Student Subcommittee

CSA’s Student Subcommittee (2015-2016):

Elected Chair – Elected Member Representing Central Canada (2014-2016), also part of CSA Executive Committee Louise Birdsell Bauer

Louise BirdsLouise BBell Bauer is a PhD Candidate in the Sociology at the University of Toronto. Louise researches academic restructuring in universities and the synthesis of labour market segmentation and boundary work theories. In addition to this thesis research, she is researching caregiving and union attitudes with Cynthia Cranford. The common thread in her current research is the differential impact of particular institutional arrangements on workers’ experiences, attitudes and lives.


Elected Member Representing Eastern Canada (2014-2016)
Laura picLaura Winters, University of New Brunswick

Laura Winters is a PhD candidate in sociology at the university of New Brunswick, with a Masters in sociology from Memorial University. She lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and works in the areas of culture, sexuality, and gender, with a specific focus on marginalization, stigma, sex work and resistance. In her PhD research, Laura has conducted qualitative interviews with adults who work in the sex industry in her home province of Newfoundland; her thesis, currently underway, examines the relationship between stigma and subjectivity.

Laura has worked as a research assistant on the national, CIHR-funded study, “Understanding Sex Work”, and has presented at numerous academic, provincial and community conferences, including a presentation on a signature panel on sex work at the national congress of social sciences and humanities in 2011.

Currently, Laura is the co-ordinator of the “Safe Harbour Outreach Project”, a harm-reduction oriented support service for people involved in sex work. Laura’s academic and community work is rooted in a deep respect for experiential voices, and the positioning of experiential people as experts. She also believes strongly in the importance of community/academic relationships, and is committed to that in her work and life.


Elected Member Representing Western Canada (2015-2017)
Rebecca Nelems,Rebeccah Headshot University of Victoria


Past Subcommittee Chairs

  • Katie MacDonald (Western Student Rep, University of Alberta) 2013/15
  • Jamie Baker (Eastern Student Rep, Memorial University) 2010/13
  • Stella Park (Central Student Rep, University of Toronto) 2007/10
  • Kelly Greenfield (Eastern Student Rep, Memorial University)