Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Graduate Students

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 Ahmed

Kamran Ahmed

Doctoral 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".
Curtis Allen

Curtis Allen

Masters candidate

Derek Barnett

Derek Barnett

Doctoral candidate

Adam Bazak

Adam Bazak

Masters candidate

Jake Bellone

Jake Bellone

Doctoral 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
Christopher Bomba

Christopher Bomba

Masters candidate

Vladimir Cristache

Vladimir Cristache

Doctoral 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.
Grant Dempsey

Grant Dempsey

Masters candidate

James Depew

James Depew

Doctoral candidate

Jon Doering

Jon Doering

Doctoral 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  Evans

Andrew Evans

Masters candidate

Jonathan Fardy

Jonathan Fardy

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My research focuses on the emergence of the photographer at the historical advent of photography in the mid-nineteenth century. My theoretical interests include Benjamin, Freud, Foucault, Sloterdijk, Barthes, Irigaray, Said, Azoulay, Baudrillard among others.
Michael Farrington

Michael Farrington

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Phenomenology, historical theory, philosophy of social/human sciences.
Dru Farro

Dru Farro

Doctoral 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-Petrovich

Yuri Forbes-Petrovich

Doctoral 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.
Katie Grant

Katie Grant

Masters 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 Guzzi

Eric Guzzi

Masters 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.
James Hall

James Hall

Doctoral 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 Halse

Matthew Halse

Doctoral 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.
Alayna Jay

Alayna Jay

Doctoral candidate

Christopher Langlois

Christopher Langlois

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: I have research interests in continental philosophy, literary theory, and the literature and culture of modernism. My dissertation, "Reading Beckett in the Archive of Terror", examines the role that the concept of terror plays in the work of Alain Badiou, Maurice Blanchot, and the post-war prose of Samuel Beckett.
Katherine Lawless

Katherine Lawless

Doctoral candidate

Sharon Lindenburger

Sharon Lindenburger

Doctoral candidate

Derek Liu

Derek Liu

Masters candidate

Dolleen Manning

Dolleen Manning

Doctoral candidate

Vincent Marzano-Poitras

Vincent Marzano-Poitras

Masters candidate

Svitlana Matviyenko

Svitlana Matviyenko

Doctoral candidate

Daniel McFadden

Daniel McFadden

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Post-Structuralism, Pop Culture, Film, Semiotics, Digital Media, The Body.
Ilya Merlin

Ilya Merlin

Doctoral 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.
David Miller

David Miller

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Anarchism, post-anarchist theory and practice, judgement, social and political theory, the philosophy of art and aesthetics, ethics, existentialism, and the intersections between these areas (among others), with a particular focus on the transition from theory to practice in the political field through ethical frameworks.
Brett Mommersteeg

Brett Mommersteeg

Masters candidate

Tyler Nash

Tyler Nash

Masters candidate

Averil Novak

Averil Novak

Doctoral candidate

John Nyman

John Nyman

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Experimental and avant-garde poetics; contemporary poetry; Derrida and deconstruction; posthumanism; hip-hop and electronic music; glitches and videogame culture. I also write and perform experimental poetry.
Mikhail Pozdniakov

Mikhail Pozdniakov

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: The history of ideas related to sociology; the criteria for evidence and truth-claims as of the Enlightenment; demotic speech and the genesis of opinion and insight; morality; textual stylistics. Thesis topic is the epistemology and mechanisms of hallucination. Outside of school: the history of electronic music; techniques for acoustic and electroacoustic synthesis.
Matthew Prokopiw

Matthew Prokopiw

Masters candidate

Anca Radu

Anca Radu

Masters candidate

Rick Ramrattan

Rick Ramrattan

Doctoral 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.
William Rankin

William Rankin

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Concepts of anxiety and courage in phenomenology and existentialism; recent French Philosophy, especially Sartre and Badiou; political theory and contemporary political practice.
Jessica Reilly

Jessica Reilly

Doctoral candidate

Mazen Saleh

Mazen Saleh

Masters candidate

Will Samson

Will Samson

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Phenomenology, existentialism, 20th C French and German thought, political theory, Kant, Sartre, Heidegger, Deleuze, humour, Frankfurt School.
Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders

Masters candidate

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Current work involves the intersection of politics and the internet. In particular how the internet is both challenging, and providing new avenues for, the practice and theorization of politics in terms of space, subjectivity, participation, and conflict.
Dylan Vaughan

Dylan Vaughan

Masters candidate

Sarah Warren

Sarah Warren

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: The fulcrum of my research is the subject-object relationship; more specifically, I am interested in using theory and literature to craft re-worked, object-centric notions of nostalgia and memory in order to complicate and develop this relationship in a direction that gestures toward productive metaphysical and ethical implications. Previous academic work experience has included introductory and religious philosophy, and will soon include medieval literature (winter 2014).
Andrew Weiss

Andrew Weiss

Masters candidate

Allison Whitney

Allison Whitney

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests include Heidegger, phenomenology, radical phenomenology, post-Heideggerian philosophy, and death and dying.
Ben Woodard

Ben Woodard

Doctoral 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 Wormald

Thomas Wormald

Masters 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.
Sheena Yates

Sheena Yates

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My current research involves the intersection of psychoanalytic theory and practice in the analysis and treatment of agoraphobia, with particular attention to the analysand's experience of a persistent internal emptiness. My MA thesis considered the emotional ambivalences of the psychoanalytic subject.