Research

MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies




Research

To see what some graduates of our program have done after graduation please check out our Graduates page.

Completed Theses and Major Research Papers

John-Bosco Kai Kai (2014), "Deconstructing Canadian Mainstream Newspaper Depictions of Refugees and Detentions (2008-2013): Xeno-Racism and the Criminalization of Refugee Claimants" (MRP)(Supervisor, Dr. Hijin Park, Supervisory Committee Member, Dr. Kate Bezanson)

Cristina Murano (2014), "Dykes do Toronto: 1980s Lesbian-Feminist Anti-Racist Activism" (MRP)(Supervisor, Dr. Margot Francis, Supervisory Committee Members, Dr. Janet Conway, Dr. Jane Helleiner)

Zita Seshie (Abigail) (2014), "Institutional Arrangements and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Ghana" (MRP) (Supervisor, Dr. Hevina Dashwood, Supervisory Committee Member, Dr. Janet Conway)

Joyce Penner (2014) "Anachronistic Me: An Autoethnographic Account of Recovery through Volunteerism" (Thesis) (Supervisor, Dr. Mary Breunig, Supervisory Committee Members, Dr. Joseph Norris, Dr. Tim O'Connell)

Maria Luisa Vitti (2014) "Contrasting the Killings of Tommy Barnett and Edmond Yu, and the Historicality and Situational Hierarchy of Racial Otherness: How Race, Masculinity, and ‘Mental Illness’ Converge in the Context of Policing in Toronto" (MRP) (Supervisor, Dr. Tamari Kitossa, Supervisory Committee Member, Dr. Hijin Park)

David Sey (2014) "A Focus on Continental African Immigrants and Multiculturalism: An Exploration of Three Primary Texts" (MRP) (Supervisor, Dr. Tamari Kitossa, Supervisory Committee Member, Dr. Hijin Park)

Laurie Sherry-Kirk (2014) "Indigenous Language Reclamation - The Learners Perspective" (Thesis) (Supervisor, Dr. June Corman, Supervisory Committee Members: Dr. Margot Francis, Dr. Jennifer Rowsell)

Lynn E. DeCaro (2014) "Youth, Global Citizenship and Help: A Critical Rhetorical Analysis of Free the Children" (Thesis) (Supervisor, Dr. Mary-Beth Raddon, Supervisory Committee Members: Dr. Rebecca Raby, Dr. June Corman)

Dietrich, Rachel (2014) "Risky Business: Offering Care to Young People" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. June Corman, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Mary-Beth Raddon)

Girma, Menelik (2014) "A Crusade Worthy of this Century of Progress"? The Trial of Africa at the International Criminal Court. (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Tamari Kitossa, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Jonah Butovsky)

Karapanceva, Renata (2014) "Envisioning an Equitable and Inclusive Education for Margainalized Students" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Leanne Talor, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Shannon Moore)

Haanstra, Janice (2013) "Complicating Our Representations and Understandings of Young Girls' Involvement in the Sex Industry in Thailand" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Rebecca Raby, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Ebru Ustundag)

Freeman, Susie (2013) "Sustainability: Juxtaposition of Indigenous and Western Knowledge" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Good, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Richard Mitchell)

Peters, Kaitlin (2013) "An Investigation of how the Gendered Division of Labour in the Home and in the Workplace Contributes Towards the Gender Pay Gap in Hamilton, Ontario" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. June Corman, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Ann Duffy)

Solomon, Mark (2013) "All these 'monetary awards' are doing is increasing racism between all Canadians....they just want more cash": Othering of Aboriginal peoples on the CBC.ca news comment sections (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Jonah Butovsky, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Thomas Dunk)

Purdy, Ian  (2013) "How were individuals galvanized and recruited to the Canadian animal rights movement of the 1970s and 1980s?" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. John Sorenson, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Keri Cronin)

Wallace, Jade (2013) "Are Ableist Discourses Necessary Components of Arguments In Favour of Decriminalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide?" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Ebru Ustundag, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Brian Lightbody)

Douglas Clarke (2012) "Between the panels: How anti-Black racism has recycled myths of the Black body in comic books" (Thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Tamari Kitossa, Supervisory Committee Members: Dr. Sherryl Vint, Dr. Susan Spearey)

Erin McGregor (2012) "Strombo Speak: Conversation Analysis, Canadian News Media and Democracy" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Robert Alexander, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Jennifer Good)

Elizabeth Maddeaux (2012) "Management Material: Understanding the Contradictory Perspectives of Lower Level Managers in a Canadian Call Centre" (Thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Ann Duffy, Supervisory Committee Members, Dr. June Corman, Dr. Jane Helleiner)

