Graduate Research Fellows

AKBARI-DIBAVAR, AYTAK
PhD Candidate

Political Science, York University

 

Research Interests Aytak Akbari-Dibavar is a PhD student at the department of Political Science at York University majoring in International Relations and Women and Politics. As a 2016 Trudeau Scholar and SSHRC Doctoral Fellow Aytak’s research investigates the trans-generational transmission of political trauma in authoritarian states where public debate and discussion are impossible. Her hypothesis is that survivors of state violence transmit their trauma to their children through private, familial mechanisms that cohere to produce a collective political identity in the subsequent generation that can be traced in that generation’s organizing and activism.
Email aytakd@gmail.com
CARLAW, JOHN
PhD Candidate

Political Science, York University

 

Research Interests Immigration and Refugee Policy, Migration, Political Economy, Political Parties, Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Development, Citizenship and Democracy, Political Economy of Latin America
Email jcarlaw.yorku@gmail.com
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GORDON, MICHAEL
PhD Candidate

Political Science, McMaster University

 

Research Interests Irregular migration, border policy and security regimes
Email gordom3@mcmaster.ca
JUDGE, NEIL
MPhil Candidate
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
 
Research Interests Refugees and refugee policy, Canadian politics and society, Political Science
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OZGEN, AYSEGUL
PhD Candidate

 Department of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY

 

Research Interests

Aysegul Balta Ozgen  is a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her overall research program focuses on the intersection of international migration, integration, and policymaking. Her dissertation is currently titled: The Impact of Immigration Policies on Syrian Refugees’ Integration Experiences: A Comparative Analysis of Canada, Germany, Turkey, and the United States.

Publication:

Balta, Aysegul. 2014. “The Role of NGOs in the Europeanization of the Asylum System in Turkey.” Pp. 165-224 in Migration, Asylum, and Refugees in Turkey: Studies in Control of Population at the Southeastern Borders of the EU, edited by N. O. Baklacioglu and Y. Ozer. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press.

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PAYNE, WILLIAM
PhD Candidate
Geography, York University
Research Interests Feminist geopolitics, Queer theory, Gender, Sexuality, Violence, Militarization
Email wpayne@yorku.ca
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TAHA, DINA
PhD Candidate
Sociology, York University
Research Interests Dina Taha is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at York University. Her research interests include Critical Forced Migration and Refugee discourses, Postcolonial Feminism, Gender in the Middle East, Victimhood and victimization, Refugee agency and survival strategies. Her dissertation explores Female Syrian Refugees survival mechanisms in Egypt.
Email dinataha@yorku.ca
WEIMA, YOLANDA
PhD Candidate
Geography, York University
Research Interests Yolanda Weima is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at York University. Her research interests include repatriation (to Burundi) and naturalization (in Tanzania) of former Burundian refugees; refugee and returnee transnationalisms; critical geographies of uneven development; social reproduction; geographies of peace and conflict; subaltern, post-colonial, and feminist geopolitics. Her dissertation is currently titled: From camps to villages and war to peace?: Former Burundian refugees experiences of (re)gaining citizenship in Burundi and Tanzania (Funded: SSHRC Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela)
Email weima@yorku.ca