Students

 

Our MA and PhD Students

Our graduate students are conducting exciting research in diverse subject areas.

Samantha Abel

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Mohammad Aldhahri

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Amina Ally

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Christopher Alton

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Rawan Al-Wakeal

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Mahmood Amadi Afzadi

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Elisa Arca Jarque

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Joshua Augustino

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Daryoush Ayvaizin Kari

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Srijan Batra

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Jessica Bay

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Emily Blyth

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Mary-Ann Boateng

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Alexandra Borkowski

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Cynthia Breen

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Zoe Burke

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Adam Camacho

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Alex Chalk

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture

Sae Min Choi

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Terri Chu

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Giovanna Cioffi

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Aurore Coco Avolonto

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Julia Cucci

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Axelle Demus

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Joshua Dittrich

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Patrick Dolan

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Jeffery Donison

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Wendy Donnan

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Valeria Duarte

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Diana Edelhauser

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Dilli Edingo

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Elizabeth Edwards

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Masoud Eskandari

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Tamar Faber

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Victoria Fleming

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


J.A. ForbesStudent Photo James Forbes

James Alexander Forbes is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and PhD Candidate in Communication and Culture at York University. His general research focuses primarily on materialist perspectives in the philosophy and history of technology. More specifically, he is interested in questions of mobility and the medium, media archaeology, and machine ontology as it is portrayed in the literature and film of science fiction. He is also conducting research in queer theory, queer ontology, and is a lifelong advocate for HIV+ people.

His proposed dissertation will examine the lived experience of HIV+ Long Term Survivors as a potential site for the positive reclamation of queer theory. It is also a means of championing and celebrating lives and stories that are frequently marginalized or overlooked. He holds a B.A. from McGill (English and Anthropology), a B.A. with Honors from Concordia (Philosophy), and a M.A. from Ryerson and York (Communication and Culture).

Supervisory Committee:
Dr. Kevin Dowler (Supervisor), Dr. Anne MacLennan, Dr. Nick Mulé

Select Publications:
Selling Heaven: Evangelical Natalism in 19 Kids and Counting. Ed. Roberta Garrett, Tracey Jensen and Angie Voela. In: We Need to Talk about Family: Essays on Neo-liberalism, The Family and Popular Culture, 2016.

Select Conference Papers:

Positive Talk: Online Forums, HIV and MSM Sexual Health in the Canadian, Context. IAMCR 2017, Cartagena CO.

Towards Undetectable Stigma: Canadian ASO’s, Health Communication and “AIDS Panic”. CCA/Congress 2017, Toronto ON.

Quilts and Candlelight: Marginalization, Memory, and the Stigmatization of HIV+ Long Term Survivors in Canadian ASO’s. IAMCR 2016, Leicester UK.

Material and Technique: On the Origins of Writing in the Ancient Near-East. CCA/Congress 2016, Calgary AB.

Television as Oracle: Ancient Greek Epigraphy from Dodona and the Modern Soap Opera. Northeast Popular Culture Association Regional Conference 2014, Providence, RI.

Politics and Printing in the Dutch Golden Age: La République des Lettres in the Printing House of Samuel Luchtmans? Technology/Politics 2014, Trent University Graduate Conference, Peterborough, ON.

Narrowing the Gap: Normative Representation of Families and the Limitations of Political Discourse. Popular Culture Association of America National Conference 2014, Chicago, IL.

Conference Chairing:
Co-Chair, Intersections | Cross-Sections 2015

Distinctions:
SSHRC 2016 Doctoral Fellowship
OGS 2016 (Declined)
Waitlisted, Vanier 2015 Competition

http://jaforbes.ca


Johanna Frazer

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Sophia Goshulak

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Andrew Greer

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Keah Hansen

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Abu Faiz Md Haque

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Daniel Harley

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Zaul Hasan

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Emilie Hurst

Emilie Hurst is a first year PhD student in the Communication and Culture departement at York University. She previously obtained a BA (Honours) in Music and Creative Writing from Dalhousie University and an MA in Music and Culture from Carleton University where she explored the role of repetition in the music of Doctor Who through a Deleuzian lens. Her current research interest centres on studying fans of classical music, especially those of the composer Richard Wagner.


