Graduate Students

The Theory Centre is currently home to over 60 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.

Students can view a copy of the Student Assembly Constitution here.

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".

M. Curtis Allen

M. Curtis Allen

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: M. Curtis Allen is currently pursuing doctoral research focused on the concept of 'sense' in Wittgenstein and Deleuze as it comes into contact with problems in the philosophy of language and logic, semiotics, metaphysics, and aesthetics. He is also interested in contemporary forms of rationalism and their relation to art and politics. His most recent publication is 'The Metaphysical Subject and Logical Space: Solipsism and Singularity in the Tractatus'.

Jeremy Arnott

Jeremy Arnott

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Jeremy Arnott is a PhD. Candidate at the Centre for Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario. His research examines the “Frankfurt School” as both an intellectual category and as a constellation of thinkers (with specific focus on Benjamin and Adorno). More broadly, he is interested in the various “post-histories” of German Idealism in the 20th century (Canadian Idealism, The Frankfurt School).

Deanna Aubert

Deanna Aubert

Master's 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

Nicholas Birmingham

Nicholas Birmingham

Master's candidate


Michael Bodkin

Michael Bodkin

Doctoral candidate


Kathryn Carney

Kathryn Carney

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Interests include theory-based iconology (critical, psychoanalytic, semiotic); early twentieth-century art history and its visual rhetorics; representations of physical violence; „other“ bodies (e.g. queer, disfigured, disabled) in avant-gardist art, notably Weimar

Shubhayan Chakrabarti

Shubhayan Chakrabarti

Doctoral candidate


Austin Chisholm

Austin Chisholm

Master's candidate


Christina Burke

Christina Burke

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.

Thomas Doerksen

Thomas Doerksen

Doctoral candidate


Jessica Ellis

Jessica Ellis

Master's candidate


Andrew  Evans

Andrew Evans

Doctoral candidate


Julian Evans

Julian Evans

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: I am interested in how the existential phenomenology of Maurice Merleau-Ponty can be brought into productive conversation with the decolonial philosophies of land articulated by Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. My work attempts to further this dialogue by rethinking the philosophies of nature which shape our everyday relationships to the non-human world, particularly in the lived experience of our encounters with animals, plants and natural objects.

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.

David Goldman

David Goldman

Doctoral candidate


Katie Grant

Katie Grant

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: For my doctoral research I am thinking about the weather as a conduit between bodies and language, particularly as one compatible with both the everyday and the extraordinary. My masters thesis, “Bodies: Punk, Love and Marxism,” further demonstrates my reliance on trios, but other interests are always on the periphery—including music; literature; feminist, queer, and Marxist theory; fashion; and spitting on Hegel. An omnivorous reader, but partial to Roland Barthes and Agnes Heller.

Can Guven

Can Guven

Doctoral candidate


Robert Halperin

Robert Halperin

Master's candidate


Matthew Harker

Matthew Harker

Doctoral candidate


Camilo Andrés Hoyos

Camilo Andrés Hoyos

Master's candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Critical Psychology, mysticism, subjectivization, subjectivity and its dissolution. My actual research focuses on the notion of the non-self and critiques psychology’s ideology and ontological supposition of the self as an absolute reality.

Ema Hu

Ema Hu

Master's candidate


Alexandra Hudecki

Alexandra Hudecki

Master's candidate


Dylan Hughes

Dylan Hughes

Master's candidate


Maxwell Hyett

Maxwell Hyett

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My research wanders, though I orbit concerns and conflations of the virtual and the real: contemporary art, post-truth, social media, data v. knowledge, memory, aesthetics, accelerationism, play, possibility and potentiality, digitalism, and the work of Byung-Chul Han and the so-called 'Berlin School'.

Won Jeon

Won Jeon

Master's candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Gregory Bateson’s research in mental process, communication and epistemology, particularly in theories of perception that account for matters previously excluded from Newtonian and Darwinist sciences (i.e. dreams, myth, religion, love, art); Ancient Greek myth, poetry, and philosophy as systemic models for discerning modern/contemporary aesthetic and ethical experience; aesthetics of the ineffable/unsayable; metaphor as ecological logic; relationship between contexts of learning and content of thought; ‘experimental’ music and film.

Jennifer Komorowski

Jennifer Komorowski

Doctoral candidate


Alexandra Lepine

Alexandra Lepine

Doctoral 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.

Michelle Liu

Michelle Liu

Master's candidate


Monika Mandoki

Monika Mandoki

Doctoral candidate


Benjamin Maynard

Benjamin Maynard

Doctoral candidate


Taylor McGoey

Taylor McGoey

Master's candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests include spectorial pleasure and shock, Hollywood films, cinematic images, Deleuze, masochism, Benjamin, feminist film theory, psychoanalytic film theory, Mulvey, movement and time images.

Alexander Mcintosh

Alexander Mcintosh

Master's candidate


Anna Mirzayan

Anna Mirzayan

Doctoral 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.

