Graduate Students

Click on the graduate students' names to find out more about their research.

Lucas Anderson
Lucas Anderson M.A. Program

Lucas Anderson is an MA student at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. He holds a BA (Honours) in Film Studies with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary. His undergraduate Honours Thesis analyzed violence in contemporary art cinema, and explored the question of defining violence in film analysis. Lucas also contributed as a researcher for the Amateur Movie Database ( during his undergraduate studies. His research interests include: violence, death, and disturbing subject matter in cinema; art cinema; experimental film and animation; amateur cinema; film history; and continental philosophy.
Celine Bell
Celine BellPh.D. Program
Supervisor: Corinn Columpar

Celine Bell is a PhD candidate in the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Toronto. Her PhD research focuses on female friendship in classical Hollywood cinema. Celine’s other research interests include the development of film canons, genre studies, and feminist film theory. Her previous research in the MA program at York University focused on the female narrator in film noir. Celine has previously taught a course on film noir, and in the fall of 2017 she taught a course on the woman’s film.
Ruochen Bo
Ruochen Bo PhD Program

Ruochen is a first year Ph.D. student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. She received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John's College, NM, and her M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of New Mexico. Her M.A. Thesis brings back the relevance of Plato’ Cave Allegory into cinema studies and film philosophy, and examines Edward Yang’s cinematic texts in exploration of the relationship between film language and thought, image and knowledge. She is devoted to thinking about the “ancient quarrel between philosophy and poetry” in the modern context, especially through engaging with Art Cinema and New Waves in World Cinema.



Patrick Bull
M.A. Program
Kevin Chabot
Kevin Chabot Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Charlie Keil

Kevin Chabot is a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. He completed an Honours BA in Film and Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MA in Film Studies from Carleton University. His current SSHRC-funded research examines the relationships between contemporary media and the supernatural with a particular focus on the ghost as a transmedial figure. Kevin’s research interests broadly include: horror film, film theory, spectrality, and intermediality. His work has appeared in Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, Film International, and is forthcoming in Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre (2017).
Kyler Chittick
Kyler Chittick M.A. Program

Kyler Chittick is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute (CSI). He holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science from York University and the University of Alberta, respectively. An interdisciplinary researcher and scholar, Kyler’s diverse interests include queer theory and cinema (particularly New Queer Cinema), urban cultural studies, Foucault, Deleuze, posthumanism, legal humanities, and the cinema of David Lynch. His book reviews appear in ESC: English Studies in Canada and Film-Philosophy. He has presented conference papers at Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Spiral Film and Philosophy, World Politics and Popular Culture, and the International Auto/Biography Association Chapter of the Americas conference, among others.
David Davidson
David Davidson Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

David Davidson is a PhD graduate student at the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research includes French film culture and Canadian cinema. He is currently writing his thesis dissertation on the history of Cahiers du Cinéma from the eighties to present. He has a Masters from York University.




Nicholas Fernandes
Nick Fernandes Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

Nicholas Fernandes is a doctoral student in the Cinema Studies program at the University of Toronto. His research centers on the aesthetics of trans-planarity in contemporary digital 3D cinema and seeks to theorize the way the medium’s pronounced instabilities of spatial representation reconfigure our embodied relation to the moving image. Building on his Master’s research which earned him a M.A in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, his investigation into cinema’s “third dimension” endeavors to engage the relation between art and philosophy stereoscopically in order to bring the spatial conditions of human experience into sharper relief.

In the course of developing his doctoral research on the aesthetic and narrative possibilities of 3D cinema, a broader set of academic interests have recently prompted his consideration, which include: media phenomenology, haptological thinking in the Western philosophical tradition, the Pythagorean concepts of peras and apeiron, ancient forms of technology and technique, and the relationship between art and politics.
Anjo-mari Gouws
Anjo-mari Gouws Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

Anjo-marí Gouws is a PhD-candidate in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. She originally hails from South Africa, where she taught film, art history, and popular culture studies in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include cinematic narratives of diaspora, and existential themes in contemporary European film, which includes her MA dissertation on Heideggerian ontology in the work of Michael Haneke. Her current project is focused on avant-garde filmmaker Anne Charlotte Robertson and the mode of the diary film. She has published in the journal Image and Text.
Thomas Gow
Thomas Gow M.A. Program

