Geography Alumni

Masters Degree Graduates

Chris Chanco, MA 2018.  PhD Candidate in Fall 2018, History Department, McGill University. Supervisor: Philip Kelly.

Kyle Wagner, MA 2017. Head of Marketing at Focus Asia Group, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Supervisor: Peter Vandergeest.

Matt Stevens, MA 2017. Currently consultant for Jesuit Refugee Service in its refugee education program for university students JC-HEM (2017); Matt Stevens is former country director at Jesuit Refugee Service in Amman, Jordan. Jennifer Hyndman former supervisor.

Nicole Maine, MA 2015. Analyst for Danish Refugee Council, Amman, Jordan (2017). Her supervisor was Jennifer Hyndman.

Stefan Decosse, MA, 2015. Assistant Coach Colgate University's Women's hockey team. 2017-8. Stefan was supervised by Glen Norcliffe, and wrote an MA thesis on the new geographies of elite hockey player production.

Alex Kent, MSc, 2014.  Contract environmental consultant focusing on policy analysis.  Previously the Policy Manager for the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (2015-2017) and a Policy Advisor for the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (2017).
 In his geothermal work Alex was a registered lobbyist and his efforts culminated in a 2017 amendment to the Canadian Income Tax Act that changed the definition of geothermal energy which now allows smaller projects to be economically viable.  Supervisor:  Taly Drezner.

Julia Mais, MA 2012. Senior Program Coordinator, OCASI – The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Supervisor: Philip Kelly.

Laura Miron. MA. 2011. Executive Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Minister at Ontario Ministry of Labour. Laura Miron's supervisor was Steve Tufts.

Thant Thuzar, MA, 2011. Peace and Dialogue Program Manager of Euro-Burma Office based, Yangon, Myanmar (2017). Supervisor: Robin Roth.

Jennifer Payton, MA 2010. Director, Sub-Region Planning & Integration at the South East Local Health Integration Network, Belleville, Ontario. Supervisors: Philip Kelly and Robin Roth.

Stephanie Sersli, MA, 2009. PhD candidate in Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University (as of 2017). Stephanie Sersli was awarded a SSHRC CGS doctoral fellowship. Stephanie Sersli was supervised by Patricia Wood.

Tyrone Burke, MA, 2009. Strategic Investment Officer for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (2017). Tyrone Burke is also Book review editor for Alternatives Journal, and a photographer. He was supervised by Patricia Wood.

Nel Coloma-Moya, MA, 2009. PhD program, Queen’s University;  Course Instructor at Seneca College. Supervisor: Philip Kelly.

Sai Latt, MA, 2008. Research Advisor, Joint Peace Fund, Myanmar. Dr. Sai Latt also received a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University in 2016. Supervisor: Robin Roth.

Elliot Siemiatycki,  MA, 2008. PhD program at UBC; Special Advisor, Ontario Investment Office, Automotive Manufacturing and Technology Branch, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. Supervisor: Philip Kelly.

Dory Kornfeld, MA, 2007. City Research Scientist at NYC Human Resources Administration, and freelance graphic designer (as of 2017). Dr. Kornfeld obtained a PhD at Columbia University after completing her MA at York Geography. Her supervisor at York University was Patricia Wood.

Esther Rootham, MA, 2007. PhD program at Oxford University; Social Researcher, Research and Evaluation Unit, Auckland City Council, New Zealand. Supervisor: Philip Kelly.

Stéphanie Watt, MA, 2006. City Councillor, Montreal, and Editor. Stephanie was elected to Montreal City Council in 2017, and states on her webpage that in this position she will be able to take advantage of her experience as an urban geographer, entrepreneur and lit mother to ensure a neighborhood life enhanced by the development of pleasant and accessible public and commercial spaces, for all ages and all seasons. Her supervisor was Patricia Wood.

Junjia Ye, MA 2006.  PhD program, UBC; Assistant Professor of Human Geography, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Supervisor: Philip Kelly.

Guiyou Li, MSc, 2005. Environmental Technician with Region of Waterloo, ONt. Guiyou Li also runs a photography business. Supervisor: Lewis Molot.

Tom Lusis, MA 2005. PhD program at Guelph; Talent Attraction Initiative with Economic Development, County of Wellington, Ontario. Supervisor: Philip Kelly.

David Rossiter, MA, 2001. Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University (2017). Dr. Rossiter completed a PhD degree at York Geography in 2005. He was supervised by Patricia Wood.

Jennifer Tilk, MA, 1997.  Senior Consultative Sales Executive and Market Research Professional, Survey Sampling International. She was supervised by Valerie Preston.

PhD Degree Graduates

Laura Schoenberger, PhD 2018. Congratulations to Geography alumna Laura Schoenberger (University of Ottawa) on her Future Leaders Fellowship. Her project is titled "Digging into sand: New territories in the making" and the fellowship creates an Assistant Professor position (100% research) for Schoenberger in the Geography Department at Durham University, which she will join in February 2020. The UK Research and Innovation-funded award will support the first four years of the project for £1.17 million with the ability to extend for up to seven years. Her research 'follows the sand', starting with extraction points in the Asia Pacific that supply the world's largest importer of sand, Singapore. She will use her fellowship to create an online database and mapping tool to track where sand is being mined, both legally and illegally, and follow its journey from extraction point to the consumer. For more information:

Laura Schoenberger, PhD, 2018.  Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa.   Laura's supervisor at York was Peter Vandergeest.

