Student Subcommittee

CSA’s Student Subcommittee (2014-2015):

Elected Chair – Elected Member Representing Western Canada (2013-2015), also part of CSA Executive Committee Katie MacDonald, University of Alberta

katie.macdonaldKatie MacDonald is a PhD candidate at the University of Alberta in the Sociology department. Her research interests include volunteer abroad in Nicaragua, transnational feminist theory, and qualitative research methodologies. She did her undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB and has an Interdisciplinary Masters and a Masters of Education, both from York University. Katie is passionate about teaching and learning. As a member for the student concerns sub-committee Katie would like to encourage emphasis not only on practical advice, but also on pedagogy, the status of the university and ideas about community and collaboration.

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 Central Canada (2014-2016)
Louise BBLouise Birdsell Bauer, University of Toronto

Louise Birdsell 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.

Past Subcommittee Chairs

  • Katie MacDonald (Western Student Rep, University of Alberta) 2013/15
  • Jamie Baker (Eastern Student Rep, Memorial Univerity) 2012/13
  • Jamie Baker (Eastern Student Rep, Memorial Univerity) 2010/12
  • Stella Park (Central Student Rep, University of Toronto) 2009/10
  • Stella Park (Central Student Rep, University of Toronto) 2008/09
  • Stella Park (Central Student Rep, University of Toronto) 2007/08
  • Kelly Greenfield (Eastern Student Rep, Memorial University)