Kelly Struthers Montford, PhD Student

Kelly Struthers Montford is a doctoral candidate and Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholar in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta, as well as a pre-postdoctoral fellow in Punishment, Law, and Social Theory at the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. She has previously been a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholar, and 2013-2014 Institute for Critical Animal Studies Hilda Scholar of the year. Her research interests include critical animal studies, philosophy, critical criminology, and social theory. Read more…


Randi Nixon, PhD Student
Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies

Randi Nixon is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and an instructor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. She has a BA in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Alberta and a M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa, where she wrote a thesis on “Queer Trauma and Affect: Rethinking the Liberal Humanist Subject.” Randi’s dissertation, “The Buzz of the Hive: A Socio-Affective Analysis of Pride Politics,” uses pride as an entry point into thinking through the relationship between the bodily intensities of gendered and raced embodiments, the sense-making capacities of collectives, and transformative politics. Read more…


Gabrielle Warner, MA Student
Gender and Social Justice Studies

My research considers the current environment for individuals who participate in street-level sex work in Canada post bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. I am particularly interested in how methods of care for these individuals are developed and manifested by researchers, governmental institutions, and outreach organizations. It is my hope to not only critically examine the practices of these methods and their outcomes, but to also make space for workers themselves to consider the care they wish to receive. Read more…


Danika Jorgensen-Skakum, MA Student
Gender and Social Justice Studies

I came to graduate school to pursue the study of child pornography as it is produced by minors. My research interests, then, hinge on the criminalization of child pornography and deviance. I focus particularly on teenage “sexting” practices, or illicit image sharing/forwarding behaviours, and the ways that these are monitored and disciplined. I argue that criminalization is an inappropriate way to deal with teenage sexual behaviour, as I believe the carceral approach is founded on eugenics and racist principles, and that the risk of criminalization is likely to prevent those experiencing abuse from coming forward. Read more…


Lynsey Race, MA Student
Gender and Social Justice



Esra Kazanbas, MA student

Gender and Social Justice Studies


Tanya Friesen, MA Student

Gender and Social Justice Studies