The Senior Doctoral Fellows for 2018-2019 are:


Luncheon Speaker Series, 2018-2019 Calendar (TBA)

All talks take place 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Dean’s Apartments, Room 2007D, Wilson Hall, 40 Willcocks Street.
A light lunch will be served.



Elisabetta Campagnola

Elisabetta Campagnola (African Studies)

Elisabetta Campagnola is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, specializing in the field of sociocultural anthropology. Her research interests include political anthropology, the anthropology of work and the relationship between history and anthropology in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. Elisabetta’s dissertation is based on archival research, preliminary ethnographic research conducted in Tanzania in 2015, as well as on one year of continuous fieldwork carried out in 2017 among truck drivers and mechanics in the city of Dar es Salaam and along the truck routes of Tanzania. Her research builds on the scholarship on im/mobility, the ambiguities of infrastructure and the labour of transport to shed light on the ethnographic understanding of human action and historical life found within the transportation industry of Tanzania.

Elisabetta first visited Tanzania in 2008, when she was a student at the University of Bologna in Italy. Since then she has returned to multiple East African work sites, developing her interests for her research topics. Her work was published in two Italian popular publications, and she has presented at international academic conferences in Portugal, Canada, and the USA. As a volunteer and language teacher in Italy, Elisabetta formed part of a grassroots movement that supported international migrants and refugees in Europe.

This year at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Elisabetta will be teaching a course titled “Anthropology of Transport: Mobility, Infrastructures, Work” to introduce undergraduate students to the scholarly anthropological work on commuters, transport workers and the technology of transport.


Karol Czuba

Karol Czuba (African Studies)

Karol Czuba is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. In his research, he uses rigorous research designs and advanced experimental and observational methods to explain state-making processes and the influence of political elites on the development of states. He is especially interested in state-making in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in other aspects of African politics. His methodological approaches and interests include experiments, game theory, causal mechanisms and microfoundations.

Karol’s dissertation examines one of the most important aspects of state-making processes, namely, how states project, and in so doing amplify, their power. Specifically, his dissertation considers states’ efforts to project authority across their territories, especially in liminal areas on the edges of their power, and the role that individual political agents — both members of national political elites and local leaders — play in state-making. Karol investigates these efforts through the lens of the process of extending state power into the remote, and historically neglected, dryland region that straddles the borders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. This ongoing and rapid process affords a rare opportunity to directly observe state-making as it happens, explore the importance of peripheries in political development and investigate the impact of political agents’ actions on the evolution of states.

Karol was previously a development professional and worked for BRAC and the International Organization for Migration in Uganda, as well as for the International Growth Centre in South Sudan. He has also served as a consultant for Finance South Sudan and Oxfam Great Britain. More information about Karol can be found on his website.


Suleyman Demi

Suleyman Demi (African Studies)

Suleyman Demi is PhD candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. His research interests include environmental sustainability, social and environmental justice, food system analysis and agri-ecology. Suleyman uses Indigenous knowledge and philosophy frameworks and has authored/co-authored articles on food security, Indigenous food and chronic illnesses, traditional ecological knowledge and more.

Suleyman used to be a high school teacher, assistant examiner for the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and a presiding officer for the Electoral Commission of Ghana. He is very active in student governance and leadership, serving as the current vice president, academic, of the OISE Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and as vice chair of the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Community of UTGSU. He also served two terms as vice president, finance, of the OISE GSA and as financial coordinator of the SJE Student Caucus.

Suleyman was an honourary recipient of the GreenSaver Alastair Fairweather Memorial Award in the Environment (2014–15) and the George Burwash Langford Award (2015–16) for Excellence in environmental research and leadership from the School of the Environment, University of Toronto, in addition to a number of academic research grants received from U of T and elsewhere. Suleyman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, a Master’s of Philosophy in Agricultural Administration from the University of Ghana and a Master’s in Humanities, Social Science Education and Environment and Health from the University of Toronto.


Jamila Ghaddar

Jamila Ghaddar (Equity Studies)

Jamila Ghaddar is an archivist, librarian and PhD candidate at U of T’s Faculty of Information. Her doctoral research excavates anticolonial Arab histories and third world solidarities through an examination of developments in the global information and heritage order in the mid-20th century. It forms part of a larger intellectual project that interrogates the complex dynamics between race, colonialism, gender, history, memory, citizenship, nationalism and archives in the modern Middle East, during Canadian Confederation, in contemporary France, and at UNESCO. Jamila holds a Eugene Garfield Dissertation Fellowship from the American Library Association and has been funded by a multiyear SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, as well as by grants from Litwin Books and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

Jamila has published and presented at numerous venues, including in the journals American Archivist, Library Quarterly and Archivaria. Her publication in the latter on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission was awarded the Association of Canadian Archivists’ Lamb Award. Currently, she serves, alongside Dr. Michelle Caswell, as a guest editor of an Archival Science special issue on decolonial archival praxis. Her upcoming talks include a panel presentation titled “Theorizing Gender and Digital Insurgency in the Middle East” at the 2018 Decolonizing Conference at U of T.

As a professional archivist and librarian, Jamila has worked at the American University of Beirut’s Jafet Library on the collection of the Arab nationalist and historian Dr. Constantine Zurayk; at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto with the Memory, Meaning-Making & Collections Project; and at U of T’s Bora Laskin Law Library on the Indigenous Perspectives Collection. Previously, she worked for many years as a social worker and community advocate with newcomer and Arab-speaking communities, in emergency violence-against-women shelters and with street-involved youth.