Thomas Gow received his Bachelors of Arts in Cinema Studies, with minors in English and History, from the University of Toronto. His favourite films are those which exemplify Roger Ebert’s notion of cinema as “a machine that generates empathy,” and his favourite director is Akira Kurosawa. As an academic, he has only gained appreciation for his earliest cinematic loves, including Jackie Chan and Star Trek. Interested in both the formal qualities of narrative films and the sociopolitical significance of those formal qualities, his current research is focused on narration in contemporary feature films by Indigenous filmmakers working in what is currently known as Canada.
Amanda Greer
Amanda Greer Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Meghan Sutherland

Amanda Greer is a 2nd-year PhD student at the CSI. She completed an M.A. in Film Studies at the University of British Columbia, and an Hon. B.A. in English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. Her current SSHRC-funded research focuses on etiquette’s role within and as cinematic form, as well as etiquette’s intersections with humour, gender, and ethics. Her work can be found in Film Criticism, Sound Studies, The New Review of Film and Television, and Film & History.


Karina Griffith
Karina Griffith Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Angelica Fenner

Karina Griffith is a PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. Her current research interests include critical ethnography, affect theory and creolization. A moving image artist and practitioner, her films and installations explore the themes of fear and fantasy, often focusing on how they relate to identity. She is the curator of Republik Repair, Reporatory Imaginings from Black Berlin, three-month festival of film, theatre, performance and happenings at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, a post-migrant theatre in Berlin, Germany. Her most recent publication is the review essay “A Black German Year” in the Women in German Studies Yearbook Special Online Section on Race and Inclusivity.
Morgan Harper
Morgan Harper Ph.D. Program

Morgan Harper is a first-year Ph.D. student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. He holds a BA and MA in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. Amongst Morgan’s primary scholarly interests are affect theory, cinematic renderings of community, absence, sound studies, and violence.


Émilie Jacob
Émilie Jacob Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Corinn Columpar

Émilie Uzoma Jacob is a bilingual Toronto based critical writer, and researcher exploring the intersection of gender and architecture in film and moving image art. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, with a specialization in Women’s Studies and minor in Philosophy. Jacob holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories, with a specialization in Contemporary Art History from OCAD University in Toronto. Émilie’s thesis “Concrete Maternality: High Rise Horror and Late Capitalism” focused on the coupling between residential towers and threatening and/or threatened female bodies in two films—David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975), and Bernard Rose’s Candyman (1992)—locating in each productive engagements with different stages of neoliberalism and urban development. Negotiating the complex legacy of the association of the home with the realm of the feminine, she proposed the concept of concrete maternality, which alludes to the residential tower as a new site that incubates anxieties related to the late capitalist transformation of social relations and its gendered formulations of unhomeliness. Her interests include continental philosophy, horror theory, art criticism, and the ways in which art and horror share aesthetic, structural, and conceptual strategies.

Originally from Montreal, Jacob now lives in Toronto’s Little Portugal with her partner, Jessica, their dog Henry, and cat, Monsieur Gusteau.
Inesa Khatkovskaya
Inesa Khatkovskaya Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

Inesa Khatkovskaya is a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. She received a Specialist Degree in Cultural Studies from the Belarusian State University and an MA in Cultural Studies with a specialization in Gender Studies from the European Humanities University. Before becoming a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto in 2015, Inesa taught film history, film theory, and documentary cinema for the Department of Media at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her dissertation project is focused on landscape in cinema and, particularly, on landscape and spatial imagery in the late Soviet Belarusian cinema (1970-1980).
Sarah Elizabeth Lamoureux
Sarah Lamoureux M.A. Program

Sarah is a Master of Arts student at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute, who completed her Undergraduate degree at Carleton University with a double major in English and Film Studies. Her broad interests in literature and cinema include speculative fiction genres, exploitation films, the Beat Generation, and the counterculture of the 1960s. Her current research is focused on the portrayal of cannabis users in American cinema as it relates to social and legislative developments. She also has a tendency to watch and cry at almost any coming-of-age film she encounters.


