Recent PhD Graduates

Geoffery BardwellGeoffrey Bardwell

Dissertation Title: "It's not just because of the space, it's what people are doing": Creating and Sustaining LGBTQ Community in London, Ontario, 1970-2015"

Geoffery has accepted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia where he will be working on a community-based project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that explores the social-, structural-, and physical-environmental influences on the implementation and effectiveness of overdose prevention interventions for those who are precariously housed in single room accommodations and emergency shelters.


cayenLaura Cayen

Dissertation Title: Assuming Feminism: Postfeminist and Gendered, Neo-Liberal Health Discourses in Online Sexual Health Information

Since completing her PhD, Laura has continued to teach as a Limited Duties Instructor in Women's Studies and Feminist Research at Western and in the Interdisciplinary Program at King's University College. Laura has most recently taught Introduction to Women's Studies and Sexual Subjects, and previous courses include Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Resistance: Making Culture Jam, Bad Girls: Sexual Dissidence and Popular Culture, and (M)Ad Women: Postfeminism, Advertising, and Activism. 


chisholmJennifer Chisholm

Dissertation Title: For Keeps-Sake: Women's Experiences with Elective Prenatal Ultrasound Imaging in Canada

In the fall of 2015 Jen accepted a position at Lakehead University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Women's Studies. Her work on women's experiences with reproductive technology has evolved to question the role of social location and access, particularly in Northern communities. While at Lakehead, Jen has become involved with the Social Justice Studies program, and coordinated two annual conferences: Social Justice Activism in Northwestern Ontario, and Feminisms at the Lakehead, which both addressed the role of feminist activism in the community. 


granthamKate Grantham

Dissertation TitleMaking microfinance work: exploring effective strategies to promote Tanzanian women’s economic and social status through microfinance


nicole ephgraveNicole Ephgrave

Dissertation Title: Sexual Violence at Nyarubuye: History, Justice, Memory. A Case Study of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide


gardinerRita Gardiner

Dissertation Title: Thinking with Arendt: Authenticity, Gender and Leadership

Dr. Gardiner completed her PhD in the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western. Dr. Gardiner also holds appointments in the Interdisciplinary programs at King's University College, Department of Women's Studies, and Department of Sociology at Western University. Rita's research and publications largely focus on issues related to authentic leadership, organizational structures, and gender.


ssaskaSarah Saska

Dissertation Title: Social Innovation and Gender Equality

Since completing her PhD, Sarah Saska has launched Feminuity (www.feminuity.org), a boutique consulting firm that uses a gender lens to enable start-ups, companies, organizations, and long-running institutions to identify their blind spots, enhance their organizational cultures, and improve their bottom line. Feminuity is quickly becoming a global leader at the intersection of innovation and gender equality, with clients in three countries.


Anna TrudellAnnaLise Trudell

Dissertation Title: Girls' Speak: Criticality as Agency

Dr. AnnaLise Trudell is Manager of Education, Training & Research at Anova (formerly Women’s Community House & Sexual Assault Centre London). She brings extensive analysis of sexual violence and gender dynamics through her research at Western University, and is a seasoned public educator and facilitator with over 500 presentations engaging youth, professionals & post-secondary students through public education.