Maria Inclan Perea

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Aaisha Islam

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Preethi Jagadeesh

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Steve Jankowski

Steve Jankowski is a PhD candidate Communication and Culture at York University. He holds an MA in Communication from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Design from the York / Sheridan Design Program. Steve's current research interests include critical theory, digital epistemologies and new media aesthetics. More specifically he is exploring how the affordances of media have influenced the creation, dissemination, circulation and experience of knowledge.


Lianrui Jia

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Robyn Joffe

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Sohaila Khaliqyar

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Shahbaz Khayambashi

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Shila Khayambashi

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Irina Kovalenko

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Kaitlyn Kribs

Kait Kribs is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York University/Ryerson University, and is the recipient of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017-2019). She holds a Master of Arts in Popular Culture and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Media and Culture Studies from Brock University. Her current research interests include the political economy of communication and culture, the popular music industries, and creative labour. Under the supervision of Dr. David Skinner, Kait’s doctoral research assesses how digital distribution and marketplace platforms, crowdfunding sites, and content aggregators change the way musician labour is discursively understood and materially practiced in the digital era.

Select Publications and Presentations
Book Review, "Popular Music as Promotion: Music and Branding in the Digital Era," Canadian Journal of Communication, (2018).

Book Review, "(Not) Getting Paid to Do What you Love: Gender, Social Media, and Aspirational Labor," Journal of Cultural Economy, (2018).

Article, “Independent (Net)Work: Musician Labour Under Conditions of Platform Capitalism,” Global Labour Research Centre Graduate Symposium, Proceedings, (2017).

Article, “The Artist-as-Intermediary: Musician Labour in the Digitally Networked Era,” eTopia, Proceedings, (2017).

Presentation, “Independent (Net)Work: Microfunding and Musician Labour in Digitally Networked Capitalism,” at the Canadian Communication Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, June 2017.

Presentation, “Creative & Immaterial Labour In The Networked Era: Indie Music, Digital Distribution and The Artist-as-Intermediary,” Canadian Communication Association, Calgary, AB, June 2016.


Alysse Kushinski

Alysse Kushinski is a PhD candidate and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in Communication and Culture at York University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and holds a Masters of Science in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her current research focuses on the politics and aesthetics of "leaking". Generally, her work sits at the intersection of critical theory, aesthetics, and visual and material culture.

https://alyssekushinski.com

https://yorku.academia.edu/AlysseKushinski


Mary Grace Lao

Student Photo Grace LaoMary Grace Lao is a PhD candidate in York and Ryerson Universities’ Communication and Culture program. She holds a BSc in Psychology and Exceptionality in Human Learning from the University of Toronto and an MEd from Brock University. Her PhD research looks at gender-based violence and rape culture in the context of social media and if/how it affects the ways that issues of sexual violence and assault are framed in mainstream media. Additional areas of research interest are: politics of representation, Asian studies, online “space”, and surveillance.

Mary Grace was co-chair of ComCult’s annual Intersections | Cross-Sections Conference and Art Exhibit in 2016 and has recently completed summer-long Education Specialist internship with the Shanti Uganda Society, working with midwives on improving maternal and infant health programs in Luwero District, Uganda.

Supervisory Committee:
Steve Bailey, Paul Moore, Ganaele Langlois
Select Awards and Distinctions:
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral (2016, 2017)
York University International Internship Award (2016)
Brock University Master of Education Research Fellowship (2011)
Select Publications and Presentations:
Book Review, “Joseph M. Reagle Jr: Reading the Comments: Likers, Haters, and Manipulators at the Bottom of the Web,” International Journal of Communication Vol. 10 (2016).
Presentation with Chris Alton, “Villain Fandom: The Romanticization of KIlgrave in Jessica Jones,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Calgary, AB, June 2016.
Presentation, “Crisis in Broadcasting: An Examination of the CBC’s Response to Jian Ghomeshi,” BEA 2016 Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 2016.