Barbara Hazelton

Barbara Hazelton (Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health)

Barbara Hazelton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art History, a Master’s in Buddhist Studies and is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department for the Study of Religion. Her dissertation concentrates on the Tibetan King Gesar of the Ling Tibetan epic, with a particular focus on the oral tradition of Tibetan epic literature and the traditional epic singers of the tale, the epic bards. The transmission of many episodes of this vast epic occurs through visionary revelations to the minds of great Tibetan masters, which form another important aspect of research on Tibetan epic literature and performance.

Barbara has a keen interest in Buddhist ritual and ritual texts. Her background in Tibetan visual imagery and ritual comes from studying with Tibetan scholars and ritual specialists, as well as from many years of meditation instruction and experience under great Tibetan Buddhist masters. She is a practicing artist training under a Tibetan painter in the Karma Gadri painting tradition. Of particular interest to her is the sacred landscape of Tibet as the confluence of an envisioned imaginative world of landscapes, structures, liberation stories, rituals, pilgrimage routes and literature. She is inspired by the popular genre of Tibetan literature, the life stories of liberation (nam thar), in particular the female models of enlightened Buddhist activity exemplified by the great realized female practitioners called yoginis, such as Princess Yeshe Tsogyal and Niguma.

Barbara has taught several courses at the University of Toronto, including “Buddhist Thought,” “Buddhist Ritual” and, presently, “The History of Buddhist Meditation,” a joint course in Religion and Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health.


Victoria Marshe

Victoria Marshe (Human Biology)

Victoria Marshe is a PhD candidate under the co-supervision of Drs. Daniel Mueller and Sidney Kennedy at the Institute of Medical Science and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and is currently a trainee fellow with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training in Advanced Genetic Epidemiology (STAGE) program. Her research focuses on understanding the genetic contributions to antidepressant non-remission in older adults with late-life depression, which is characterized by a pathophysiology associated with underlying cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative changes.

After completing her transfer exam to the doctoral program in 2016, Victoria received the 2016 Ontario Mental Health Foundation Doctoral Fellowship to explore the existence of subgroups of older adults with depression. Based on her continued work to biologically characterize genome-wide variants associated with antidepressant non-remission, she was awarded the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Doctoral Award in April 2018. Her interests also include understanding the methodological opportunities and challenges for predictive modelling associated with the integration of genome-wide data from large-scale, epidemiological datasets and smaller, clinical-treatment cohorts. Ultimately, her goal is to contribute to the research conducted in psychiatric pharmacogenetics to deliver personalized medicine, reduce patient suffering incurred from trial-and-error medication prescription and improve quality of life.


Suzanne Narain

Suzanne Narain (Caribbean Studies)

Suzanne Narain is a doctoral candidate in the collaborative Social Justice Education (SJE) and Women and Gender Studies program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Her research interests are situated within transnational feminist migration, Caribbean feminism, diaspora studies, social activism and critical race, gender and citizenship studies. Suzanne is an Ontario Graduate Scholar (2017/18), a recipient of the Dr. Josiah Deboran and Flora Seedansingh Award (2018), a City of Toronto Women’s Study Scholarship (2017) and the Muriel and Danny Fung Scholarship (2016). Suzanne’s dissertation research explores how Indo-Caribbean women engage in dissident citizenship and being political in the diaspora of Toronto. Specifically examining the Jane and Finch community, her research focuses on the ways in which working-class communities resist neoliberal policies and struggle for justice.

Suzanne is a certified elementary school teacher who has taught in Toronto, Brazil and Kenya. She has also taught in the International Development Studies department at the University of Toronto Scarborough and in the Community Worker program at George Brown College. Suzanne has presented her research at conferences and has guest-lectured on topics related to organizing, gentrification, the racialization of poverty, state-based violence, and anti-oppressive practices at York University, Ryerson University and Brock University, as well in various community forums.

In addition to her academic life, Suzanne is a long-time community organizer working with grassroots groups such as Jane and Finch Action against Poverty and the Black Creek Food Justice Network. She is a co-founder of Lotus Toronto, an Indo-Caribbean women’s group. In 2014, Suzanne ran for city councillor of Ward 8 in the municipal elections in Toronto. Suzanne has also previously held the position of civics and environment commissioner at the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU).


Shakina Rajendram

Shakina Rajendram (International Foundation Program)

Shakina Rajendram is a PhD candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, specializing in language and literacies education and comparative, international and development education. She is a recipient of the International Research Foundation for English Language Education Doctoral Dissertation Grant and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Shakina is currently an instructor in the International Foundation Program at New College, and she has 10 years of experience in the field of English-language teaching and curriculum development.

Shakina’s doctoral research focuses on supporting plurilingual English learners through a collaborative translanguaging pedagogy. Her research, conducted among language-minority students in Malaysia, provides evidence for the affective-social, cognitive-conceptual, planning-organizational and linguistic affordances of translanguaging. Shakina is also a research assistant on three SSHRC projects that focus on mainstream teacher education for supporting English learners, creating a global database of the role of English in national education policies and promoting the achievement of children in northern rural communities through play-based learning.

Shakina has presented her research at conferences worldwide, and her work has been published in journals including Higher Education, Language Assessment Quarterly, Language in Society and Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice.

Shakina is actively involved in student governance and has served as the vice president, internal, of the OISE Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), vice president of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Student Association, and Chair of the GSA Accessibility Committee. For her contributions to the University of Toronto, Shakina was awarded the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in 2018.