Sociology

Graduate Students

PhD Students

MA Students

Wendy Aujla

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Jana Grekul

Title: The Perspectives of Alberta Law Enforcement on "Honour" Crimes within the Context of Domestic Violence

The purpose of this study is to explore, describe and analyze the perceptions of "honour" crimes from police officers and civilians working in Alberta's policing agencies. This study will make a theoretical and practical contribution given growing concerns to combat the problem. The significance of this timely study is to increase the understanding of a complex yet under explored phenomenon in Canada, as well as to contribute to the planning for policing efforts aimed to protect those at risk.




Laura Aylsworth

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Bryan Hogeveen

Title: Disrupting the Discursive Dichotomy: The Lived Experience of Women in Street-level Sex Work in Edmonton

My work focuses on critical and feminist analyses of crime, marginalization, and social inequality. My dissertation draws on qualitative in-depth interviews to explore participants' experiences navigating Edmonton's street-level sex trade, disrupt misconceptions about sex work, and inform policy and praxis to enhance worker safety and support.




Damilohun Damson Ayoyo

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology (Criminology/Security Studies)
Supervisor: Dr Temitope Oriola (unconfirmed)

Title: The political economy and dynamics of maritime piracy in the Niger Delta

Despite interventions/effort, maritime piracy persists in the Niger Delta with its attendant social, economic and political consequences. My thesis will explore reasons for the persistence and the extent of impact of maritime piracy particularly on the everyday life of the local residents in order to understand its sociology.




Kelsi Barkway

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Gary Barron

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Kevin D Haggerty

Title: Universities in the Making: Rankings, Performance Metrics, and Economies of Academia

My research interests are related to the politics of knowledge, broadly conceived. My interest in knowledge intersects broader concerns with social theory; health and illness; mental health and illness; organization of knowledge; the sociology of quantification, statistics, and classification; surveillance; and governance. My doctoral research examines a global trend in institutional and personal practices related to creating categories that direct human activity (.e.g, performance metrics). In particular, I am studying university ranking systems and related practices within universities, how these affect organizational culture, and constitute symbolic and material economies.




Gary Barron

Adam Belton

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Sara Dorrow

Title: The Poverty of Flexibility: Use- and Exchange-Value Dissociation in Fort McMurray, Alberta
My research deploys a qualitative case study to examine how the flexibility in the dissociation of use- and exchange-values of commodities – particularly using the lens of oil production – affects the social and economic livelihoods of residents in Fort McMurray.





Luca Berardi

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Sandra Bucerius

Title: Shots Fired: Experiences of Gun Violence in Toronto Social Housing
Luca's research focuses on urban poverty in the Canadian context.  Based on two years of ethnographic research in a Toronto social housing development, he examines issues of gun violence, victimization, mobility, ghettoization, and street codes. 




Eva Bogdan

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology, Social Structure and Policy
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar
Supervisor: Drs Ken Caine and Mary Beckie

Title: Perceptions and practices of flood management in High River, Alberta
Flooding is a wicked problem: it is an environmental event embedded in complex social and political contexts, where multiple and conflicting values/interests are at play. I examine how perceptions of, and responses to, flooding are shaped using social practice theory and framing theory. I situate this case study in the community of High River, Alberta, which experienced severe flooding in June 2013.




Jeffrey Brassard

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Serra Tinic

Title: Moscow Goes Hollywood: The Russian Television Industry in the age of Globalization
My research looks at the way the Russian television industry has developed in the Putin era. In particular I examine how it has worked to integrate itself into the broader global media industries.





Jennifer Braun

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Drs Ken Caine and Mary Beckie

Title: Unearthing a New Agrarian Feminism: Investigating the role of women in Canadian Prairie Agriculture
In my work I am looking at how women in the Canadian Prairie region are shaping and influencing agricultural processes, policies and ideologies. Further I am interested in how women navigate the complex and patriarchal terrain of the agriculture sector in Canada.