Daniel Laurin
Daniel Laurin Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Corinn Columpar

Daniel is a PhD Candidate in the Cinema Studies Institute and a member of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Sexual Diversity Studies. His SSHRC-funded research explores how a subgenre of online gay pornography featuring heterosexual performers and claims authenticity through confession, amateur aesthetics and on notions of straightness that are heavily coded in terms of race and class. His other research interests include reality television, the queer archive, and pre-AIDS sexual identities.
Kanika Josephine Lawton
Kanika Lawton M.A. Program

Kanika Lawton is a MA student at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, where she served as an editor with the UBC Undergraduate Film Student Association. Her areas of interests include cult cinema, apparatus theory, queer theory, and feminist film theory, with a particular research focus on personas and the double in psychological horror films. Outside of film, she is the Editor-In-Chief of L’Éphémère Review, a 2018 Pink Door Fellow, and a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee.


Meghan McDonald
Meghan McDonald M.A. Program

Meghan McDonald is an MA Student at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. Originally from Newfoundland, Meghan completed her undergraduate degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she focused on Russian/Soviet cinema and its various intersections with history, territorial imperialism, technology, ecocriticism, and modernization. After completing her M.A. at the University of Toronto’s Slavic Literatures and Languages Department and directing her focus toward cinema studies, Meghan’s research interests going forward center on a more personal context: Canadian cinema, specifically Newfoundland and Labrador, history, and modernity.

Meghan currently co-organizes a monthly Slavic film screening series at the Department of Slavic Literatures and Languages.
Patrick Marshall
Patrick Marshall Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

Patrick’s research is concerned, principally, with the relationship between ethics and politics and the manner in which that relation is mediated by aesthetic forms. His dissertation explores questions of aesthetic philosophy and global community as they pertain to the work of the Left Bank group. He also has interests in the affective dimension of political life, and the problems of skepticism, autonomy, and intentionality as they relate to film and media theory.



Daniel McFadden
Daniel McFadden Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

Dan McFadden completed a BA in English and Film Studies at the University of Victoria, and a Master’s degree in Theory and Criticism at Western University. His research is focused on the intersection of media and philosophical thought surrounding disasters, accidents, and catastrophes.
Erin Mick
Erin Mick Ph.D. Program

Erin’s research interests center on filmic representations of ‘the horrific’ and its relationship to embodiment, corporeality, and emotional trauma. Although she comes from a background in historical studies, Erin is primarily interested in contemporary horror and its socio-political relevance to our modern world. Tangentially, she is interested in horror’s metaphorical implications with regards to current discussions about mental health/illness. When Erin isn’t watching movies, she can be found on a film set working as an actor, or out around the city walking her dog.






Denise K.Y. Mok
Ph.D. Program
Justin J. Morris
Justin J. Morris Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Charlie Keil

Justin J. Morris is a PhD Candidate at the Cinema Studies Institute. His SSHRC-funded research examines the cross-medial intersections of popular American series media between the 1930s and the 1970s. His writing has appeared in CineAction and The Velvet Light Trap. Justin’s research interests include intermediality, critical historiography, and musical performance on film.
Dillan Newman
Dillan Newman Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

Dillan Newman is a PhD student whose work explores the ways in which political and philosophical concepts and processes are aesthetically expressed in various medias, particularly cinema, and the ways these structures relate to the experiential encounters made possible to viewing subjects. Dillan has a BA Honours in Film Studies and a BA in Psychology from the University of Calgary, as well as an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto.
Erin Nunoda
Erin Nunoda Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: James Cahill

Erin Nunoda is a PhD student whose interests are primarily in the fields of sexual ethics, stardom and political aesthetics, with a particular focus on queer spectatorship and its interactions with cinematic form. She holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto (2015) and BA Honours in Film Studies from Western University (2014).


