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

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
Supervisor: Dr. Michelle Maroto 





Gary Barron

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr 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

My research focuses on urban poverty in the Canadian context.  Based on two years of ethnographic research in a Toronto social housing development, I examine 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.




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




Jason Chalmers

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Dominique Clément

Title: National Myth in Canada: Reproducing and Resisting Settler Colonialism at National Memorial Sites

My research broadly considers the intersection of settler colonialism, genocide commemoration, and national mythology. In my dissertation, I address how Canadians construct ‘difficult knowledge’ at sites of public memory. I compare 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.




Jean-Philippe Crete

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
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




 

Rezvaneh Erfani Hossein Pour

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 
Supervisor: Dr. Ken Caine

Area of research:  Environmental Sociology, Development, Power, Post-colonial Theory
Tentative Topic: Environmental Movements in the Middle East

 

 

erfani@ualberta.ca
http://www.rezvaneh.com/

 

Nicole Eshkakogan

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

Area of research:  My research focuses on Indigenous social epidemiology, community-based research, health equity and anti-oppression praxis.  Over the last 15 years, I have been dedicated to advancing the national agenda on incorporating Indigenous Ways of Knowing into scientific methodologies that inform evidence-based decision making and evaluation of programming to improve the overall health and well-being of Indigenous people in Canada.

 

 

nae@ualberta.ca

Mahmood Exiri Fard

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Jeongwon Gim

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Michael Granzow

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Nicole Hill

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Amy Kaler

Research Interests: Sociology of health, cultural studies, gender & feminist studies, qualitative research methods, public sociology





Ahmad Karimi

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Bucerius

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




 

Takara Ketchell

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

 

My research relates to exploring the influences and implications of certain types of institutions on identity formation and enactment. Specifically, I am interested in the ways that history and cultural institutions such as festivals shape the way people understand their identity and how this is enacted/preformed.

 

 

 

 

 

ketchell@ualberta.ca 

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.




Abu Nurullah

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr. Herb Northcott





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 Jana Grekul

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




 

David Parent

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

His research interests include Metis studies, migration, urbanity, masculinity and gender relations, Indigenous methodologies as they relate to modernity and technology, and the influence of Indigenous onto-epistemologies on structural and post-structural thought.

 

 

dnparent@ualberta.ca

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
Supervisors: Drs Jana Grekul and Bryan Hogeveen 

Area of Research: My work focuses on criminalized women, specifically incarcerated Indigenous women. I am interested in how incarcerated Indigenous women who have committed violence are able to express their experiences of violence through artistic practices such as collage and creative writing. 



https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabelscheunemanscott/

 

William Schultz

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 
Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Bucerius

Area of Research: My research focuses on subcultures in Albertan provincial prisons, and how these shape and are shaped by the daily routines of inmates, officers, and other prison staff.

wschultz@ualberta.ca

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




Charles Stubblefield

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Justin Tetrault

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Kevin D. Haggerty

Title: My dissertation looks at conservative movements in Canada. Other research interests include biometrics, social theory, visual sociology, race and ethnicity, and critical criminology.




Bozhin Traykov

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology




Angela Wilson

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology
Supervisor: Dr Stephen Kent
Title: (Tentative) Anti-Science as Pseudoreligiosity - Explanations for the Rejection of Scientific Consensus 

My interests are in the fields of Sociology of Science and Religion to help understand how anti-science and pseudoscience beliefs take hold in an advanced technological society. Especially relevant in the age of online social networking where information passes among peers without the benefit of reliable information sources. I also specialize in examining the roles of women in science and engineering careers.




 

Bridget Okwuchi Alichie

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

 

 

Nicholas Hardy

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

 

 

Prof-Collins Ifeonu

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

 

 

Elif Yagmur Karagol Demir 

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

 

 

Ashley Daytonna Marie Kyle

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

 

 

Lauren Adrienne Menzie

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

 

 

Ashley Kyle

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology 

 

 

Juan Guevara

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology