Women's Studies and Feminist ResearchDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisors: Dr. Katherine McKenna and Dr. Bipasha Baruah
Describe your research.
My graduate research and training has been in the field of gender equality and international development, providing me with the opportunity to explore feminist and anti-colonial perspectives on global development, program and policy analysis, and international research methodologies. My doctoral research examines, with the aim of enhancing, the management of microfinance programs promoting women’s empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa.
How do you de-stress?
Yoga, cooking/baking, cleaning, and walking my dog.
What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The support of mentors, like my supervisor and a handful of other faculty who really “get” me and my approach to academic work. But even more importantly than that, having a close group of female friends who understand the trials and frequent isolation of graduate-level work and aggressively support all of my life decisions. That’s the trick!
What is your “dream” career?
Canadian Minister of International Development (that’s right Marie-Claude Bibeau, look out!).
Do you engage in volunteer activities?
Yes! I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Emerging Leaders. I also volunteer in a consultative capacity with Youth Opportunities Unlimited. Both are not-for-profit, London-based organizations.
What one thing would you like people to know about you?
I would like to be remembered as someone who is kind.
What’s your favourite book?
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
Program ContactBetty Thompson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of Women's Studies and Feminist ResearchWestern University
Lawson Hall Rm 3260A
London, Ontario N6A 5B8
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 84529
Explore the dynamics that shape your everyday experiences as a gendered person in contemporary culture. In our courses you will learn how to develop a critical perspective that takes factors such as sex, gender, sexuality, race, class and disability into account. You might find your worldview transformed as you apply these perspectives to your study in other classes and to all aspects of your life. Our courses reflect an expanding field of feminist research including feminist theory, health issues, philosophy, queer issues and sexuality studies, legal issues, violence against women, women and equity in the workplace, and women and the creative arts.
The strength and reputation of our PhD program is a result of our internationally renowned faculty, world-class facilities, and the students who thrive in an intellectually stimulating environment. Western is pleased to offer Own Your Future, a unique Doctoral professional development program that supports students in their academic studies and career engagement. Through Own Your Future, students will develop insight into their current and evolving skill set. To learn more, visit www.uwo.ca/ownyourfuture.
- 12 Terms (4 years)
- Full-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Master's degree in Women's, Gender or Feminist Studies with a strong feminist theory component.
- A minimum average of A- (80%) or higher.
- Students may be admitted with a Master's degree from another field provided that they have an undergraduate Honours degree in Women's Studies and have a background in feminist theory.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 630 for the paper and pencil version, 267 for the computer version, or 109 for the internet version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 85 on each section and an overall score of 91.
- January 31 - Late applications will be considered if spaces remain
Fields of Research
- Equity and Social Structures
- Feminist Theory
- Health, Sexuality and Embodiment
- Representation and Cultural Production