The Theory Centre is currently home to 50 full-time Master's and Ph.D. students. Our graduate students come from a variety of educational backgrounds including Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Information and Media Studies, and Sciences.
Kamran AhmedDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My doctoral work explores the relationship between Ancient Philosophical Skepticism and its role in Quranic Philosophy. My Master's thesis engaged with the philosophy of René Descartes and the pedagogical use of doubt in the "Meditations on First Philosophy".
Jeremy ArnottMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Walter Benjamin and his relationship to others in the Frankfurt School. (Specifically Adorno) Possible avenues include an examination of their divergent intellectual persona's; or a comparison of their writings on 'the city,' (Paris, and L.A) and modernity.
Derek BarnettDoctoral candidate
Rachel BathMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Edith Stein’s phenomenology. More specifically, her work on empathy as a transcendental structure of consciousness that enables interpersonal understanding in order to reveal how empathy leads to self-knowledge and a unified sense of personal identity.
Jake BelloneDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Interested in Badiou, communist theory, Marxist Humanism and Raya Dunayevskaya, the anti-underconsumptionist argument, and how the formal matrix of Christianity provides an insight into the formation of a contemporary communist discipline
Tomas BoudreauMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: The concept of infinity and the infinitesimal in Simone Weil
Chris CoughlinMasters candidate
Vladimir CristacheDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Interested in: the (hi)story of criticism/critique as criticism of the status quo, as inherently negative, and as bringing with it what it negates; time and temporality; 20th century Romanian philosophy; utopian thought. Secondary: Deleuze and cinema and by himself; Barthes and photography; phenomenology; Frankfurt School.
Eva CupchikDoctoral candidate
Grant DempseyDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Deleuze's concept of fabulation; theories of myth, storytelling and worldbuilding; intersections of art, aesthetics, and anthropology; ontological pluralism and cosmopolitics; ancient Indian literature and philosophy, and the Sanskrit language; contemporary speculative fiction; game studies.
Jon DoeringDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research looks at rhetoric versus philosophy, and rhetoric joining philosophy, in late 20th century thought. I am also interested in the powerful rhetoric -- and near absence of philosophy -- directing modern financial markets.
Andrew EvansMasters candidate
Dru FarroDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My primary research is on English education from the perspectives of psychoanalysis and deconstruction. My hobbies include reading novels, being an amateur naturalist (specializing in birds, edible plants, trees and now I have a growing interest in friendly bugs), playing the guitar, making jokes, cooking, and star observing/gazing. I am the head administrator of the Theory Centre's unofficial blog 'song, and sin'.
Yuri Forbes-PetrovichDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My doctoral research is examining the role of contingency in the constitution of Christian faith and Truth. This work critiques contemporary phenomenology, deconstruction and materialism through an emphasis on the historical-hermeneutic and alethurgic elements of Kierkegaardian existentialism, Foucault's ethical discourse analysis and Badiouian mathematical ontology for Christian thought.
Molly FraserMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Decolonizing the Transgender Umbrella
Katie GrantMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My primary research addresses themes of alienation and articulations of Marxist thought in punk subculture, particularly given the cohort’s commentary on love, sex, and pop. Further interests include Adorno’s treatment of culture and leisure, Marx and his “human senses”, and pop music in the context of LEF’s social command.
Eric GuzziMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research interest is information technologies and state surveillance. Areas of interest include the Frankfurt School, German Idealism, Nietzsche, Philosophy of History, Marxism, Queer Theory, Communications and Media.
Michael HajikMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Social theory, critical theory, media theory, Žižek, and the Frankfurt School.
James HallDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research focuses on notions of development and delay in Romantic and idealist literature, philosophy, and the 19th century sciences. Research interests include vitalism, epigenesis, evolution, nature, and temporality.
