PhD Graduates

Geoffery BardwellGeoffrey Bardwell

Dissertation Title: Creating and Sustaining Community: An Analysis of LGBTQ Community in London, Ontario

Geoffrey 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: “In the end, it’s your pleasure that’s on the line”: Postfeminist, healthist, and neoliberal discourses in online sexual health information

Since completing her PhD, Laura has continued to teach as an Assistant Professor in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Western University. 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 an 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. 


nicole ephgraveNicole Ephgrave

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


rita_gardinerRita Gardiner

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

Dr. Rita A. Gardiner is an Assistant Professor, Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies, in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Rita has published extensively on diverse topics such as authentic leadership, organizational ethics and questions of gender.  Her publications include Gender, Authenticity and Leadership: Thinking with Arendt (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and articles in Business Ethics Quarterly, Leadership, Organization Studies, and Gender, Work, and Organization. Currently, she is working on a SSHRC funded project that examines the implementation of gender-based violence policies in Ontario universities, a special issue that examines leadership and #me too from diverse global perspectives, as well as a monograph, with Dr. Katy Fulfer, on questions of home and belonging in the work of Hannah Arendt.


.Crystal Gaudet

Dissertation Title: Making meaning about reproductive work: A narrative inquiry into the experiences of migrant caregivers in Canada


granthamKate Grantham

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

Kate is a Research Associate with the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University, Kate manages the dissemination and communication of research outputs from the Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program. GrOW is $17.5 million multi-funder partnership between IDRC, UKAID and the Hewlett-Flora Foundation. With 14 projects in 50 countries, GrOW works with researchers to improve economic outcomes and opportunities for poor women on the themes of employment, the care economy, and women’s economic agency. Kate is also the Managing Editor of the GrOW Research Series, which disseminates scholarly research on women's economic growth and empowerment. 


Patricia Hamilton

Dissertation Title: "We Do This Too": Black Mothers' Engagements With Attachment Parenting In Britain And Canada


.Mayme Audra Lefurgey

Dissertation Title: Yoga as embodied peacebuilding: Moving through personal, interpersonal and collective trauma(s) in post-conflict Colombia


nittynenMiranda Niittynen 

Dissertation Title:Un/Dead Animal Art: Ethical Encounters Through Rogue Taxidermy Sculpture


Rachael Pack

Dissertation Title: The Duty to Survive Well: Neoliberal Governance, Temporality and Breast Cancer Survivorship Discourse

 Rachael is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. In collaboration with Drs. Sayra Cristancho and Taryn Taylor, Rachael's post-doctoral program of research explores how critical, qualitative methodologies can be harnessed to explore complex patient care and medical education problems.  Her recent ethnographic study of Clinical Competency Committees was nominated for the top research in residency education prize by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and was featured on Wiley's Medical Education podcast. Rachael's current work is focused on tracing the complex risk-calculations that women engage in when making choices around perinatal cannabis use and exploring how knowledge of this process can be leveraged to facilitate patient-centered care.


Dayna Prest

Dissertation Title: (In)tolerance and (in)visibility: LGBTQ+ sense of place in the Stratford area


Sarah Saska

Dissertation Title: Can Applying a Gender Lens to Social Innovation Promote Women's Rights and Gender Equality?
Dr. Sarah Saska (She/Her/Hers) translated her research into practice and is the co-founder and CEO of Feminuity. Feminuity is a global strategy firm that partners with leading technology startups through to Fortune 500 companies to build diverse teams, develop equitable systems, and design inclusive products and company cultures.  With clients such as Autodesk, Google, and Ubisoft, Sarah and her team are working to design a more equitable future through technology.
Sarah has twice been named amongst the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and on Culture Amp’s list of “21 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders You Should Know.”  She is a TEDx speaker, and she has been featured on CBC’s The National and Fast Company.

Andie ShabbarAndie Shabbar

Dissertation Title: Queer Autonomous Zones: Activist Art, Surveillance, and the Imperceptible Politics of Affect.


.Vanessa Slothouber

Dissertation Title: Narratives of Detransition: Disrupting the Boundaries of Gender and Time


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.