Julian Garrao Oliveira
M.A. Program
Carrie Reese
Carrie Reese Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Meghan Sutherland

Carrie Reese is a doctoral candidate at the Cinema Studies Institute. Her research interests lie at the intersection of experimental film and media, continental philosophy, intermediality, and forms of violence. Linking the work of experimental artist Ana Mendieta to these ideas, her dissertation focuses on the ways in which Mendieta’s media work can change current methods of approaching media theory and philosophy. Carrie is an assistant editor of World Picture Journal and 2018-2019 Northrop Frye Centre Fellow.
Samuel Reimer
Ph.D. Program
Iris Robinson
Ganga Rudraiah M.A. Program

Iris Robinson’s research concerns women in film with a focus on domestic spaces, the asylum, and the origins of the representation of hysteria and ‘mad’ women on screen. Her current work analyses early photographic documentation of hysteria by Jean-Martin Charcot in conversation with early non-fiction medical films that subsequently came to influence narrative depictions of psychotic women.
Ganga Rudraiah
Ganga Rudraiah Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Meghan Sutherland

Ganga Rudraiah graduated from the University of Madras in Tamil Nadu with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's in Social Work. She then received her second Master's degree in Film Studies from Western University in Canada. She is currently a 2nd year PhD student at the Cinema Studies Institute; her dissertation project is a philosophical investigation of the aesthetics of love in Tamil cinema. Her research and teaching interests broadly include film philosophy, aesthetics and ethics, posthuman philosophy, contingency, nonrepresentation, love and eroticism, cinedance, and film cultures of South India.
Kate J. Russell
Kate J. Russell Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: James Cahill

Kate J. Russell is a PhD student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Masters in Cinema Studies. Her SSHRC-funded research focuses on intersections of humour with animality, abjection, and eroticism, and her interests more broadly include gross-out comedy, trash cinema, surrealism, and horror. Her essay “The Cinematic Pandemonium of William Castle and John Waters” appears in ReFocus: The Films of William Castle (University of Edinburgh Press, 2018), and her essay “Ape Assassins: The Fractured Limit Between the Human and Nonhuman Animal in Contemporary Comedy” won the SCMS Comedy and Humor SIG Graduate Student Essay prize in 2018. She also holds a Masters in History of Art from the University of Glasgow, where she specialized in political and transgressive art of the twentieth century.
Tom Russell
Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Nicholas Sammond
Miriam Siegel
Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Charlie Keil
Michael Ahilan Parker Sooriyakumaran
Michael Sooriyakumaran Ph.D. Program

Michael Sooriyakumaran holds a BFA in Film Production from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from York University, where his research concentrated on transnational reception, melodrama, and performance in the films of Naruse Mikio. His Ph.D. dissertation will consider the Brechtian modernist cinema of the 1960s and 1970s as a transnational group style that filmmakers adapted to different political and institutional circumstances, focussing in particular on the work of Oshima Nagisa and Danièle Huillet & Jean-Marie Straub. A frequent contributor to the online journal Offscreen, Michael has lived in South Korea and the People’s Republic of China, and he sometimes plays the ukulele.
Anna Swanson
Anna Swanson M.A. Program

Anna Swanson is an MA student in the Cinema Studies Institute. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto with a double major in Cinema Studies and English. Her areas of interest include female stars in Classical Hollywood cinema and coming-of-age horror films, particularly those with an emphasis on body horror. Her favourite filmmakers are Sofia Coppola, Max Ophüls, Claire Denis, and David Fincher. She has previously been published in Caméra Stylo, a Cinema Studies Institute journal. She regularly writes about movies for


Ramtin Teymouri
Ramtin Teymouri Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Angelica Fenner








Matthew Thompson
Michael Thompson Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

Matt Thompson is a PhD candidate interested in ecological themes in science fiction film. He completed his BA honours in sociology at Ryerson University, and his MA in popular culture at Brock University. Some of Matt’s interests include: Gilles Deleuze and time-images, eco-cinema, critical animal studies, and spaceship earth.