Matthew HalseDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My project asks how antiretroviral technologies change our ontological and phenomenological understandings of HIV. Secondary interests include issues surrounding AIDS and generational memory, cultural perceptions of sexual subcultures, and chocolate covered gummy bears.
Matthew HarkerDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research intersects Foucault, biopolitics and biometrics. I use intervention (military) as a site to locate a potential move from sovereignty toward biopolitics. Beyond this, I'm interested in the narration, aesthetics, and the performance of sovereignty.
Marshall HillMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: The intersection of theories of globalization and decolonization with the poetic; how we can rethink poetry in an increasingly globalized world in which canons, and the professional discipline of English literature which relies on them, have become more or less useless in relation to the actual living practice of poetry. How might this rethinking contribute to the process of decolonization and promote cross cultural interaction/understanding and what are its limitations.
David HirstMasters candidate
Domenic HutchinsMasters candidate
Alexander JacksonDoctoral candidate
Jennifer KomorowskiMasters candidate
Lawrence LiangMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Theistic existentialism, mysticism
Kathryn LawsonMasters candidate
Dolleen ManningDoctoral candidate
Svitlana MatviyenkoDoctoral candidate
Mary McLeveyMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My current research considers presentations of sound in De'VIA (Deaf View/Image Art), from a phenomenological perspective. Related interests include Merleau-Ponty on embodiment; questions about worldview; and American Sign Language.
Ilya MerlinDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: I am interested in intellectual counter-history from medieval metaphysics to current psychoanalytic studies, hip-hop scholarship, and questions of enfleshed ontology. Sigmund Freud’s Castilian Academy and Georges Bataille’s Collège de Sociologie largely inform my guiding questions, technique, heimlich pranks, and political horizons.
Tyler NashMasters candidate
Averil NovakDoctoral candidate
John NymanDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Conceptual poetry, visual poetry and erasure, deconstruction, aesthetics, structuralist and poststructuralist theories of language.
Justas PatkauskasDoctoral candidate
Evan PebesmaMasters candidate
Matthew ProkopiwDoctoral candidate
Russel Nicholas RameyDoctoral candidate
Rick RamrattanDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My doctoral research interrogates the increasing commodification of cyberspace and digital culture from a Lacanian-Marxian vantage. Other theoretical interests include cybernetics and cyborgism, accelerationism, and critical animal studies.
Jeffrey RayMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My proposed research engages ancient Greek conceptions of rhetoric from the perspective of an 18th/19th century German idealist framework of mythology, but also alongside 20th century North American scholarship—Burke, Black, White, and McLuhan. My philosophical research interests are primarily in German idealism—Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Schelling—and secondarily in Heidegger, Foucault, Derrida, and others.
Jessica ReillyDoctoral candidate
Adam RejakDoctoral candidate
Mazen SalehMasters candidate
Will SamsonDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Phenomenology, existentialism, 20th C French and German thought, political theory, Kant, Sartre, Heidegger, Deleuze, humour, Frankfurt School.
Andrew SeymourMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: The Subject Between Natural Science and Ideology
Ryan ShuveraDoctoral candidate
Thomas SuttonMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Passive Revolution and Canadian Society
Thomas SzwedskaMasters candidate
Natalie TrevinoDoctoral candidate
Dylan VaughanDoctoral candidate
Allison WhitneyDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests include Heidegger, phenomenology, radical phenomenology, post-Heideggerian philosophy, and death and dying.
Ben WoodardDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My doctoral research is on the interrelation of space and motion in the "Naturphilosophie" of FWJ von Schelling. I critique the erasure of nature in contemporary analytic (McDowell, Brandom, Pippin) and continental (Zizek et all) appropriations of German Idealism and argue for nature's constitutive role in thought via speculative physics.
Thomas WormaldDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: ontology, political theory, affect, critiques of late capitalism, theories of resistance, contemporary French thought, especially the work of Catherine Malabou, and G.W.F. Hegel, with a particular focus on the intersections of habit, freedom and ethical life.