Susan Cake

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology





Lei Chai

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Michelle Maroto

Areas of Interest: Family, demography, health, immigration, statistics





Jason Chalmers

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Dominique Clément

Title: Reproducing and Resisting National Myth: Using Genocide Narratives to Transform Colonial Relationships in Canad

My research addresses how narratives of genocide are constructed as ‘difficult knowledge’ at sites of public memory. I explores representations of the Holocaust and Residential Schools at three Canadian sites: the National Holocaust Monument; the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.




Irfan Chaudhry

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology (Criminology)
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Areas of interest: Race, crime, social media





Jean-Philippe Crete

Doctor of Philosophy - Social Theory, Criminology, Cultural Studies
Supervisor: Dr George Pavlich

Title: Forging Penology in Canada, 1850 - 1950 (Tentative title)
My research interests include critical prison studies, sociology of punishment and law; Classical and modern theories of criminality; Discourse analysis; Critical animal and posthumanist studies. In 2013, I completed my MA thesis titled: ‘A Disciplined Healing: The New Language of Indigenous Incarceration in Canada’ and am currently working towards my dissertation tentatively titled "Forging Penology in Canada” an archival study of the emergence of prison sciences in Canada. My recent work has been published in the Palgrave Handbook on Prison Tourism (forthcoming) and the Wiley Handbook on History and Philosophy of Criminology.





Daena Crosby

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Bryan Hogeveen

Title: Social Justice, Hospitality and an Ethic of Care: Building a Relational Environment with Indigenous Youth in Edmonton and Winnipeg

Hospitality and an ethic of care opens up youth organizations as relational social spaces. In this research, I suggest that the welcome, invitation, and care for Indigenous youth in four youth organizations in Edmonton and Winnipeg creates what I refer to as “relational environments” that include the interdependent relationship with the self and with others, with physical spaces, and with opportunities for youth.




Daena Crosby

Tyler Dunford

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Mahmood Exiri Fard

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Sarah Flynn

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Jeongwon Gim

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Michael Granzow

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology





Maria Hancock

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology





Nicole Hill

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
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Ahmad Karimi

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Amy Kaler

Title: Sexualities and Gender, Masculinities, Social Identity, Ethnicity and Immigration, Anthropology of Middle East and Iran





Katherine MacDonald

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Terra Manca

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Stephen A Kent

Title:

Medical Knowledge and Uncertainty: Health Professionals’ Narratives About Vaccines

Often, patients who are uncertain about vaccines rely on health professionals for information, but prior research found some health professionals to be ambivalent about certain vaccines. For my doctoral research, I conducted narrative analysis on interviews with health professionals about their experiences with vaccine knowledge, risks, and uncertainties. In addition, I have contributed to works about post-secondary teaching and published about various issues pertaining to new religious movements, healthcare decision-making, and family.







Shingirai Mandizadza

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Vanier Graduate Scholar
Supervisor: Drs Amy Kaler & Ken Caine

Title: Land, Power and Gender in Development

My research project aims at investigating how land is gendered and how it is central to relations of power in land reform programs.





Arpita Mukherjee

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea

Area of Research: My current research focuses on the interactive space between Social Practice art and gender, analyzing how we are collectively imagining new ways of being in relationship to art, gender, feminism, and the environment. I am keenly interested in aesthetics, representations and crisis of representations in art forms, intersectional issues of gender and social contradictions, and politics in the context of contemporary forms of art and doing art, which I prefer to call as “the aesthetic- politics of gender-enactment”. This present work builds on my earlier works where I have been particularly interested in the relationship between the written word and the image as discursive referents in socio-political contexts. My attempt now is to weave my earlier research findings into my ongoing work on art and activism, as seen through an intercultural feminist lens.





Randelle Nixon

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Drs Sara Dorow &  Chloë Taylor

Title: A Socio-Affective Analysis of Pride Politics 
My dissertation work explores the tension between individual feelings of pride and its political manifestations within and between collectives as an entry point into affective politics. I rely heavily on the intersections between feminist, queer, anti-racist, and affect theorists to examine the particularities of political embodiment and phenomenologies of oppression. 





