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Doctoral Defenses

List of recent SJE doctoral defenses
Adrian Aziz
Title: Masculinity Contest Culture Under The Microscope: A Critical Analysis of Gender Relations Within Ontario Police Services
Supervisor(s): Prof. Njoki Wane
Date: December 17, 2020
Jacqueline Lorraine Benn-John
Title: (Re)defining Feminist Resistance, Activism & Empowerment in Rape Crisis Centres: Black Women's Perspectives and Implications for Education
Supervisor(s): Prof. Njoki Wane
Date: December 16, 2020
Mary Louise McCarthy
Title: Segregated in Life and in Death: A Black Woman's Critical Exploration and Narrative Account of an Early African Descended Community and Graveyards in New Brunswick
Supervisor(s): Prof. Njoki Wane
Date: December 15, 2020
Noah Gabriel Kenneally
Title: Nests - A relational exploration of children's and parents' active and embodied habitus: Illustrations of child-centered and decentered socialization.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Diane Farmer
Date: December 11, 2020
Annette Bazira-Okafor
Title: A Culturally-Relevant "Nobody's Perfect" Parenting Program for African Immigrant Women in Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Miglena Todorova
Date: December 8, 2020
Suzan Snaggs-Wilson
Title: Gender Disparities - Contextualizing the Inequality of Women in Executive Leadership Roles and on Boards of Canada's Financial Post 500 Companies.
Supervisor(s): Prof. Njoki Wane
Date: November 27, 2020
Muhammad Waqar Ahmad
Title: The Invisible Human: Reflective Autoethnography about Lives of the Pakistani Transgenders
Supervisor(s): Prof. Abigail Bakan
Date: November 26, 2020
Kevin Naimi
Title: Creativity as intra-action: towards a relational understanding of creativity in education, the social sciences, and everyday life
Supervisor(s): Prof. Diane Farmer
Date: November 24, 2020
Chavon Ann Niles
Title: Living in the In-Between: Implications of Counter Narratives of Immigrant Youth with Disabilities in the Canadian Nation State
Supervisor(s): Prof. Lance McCready
Date: November 19, 2020
Shukri Hilowle
Title: Under Surveillance: A Study Of The Securization Of Somali Men In Canada
Supervisor(s): Prof. Caroline Manion
Date: September 8, 2020
Natasha Burford
Thesis title: Educating for Freedom: A journey of the Black skinned "coloured" soul
Supervisor(s): Prof. Njoki Wane
Date: September 8, 2020
Megan Lillian Scribe
Thesis title: Indigenous Girlhood: Narratives of Colonial Care in Law and Literature
Supervisor(s): Prof. Eve Tuck
Date: September 4, 2020
Christina Meredith
Thesis title: Enacting Social Justice Leadership in the Division of Student Affairs
Supervisor(s): Prof. John Portelli
Date: September 2, 2020
Jessica Clausen
Thesis title: Nature Pedagogy and the Enactment of Settler Colonialism in Ontario Forest Schools and Nature-based Kindergartens: A Study of Three Sites
Supervisor(s): Prof. Abigail Bakan
Date: August 26, 2020
Tanya De Mello
Thesis title: The Fit Interview and Cultural Matching: Examining Equity in Hiring Processes in Law Firms in Canada
Supervisors: Prof. Ruth Childs
Date: July 28, 2020
Udeani Alawattage
Thesis title: Ontological Politics of Poverty Education: Creating Economic Citizenship in the Periphery
Supervisors: Prof. George JS Dei
Date: June 04, 2020
Zoila Del-Villar
Thesis title: Facing Inequity: Social Justice Education in the Training of Pre-Service Workers in New York City
Supervisors: Prof. Miglena Todorova
Date: May 01, 2020
Joseph Sawan
Thesis title: Understanding (de)alienation in social movements: Resident activism and anti- poverty organizing in the Toronto-area
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Sawchuk
Date: April 24, 2020
Notisha Massaquoi
Thesis title: No Place like Home: African Refugees, and the Making of a New Queer Identity
Supervisors: Prof. Laura Bisaillon
Date: April 24, 2020
Jessica Prioletta
Thesis title: Gendered Practices in Kindergarten Play: Examining Curriculum Reform in Ontario
Supervisors: Prof. Monica Heller
Date: March 09, 2020
Samantha Helen Spady
