Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

Graduate Students

The Theory Centre is currently home to over 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 Rene Descartes and the pedagogical use of doubt in the "Meditations on First Philosophy".

Jeremy Arnott

Jeremy Arnott

Masters 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 Barnett

Derek Barnett

Doctoral candidate


Rachel Bath

Rachel Bath

Masters 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 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

Research Interests / Specializations: The concept of infinity and the infinitesimal in Simone Weil

Chris Coughlin

Chris Coughlin

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.

Eva  Cupchik

Eva Cupchik

Doctoral candidate


Grant Dempsey

Grant Dempsey

Doctoral 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 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.

Dillon Douglas

Dillon Douglas

Masters candidate


Andrew  Evans

Andrew Evans

Doctoral candidate


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.

Lee Fraser

Lee Fraser

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Decolonizing the Transgender Umbrella

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 cohorts commentary on love, sex, and pop. Further interests include Adorno's human senses, and pop music in the context of LEF's social command.

Michael Hajik

Michael Hajik

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Social theory, critical theory, media theory, Zizek, 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.

Matthew Harker

Matthew Harker

Doctoral candidate


Marshall Hill

Marshall Hill

Masters 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 Hirst

David Hirst

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: I am interested in the interstices of French and Japanese existentialism, nihilism, process philosophy and religion. I hold that theories of becoming particular to Nietzsche, Spinoza and Deleuze must presuppose nothingness and nihilism as their ground. I read Bataille, Blanchot and Beckett as thinkers of ethical becoming.

Domenic Hutchins

Domenic Hutchins

Masters candidate


Alexander Jackson

Alexander Jackson

Doctoral candidate


Jennifer Komorowski

Jennifer Komorowski

Masters candidate


Kate Lawson

Kate Lawson

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My Masters work focuses on: memory and the earthly afterlife of those we have loved and lost; Henri Bergson, Emmanuel Levinas, Luce Irigaray, Martin Heidegger, and the literature/ art that speaks to and of these thinkers; ethics; the other, the intersection between philosophy and art, and our ethical responsibility to both the living and the dead.

Lawrence Liang

Lawrence Liang

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Theistic existentialism, mysticism

Dolleen Manning

Dolleen Manning

Doctoral candidate


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 College de Sociologie largely inform my guiding questions, technique, heimlich pranks, and political horizons.

Tyler Nash

Tyler Nash

Masters candidate


Averil Novak

Averil Novak

Doctoral candidate


John Nyman

John Nyman

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Conceptual poetry, visual poetry and erasure, deconstruction, aesthetics, structuralist and poststructuralist theories of language.

Justas Patkauskas

Justas Patkauskas

Doctoral candidate


Evan Pebesma

Evan Pebesma

Masters candidate


Matthew Prokopiw

Matthew Prokopiw

Doctoral candidate


Rick Ramrattan

Rick Ramrattan

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Political Economy, Psychoanalysis, Automation, Cyborgs and Cybernetics

Jeffrey Ray

Jeffrey Ray

Masters 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 Reilly

Jessica Reilly

Doctoral candidate


Adam Rejak

Adam Rejak

Doctoral candidate


Mazen Saleh

Mazen Saleh

Doctoral candidate


Ryan Shuvera

Ryan Shuvera

Doctoral candidate


Thomas Sutton

Thomas Sutton

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Passive Revolution and Canadian Society

Thomas Szwedska

Thomas Szwedska

Masters candidate


Natalie Trevino

Natalie Trevino

Doctoral candidate


Dylan Vaughan

Dylan Vaughan

Doctoral 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.

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.