Lisa La Rocca

Lisa La Rocca is a part-time PhD student in the Communication and Culture program at York University. She holds an M.A. in Communication and New Media from McMaster University, where she completed her OGS funded research “The Use of Internet Technologies by Canadian Musicians”. Her current research interests include the Canadian Music Industry, the dichotomy between record labels and independent artists, public music funding in Canada, and concert ticketing platforms.

Lisa works full-time as Operations Manager at independent record label Sonic Unyon Records in Hamilton, which includes producing Hamilton’s Supercrawl festival every September, and many other live music and cultural events.

Select conference presentations:

Independent Music and Space: A Study of Independent Musicians and Their Local Music Communities. Screen: Communication Graduate Caucus Conference (Carleton University, 2014)

Has the Independent Musician Been Empowered? Analyzing the Use of Internet Technologies for Music Promotion. TEM 2014: Annual Conference of the Canadian Communication Association (Brock University, 2014)

Supercrawl, a Case Study: The Growth of a Music and Arts Street Festival in Hamilton, Ontario. Colloquium on Urban Arts Festivals in Canada. (McGill University, 2014)


Ryan Legassicke

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Bryn Ludlow

Bryn Ludlow is a PhD candidate at York University in the Department of Communication Studies, York and Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, Toronto, Canada.  Her dissertation is about diverse perspectives on digital stories by former youth in foster care in Canada.


Lauren Lyew

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Stephanie Mackenzie_Smith

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Mamta Manhas

Ma candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Michael Marlatt

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


George Martin

George Martin is a PhD student in Communication and Culture at York University. His research considers sociological aspects of heritage conservation in cities. This involves examining how notions of historic cultural values are formulated through conversation and debate. George holds a MSc in Conservation from the University Hong Kong and has worked as an urban planning consultant in Toronto and Vancouver.


Daniela Mastrocola

Student Photo Daniela MastrocolaDaniela Mastrocola is a PhD candidate in York University’s Communication and Culture program. She holds an MA in Communication & Social Justice from the University of Windsor, where her OGS-funded research assessed CBC coverage of the Canadian seal hunts from the perspectives of Inuit sealers and animal rights activists. Daniela earned her first BA (Hons.) from the University of Toronto in English and Political Science, and second from York University in Communication Studies.

Daniela’s research and teaching interests include the political economy of communication and culture, alternative and activist media, and communication for social justice. Currently, her research explores the impacts of deregulation and digitalization on campus-community radio stations in Canada. Her recent work “Another One Bites the Dust? The Transition from CHRY 105.5FM to VIBE105” was awarded the CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research.

Before beginning her doctorate, Daniela was the News & Spoken Word Coordinator at CHRY 105.5FM/VIBE105, where she oversaw the creation and dissemination of critical, locally reflective talk-radio content, largely with a social justice orientation.


Autumn Mayes

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Alejando Mayoral Banos

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Samuel McCready

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Ali Mehboob Hirji

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Sophia Melanson

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Immony Men

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Jennifer Meness

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Ellouise Mgeachi

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Fizza Mir

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Andrey Miroshnichenko

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Alla Miroshnichenko

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Zahra Nader

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Bahar Nasirzadeh

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Stephen Neville

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Gagan Nijjar

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Oceane Nyela

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Amanda Oye

Student Photo Amanda OyeAmanda Oye is a PhD candidate in the Communication and Culture department at York University. She has a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her research interests include broadcast policy, public service broadcasting, new media and journalism.

She is the 2016 recipient of the Dalton Camp award for best essay written by a post-secondary student, and a recipient of the SSHRC Joseph Armand-Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship.


