Graduate Students

The Department of Sociology and Criminology has diverse and vibrant cohorts of Graduate students. Currently there are 39 graduate students in our programs (13 Ph.D., 24 MA, and 2 Pre-MA). Below are profiles from some of our students.

 

Kwene Appah (MA)

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Advisor: Dr. Lori Wilkinson

Research Interests: Immigration & Migration Social Policy

Thesis Description: My thesis work will aim to make a comparative analysis of immigration policy between Canada and EU countries, the intent being to understand how policy impacts nationalism in various nations. Such research can be used to explain the social attitude surrounding immigration and migration within countries, as well as aid nations in implementing effective policy prior to the arrival of immigrants and/or migrants.

Email: appahk3@myumanitoba.ca

 

Josh Brandon (MA)

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Advisor: Dr. Mara Fridell

Research Interests: Housing, Poverty, Political Economy, Marxism

Email: brandon1@myumanitoba.ca

 

Wing-sun Chan (Ph.D.)

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Advisor: Dr. Laura Funk

Research Interests: Social Capital and Health, Sociology of Death and Dying, End-of-Life Care, Mixed Methods Research

Thesis Title: Social Relationships and Community EOL Care in Hong Kong

Email: chanw345@myumanitoba.ca

 

Laura E. Funk (MA)

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Advisor: Dr. Annette Desmarais

Research Interests: Food Security and Food Sovereignty

Thesis Title: The Politics of Land-Tilting Data: Privatization and Finacialization of Land-Tilting Data Across Canada

Email: funkl1@myumanitoba.ca

 

Tiffany Hall (Ph.D.)

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Advisor: Dr. Sonia Bookman

Research Interests: Culture, Consumption, Hoarding Behavior, Qualitative Methods

 

Chase Harms (MA)

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Research Interests: Political Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Power and Inequality, Immigration and Refugee Studies

Email: harmsc1@myumanitoba.ca

 

Renée Hoffart (Ph.D.)

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Research Interests: Violence against Women, Feminist Criminology, Indigenous Justice

Email: hoffartr@myumanitoba.ca

Office: 301-B Isbister

 

Wanda June (Ph.D.)

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Advisor: Dr. Andrew Woolford

Research Interests: Gender, Ecology and Genocide, Qualitative Methods, Critical and Feminist Criminology

Thesis: Gendered Ecologies and Social Death in Genocide: An Ecofeminist Criminology of Symbiotic Destruction

Email: hounslow@myumanitoba.ca

 

Ley D. Fraser (Ph.D.)

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Advisor: Dr. Tracey Peter

Research Interests: Gender Minorities, Intersectionality, Social Inequality, Mixed Methods Research

Thesis Title: At the Identity Crossroads: Transgender Canadians and Intersectional Discrimination

Email: lfraser@myumanitoba.ca

 

Mohammed Nijim (MA)

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Advisor: Dr. Andrew Woolford

Research Interests: Colonialism, Settler-Colonialism, Genocide, Israel-Palestine Conflict, Racism, Culture

Thesis Title: Gaza: Beyond Physical Death

Email: nijimm@myumanitoba.ca

 

Kaitlyn Obedzinski Kuryk (Ph.D.)

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Advisor: Dr. Christopher Fries

Research Interests: Medicalization, Home Care, Medical Gaze, Private/Public Care, Family, and Family Caregivers

Email: obedzink@myumanitoba.ca

  

Jihad K. Othman (Ph.D.)

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Advisor: Dr. Lori Wilkinson

Research Interests: Migration & Refugee Studies, Race & Ethnicity, National Identity, Gender, Health, Research Methods, NGOs

Email: othmanj@myumanitoba.ca

 

Labe Songose (MA)

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Advisor: Dr. Lori Wilkinson

Research Interests: Immigration Policies and Gender Inequality

Thesis Description: My thesis aims at analyzing how violence against immigrant and refugee women affect their psychological well-being and integration process in the Canadian society. The intent of this study is also to analyze how immigration policies influence violence against immigrant and refugee women in Canada.

 

Janice Tilly (Ph.D., I.I.S.)

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Advisor: Dr. Christopher Fries

Research Interests: Qualitative Research, Military/Veteran Health, Civilian to Military Transition, Military Culture, Health Promotion from a Salutogenesis Perspective

Thesis Description: My proposed interdisciplinary doctoral research will examine those whom have effectively transitioned from a military career to civilian life, in order to understand the personal and structural factors which contribute to successful and healthy transitioning out of the military.

Email: Janice.Tilly@umanitoba.ca

 

Jonathan Worae (MA)

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Research Interests: Developement, Training, Experience

Thesis Description: Training and its Effects on Employees' Commitment, Assessing the National Service Scheme in Ghana, The Development of Skills and Ensuring of High Level of Employability of the National Service Person

Email: woraej@myumanitoba.ca

  

Xiyuan Xia (Marvin) (Ph.D.)

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Advisor: Dr. Andrew Woolford

Research Interests: Ethnic Conflicts and Genocide