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Karla Simmons


B.A. (Anthropology) - Memorial University of Newfoundland 2005

M.A. Candidate (Anthropology) - Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research Interests

Motherhood; Gender; Feminist Studies; Equality; Difference; Policy Analysis; Identity; Discourse; Political Anthropology; The Politics of Care; Life Narrative.

Thesis Title: Negotiating a Balance?: Parenthood and Student Life at Memorial
My research aims to challenge the idea of a gender-neutral, or ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to social and institutional planning by investigating the social construction of single parent identities. I’ve used semi-structured interviews, life narratives and participant observation to explore the fit between overarching institutional arrangements and the realities of student life for single parents attending Memorial University.


Karla Simmons