Robert Bridi, PhD, 2017. Assistant Professor, United Arab Emirates University, (August 2018), and he was supervised by Raju Das.

Francis Masse, PhD, 2017. Postdoctoral Fellow, Biodiversity and Security Project, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, UK. Dr. Masse starts the fellowship in January 2018, and he was supervised by Elizabeth Lunstrum.

Paul Bocking, PhD, 2017. Contract faculty member, York University (during 2017). Dr. Bocking was supervised by Steve Tufts.

Peter Brogan, PhD, 2016. Union organizer at National Union of Healthcare Workers, California (2017). Supervisor: S. Tufts

Susan Dupej, PhD, 2016. Contract faculty member. Dr. Dupej's supervisor was Steve Tufts.

Diego Sotomayor, PhD, 2016. Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering in the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru   His supervisors were Chris Lortie and Taly Drezner.

Hulya Arik, PhD 2015. Assistant Professor, Social and Cultural Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough (in 2020). Supervisor: Alison Bain.

David Hugill, PhD, 2015. Assistant Professor, Geography, Carleton University (in 2017). Dr. Hugill's supervisor was Patricia Wood.

Yikalo Araya, PhD, 2015. Postdoctoral fellow, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto (2017). Dr. Araya was supervised at York University by Tarmo Remmel.

Vanessa Lamb, PhD, 2014. Lecturer, School of Geography, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (2017). Dr. Lamb was also the lead PI for a CGIAR WLE Greater Mekong project on water governance entitled Matching policies, institutions and practices of water governance in the Salween-Thanlwin-Nu River Basin.

Sara Jackson, PhD, 2014. Lecturer, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Jackson's supervisors were Libby Lunstrum and Steve Flusty.

Sudarshana Bardoloi, PhD, 2013.  Assistant Professor, Geography, Minnesota State University (2019).  Supervisor: Raju Das

Tyler McCreary, PhD, 2013. Assistant Professor, Geography, Florida State University (2017). Dr. McCreary was supervised by Patricia Wood.

Judith McCallum, PhD, 2013. Executive Director, Life & Peace Institute, Uppsala, Sweden (2017). Dr. McCallum was supervised by Jamie Scott.

Silvia D'Addario, PhD, 2012.  Project Coordinator, York Support Services Network, Strategic Asset Renewal Initiative, Housing Services Corporation. Supervisor: Valerie Preston.

Nga Dao, PhD, 2012.  Assistant Professor, International Development Studies, and Business and Society, Department of Social Science, York University, beginning 2018.  Dr. Nga Dao was also Director (and co-founder) of the Center for Water Resources Conservation and Development, an environmental organization in Vietnam  (2017), and received a hotspot hero award from the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund in 2016.  Her supervisor was Peter Vandergeest.

Julie Young, PhD, 2012.  Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies in the Department of Geography at the University of Lethbridge. (2018) Dr. Young was supervised by Patricia Wood.

Keith Barney, PhD 2011. Lecturer, Resources, Environment, and Development Group, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2017). Keith's supervisor was Philip Kelly, and his dissertation was awarded an FGS Dissertation Prize.

Kevin DeJesus, PhD, 2011. Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Johnson and Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (2017). Dr. DeJesus was supervised by Jamie Scott.

Dr. DeJesus was appointed in a Faculty Research Fellow during 2016-17 for his work on armed groups in the Greater Middle East, and has been interviewed in the national media in the United States on events in Syria.

Anne-Marie Debbané, PhD, 2010.  Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, San Diego State University. Supervisor: Philip Kelly.

David Rossiter, PhD 2005. Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of Center for Canadian-American Studies, Western Washington University (2017). Dr. Rossiter was previously editor of American Review of Canadian Studies. He was supervised by Patricia Wood.

Erbu Ustundag, PhD 2005. Associate Professor, Geography and Tourism Studies, Brock University.  Supervisor: Engin Isin.

Madeleine Wong, PhD 2003. Associate Professor and Chair, Global Stdies, St. Lawrence University. Supervisor: Valerie Preston.

Nadia Kelton, PhD, 2001. Professor at Seneca College, Toronto (Civil Engineering Technology). Dr. Kelton was supervised by Lewis Molot.

Mark Hostetler, PhD, 2006. Continuing Adjunct Professor, Global Studies Department, Queens University. Supervisor:  Bill Found.

Allison Williams, PhD, 1997. Professor, Geography, and Chair in Gender, Health, and Caregiver-Friendly Workplaces, McMaster University. Her supervisor was Valerie Preston.

Tom Waldichuk, PhD 1995.  Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C.  His supervisor at York was:  Bill Found.

Michael Bardecki, PhD, 1981.  Full Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at Ryerson University.  His supervisor at York was Bill Found