Jumoke Isekeije (2012) "Depopulating the Political Sidelines: CBC News Online forum and Public Sphere in Canada" (Thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Dale Bradley, Supervisory Committee Members: Dr. Marian Bredin, Dr. Robert Alexander)

Jenna Sweiss (2012) "Beseiged Bodies: Contemporary Palestinian Resistance Art" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor, Dr. Susan Spearey, Supervisory Committee Member, Dr. David Fancy)

David Corman (2012) "Playing with Judith Butler in [Cyber] Space: Can cybrpunk undo gender, reveal discursive constructions and create a more liveable world?" (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor, Dr. Nancy Cook, Supervisory Committee Member, Dr. Shauna Pomerantz)

Justine Henhawk-Bomberry (2011) "'Everybody's watching': Media Representations of Six Nations and the Caledonia Crisis." (Major Research Paper)(Supervisor, Dr. Michael Ripmeester, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Susan Tilley)

Jodie Lynn Harrison (2011) "At Home at School: Building Stronger Indigenous People through Cultural Resurgence in Ontario Public School Contexts." (Thesis) (Supervisor, Dr. Janet Conway, Supervisory Committee Members: Dr. Margot Francis,  Melissa St. Germaine-Small.

Jessie Ray Short (2011) "All of My Blood is Red: Contemporary Metis Visual Culture and Identity." (Thesis) (Supervisor, Dr. Margot Francis, Supervisory Committee Members: Dr. David Fancy, Dr. Keri Cronin)

Carolina Avarado (2010) “Canadian Media discourse on Mexico, Mexican Agricultural Migrant Workers and H1N1.” (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Jane Helleiner, Supervisory Committee Members: Dr. Jonah Butovsky, Dr. Hijin Park)

Malaika Baxter (2010) “Student Apathy and Activism in Neoliberal Times: A Case for Contextualizing Political Behaviours.” (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Dennis Soron, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Mary-Beth Raddon)

Meagan Bowman (2010) “Sexual Harassment is “a big deal”: A Theoretical Exploration of links between Interpretations of and Resistance to Discourses of Gender and Boys’ Sexual Harassment of Girls.” (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr Rebecca Raby, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Shauna Pomerantz)

Alison Richards (2010) “The Role that Privilege can play in Informing Experiences for Participants in International Service-learning Initiatives.” (Major Research Paper) (Supervisor: Dr Shannon Moore, Supervisory Committee Member: Dr. Rob Alexander)

Nikita Cox (2010) 'The normalization of Speciesism: An analysis of the Food Network" (major research paper) (Supervisor: John Sorenson, Supervisory Committee Member: June Corman)

Amos Nkrumah (2010) "Gender Relations and Microcredit in Rural Southern Ghana" (major research paper) (Supervisor: Kate Bezanson, Supervisory Committee Member: Ifeanyi Ezeonu)

Emelia Ayipio (2010) China's Involvement in Ghana: A Case Study of Chinese Manufactured Goods in Accra, Ghana." (major research paper) (Supervisor: Ifeanyi Ezeonu, Supervisory Committee Member: Kate Bezanson) 

 

Nadia Sukul (2010) "Constructing Racial Identities in Hollywood Film: An Application of Racial Triangulation to Rush Hour (1998)." (major research paper) (Supervisor: Susan Spearey, Supervisory Committee Member: Hijin Park)

Renee McKinley (2010) “Childcare by Choice or by Default? Examining the Experience of Unregulated Home-Based Childcare for Women in Paid Work.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Kate Bezanson, Supervisory Committee Members: June Corman, Ann Duffy)

 

Megan Martens (2010) "Perennial Negotiations/Elemental Encounters: Autoethnographic Perspectives on Approaching Food Sovereignty." (thesis) (Supervisor:  Adam Dickinson, Supervisory Committee Members: Susan Spearey, Margot Francis)

Rahaina Tahiru (2010) “Women's Experiences and Ethnic Conflict: The Case of Northern Ghana.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Susan Spearey, Supervisory Committee Member: Bonny Ibhawoh)

Nana Miladinovic (2009) “From Socialism to Capitalism?  Critically Evaluating Competing Discourses on the Causes of Dissolution of Former Yugoslavia, 1981 - 1991.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Murray Smith, Supervisory Committee Member: Tamari Kitossa)

Suzanne Narain (2009) “The Re-branding Project: The Genealogy of Creating a Neoliberal Jane and Finch" (major research paper) (Supervisor: Tamari Kitossa, Supervisory Committee Member: Ebru Ustandag)