Müge Tufenk
Muge Tufenk Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Angelica Fenner

Müge Tufenk is a first-year PhD student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. As a writer, film critic and film curator, her love affair with cinema has evolved throughout the intertwined pursuit of academic study, criticism and curation. Her MA thesis, which was published as From Forbidden Planet To Solaris: Tracing Speculative Film (2012), sought to define what she called ‘speculative film’ by reading science fiction cinema through the lens of psychoanalysis. In 2014, Müge co curated the research exhibition ‘One Hundred Years of Love: The Affair Between Film and Audience in Turkey.’ Her interest in cinematic sound with a specific focus on national cinema led her to embark on a doctoral thesis on the five-decade-long history of dubbing or post-synchronization in Turkish popular cinema.
Jillian Vasko
Jillian VaskoPh.D. Program
Supervisor: Meghan Sutherland

Jillian Vasko is a first year PhD student in the Cinema Studies program at The University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focuses on intersections of realism, race, and technology in representations of gendered violence in American Cinema. This research builds off her MA thesis, which provided a comparative analysis of ‘the use of’ domestic violence as historical allegory in West German and Japanese Cinema of the 1970s. Jillian completed her MA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to this, she completed a double major in History and Cultural Studies at McGill University. Her undergraduate thesis focalized the generic turn between Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s two films about the Baader Meinhof Gang terrorism of the 1970s.
Félix Veilleux
Felix Veilleux Ph.D. Program

Félix Veilleux is a first year PhD student who completed his MA in Film Studies at Université de Montréal, in partnership with Goethe Universität and Université Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3 through the IMACS program. His research focuses on the interdisciplinarity between cinema and philosophy and more specifically on the impact of cinema on aesthetics and the philosophy of technology. His master’s thesis Pour la suite de l’objet d’étude “cinéma”. La crise de la théorie comme possibilité d’une philosophie d’après le cinéma demonstrates the enduring importance of what he coins the “institutionalisation’s idea of film theory”, an approach to the epistemological relevance of film studies that began in the post second-world war era with the French movement of Filmologie and that finds itself at a deadlock in contemporary debates about post-cinematic theory. His PhD research focuses on the impact of cinema on the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon and Etienne Souriau and how it can broaden the important contemporary notions of “cinema as technological art” and a “philosophy after cinema”. His interest in post second-world war film theory also influences his most current project, an article exploring a parallel between Bazin’s realism and avant-garde experimentation.
Joshua Wiebe
Joshua Wiebe M.A. Program

Joshua Harold Wiebe holds a BA in film studies from Concordia University. His research focuses on the sites of conjunction between philosophy and film theory, negation and the black screen.





Blake Williams
Blake Williams Ph.D. Program
Supervisor: Brian Price

My research examines stereoscopic (3D) experimentation in the contemporary avant-garde film community. I am especially interested in the unique varieties of aesthetic experience that these unconventional and relatively abstract 3D films provide, in particular the ways in which those experiences are informed by embodied perception and self-preservation.




Magdalena Yuksel
Magdalena YukselPh.D. Program
Supervisor: Angelica Fenner

Magdalena Yuksel is a doctoral candidate in Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, currently working on the European refugee crisis in relation to the War on Terror. She holds a double BA from Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland and an MA from Bilkent University, Turkey in Media and Visual Studies. Magdalena’s MA thesis was dedicated to the Iraq War, where she analyzed the Iraq War films as a new subgenre of a war film. She is the co-author of “Generation Kill and the New Screen Combat,” published in Anna Froula and Stacy Takacs’s American Militarism on the Small Screen. She has worked on other projects involving postcolonial studies, trauma and affect theory, multiculturalism in Europe in films and television, and the effects of globalization on third world countries as shown in films.
Christian Zeitz
Christina ZeitzPh.D. Program

Christian David Zeitz is a PhD student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in English and Media & Cultural Studies from the University of Cologne, Germany. His research interests revolve around intercultural encounters and affective politics in German and English Canadian filmic and televisual productions, diaspora and film, critical ethnic studies and teen television, and more generally, postcolonial theory, cultural studies, gender media studies, and affect theory. His publications can be found in gender forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies and the Journal of Alterity Studies and World Literature.