Abu Nurullah

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Ipek Oskay

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr. Rob Shields

Title: Beneath the Paving Stones- the City: On the Politics of Commons

Academic Interests:
Sociology of Knowledge, sociology of subject, social movements, Gypsy/Roma Movement in Turkey, Turkish-Ottoman modernization discourse, citizenship and identity studies, nationalism and ethnic politics, independent trade unions, political aesthetics, post-colonial and post-structural theory, sociology of everyday life, sociology of space and culture, cybercartography, soundscape ecology, audio-visual ethnography, sounds maps, mapping, sound walk, and qualitative research methodology





Cindy Owre

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Stephen A Kent

Title: to be determined
I am studying incidents of child sexual abuse in closed religious communities with particular attention to how allegations of child sexual abuse is addressed by those in positions of powers in these communities. And I am also researching the development of children's rights in Alberta over the last 100 years.




Burcu Ozdemir

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology (Theory and Culture)
Supervisor: Dr Richard Westerman

Area of Research: Social & political theory, sociology of knowledge, sociology of the body, continental philosophy, philosophical suicide






Jillian Paragg

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Sara Dorrow

Title: Mixed Race Life Stories: Growing Up in Canada’s Multicultural Era

My dissertation research centres on mixed race identity in the multicultural Canadian context. The project examines mixed race people’s negotiations of race and identity across their lives, through 21 life story interviews conducted with people of mixed race aged 40-60 in three Canadian urban contexts.




Jillian Paragg

Sonja Sapach

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Drs Sourayan Mookerjea & Geoffrey Rockwell

Title: Alienation, Solidarity, and Video Games: An Autoethnographic Exploration of the Resolution of Alienation and C-PTSD through Participation in Video Game Culture.

I am conducting an autoethnography that explores the potential for video games and video game culture to help resolve alienation, recover from individual and collective trauma, and develop social solidarity. More generally, I am interested in the development of meaning and identity through collective play, and a shared understanding of video game rules, symbols, spaces, and places.




Sonja Sapach

 

Isabel Scheuneman Scott

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology





William Silver

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Jonathan Simmons

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Stephen A Kent

Title: Secularist Activism in Alberta, Canada





Jonathan Simmons

Marcella Siqueira Cassiano

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Sharon Springer

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology





Kelly Struthers Montford

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
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Charles Stubblefield

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology





Justin Tetrault

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Kevin Haggerty

Title: My dissertation looks at how social movements are affected by Canada's hate speech laws. Other research interests include biometrics, social theory, visual sociology, race and ethnicity, and critical criminology.







Jasmine Thomas

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Harvey Krahn

Title: Working Together? Settlement Services and Immigrant Employment in Mid-Sized Canadian Cities
My dissertation research examines the experiences of newcomer professionals with immigrant-serving organizations as they attempt to continue their careers in Canada. My findings illustrate complex and competing interactions between neoliberal ideology and anti-oppression work. Expectations for newcomer self-sufficiency creates a dichotomy between the "responsible" and "problematic" immigrant. These expectations shift focus away from broader advocacy work that pushes for adaptation amongst employers and society. Immigrant professionals often become discouraged and may, or wish they were able to, leave Canada. Under ideal circumstances, service providers would work together with immigrants, employers, governments and broader society to ensure that the duty for adaptation does not rest solely on immigrants, and that Canada also adjusts and provides opportunities for meaningful inclusion.





 

Bozhin Traykov

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology






Marta Urbanik

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology/ Criminology
Supervisor: Dr Sandra Bucerius

Title: Revitalizing the 'hood': The Changing Nature of Crime in Regent Park

My thesis explores the consequences of mass neighbourhood change on crime, criminal structures and victimization within Canada's oldest and largest social housing project. More specifically, it looks at how neighbourhood restructuring effects gang composition and gang violence, with particular attention to changes in ethnic-composition of the neighbourhood's criminal groups.




Robin Willey

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
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Angela Wilson

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology





Michael Zajko

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Kevin D Haggarty

Title: Internet Intermediaries and the Governance of Digital Flows

I am studying the institutions that run the internet, their social roles and responsibilities, and the shape of internet governance.




Michael Zajko