Research Assistants

Mika Castro (current)
Mika Castro is an undergraduate student at the University of Winnipeg who is currently majoring in sociology. She is interested in learning about the stories and lives of queer POC immigrants in Canada, most specifically how they navigate their queer identities between their Canadian and immigrant communities. 


Thiané Diop (current)
Thiané Diop holds a B.A. in History from the University of Manitoba and is enrolled in the Cultural Studies M.A. program at the University of Winnipeg. Through her work at numerous historic sites and museums in Manitoba, she has become interested in the representation of intersectional queer identities. She is particularly interested in the narratives attached to the few stories featuring people who identify as both queer and racialized.


Liang (Hubery) Huang (current)
Liang Huang is currently studying at Northwest A&F University as an English major in China. She is particularly interested in queer theory and how LGBTQ groups influence museum cultures. She joins the Museum Queeries project as a Mitacs Intern for 2019.


Jana Elazar (current)
Jana Elazar is currently working on a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science at the University of Winnipeg. She is particularly interested in decolonizing settler institutions and spaces through a queer of colour critique. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate studies in culture and communications.


Jase Falk (current)
Jase Falk is an undergraduate student working towards an honours degree in English at the University of Winnipeg. She is particularly interested in queer theory with a focus on trans subjectivities, cultural production & history. 


Dallas Cant (current)
Dallas Cant is currently working towards completing a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. They are interested in exploring queer embodiments, curatorial methodologies, and queer cultural production in relation to sex work. Dallas recognizes the creative form as medium of resistance and incorporates digital photography, poetry, and hand stitching into their research-creation methodology. Currently, they are developing an undergraduate course in sexuality and online communities alongside Dr. Fiona J. Green (University of Winnipeg). Dallas also works as a research assistant with the Greenhouse Artlab to explore and think queerly in relation to bee eco-cultures. In the future, Dallas intends to pursue an M.A. in sexuality studies.


Noami Bird (Summer Scholar, past)
Naomi Bird is a Nehiyaw woman from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in Treaty Six Territory. Naomi uses she/them pronouns. Next spring, they will graduate from Dalhousie University with a double major in Sustainability and Urban Planning, and a minor in Indigenous Studies. In the academic realm, Naomi is passionate about many topics including: land-based, decolonial education, urban Indigenous realities, and how historical trauma impacts contemporary Indigenous health. Naomi has witnessed the erasure of Indigenous histories and realities in both faculties she studies under; experiencing this, Naomi plans on pursuing a masters degree in curriculum studies or place-based education in the coming years. They wish to address the Eurocentrism of the Academy, in an attempt to lessen the violence(s) enacted upon Indigenous students navigating academia.


Thomasena Downes-Mitchell (Summer Scholar, past)
Thomasena Downes-Mitchell is an Afro Indigenous woman from Rolling River First Nation. In June 2018 Thom will be graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources from the University of Winnipeg. Thom’s goal is to pursue Grad school at the University of Manitoba in Business. Thom is passionate about Indigenous and African justice issues and spends her spare time diligently studying these topics. Giving back to the community is important to Thom as she has spent the last 10 plus years volunteering with Child and Family Services. Thom is a strong pupil and has worked as a student marker for the Religion and Culture department. When faced with adversity Thom draws on the strength, teachings and guidance of her mother Terry.


Evan Durance (past)
Evan Durance is an undergraduate student currently completing a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. His interests lie mainly in trans history as well as queer cultural production. Evan aims to integrate and foster emotion, creativity and care in his research and academic pursuits.


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DJ Fraser (past)
D.J. Fraser is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BA, Art History) and the University of Victoria (MA, History in Art) and a third year doctoral student at Concordia University’s Art History department. As a writer, an art historian and an instructor, they operate at the messy intersection between archival practices and queer cultural production in the frame of art history’s evolving relationships with archives. In their current work they are exploring the content and structural elements of the Electronic Media and Film Art Memory Archive for queer constellations and art praxis-activism in New York.


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Hailey Primrose (past)
Hailey Primrose is a queer Métis undergraduate student completing a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. With a focus on queer, trans and anti-racist feminist discourse, her goal is to contribute to feminist ideology through a decolonizing and queer-centered framework. In addition to her studies, Hailey works as an RA with Dr. Karen Harlos (University of Winnipeg), contributing to knowledge gaps surrounding LGBTQ employees and workplace bullying and mistreatment. In the future her interest lies in completing an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Indigenous Studies.


TJ Shannacappo (past)
TJ Shannacappo is an urban Anishinaabe-kwe from Winnipeg, MB. She holds a BA from the University of British Columbia (Women’s and Gender Studies and First Nations Studies) and currently works as an editor at an organization dedicated to promoting Indigenous education. In the near future, TJ intends to pursue a Master of Education in School and Applied Child Psychology, and she is passionate about the intersections between mental heath, self-representation, and access to meaningful cultural production. Practicing a decolonial and feminist methodological approach, she primarily engages her theoretical interests with creative interventions by Indigenous peoples, women, and LGBTQ/2-Spirit communities.


Claire Wright (past)
Claire Wright holds a BFA in printmaking from OCAD U, and has recently completed an MA in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She is interested in the role of aesthetics and material culture in affective communication and meaning-making; and with relationships between art, activism, and education.

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