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 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 Rene Descartes and the pedagogical use of doubt in the "Meditations on First Philosophy".
Curtis AllenDoctoral candidate
Jeremy ArnottDoctoral 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.
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
Andrew CaseMasters candidate
Maximillian CoghlanDoctoral candidate
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.
Richard DewMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Interested in developing phenetic taxonomy as a critical theory of human interaction in a post-Darwinian world, with applications to Critical Race Theory, Gender Theory, and Queer Theory.
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.
Dillon DouglasMasters candidate
Jessica EllisMasters candidate
Andrew EvansDoctoral 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.
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.
Lee FraserMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Decolonizing the Transgender Umbrella
David GoldmanDoctoral candidate
Katie GrantDoctoral 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.
David GuignionMasters candidate
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
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
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 HutchinsMasters candidate
Alexander JacksonDoctoral candidate
Jennifer KomorowskiMasters candidate
Kate LawsonMasters 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.
Joseph LeivdalMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: I study the status of subjectivity, knowledge, and art in early Nietzsche. Related interests include the ancient Greeks, religious experience, and mysticism.
Alexandra LepineDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Marxism, Maoism, Cultural production of revolutionary movements, Indigenous resurgence, theories of ideology and subjectivity, and Canadian literature. My doctoral project examines proletarian culture as a means of contextualising the cultural mass work of the Canadian communists, starting with the CPC up to the Anti-Revisionist parties of the 1980’s.
Lawrence LiangMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Theistic existentialism, mysticism
Joshua LivingstoneMasters candidate
Monika MandokiDoctoral candidate
Dolleen ManningDoctoral candidate
Benjamin MaynardDoctoral candidate
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 College de Sociologie largely inform my guiding questions, technique, heimlich pranks, and political horizons.
Anna MirzayanDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: I am interested in the intersection of post-human aesthetics and semiocapital through the lens of feminist phenomenology/psychoanalysis, literature and new media. I study the cyborg, the alien and the monstrous feminine.
Jonathan NashMasters candidate
Tyler NashMasters candidate
Jacob NorrisMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Deleuzian aesthetics (especially Baroque folds and folding). Other interests include animality and becoming-animal; sense and nonsense (especially Deleuze, Wittgenstein, and Lewis Carroll); and music, in particular, the question of compression and the limits of hearing (or, the great debate between analog and digital sound).
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
Annaliese PopeDoctoral candidate
Matthew ProkopiwDoctoral candidate
Rick RamrattanDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Political Economy, Psychoanalysis, Automation, Cyborgs and Cybernetics
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 SalehDoctoral candidate
Kayleigh ShieldMasters candidate
Ryan ShuveraDoctoral candidate
Elizabeth SongMasters candidate
Thomas SuttonMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Passive Revolution and Canadian Society
Thomas SzwedskaMasters candidate
Nicholas TostowarykMasters candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: Rosa Luxemburg/Luxemburgism and Spontaneity; politics and aesthetics; literary and cultural theory; postmodernism; and 20th century literatures.
Natalie TrevinoDoctoral candidate
Dylan VaughanDoctoral candidate
Alexander WalkerMasters candidate
Allison WhitneyDoctoral candidate
Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests include Heidegger, phenomenology, radical phenomenology, post-Heideggerian philosophy, and death and dying.
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.