MA Students


Supervisor: Dr. Leila Harris

Noal Amir is a Masters student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She plans to research the relationship between gender and international wildlife conservation, specifically the roles of women in rural communities. She is interested in indigenous knowledge, political ecology and global justice. Her research interests are inspired by her work in West Africa and Central Asia.

Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva / Dr. Mark Harris

Emmanuelle Andrews is a Master’s student in the GRSJ Institute and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Law from the London School of Economics. Her interests include Black Feminism, African-American and African-Caribbean history and the ways in which black identity is grappled with and understood by lower-middle class POC. Additionally, she likes to cross-stitch, be in and around the ocean – a joy furthered by the prospect of Canadian whale watching – and drink & eat anything containing coconuts.

Supervisor: Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry / Dr. Dina Al-Kassim

Iman is an MA student and artist from Yemen. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Law and Society from UBC. Her research examines the intertwining of legal history and gender relations in southern Yemen through an investigation of shifts in Family Law. Complementing her research, Iman’s art touches upon topics of social justice and gender within Yemeni society and the Middle East.

Supervisor: Dr. Janice Stewart

Bailey grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and developed a passion for feminism and queer theory while completing her BA in English. She has spent a significant amount of time volunteering with local LGBTQ communities and at the Calgary Women’s Centre, a unique space based in peer-support. Bailey’s interests include YA literature and narratives of identity, both fictional and otherwise. Bailey is looking forward to working as a program assistant with CampOUT! to support queer and trans youth throughout B.C. and the Yukon.

Supervisor: Dr. Dina Al-Kassim / Dr. Judy Segal

Shruti is a literature postgraduate from India. She has worked as an editor at a newspaper and an international children’s publishing house. Shruti is also a poet and book reviewer, published widely in both, national and international literary journals. Her interests span across disciplines, ranging from poetry, literary theory, history and science to children’s literature, all sorts of tea, horror movies, and comic + graphic novels.

Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

Kristi Carey is a Master’s student in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies from Colgate University. Her research interests lie in the university’s self-management and management of relations with other institutions, and namely, how student resistance interacts with these bureaucratic and increasingly corporate processes in the context of censorship and increased professionalism of higher education.

Supervisor: Dr. Janice Stewart

Jenn Clark is a first year MA student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her primary research interests include: the distinct differences between sexual orientation and gender; homophobic humor and its implications; and patriarchal sex practices. Other research interests include: gender, sexual orientation, and stereotyping. In her spare time, Jenn is working hard to provide quantitative evidence toward the female seduction myth.

Supervisor: Dr. Janice Stewart

I was born and raised in Rio, one of the biggest cities in the Americas. My experiences living alongside huge social inequalities shaped my ways of perceiving our world. I’m passionate about Human Rights, I do believe is a cause that we can transform into a global reality and I intend to live fighting for them.

Supervisor: Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry

Aidan Davis is a Master’s student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. She is a poet, advocate, and aspiring fantasy writer. Her interests include how those marked other are broken but not fragile, how to love, the meaning of loving, and the joy of the oppressed. Using a black feminist/womanist lens, her honors thesis focused on her personal negotiations of self-love, black love, and their political intersections with colourism and black joy in the U.S. Her current research scope is the policing of black women and the ways in which their humanity is marked “debatable.” She is driven by what makes her feel lost. Additionally, she claims to love coffee but secretly just likes cream and sugar and she loves/hates young adult fiction.

Supervisor: Dr. Gillian Creese

Serah Gazali joined the GRSJ institute M.A. program in the fall of 2013. Her studies are focused on issues affecting the process of gender mobility and migration. She has been involved with refugees cases since 2008, both in the Mexican Aid Committee for Refugees and the Immigrant Services Society of British Columbia where she works now as the assigned resettlement counselor for the Arabic and Spanish speaking communities. Her current research scope is concerned with gender roles’ reconstruction and negotiation strategies among Iraqi women who are resettled to Metro Vancouver.

Supervisor: Dr. Jan Hare

Leah Grantham is an activist and academic interested in medicalization, biopower, nationalism, gender, sexuality, and colonialism.

Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Vadeboncoeur

Hayley Leveque is a first year Master’s student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with distinction) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her current research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), intends to move away from essentialist and negative psychological understandings of young adult sexual behaviour through troubling discourses connecting casual sex behaviour to risk-taking behaviour.

Supervisor: Dr. Sunera Thobani / Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

Lyra McKee is a second year Master’s student who grew up in Texas. She is a white settler whose research interests include transgender studies, critical race theory, political philosophy, queer theory, and qualitative geography. She also adores the performing arts and enjoys singing, dancing, and acting. While she is considering applying for law school and/or PhD programs in the future, Lyra eagerly looks forward to taking some time away from academia after graduating from GRSJ.

Pro-tem supervisor: Dr. Leonora Angeles

Travelling since the tender age of 6 months, I have always had an interest in the world and the people in it. My love of language led me to ESL, but my interest in social issues, media and activism led me to The Social Justice Institute. It is my hope to ‘put my money where my mouth is’ and learn what needs to be done, and the best way to do it.

Supervisor: Dr. Gillian Creese

Khaldah Salih is a Master’s student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She is from Sudan and grew up largely in the Diaspora. She is interested in humanitarian work, specifically in Sudan and in Africa generally. Khaldah wants to contribute to studies and literature on oppression in Sudan, noting the lack of diversity in knowledge that is available and accessible. She intends to do research that focuses on the individual experiences of marginalized Sudanese women after conflict.