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What our past students have to say about out programs

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Erika Clark

Research Assistant at a social research consultancy firm in Toronto

Erika Clark is currently a Research Assistant at a social research consultancy firm in Toronto. She works with various clients from private businesses, municipal and provincial government, and different agencies. She’s been involved in over 30 projects in two years that focus on transit and social housing in Toronto and the GTA. She graduated from the McMaster MA in Sociology program in 2014.

Erika Clark, MA Sociology, McMaster University

"My time at McMaster was invaluable for gaining insight into research and building connections. It enabled me to confidently begin my job right after graduation with strong research skills that I use daily.

My time at McMaster was spent working on an independent research project with Dorothy Pawluch on how young adults living with chronic pain navigate daily experiences and build social connections. I was able to build this project into my course work of qualitative research methods, various theory courses, and health courses outside of the department."

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Stephanie Howells

Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph

Dr. Stephanie Howells started at the University of Guelph as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 2014. She teaches various undergraduate courses, and conducts research related to education, crime and violence. Her current research examines the relationships between School Resource Officers and the schools they are working with.

Stephanie Howells, PhD Sociology, McMaster University

McMaster Sociology has a special place in my heart. I graduated from the PhD program in 2013. My doctoral research focused on the cultural and organizational processes that lead to inflated perceptions of school violence, and seemingly disproportionate policy responses. During my time as a graduate student I was really involved in the department. I was the Graduate Caucus Chair and a member of various committees (student representative on the Graduate Committee, a member of the social committee, co-coordinator of the mentoring program for incoming graduate students, and a member of the TA Network). McMaster Sociology offers ample opportunities for students to learn and grow both within and outside of the classroom—taking advantage of these opportunities helped prepare me for a job in academia.

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Deena Abul Fottouh

Canadian Sociological Association Outstanding Graduating Student Award 2017 & holder of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Deena Abulfttough recently finished her PhD in sociology at McMaster University. She received the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Student Award from the Canadian Sociological Association and is a holder of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research on Twitter networks of the activists of the Egyptian revolution. Her research interests are in digital activism, computational sociology, social media analytics, social movements, and political sociology. She specializes in social network analysis, especially online networks.

Deena Abulfttough, PhD Sociology, McMaster University

During my time at McMaster, I have travelled many times to the United States to receive extensive training in methods of social network analysis and online data scraping. I have presented my work at many international conferences and have work published in renowned journals. My interest in digital activism has earned me a fellowship at the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University.

The sociology department and the members of my dissertation committee supported me throughout my PhD years. Besides giving me excellent scholarly feedback, my supervisor, Dr. Tina Fetner, was very supportive and introduced me to many people who specialize in digital activism and digital data collection. She guided me to opportunities on courses that teach social network analysis and assisted me with the acquisition of historical Twitter data needed for my research. Also, when I needed help with collecting my Twitter data, the sociology department provided me with a space and equipment to accomplish that. The department supported me with a travel grant, which helped towards covering the costs of the many travels I had to do for my research. When the time came for my job talk practice, I found the hall full with most of the professors and my colleagues at the sociology department to support me and give feedback on the talk before I went to my first campus visit. I also benefited from many of the renowned scholars who were invited to the public lectures that the sociology department organized.