Thesis title: Troubled Knowledge: Land, Race, and Logics of Extraction in Alberta's Tar Sands
Supervisors: Prof. Eve Tuck
Date: January 08, 2020
Meng Xiao
Thesis title: Student Engagement: Chinese International Student Experiences in Canadian Graduate Schools
Supervisors: Prof. Douglas McDougall
Date: January 29, 2020
Kenneth Huynh
Thesis title: Model Re-Framings: Asian Canadian Racial Pedagogies and Political Affects
Supervisors: Prof. Rinaldo Walcott
Date: December 03, 2019
Abbe Lisa Edelson
Thesis title: Individual and Collective Learning in Community- Based Planning Groups in Mimico, Canada
Supervisors: Prof. Peter Sawchuk
Date: December 04, 2019
Priya Lena Sharda
Thesis title: Exploring the Relationship Between Skin Tone and Self-Esteem Among Females in South Asian Families in India: A Multigenerational Comparison
Supervisors: Prof. Njoki Wane
Date: December 12, 2019
Christopher Gary Smith
Thesis title: Apprehending Black Queer Diasporas: A Study of Black Pride Festivals and their Emplacements
Supervisors: Prof. Rinaldo Walcott
Date: December 18, 2019
Elizabeth Lynn Brule
Thesis title: Students at the Margins: Contesting the Ruling Relations of Student Codes of Conduct
Supervisors: Prof. Dorothy Smith
Date: November 25, 2019
Sein Sheila Kipusi
Thesis title: Examination of Black Entrepreneurs in Toronto, Canada: Critical Analysis of the Role of Financial Literacy
Supervisors: Prof. Rinaldo Walcott
Date: October 08, 2019
Chrissy Michelle Deckers
Thesis title: Studying Abroad: An Anti-Colonial Inquiry
Supervisors: Prof. George JS Dei
Date: October 11, 2019
Katherine Lydia Elizabeth Milley
Thesis title: The Colonizer & The Colonizer who refuses: Cultural Production and Colonial Crisis at Oka, Ipperwash, Burnt Church and Caledonia
Supervisors: Prof. Sherene Razack
Date: September 04, 2019
Raneem Azzam
Thesis title: What does it mean to be a solution? Teachers of colour doing social justice in the multicultural school in Canada
Supervisors: Prof. Abigail Bakan
Date: September 24, 2019
Polina Kukar
Thesis title: Empathy in Education: A Narrative Inquiry into Practicing Teachers? Experiences
Supervisors: Prof. Megan Boler
Date: July 23, 2019
Evelyn Jeruiyot Kipkosgei
Thesis title: A Situational Analysis of Women in Higher Education Leadership Positions In Kenya
Supervisors: Prof. Njoki Wane
Date: June 07, 2019
Dionisio Nyaga
Thesis title: Re-Imagining Black Masculinity: Praxis of Kenyan Men inToronto
Supervisors: Prof. George JS Dei
Date: June 14, 2019
Sharmin Dadani
Thesis title: The Politics of Standardized Testing in Ontario: Critically Assessing the Impact on Learners, Teachers and Administrators
Supervisors: Prof. Miglena Todorova
Date: June 14, 2019
Suleyman Mohammed Demi
Thesis title: Assessing Indigenous Food Systems and Cultural Knowledge’s among Smallholder Farmers in Ghana towards Environmental Sustainability Education and Development
Supervisors: Prof. George JS Dei
Date: April 05, 2019
Fritz Luther Pino
Thesis title: A Different Shade of Grey: Intimacies of Older Filipino Gay Men in Canada
Supervisors: Prof. Ka Tat Tsang
Date: January 15, 2019
Tracey Lynn Edelist
Thesis title: Constructing Parental Choice in Deaf Diagnostic and Intervention Practices in Ontario
Supervisors: Prof. Tanya Titchkosky
Date: November 26, 2018
Leroy Baker 
Thesis title: Normalizing Marginality: A Critical Analysis of Blackness and Disability in Higher Education
Supervisors: Prof. Tanya Titchkosky
Date: November 29, 2018
Yumiko Kawano
Thesis title: Storytelling of Indigenous and Racialized Women in the Academy in Toronto: Implications for Building Counter-narrative Learning Spaces
Supervisors: Prof. Njoki Wane
Date: October 18, 2018
Nancy Rita Spina
Thesis title: Race, Empire and the Making of the Global Citizen in the Ontario curriculum (1920-2010)
Supervisors: Prof. Sherene Razack
Date: September 04, 2018
Sophia Papastavrou
Thesis title: Women Organizations for Peace: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of the Cyprus Problem
Supervisors: Prof. Shahrzad Mojab
Date: September 28, 2018