MA Students


Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

Emmanuelle Andrews is a Master’s student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, from England (though prides herself less on being British and more on her Grenadan and Seychelloise roots). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is currently researching the way black bodies in the UK are utilised by the state, reading particularly the moment after the so-called London Riots in 2011 when Notting Hill Carnival was threatened to be cancelled as a racialised threat that continues to the present in rhetoric that sees carnival reported for its crimes and in actions that contribute to the global, violent othering of blackness. As such, she is interested in black ontology, notions of security, cultural difference and British (white) self-preservation. Recently dipping her toes into the arena of film-making, Emmanuelle has been embracing her creative side, and she also enjoys embroidery, writing poetry and dance.

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

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

Pedro Daher is a Master’s student in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a Postgraduate degree in Literature, Art, and Contemporary Thought, both from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil. His work seeks to rethink and redeploy difference, releasing it from the shackles of the projects of cultural and racial difference from the 19th and 20th-centuries and also 20th-century reworkings of the concept, as the famous Deleuzian solution of difference in itself. To do so, he is interested in performing a sort of genealogical work of reading the texts that wrote the Modern text itself to understand how subaltern populations were written as subaltern and forever placed outside of Universality, allowing them to suffer violence without any sort of ethical crisis ensuing from it. Since he is Brazilian, he is interested in understanding how Western metaphysics deployed itself in Brazil. This brings us back to difference and why it is important to rethink it: in order to change how we write, that is, to arrive at a moment wherein writing does not require the original violence explained by Derrida, he is convinced that a complete new sociality must be created, a sociality that writes itself from without the Modern text while inhabiting it simply to fully escape it.

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. Dina Al-Kassim

As a Desi-American from Cleveland, One of the most frequent reactions to my story I hear is that people “like me” could not possibly come to exist. That is, they mean, someone “like me” must be Coastal, and White. I seek to challenge the narratives of people “like me” in showing that places and peoples considered “fly-over territory” do indeed have their own narratives.

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. Ayesha S. Chaudhry

Xianghui Li is an MA student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature. She was an ESL teacher and did research on pedagogy and stylistics. Her current research interest is feminism, migration and violence.

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.

Supervisor: Dr. Nora Angeles / Dr. Mark Harris

Romina Tantalean is a Master’s student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from Peru. Her academic background includes a degree in Law with specialization studies in Public Management. She has professional experience of more than five years in Human Rights, Gender and Development fields in a wide range of institutions.

Pro-tem Advisor: Dr. Leila Harris

Sejin Um is an MA student at the Social Justice Institute who is interested in social inequality based on gender, race and class; work and family; and migration. She holds a BA in International Studies and Law and Public Administration from Korea University.