Arusa Shafi (2009) "Constructed Spaces of Vulnerability and Disaster: The Case of Kashechewan." (major research paper) (Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester, Supervisory Committee Member: Ana Isla)

Kaysia Saliba (2009) “Analyzing Postfeminism in the Media:  The Consumption of a Young Star." (major research paper) (Supervisor: Jane Helleiner, Supervisory Committee Member: Michelle Webber)

Jody Toetenel (2009) "Fitness to Stand Trial: How Discourses of Rationality, Reasonableness and Culpability Inform the Law and Psychiatry to Create Standards of Normal." (thesis) (Supervisor: Voula Marinos, Supervisory Committee Member: Shannon Moore)

Terry Trowbridge (2009) "The Clemente Course in the Humanities and Critical Pedagogy: A Comparative Analysis of Earl Shorris and bell hooks on Poverty, Racism, Imperialism and Patriarchy" (thesis) (Supervisor: Michael Driegder, Supervisory Committee Member: Dennis Soron)

Kate Williams (2009) "Medicalization and Women: O, The Oprah Magazine Diagnosed through Critical Discourse Analysis (thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Dan Malleck, Committee Member Dr. Margot Francis).

Lindsay Adams (2008) "The Shifting Terrain of Feminist Theory and Activism: University-Based Women's Centres and Third Wave Feminism." (thesis) (Supervisor: Nancy Cook, Supervisory Committee Member: Margot Francis)

Theresa DiClemente (2008) "A Dialectical Social Analysis of Hamburgers: The complex and multifaceted interplay of exploitations." (major research paper) (Supervisor: John Sorenson, Supervisory Committee Member: Dennis Soron)

Anna Lise Domanski (2008) “Righteous Sounds and Reproductive Justice: The Influence of Ani DiFranco's Music for Reproductive Rights Activists.” (thesis) (Supervisor: David Butz, Supervisory Committee Member: David Fancy)

Aaron Franks (2008) "A Minor Theory of the Transit of Materiality into Discourse via Campesina. " (thesis) (Supervisor: David Butz, Supervisory Committee Member: Mary Beth Raddon) 

 

Maureen Kihika (2008) "A Critique of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal - 'To Combat, Reduce and Halt the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya by 2015'." (major research paper) (Supervisor: Hevina Dashwood, Supervisory Committee Member: David Butz)

 

Nelson Lara (2008) "The Legacy of the Cuban Revolution: Blueprint for Socialism?" (major research paper) (Supervisor: Jonah Butovsky, Supervisory Committee Member: Dennis Soron)

Priscillia Lefebvre (2008) "Antidepressants, the new opiate of the people: Resisting the medicalization of alienation with the biopsychosocial model."  (thesis) (Supervisor: Dan Malleck, Supervisory Committee Members: Shannon Moore, Andrew Dane)

Betsy MacDonald (2008) "Imagining Alter-narratives: Discourse, "Atlantica" and Globalization." (major research paper) (Supervisor: Catherine Chaput, Supervisory Committee Member: Janet Conway)

Sara McLean (2008) “The Compassionate 'Terrorists': Terrorism Rhetoric, Anti-Terror Legislation, and the Implications for Animal Advocacy Movements.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: John Sorenson, Supervisory Committee Member: Janet Conway)

Matthew Reimer (2008) "Gendered Inequality in Academia: Exploring Women's Experiences During the Pre-Tenure Stage of their Academic Career." (thesis) (Supervisor: Michelle Webber, Supervisory Committee Member: Ann Duffy)

Jessica Soul (2008) "Interconnections and Contradictions: An Eco-feminist Perspective on PETA." (major research paper) (Supervisor: Ana Isla, Supervisory Committee Member: Dennis Soron)

Jennifer Whitten (2008) "Post-Monogamy." (major research paper) (Supervisor: Mary Beth Raddon, Supervisory Committee Member: Nancy Cook)

 

Cheryl Athersych (2007) “Women’s Social Networks in Niagara: The Experience of Homelessness and Poverty.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Kate Bezanson, Supervisory Committee Member: June Corman)

 

Sylvia Bawa (2007) “Advocating Recognition and Redistribution in Poverty Alleviation Programs in Ghana: An Examination of State and NGO Programs and Policies.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Bonny Ibhawoh, Supervisory Committee Members: Hevina Dashwood, Kate Bezanson)

 

Julie Gregory (2007) “Dancing Politics: Connecting Women's Experience of Rave in Toronto to Ageism and Patriarchy.” (thesis) (Supervisor: David Butz, Supervisory Committee Member: Rebecca Raby)

 