Elizaveta Poliakova

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Matthew Poulter

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Fatima Qaraan

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Alanna Quinn

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Ryan Ram

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Grayson Richards

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Richard Rosenbaum

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Daniela Sanzone

Student Photo Daniela SanzoneDaniela Sanzone is a PhD York student in Communication &
Culture, joint program York/Ryerson Universities. Her research interests are Canadian broadcasting policies, journalism, and third language media. From La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, she holds two Masters, in Communications Sciences (dissertation: La televisione di servizio – Educational Television), and Cultural Anthropology. Her Bachelor Degree in Literature and Fine Arts ended with a dissertation on History of Cinema and Critique (Realtà italiana e modelli sociali nel cinema di inchiesta del dopoguerra, 1945-1955 - Italian reality and social paradigms in Neorealist Cinema, 1945-1955). Before embracing her academic project on how news should reflect the complexity of the Canadian “interculturalism”,  Daniela was a film critic and a journalist. She worked for television and radio, print and online media. In Toronto, she has been a reporter for the Italian newspaper Corriere Canadese, and a News Anchor, On-Air Host, Producer and Reporter for the Italian News broadcast on Omni Television.

Conference papers presented:

  • 2014 October – Disconnected journalism: OMNI TV and CityTv unequal space – “Italian Without Borders – Transnational Italian American Experience” – 47th Annual Conference of the Italian American Studies Association, Toronto, University of Toronto.
  • 2013 December – How to improve ethnic media in the GTA, the crisis of OMNI TV as a case study – Future Communication Symposium, Toronto, York University.
  • 2013 March – A portrait of the present Italian Community in Ontario (Canada), section “Border Studies, Cultural Economy and Migration,” PCA-ACA (Popular Culture Association-American Culture Association), Washington, DC.
  • 2006 – Multiculturalism in the World of Mass Media during the Digital Era, Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Studies, University of Toronto.
  • 2002 – Italy and Italians on the North American silver screen, 79th Congress of the AATI (American association of teachers of Italian), OISE (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), University of Toronto.

Academic publications:

  • Journal Article, “From Mass Media immigration to professional workers – A portrait of the present Italian ‘Comunità’ in Ontario”, Italian Canadiana, Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Studies. University of Toronto. (2016)
  • Book Review, “The Global Intercultural Communication Reader”, Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 40 N. 4 (2015).
  • Book Review, “Global Media Ethics: Problems and Perspective”, Canadian Journal of Communication, 39 N.3 (2014).
  • Journal Article, “Italian Canadian Mass Media in the Digital Era”, The Virtual Piazza, Special Issue of Italian Canadiana, Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Studies. University of Toronto, Vol. 19 (2006).
  • Book Research, La “scuola” italiana: storia, strutture e immaginario di un altro cinema (1988-1996) (The Italian “school”: history, structures and imaginary of another cinema). (Pesaro International Film festival). Pesaro (1996).
  • Journal Article, Neorealism as inquiry”. Il ragazzo selvaggio (Wild child). Centro Studi Cinematografici, Rome. April-June. (1995).

Dana Seif

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Shon Shum

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Karen Skardzius

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Hanako Smith

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Sarah Smithies

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Sarah Stang

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Chad Story

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Stedman Tabiri

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Paula Todd

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Davos Va;;eso

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Deepa Venkatesan

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Iris Verschuren

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Carmen Victor

Student Photo Carmen VictorCarmen Victor is a PhD student affiliated with the York/Ryerson Graduate Program in Communication & Culture, supervised by Dr. Janine Marchessault. Her research interests include exhibitions, museum studies, contemporary art, visual culture, experimental film, Arctic cinema, communication studies, critical surveillance studies, critical theories of climate change.
She serves on the board of Directors of YYZ Artists Outlet, is a caucus member of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology and has recently published in Seismopolite: Journal of Art & Politics and Prefix Photo magazine # 32. She has forthcoming chapters in Kelly Richardson: Pillars of Dawn (Art Editions North, University of Sunderland, UK) and Sculpting Cinema (Pleasure Dome).
In 2015 she presented her research at the 103rd College Art Association in New York, the 41st Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians at the University of East Anglia in the UK, the Film Studies Association of Canada at the University of Ottawa, Visible Evidence XXII at Ryerson University, and Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2016 she was a panelist for the Toronto Film & Media Seminar at the TIFF Lightbox and will present at the Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and others.
She is a recipient of the Anne Simone International Graduate Award (2015) and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2016-17).


Lauren Walter

MA candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Jason Wang

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Sisi Wei

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Brianna Weins

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Samantha Whatley

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture


Kyler Zeleny

PhD candidate in the joint program in Communication & Culture