Research

Social Sciences - Social Justice and Equity Studies




Research

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Completed Theses and Major Research Papers 

Gallant, Dan (2015) “Caring More for Less: Neoliberalization within Social Service Nonprofits in Ontario” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Kate Bezanson, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Kendra Coulter)

Hinsperger-Fox, Blaire (2015) “Harm Reduction and Social Justice: Examination of Discourse Surrounding Safe Injection Sites in Toronto” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Ebru Ustundag, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Trent Newmeyer)

Knight, Judith (2015) “Healing in Selected Works by Indigenous Women of Turtle Island: Searching for Social Justice” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Janet Conway, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Margot Francis)

Lucking, Jennifer (2015) “Getting Into ‘The Game’: Domestic sex trafficking in Canada, male pimps and the social construction of their female victims” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Ann Duffy, Supervisory Committee: June Corman)

Mojadidi, Mash (2015) “Local Print Media Coverage of Toronto’s Africentric School: 2005-2012” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Good, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Kevin Gosine) 

Paterson, Kathryn (2015) “‘They’re trying to trick us!’: Making sense of anti-oppressive children’s literature in the elementary school classroom” (thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Shauna Pomerantz, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Nancy Taber, Dr. Andrea Doucet) 

Kaikai, John-Bosco (2014) “Deconstructing Newspaper Depictions of Refugees and Detentions (2008-2013): Xeno-Racism and the Criminalization of Refugee Claimants” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Hijin Park, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Kate Bezanson)

Karapanceva, Renata (2014) “Envisioning an Equitable and Inclusive Education for Marginalized Students” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Leanne Taylor, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Shannon A. Moore)

Murano, Cristina (2014) “Dykes Do Toronto: 1980s Lesbian-Feminist Anti-Racist Activism” (thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Margot Francis, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Rebecca Raby, Dr. Janet Conway)

Penner, Joyce (2014) “An Autoethnographic Account of Recovery through Volunteerism” (thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Mary Breunig, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Joe Norris, Dr. Tim O’Connell) 

Seshie, Abigail Zita (2014) “Institutional Arrangements and Small-Scale Gold Mining in Ghana” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Hevina Dashwood, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Janet Conway)

Sey, David Maxwell (2014) “A Focus on Continental African Immigrants and Multiculturalism: An Exploration of Three Primary Texts” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Tamari Kitossa, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Hijin Park)

Sherry-Kirk, Laurie (2014) “Indigenous Language Recovery: The Learner’s Prespective” (thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. June Corman, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Margot Francis, Dr. Jennifer Rowsell) 

Vitti, Maria Luisa (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” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Tamari Kitossa, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Hijin Park) 

Decaro, Lynn (2013): “Helping the Other: Canadian Youth-Drive NGOs” (thesis) (Supevisor: Dr. Mary-Beth Raddon, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Nancy Cook, Dr. Rebecca Raby)

Dietrich, Rachel (2013) “Risky Business: Offering Care to Young People” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. June Corman, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Mary-Beth Raddon)

Freeman, Susie (2013) “Sustainability: Juxtaposition of Indigenous and Western Knowledge” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Good, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Richard Mitchell)

Girma, Menelik (2013) “‘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: Dr. Jonah Butovsky)

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: Dr. Ebru Ustundag)

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: Dr. Ann Duffy)

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: Dr. Keri Cronin)

Soloman, 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: Dr. Thomas Dunk)

Wallace, Jade (2013) “Are Ableist Discourses Necessary Components of Arguments” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Mary Breunig, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Brian Lightbody)

Clarke, Douglas (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: Dr. Sheryl Vint, Dr. Susan Spearey)

Corman, David Andrew (2012) “Playing with Judith Butler in [Cyper] Space: Can cyberpunk undo gender, reveal discursive constructions and create a more liveable world?” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Cook, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Shauna Pomerantz)

Harrison, Jodie Lynn (2012) "At Home at School: Building Stronger Indigenous People through Cultural Resurgence in Ontario Public School Contexts" (thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Janet Conway, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Margot Francis, Dr. Melissa St. Germaine-Small)

Henhawk-Bomberry, Justine (2012) "'Everybody's watching': Media Representations of Six Nations and the Caledonia Crisis" (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Michael Ripmeester, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Susan Tilley)

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

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

McGregor, Erin (2012) "Strombo Speak: Conversation Analysis, Canadian News Media and Democracy" (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Robert Alexander, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Jennifer Good) 

Sweiss, Jenna (2012) "Beseiged Bodies: Contemporary Palestinian Resistance Art" (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Susan Spearey, Supervisory Committee: Dr. David Fancy)

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

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

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

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

Bowman, Meagan (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: Dr. Shauna Pomerantz)

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



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

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

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

Richards, Alison (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: Dr. Rob Alexander) 

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

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

Toetenel, Jody (2010) "Fitness to Stand Trial: How Discourses of Rationality, Reasonableness and Culpability Inform the Law and Psychiatry to Create Standards of Normal" (thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Voula Marinos, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Shannon Moore, Dr. Jane Helleiner)

Trowbridge, Terry (2010) "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: Dr. Michael Driegder, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Dennis Soron, Dr. Jane Helleiner)

Adams, Lindsay (2009) "The Shifting Terrain of Feminist Theory and Activism: University-Based Women's Centres and Third Wave Feminism" (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Nancy Cook, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Margot Francis) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Khika, Maureen (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: Dr. Hevina Dashwood, Supervisory Committee: Dr. David Butz) 

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

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

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

Maguire, Heather (2008) “Citizen Jane: Exploring The Relationship Between Gender and Cellular Phones in Societies of Control” (thesis) (Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nash, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Dale Bradley, Dr. David Butz) 

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

Reimer, Matthew (2008) “Gender Inequality in Academia: Exploring Women’s Experiences with the Tenure and Promotion Application Process” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Michelle Webber, Supervisory Committee: Dr. Ann Duffy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tomee Sojourner, Elizabeth (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: Dr. Jane Helleiner, Supervisory Committee: Dr. David Butz, Dr. Catherine Nash)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Germaine-Small, Melissa (2005) “Native Women, Theory and Research: Contexts and Contestations” (major research paper) (Supervisor: Dr. Ann Duffy, Supervisory Committee: Dr. David Butz)

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

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

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

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

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