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".
Jeremy Arnott

Jeremy Arnott

Masters candidate

Derek Barnett

Derek Barnett

Doctoral candidate

Rachel Bath

Rachel Bath

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
Tomas Boudreau

Tomas Boudreau

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

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

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.
Molly Fraser

Molly Fraser

Masters candidate

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.
Michael Hajik

Michael Hajik

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Social theory, critical theory, media theory, Žižek, and the Frankfurt School.
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.
Alex Hamilton

Alex Hamilton

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My current project examines the historical genesis and development of the concept of "immanent" ethics, focusing on 20th century thinkers like Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze. Other interests include individuation, sexuality, technology, and semiotics.
Matthew Harker

Matthew Harker

Doctoral 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 Hill

Marshall Hill

Masters candidate

Alayna Jay

Alayna Jay

Doctoral candidate

Lawrence Liang

Lawrence Liang

Masters candidate

Sharon Lindenburger

Sharon Lindenburger

Doctoral 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.
Mary McLevey

Mary McLevey

Masters 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 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.
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.
Matthew Prokopiw

Matthew Prokopiw

Masters candidate

Nicholas Ramey

Nicholas Ramey

Doctoral 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.
Jessica Reilly

Jessica Reilly

Doctoral candidate

Adam Rejak

Adam Rejak

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.
Andrew Seymour

Andrew Seymour

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.
Thomas Sutton

Thomas Sutton

Masters candidate

Natalie Trevino

Natalie Trevino

Doctoral candidate

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

Doctoral 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.