SSHRC announces 2020 postdoc fellows

Among the latest cohort are 15 new scholars who will establish a research base at McGill starting next year.

The SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship program supports the most promising Canadian new PhD graduates in the social sciences and humanities, and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers. The awards are tenable at Canadian or foreign universities and research institutions.

SSHRC has just announced its latest cohort of 160 freshly minted PhDs. Between May 2022 and January 2023, 15 of those scholars will pursue their postdoc research at McGill:

  • Shuaib Ally: “How did Pre-Modern Ottoman Scholars Interpret the Quran? Marginal Indexing Notes to the Supercommentary of Shihab al-Din al-Khafaji (1069/1659) on Baydawi’s (719/1319) Lights”
  • Tya Collins: “Black Student Experiences after Special Education: Understanding the Intersections of Disability, Race and Language, and Resisting Structural Inequalities in Quebec”
  • Daniel Del Gobbo: “Restorative Justice Revisionism: The Challenge of Transformative Justice for LGBTQ2 Peoples in Canada”
  • Sujaya Dhanvantari: “Theorizing the psychic trauma of racialized and colonized peoples: phenomenological and psychiatric approaches for the study of trauma in Frantz Fanon’s writings (1952-1961)”
  • Emily G. Doucet: “Mobile Images: Photographic Formats and the Postal Service, 1870-1945”
  • Catherine Giroux: “Social media use in education and knowledge mobilization: A mixed methods study to inform education practices during COVID-19”
  • Delbar M.S. Khakzad: “The Politics of Time in the Modern Shi’i Eschatology: Forgetting as a Technique of Power”
  • Lauren A. Kilgour: “Challenges to Enforcing Police Accountability: A Sociolegal Examination of Police Body Cameras in the United States, 2004-Present”
  • Zoey A. Lavallee: “Rethinking Social Responsibility for Addiction from a Relational Autonomy Perspective
  • Camille Marquis Bissonnette: “Lutter contre le terrorisme tout en protégeant les personnes migrantes vulnérables : incursions et limites de la lutte antiterroriste sur le régime de protection des réfugiés”
  • Alexandra Matte-Landry: “L’évolution du fonctionnement des enfants en situation de vulnérabilité dans le cadre de leur suivi au Garage à musique, centre de pédiatrie sociale en communauté soutenant la résilience”
  • Fernanda Pérez-Gay Juárez: “Fiction and cultural perspective taking, from social categorizaition to Theory of Mind”
  • Jasmine Pisapia: “Aesthetics and Environmental Catastrophe: A Sensory Ethnography of Southern Italy’s ‘Landscapes of Crisis’”
  • Maxime Polleri: “Citizen science and COVID-19: Governing health during the pandemic era”
  • Kascindra I.S. Shewan: “Popular Culture as Pedagogy: The Role of Representations of Sexualized Violence in Prevention Programs”

The fellowships are valued at $45,000 per year, up to a total of $90,000. All fifteen of the McGill scholars earned maximum funding. The stipends are designed to support to recent PhD graduates who are conducting and publish original research, broadening their teaching experience, and preparing for research-intensive careers within and beyond academia.

The SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships are a key pillar of the federal government’s Talent program, with an aim to foster “the development of talented and creative people who will become leaders across campuses and communities, and, thereby as a result, contribute to Canada’s success in the globalized 21st century.”