Graduate Students

This page lists all graduate students at the Cinema Studies Institute as of September, 2016. (under construction)


Ph.D. Students

Celine Bell
Celine Bell

Celine Bell is a second year PhD student in cinema studies at the University of Toronto.  Her previous research in the MA program at York University focused on the female narrator in film noir.  Her PhD research focuses on female friendship in classical Hollywood cinema.  Her other research interests include the development of film canons, genre studies, and feminist film theory.






Kevin Chabot

Kevin ChabotKevin is currently a Ph.D. student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. He graduated with distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University earning an Honours Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Communication Studies and Film Studies and a minor in Religion and Culture. He then earned a Master's degree from Carleton University where he completed a SSHRC-funded thesis titled Bodies Without Borders: Body Horror as Political Resistance in Classical Hollywood Cinema. His dissertation project will examine the found-footage cycle of horror films and how they engage with the changing technological media landscape. His research interests broadly include horror film, classic and contemporary film theory, medium specificity, and intermediality.



David Davidson
Nick Fernandes
Karina Griffith
Anjo-mari Gouws







Anjo-marí Gouws
Anjo-mari Gouws

Originally hailing from South Africa, Anjo-marí has a background in Visual Culture Studies and in Philosophy, and has combined these two fields in an interdisciplinary research focus on existential aspects of contemporary European cinema, in particular the work of Austrian director Michael Haneke. She has taught Film Studies and Art History in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Pretoria, and has published in the journal Image & Text.





Inesa Khatkovskaya
Daniel Laurin
Patrick Marshall


Daniel McFadden
Dan McFadden

Dan McFadden completed a BA in English and Film Studies at the University of Victoria, and a Master's degree in Theory and Criticism at Western University. His research is focused on the intersection of media and philosophical thought surrounding disasters, accidents, and catastrophes.






Justin Morris
Justin Morris

Justin J. Morris is a PhD student at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. Justin completed his MA in Cinema Studies at the Cinema Studies Institute in 2012 and his BA in Film and History at the University of Alberta in 2011. His dissertation examines the cross-medial interactions of American serialized film, radio, and comic strips in the 1930s and 40s.





Erin Nunoda
Carolyn Reese
Carrie Reese

Carrie Reese is a second year PhD Student whose work involves deconstruction and media, post-WWII French cinema and television, the politics of space and place, and globalization. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.

Catherine Russell


Tom Russell
Nicholas Shaw
Miriam Siegel
Ramtin Teymouri
Ram Teymouri

Ramtin Teymouri is a PhD student at the Cinema Studies Institute. He completed an Advanced BA degree with a major in Film Studies and a minor in Theatre at the University of Manitoba. His research interests include the New German Cinema of the 1960s and 70s, silent and early cinema and the Classical Hollywood period. His other interests include filmmaking and creating sound pieces. 



Matthew Thompson
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Matt Thompson is a PhD student interested in ecological themes in science fiction film. He completed his BA honours in sociology at Ryerson University, and his MA in popular culture at Brock University. Some of his interests include: Gilles Deleuze and time-images, eco-cinema, the cold war race to the moon, and spaceship earth.




Müge Tufenk


Blake Williams
Blake Williams



Magdalena Yüksel
Magda Yuksel

Magdalena Yüksel is a PhD student in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. She holds an MA from Bilkent University in Media and Visual Studies. Her research focuses on Iraq War films and the war film genre. Her other research interests include memory studies, postmodernism, and European cinema.









M.A. Students (2016-17)

Gabrielle Dupuis
Matthew Grant
Amanda Greco
Myrna Moretti
Tom Lowery
Hilary Leachman
Bryan Hickman
Mehdi Pilehvarian
Stephen Schwartz
Samuel Reimer
Alysia Urrutia
Fan Wu