
  • Jobb Arnold (PhD 2014): Associate Professor, Conflict Resolution and Psychology, Menno Simons College
  • Carissa Di Gangi (MA 2011): Senior Manager, Technological Stewardship, MaRS Discovery District

Publications and Achievements

  • Galen Watts (PhD 2020): The Spiritual Turn: The Religion of the Heart and the Making of Romantic Liberal Modernity (Oxford, 2022)
  • Sarindar Dhaliwal (PhD 2019): “When I Grow Up I Want to be Namer of Paint Colours” – Career Retrospective at Art Gallery of Ontario, 2023
  • Mohamed Abdou (PhD 2019): Islam and Anarchism: Relationships and Resonances (Pluto Press 2022)
  • Freddy Monasterio-Barso (PhD 2018): Cuban Serenade podcast, ongoing, with Karen Dubinsky