Emily Monaghan

Emily Monaghan

Master's candidate


Liam Morantz

Liam Morantz

Master's candidate


Alexander Morgan

Alexander Morgan

Master's candidate


Judith Muster

Judith Muster

Doctoral candidate


Tyler Nash

Tyler Nash

Doctoral candidate


Douglas Ord

Douglas Ord

Doctoral candidate


Vikram Panchmatia

Vikram Panchmatia

Doctoral candidate


Justas Patkauskas

Justas Patkauskas

Doctoral candidate


Wil Patrick

Wil Patrick

Master's candidate


Joseph Pawluik

Joseph Pawluik

Master's candidate


Anda Pleniceanu

Anda Pleniceanu

Doctoral candidate


Annaliese Pope

Annaliese Pope

Doctoral candidate


Matthew Prokopiw

Matthew Prokopiw

Doctoral candidate


Mina Rosefield

Mina Rosefield

Doctoral candidate


Eric Shepperd

Eric Shepperd

Master's candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Interested in the influence of drugs (particularly psychedelics) on the origins and history of civilization, and the psychedelic experience as a vehicle for ontological and epistemic change. Working toward a model for social transformation in view of climate crisis based on mystical phenomenology.

Megan Sherritt

Megan Sherritt

Doctoral candidate


Kayleigh Shield

Kayleigh Shield

Masters candidate


Ryan Shuvera

Ryan Shuvera

Doctoral candidate


Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: I study the theoretical in(ter)vention, scholarly reception, and practical application of François Laruelle’s enigmatic concept of non-philosophy. In particular, I investigate the ‘serpentine’ trajectory of his oeuvre from the 1970s up to now, of what is to be said and what is to be done, tracing the political and antagonistic qualities of Laruelle’s work that are whitewashed and defanged in Anglo-American academic literature. Through this investigation, my work seeks the means to tear non-philosophy from its academic enclosure and to lay the groundwork for a human politics or non-politics of invention.

Kyle Stewart

Kyle Stewart

Master's candidate


Nicholas Tostowaryk

Nicholas Tostowaryk

Masters candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Spontaneity and historical materialism; Surrealism, literary and cultural theory, and twentieth century literatures; Romantic Marxism and Benjamin, Luxemburg, and Lukacs

Natalie Trevino

Natalie Trevino

Doctoral candidate


Jacob Vangeest

Jacob Vangeest

Master's candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Working broadly at the intersection of political theory and continental philosophy, my research investigates the possibility of socio-political change at the axis of positivity and negativity by drawing upon the lineages of Spinoza, Nietzsche, and (to a lesser degree) Schmitt in the disciplines of political theology, Deleuze studies, and non-philosophy.

Dylan Vaughan

Dylan Vaughan

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My doctoral research attempts a re-reading of Jean-François Lyotard, a neglected figure within 20th century French philosophy. In particular, I am interested in emphasizing the speculative strands of Lyotard’s thinking, which have withered due to an over-emphasis on his critical and political texts by secondary literature.

Nick Wees

Nick Wees

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My research focusses on urban space and everyday experience—specifically: conflicting understandings of, and claims to, public and semi-public spaces, and the possibilities of street arts and ‘street culture’ as counter-hegemonic spatial practices. More generally, I am interested in creativity and the creative act; subjectivity, sense perception, and embodiment; marginality and marginal spaces; and, the city and the improvisations of daily life. I also have enduring interests in music, sound art, and food practices.

Al Whitney

Al Whitney

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My research interests include Heidegger, phenomenology, radical phenomenology, post-Heideggerian philosophy, and death and dying.

Andrew Woods

Andrew Woods

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: Simone Weil, post-autonomism (specifically, Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Paolo Virno, Maurizio Lazzarato, and Silvia Federici), futurability and futurology, Ivan Illich, sensibility, contemporary forms of fascism, immaterial labour and Semiocapitalism, aesthetics, conspiracy theories, Paul Virilio, accelerationism, history of ideas, and love.

Thomas Wormald

Thomas Wormald

Doctoral candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: My primary focus is on the thought of Catherine Malabou, with my doctoral project being a historical and philosophical exploration of antecedents to Malabou’s articulation of plasticity, tracking how it peregrinates from British seventeenth-century philosophy, specifically the marginalized current of Cambridge Platonism, through Shaftesbury to Herder and German Romanticism, to, finally, German Idealism. I explore how this genealogy complements and deepens Malabou’s ongoing thinking of plasticity, as well as yields potential imaginative and philosophical resources that offer different ways of conceptualizing our being-with and relating to the world than those provided by the dominant onto-epistemic and socio-politic logics (such as those emerging from the thought of Hobbes, Locke, Kant) that largely structure the modern Western imaginary. My research interests include plasticity, continental philosophy, German Romanticism and Idealism, and contemporary theory (decolonial studies, black studies and critical race theory, feminist and gender studies). I am the co-editor of the collection Thinking Catherine Malabou: Passionate Detachments (Rowman and Littlefield, April 2018).

Elden Yungblut

Elden Yungblut

Master's candidate

Research Interests / Specializations: I aim to deconstruct and unsettle dominant epistemological and sociocultural understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality. My research centers on the various points of connection among such disparate domains as 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, queer theory, transgender studies, critical posthumanism, and new materialism.

Sangie Zaitsoff

Sangie Zaitsoff

Doctoral candidate