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Current Students

    Lesley Cerny entered the PhD (anthropology) program in the fall 2006 and is interested in how the legacy of colonialism is resisted or reproduced in public health services for Aboriginal peoples living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to beginning the program Lesley completed a MA (1997) in sociology at McMaster University and a BSN (1991) at the University of Victoria. Senior supervisor: Dara Culhane; committee members: Parin Dossa, Fernando De Maio.

  Dharashree Das joined the PhD program in anthropology in the fall of 2007 at Simon Fraser University. She holds M.A. and M. Phil. degrees from Hyderabad University and Jawaharlal Nehru University respectively. Her PhD dissertation shall explore structural determinants of fertility, gendered nature of reproductive behaviour and the discursive production of ‘Muslims’ in India. She is the recipient of Pacific Century Graduate Award in 2007. Senior supervisor: Stacy Pigg; committee members: Parin Dossa, Dara Culhane.

  Patricia Feindel entered the PhD program in Anthropology in the fall of 2008. Her research in the area of disability studies uses life narrative and experimental ethnography to explore personal and collective memory, memorials and public space, the history of residential institutions, and social justice advocacy. She has a BA in Critical Studies in the Arts (SFU, 1995), and an MA in Anthropology (SFU, 2008). Senior supervisor: Dara Culhane; committee members: Robert Menzies, Tim Stainton (School of Social Work, UBC).

    Natasha Ferenczi entered the PhD (anthropology) program in fall 2010. Senior Supervisor: Marianne Ignace; committee member: Dara Culhane.

  Kathleen Inglis began her PhD (anthropology) program in fall 2008 after completing a MA (University of Toronto) and a BA (SFU). Kathleen’s research interests include International health and development, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and rights, harm reduction, gender, sexuality and political economy. Senior supervisor: Stacy Pigg; committee members: Michael Hathaway, Susan Erickson.


Eugenio Paradiso entered the PhD program in anthropology in fall 2011. His research examines the interplay between Argentine football and politics by looking at the mechanisms through which patron-client relationships in football are established and maintained. Drawing on the subfields of political anthropology and the anthropology of sport, he considers the degree to which violence, political corruption, and patronage politics in football reflect a broader set of issues in Argentine society. His study seeks to understand the ties between sport and politics by providing an analysis of the social and cultural conditions that make Argentine football an arena where political and economic interests collide. Senior supervisor: Noel Dyck; committee member: Ann Travers.


Bicram Rijal entered the PhD program in Anthropology in the fall of 2011. He is interested in understanding how the ideas of modernity, development, globalization, civility and citizenship figure into the everyday habits of defecation and sanitation in Nepal. His research deals with the changing ideas of the body and bodily habits and how they relate to the changing contexts of sanitation and beyond. In doing so, he will examine: how are sanitation and toilet programs perceived within and beyond Nepal’s national development programs? How have their focuses and priorities changed over time? How do the changes in everyday habits of defecation and sanitation relate to the notions of self, subjectivity, and personhood? He has received fellowships from Wenner-Gren Foundation (2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14) and Open Society Foundations (2012-13). Senior supervisor: Stacy Pigg; committee member: Michael Hathaway



  Jenny Shaw began the PhD program in anthropology in 2012.  She graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA (2007) and MA (2010) in anthropology.  For the past several years she has worked with immigrant and refugee youths in Victoria and Vancouver to support them and their families in their settlement processes. She was recognized for her work in this field with several awards including the 2012 United Way of Greater Victoria Youth Worker Award. She is currently involved with youth programs on the North Shore including facilitating settlement programs and delivering anti-oppression workshops to high school students. Her prospective PhD research will examine migrant youths’ perspectives on transnational migration and family separation using participatory, visual, and youth-focused methods. Her research interests include children and youth, transnational migration, family and care, participatory and visual research methods, narrative, storytelling, feminist theory, and theories of affect. She is currently supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Senior supervisor: Parin Dossa; committee member: Noel Dyck.
  Matthew Theoret entered the PhD (anthropology) program in the fall 2009. He received his BA in Social Anthropology and History from Dalhousie University (2007) and MA in Public Issues Anthropology from the University of Waterloo (2009). His main research interests lie in the field of sport. Senior supervisor: Noel Dyck; committee member: Michael Hathaway.

  Adrienne Wasik received a BA in philosophy and anthropology from McMaster University, and an MA in anthropology from Dalhousie University prior to enrolling in the PhD (anthropology) program at SFU in September 2004. Adrienne is currently writing her PhD dissertation, titled “Women’s Embodiment of Rural Restructuring in BC’s Central-Interior.” Her areas of specialization are political and medical anthropology, including social policy, welfare state restructuring, social inequalities in Canada, women’s health, population health, mental health, rural conditions in Canada, qualitative and ethnographic methodologies, and applied anthropology. Adrienne was a recipient of a two-year SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship from 2006-2008, and has also recently received funding from the BC Women’s Health Network. Senior supervisor: Parin Dossa; committee members: Jane Pulkingham.

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