Graduate Students

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MA Students


Prof-Collins Ifeonu

Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Bucerius

I have a keen interest in studying Africans in the homeland and diaspora, with a particular focus on how their identities (i.e. minority status) are experienced within and outside the workplace. 

Bridget Okwuchi Alichie

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Temitope Oriola

Research Interests: Criminology, human rights, sexuality/gender studies, religion and new media studies.

My current research is on the phenomena of lynching and mob violence in Nigeria. I am particularly interested in exploring the knowledge and perceptions of lynching and mob culture; the roles of state and non-state actors in enabling or constraining such extrajudicial alternatives in urban spaces.

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"-based 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.
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Damilohun Damson Ayoyo

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology (Criminology & Socio-legal Studies)

Supervisor: Dr. Temitope Oriola

Title: The Evolution of the Biafran Secessionist Movement, 1960-2019

I am interested in exploring the differential impacts of political movements, insurgencies and terrorism, and policing. My current research explores the political process/opportunity affecting the Biafran movement.

Samantha Cima

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Jana Grekul

Research Interests: Sexual violence; intimate partner violence; gender and sexuality; victimology; male survivors of sexual or intimate partner violence; social support and networks; rape myths and victim blaming.

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.

Lauren Dormer

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

My research interest lies within sociology of health and illness, with specific interests in investigating mental health and mental illness.  My work has a focus within an (ice) hockey context; therefore, my research looks to intersect concepts such as sociocultural aspects of sport. gender, health behaviours, and Canadian identity.

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

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.

Mahmood Exiri Fard

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Emily Gerbrandt

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Research Interests: Violence Against Women, Sexual Violence, Law and Society, Inequality, Critical Criminology, Qualitate Inquiry, Intersectionality

My current research investigates socio-legal responses to sexual violence in the wake of the #metoo movement. I am particularly interested in questions surrounding anti-feminist backlash in digital spheres, as well as techniques and strategies of digital feminisms to both promote and undermine intersectional knowledge paradigms.

Lorielle Giffin

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Bucerius

Research Interests: Criminology, 'crimmigration', human rights, interpersonal violence, perceptions of state legitimacy, state-perpetrated violence

Jeongwon Gim

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Juan Guevara

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Rob Shields

Research interests: marginalization, relations Humans and Non-Humans, critical disability and urban spaces.

My doctoral project seeks to understand the socio-material culture of urban informality through the mobilities, rhythms and time-space of informal spatial practices.

Nicholas Hardy

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Research interests concern urban visual culture in the age of neo-liberalism and poetic experience as negentropy. His M.A. thesis dealt with the legacy of Walter Benjamin's thought to Sociology, with a focus on cinema, photography, fascism, consumerism and the decay of aura.

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

Elif Yagmur Karagol Demir

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

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.

Joao Krieger

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Ashley Kyle

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr.Sandra Bucerius

Ashley Kyle is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholar currently working on her specialization exam on environmental sociology. Ashley is a senior researcher and the head quantitative research analyst for the University of Alberta Prison Project. Her MA thesis examined how protective custody classification affects how incarcerated men relate to each other and negotiate their own sense of identity within the larger inmate hierarchy. Her other research interests include gangs, queer theory, and globalization.

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.

Rebekah McNeilly

 Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Lauren Menzie

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. George Pavlich

Research Interests: Socio-legal theory; queer theory; gender and sexuality; marginalized sexualities; evolution of criminal law; governance of sexuality; online communities; virtual engagements with law

Barbara Milmine

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Sara Dorow

Barbara Milmine is a Vanier Scholar whose research interests include urban Aboriginal populations and policy, the racialization of space, the intersection of race, gender and identity, and contemporary applications of traditional indigenous knowledge.

Sadaf Mirzahi

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Temitope Oriola

My dissertation investigates experiences of gang-involved women. My other research interests include right-wing extremism, prisons and imprisonment, gender and punishment, and intersections of race, gender, and religion.

Abu Nurullah

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Herb Northcott

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

David's 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.

Sonja Sapach

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Sara Dorow & 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. I am now the VP of the Canadian Game Studies Association

Isabel Scheuneman Scott

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology (Criminology)

Supervisor: Dr. Michelle Meagher

Area of Research: My work examines Indigenous women's prison writing in the Canadian context. I am interested in how incarcerated Indigenous women express their experiences of (state) violence, criminalization, and incarceration in prison newsletters, and how these expressions relate to and/or draw on various issues pertaining to gender, Indigeneity, resistance, and decolonization.


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.

Ivan Shmatko

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Sandra Bucerius

Ivan is a qualitative sociologist, particularly interested in urban ethnography and ethnography of policing. His research interests include provisional authority, informal governance and the ways they both influence formal social control.

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.

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.



Luke Wonneck

Doctor of Philosophy - Sociology

Supervisor: Dr. Ken Caine

Research Interests: Environmental sociology, sociology of agriculture, social practice theory, network analysis, mixed methods, wetland governance

My doctoral research will explore the reproduction of conventional cropping practices in Alberta, with a focus on their relation to wetland drainage. Specifically, my research aims to address the following questions: how and why does wetland drainage in Alberta's cropland emerge, persist, evolve, and fragment; and what roles do and can existing programs, policies, and other practices play in these dynamics?