PhD Students

Supervisor: Dr. Becki Ross / Dr. Annette Henry

Ine Beljaars is PhD candidate at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Ine is a feminist, anti-racist cultural anthropologist interested in how power and ideology re/produce difference and inequality intersectionally along the lines of gender, race, class and sexuality within Western popular culture and the cultural industries. Interested in urban performance and the performative mechanisms in which they are embedded, Ine takes the micropolitics of the body and the bodily as points of departure to study the politics of difference. Her main field of inquiry includes Afro-diasporic dance and music cultures, including but not limited to salsa, kizomba, rap, hip-hop and jazz.

Supervisor: Dr. Annette Browne

Taq Bhandal is a PhD Student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She is a feminist and anti-racist scholar with a specific interest in women’s health. Her research uses postcolonial feminist and feminist political economy theories to study racialized immigrant women’s health in the context of a neoliberal Canada.

Supervisor: Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

Matt Browning is a visual artist and PhD student in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. He’s interested in the ways normative and discursive values within art, which are already historically exclusionary on racial, gendered, and cultural grounds, are increasingly expressed in the economic value of artworks. Browning is relatedly interested in how formal abstractions like value and exchange catalyze expropriation and bar access to markets.

Supervisor: Dr. Dina Al-Kassim

Cate May Burton hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and draws strength from the ocean on the East and the West coast. Her research at the Social Justice Institute centres on conjoined critiques of liberalism as cultural supremacy and neoliberalism as evacuation of sociality and public space. Her work engages with critical theory, intersectional feminism, critical race, anti-colonial, and indigenous theories, and aims to intervene in the field of education. Her current PhD proposal is concerned with eurocentrism and cultural supremacy in settler-colonial (Canadian) teacher education, and asks how cross-cultural discussions of values and positionality might enhance non-indigenous teachers’ capacities to move toward transformative integration of indigenous material into k-12 classrooms. She is a member of the Critical Racial & Anti-Colonial Studies research network at the Social Justice Institute, and the Global Indigenous Politics Collective at the Liu Institute. She also serves as the Co-Chair of the Social Justice Grad Student Association, and seeks community wherever she goes.

Supervisor: Dr. Gillian Creese

Amel Eldihaib is a researcher and social activist. Over the last ten years she worked and volunteered with different international and national civil society organizations in Sudan (both South and North), as well in other countries in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. Her work and activism is mainly around areas of social justice, active citizenship, peace building and environment.

Supervisor: Dr. Jan Hare

Cree from Moshkekowok territory, and a member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Jules was born in Moose Factory, Ontario where she was raised by her Cree grandparents, as well as with her mother in Ottawa. In 2010, she completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded an Award of Distinction and an Academic Gold Medal for her thesis documentary film Remembering Inninimowin. She is a PhD candidate with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. Her educational endeavour and media arts practice address environmental and Indigenous issues. Over the years, she has obtained grants from Arts Councils for her works: Words for my Daughters, Alive with Breath, and Broken Angel, which won Best Fresh Voice at the Female Eye Film Festival. Jules’ company VisJuelles Productions Inc. has several projects in development, and her co-produced television series AskiBOYZ is currently airing on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She has a number of media works, such as Niso Kakstesinowin (2011), Alive with Breath (2012), NiiPii (2012), PLACEnta (2014), Without Words (2015) and her latest documentaries NiiSoTeWak (2017), Butterfly Monument: A Tribute to Shannen Koostachin (2017), and APishKweShiMon (2017) have been released this year. She has been working within Indigenous communities for many years supporting Indigenous families, and she hopes to continue shedding light on socio-political issues that urban and rural Indigenous peoples face.

Supervisor: Dr. Mary Bryson

A.J. Lowik is a SSHRC-funded PhD Candidate with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Their PhD dissertation is entitled “Gendered and Reproductive Becomings: Trans People, Reproductive Experiences and the B.C. health care system.” It explores trans people’s reproductive decision-making processes, and how the B.C. health care system acts as a centre of calculation where knowledges are circulated regarding trans reproduction.

Supervisor: Dr. Dina Al-Kassim

Wajiha is a PhD student at the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. Her research explores the socio-economic situation of Muslim women in Gujarat state of India at the intersection of the state’s rising economic growth, rising Hindu fundamentalism and Muslim disadvantage and disadvantage through understanding its impact on measureable outcomes: education and wage employment over the past twenty years. Despite the correlation of these trends the subject remains largely under researched.

Supervisor: Dr. Dina Al-Kassim

Magnolia Pauker is a lecturer in Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design on the unceded Coast Salish territories also known as Vancouver, Canada. A doctoral candidate at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia, she is currently writing her dissertation entitled, “Philosophy as Radical Journalism: The Public Intellectual and The Rise of the Philosopher Journalist.” Her practice takes up the philosophical interview as a model for critical engagement, knowledge production, and pedagogy. Sketching the edges of philosophy, cultural studies, journalism, and critical media studies she is committed to working in response to contemporary aesthetic and political events. In her ongoing dedication to learning in public, she co-facilitates a feminist free school, Pleasure + Protest, Sometimes Simultaneously! She is co-editor with Anna Street and Julien Alliot of Inter Views in Performance Philosophy: Crossings and Conversations forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan (2016).

Supervisor: Dr. Ayesha Chaudhry

Lutze Segu is a social worker, social justice practioner, activist, writer, and community organizer whose work is deeply rooted in Black Feminism, Queer Theory, and Critical Race Theory. She loves pop-culture, trap music, and all things Black.

Supervisor: Dr. Sunera Thobani

Sheila Sengupta, currently a PhD candidate and formerly a Visiting Scholar at the IGRSSJ (2011), has a M.Sc in Mathematics from the University of Calgary. Previously a senior corporate executive in India, she is also a professional translator and has published early feminist and autobiographical writings from Bengal. A recipient of several academic honours including the Michelle Lynn Rosa Memorial Prize in 2013, she currently researches issues relating to women and Nation-building in South Asia.

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Cole

Peter Wanyenya has roots in eastern Africa and also calls Toronto, Ontario home. He currently serves in multiple student-centred roles at the University of British Columbia and in several local and national organisations that are children and youth focused. Peter is driven by core values of equity, diversity, and intercultural understanding and draws from his deep commitment to these values to work towards passionate and positive social change.