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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.

  • Anyemedu, Akua, BA Ghana - is exploring how Ghanaian women's knowledge and perceptions of domestic violence services, formal and informal, influence their utilisation of these services.
  • Derraugh, Lesley, BA (Hons) Memorial - is examining societal and cultural factors contributing to intimate partner and sexual violence.
  • Farahbod, Mariss, BA Tehran, MA King's College, London -- investigation of queer life styles in traditionalist and non-permissive societies.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mobley, Erin, BA (Hons) McMaster, BEd Brock -- is interested in Drag subcultures, BDSM sexualities and communities, Trans- embodiment, and queer alternative film and video.
  • Pivi, Ilaria, BA Universita' degli Studi di Torino -- is conducting a needs assessment of international student partners.
  • Pottie, Emily, BA Memorial -- interested in the overall wellness and sexual health of girls and women and creating non-profit feminist programming.
  • Sanchez Diaz, Gabriela,
  • Sedziafa, Pearl, BSc Ghana -- is interested in the interaction between kinship and marital violence against women.
  • 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.
  • Snooks, Gina, BA Memorial -- examines women's tattoos as embodied life narratives, specifically, tattoos that symbolize women's experiences of spirituality.
  • Stuart, Alyse, BA StFX, BEd St. Thomas -- exploring gender, Indigineity, and citizenship through the lens of the shale gas protests in Elsipogtog, New Brunswick.
  • Wakefield, Kim, BA (Hons) Nipissing -- is examining the ways in which colonial ideology manifests in public discourse about Aboriginal-specific issues and in Aboriginal public policy development.
  • White, Zaren, BA(Hons) Memorial, MA McGill - examining transgender identity and embodiment through Canadian transgender performance artist Nina Arsenault's autobiographical one-woman play The Silicone Diaries.
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