Current Master's Candidates
Current graduate students in Gender Studies are engaged in a broad range of feminist research projects that build on a variety of theoretical and methodological concerns central to Women's Studies. While some are engaged in cultural and media studies, others are taking anthropological, sociological, historical, and literary approaches. Projects are diverse: from resarch into the representation of young mothers, to work on aboriginal women, examinations into AIDS/HIV sexual health education in Africa, and research in the areas of violence against women, polymorphous desire, food security, immigrant religious practices, and autobiographical narratives.
Further details about all current research projects is outlined below.
- Francis, Zincia, BA Queen's -- will be interning at the Women's Support Network of York Region, Human Trafficking Program where she will explore the growth and expansion of sex trafficking of women and girls within the York Region, Ontario and the countermeasures taken to recognize and address the issue.
- Khouri, Jessica, BA (Hons) Toronto -- is examining the ways in which current "obesity" and weight loss discourses create a fat hating culture and isolate fat individuals. As a response to this, she is exploring the multiple forms fat activism takes in the Toronto area and the importance of building fat community.
- Leendertse, Nikki, BSc Alberta -- is examining the lived experiences of mobile sex workers between St. John's and Fort McMurray
- Lovas, Judit, LLB Debrecen -- is examining women's role in social and family life with emphasis on the handling of domestic violence in foreign countries.
- May, Sandra, BA Mount Saint Vincent - is working on adolescent pregnancy, early mothering and social exclusion. Public Presentation, "The Making of a Teenage Mother: A Discursive Analysis of Adolescent Childbearing and Social Exclusion," 28 March 2011.
- Martin, Kirsten Petersson, BA (Hons) Brandon. Public Presentation, "Feeding: Troubling Breasts, Bottles and the Mother-Child Bond," 21 March 2011.
- McQuarrie, Sarah, BA (Hons) Toronto -- is interested in the politics of queer representation, community, identity and the use of queer theory to destabilize identity categories.
- Pivi, Ilaria, will be researching and interning with women working in occupations that are not "traditionally" considered.
- Sedziafa, Pearl, BSc Ghana -- is interested in what influences the assertiveness of Ghanaian women and their decision-making power during terminal illnesses.
- Sheppard, Amy,BSW St. Thomas -- will be looking at the role of leisure in the lives of women with substance use issues and criminal justice system involvement.
- Young, Christina, BSc (Hons) Memorial -- is examining the lived experiences of doulas in Newfoundland and Labrador.