Erin Kaipainen (2007) “Graffiti, Memory and Contested Space: Mnemonic Initiatives following Trauma and/or Repression in Buenos Aires, Argentina.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester, Supervisory Committee Member: Ana Isla)

 

Heather Maguire (2007) “Citizen Jane: Exploring The Relationship Between Gender and Cellular Phones in Societies of Control.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Catherine Nash, Supervisory Committee Members: Dale Bradley, David Butz)

 

Stacey Byrne (2006) “Benefits, Challenges, and Limitation of Fair Trade as a Social Justice Movement.” (thesis) (Supervisor: John Sorenson, Supervisory Committee Member: Ann Duffy)

 

Jillian Ditillio (2006) “What's So Special about the Special Diet Allowance? A Critical Discourse Analysis.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Jonah Butovsky, Supervisory Committee Member: Mary-Beth Raddon)

 

Karen Hofman (2006) “Production Under Glass: Working Conditions and Class-consciousness of Niagara Greenhouse Workers.” (thesis) (Supervisor: June Corman, Supervisory Committee Member: Murray Smith)

 

Allison Jensen (2006) “Romancing Orientalism: Reading Racialised Masculinities in Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter Series.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Amanda Glasbeek, Supervisory Committee Member: Rob Alexander)

 

Lorraine Pannett (2006) “Finding a Liveable Life in Translation: Doing Justice to Migrant Life History and Identity.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: David Butz, Supervisory Committee Member: Mary-Beth Raddon)

 

Meredith Pilling (2006) “Queer Encounters: Exploring Experiences of (Gender)Queers in Women's Public Washroom Spaces.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Jane Helleiner, Supervisory Committee Member: Catherine Nash)

 

Tomee Sojourner (2006) “From Periphery to Centre: An Exploratory Study of One Black Lesbian's Intersecting Identities and Experiences of Discrimination in the Workplace.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Jane Helleiner, Supervisory Committee Members: David Butz, Catherine Nash)

 

Allison Burgess (2005) “Disrupting Heterosexual Space? The Implementation of a Campus Positive Space Campaign.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Jane Helleiner, Supervisory Committee Members: Mary-Beth Raddon, Catherine Nash)

 

Sara Cumming (2005) “'Welcome to my Life': The Experiences of Single Mothers who are the Recipients of Multiple State Provided Benefits.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Kate Bezanson, Supervisory Committee Member: June Corman)

 

Sarah Fuller (2005) “Theology, Social Struggle, Economic Justice and Churches in Canada.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Mary-Beth Raddon, Supervisory Committee Member: Susan Spearey)

 

Erica Kelly (2005) “Poetries of Community: Africville Recollected.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester, Supervisory Committee Member: Marilyn Rose)

 

Elizaveta Kozlova (2005) “Representations of Russian Immigrants in Canadian Newspaper Discourse.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Susan Spearey, Supervisory Committee Member: John Sorenson)

 

Lysanne Louter (2005) “Free Speech and Reporting on Rights: Canadian Newspaper Treatment of Bill C-250.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Rob Alexander, Supervisory Committee Member: Susan Spearey)

 

Samah Sabra (2005) “(Re)Writing the Other/Self: Autoethnography in the Transcultural Arena of Representation.” (thesis) (Supervisor: David Butz, Supervisory Committee Member: Susan Spearey)

 

Lisa Sharik (2005) “WaterCan: One Man's Vision, Millions of Lives Saved.” (major research paper) (Supervisor: June Corman, Supervisory Committee Member: Ann Duffy)

 

Brigitte Cecckin (2004) “The Impact of Social Welfare Reform and Workfare on Lone-Parent Female Headed Households in the Niagara Region.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Ann Duffy, Supervisory Committee Member: June Corman)

 

Emily Eaton (2004) “Niagara Alternative Food Systems: Networks, Discourses and Nature.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Karen Krug, Supervisory Committee Member: Deborah Leslie)

 

Rebecca Jansen (2004) “Power, Resistance and Spanish Residential School.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Mike Ripmeester, Supervisory Committee Member: Carmela Patrias)

 

Cynthia Nyarko (2004) “Canada/US Border Crossing Facilitation and Constraint.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Jane Helleiner, Supervisory Committee Member: Anna Pratt)

 

Melissa St. Germaine-Small (2004) “Native Women, Theory and Research: Contexts and Contestations.” (thesis) (Supervisor: Ann Duffy, Supervisory Committee Member: David Butz)

 

Katherine Zavitz (2004) “International Volunteers at a Costa Rican Organic Farm: Sheepish Volunteers, Proud Tourists and Unwitting Developers.” (thesis) (Supervisor: David Butz, Supervisory Committee Member: June Corman)