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Major Research Papers

The Globalization Studies MA program consists of course work plus a major research paper (MRP).

During the winter term, students prepare a proposal for their MRP and identify a potential supervisor and second reader. Students complete the MRP in the summer term. The paper has a maximum length of 10,000 words (approximately 40 pages).

Below is a list of Major Research papers completed by Globalization Studies students in previous years.

Robert O'Brien

Ph.D. Political Science, York University (Canada)1992


Professor

Department of Political Science

"Teaching and supervising Globalization MA students is one of the highlights of my academic year. They are a diverse, thoughtful and engaging group of students out to change the world"

2015 -2016

  • Myla Chawla: From G.I Jane to Jihad Jane: An Investigation of Global Female Combatants
  • Manvir Bhangoo: Between Two Worlds: Where Do Canadian-Born Punjabi Girls Belong?
  • Njavwa Mukwavi: Child Welfare in Zambia: The Role and Impact of Governmental and Nongovernmental Actors on the Welfare of Zambian Children
  • Olivia Bonham-carter: The DREAMers: Migrant narratives and the fight for American citizenship
  • Alexandria Bell: Common Goals? Policies Restricting Indigenous Education Programs in Canada and New Zealand
  • Darren Jahn: Cryptocurrency: A New Paradigm For Global Reserves
  • Farhana Reza: The Crisis of Indigenous Identity in a Globalizing Asia: The Case of Bangladesh
  • Yu Sun Young: Canadian Muslims: Struggles to Belong
  • Oldrich Bubak: Examining Global Political and Economic Effects on Talent Systems Policies
  • Basel Ammane: How Compatible Are Democracy and Islam
  • Edith Chavez Perez: Air pollution Governance in Mexico City and Toronto: A Comparative Study

2014-2015

  • PatriciAckah-Baidoo:  Youth Employment in the Extractive Industries in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana
  • Elysia Dardarian:  Climate Refugees: Legal Challenges and Reconstructing Identities
  • Paul Emiljanowicz:  Conflict of Interests: The Extractive Sector, Official Development Assistance, and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Alyssa Foerstner:  Identity and Language: Looking at Identity Through a German Lens
  • Anthony Lerno:  A Paradox in Development Aid: Knowledge and Power in International Finance Corporation Sustainability Initiatives
  • Anne Lewis:  Medical Tourism and the Commodification of Medical Care
  • Aaron Morrow:  Medical Foreign Aid in Central America: A Bleak History and an Unsure Future
  • Aleksander Piecyk:  Moving Forward in Latin America: A Reconceptualization of Anti-Narcotic Policies in Colombia
  • Dean Ray:  Authoritarian Interactions: excavations and archives
  • Kristina Roic:  Scales of Conflict and Cooperation in the Indus Basin
  • Nishi Singh:  Conceptions of Mental Health Within the Punjabi Sikh Diaspora Community in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Gulsat Topsakal:  "Nevada-Semipalatinsk" Anti-Nuclear Movement: Bridging the Gap between Eco-cosmopolitanism and Postcolonial Ecocriticism
  • Yvonne Maidment:  Temporary Workers as a Permanent Solution for Maximum Profit

2013-2014

  • Kieran Blair:  Digitally Devoted: Cyberspace, Security, and Privacy
  • Oheneba Boateng:  South Africa: Towards a Theory of Southern Humanitarianism
  • John Cocarla:  The Politics of the Glocal: Hybridity, Resistance, and the Importance of Maintaining the Local
  • Joann Correa:  Global Security and China’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)
  • James Evans:  Ending the Taxation Race to the Bottom: Studying The Potential for International Co-operation in the Design of Corporate Tax Policy Using a Systems Approach
  • Dan Irvine:  The power of ideas in the reproduction of capitalism: A Gramscian and Foucauldian analysis of liberalism and global finance
  • Haley McCormick:  An Assessment of Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Participation in the Development of Land Degradation Policy Within the Context of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Framework
  • Carla Vanina Noejovich:  The emotional journey of migration
  • Sonja Pesko:  Branding Together: The Shopping Mall as Public Space in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Amberley Teresa Ruetz:  Nationalism and Identity Construction in the Post-Colonial Era: Discourse, Enacted Citizenship and the Sahrawi People of North Africa
  • Eva Salinas:  A solution crops up: marijuana legalization as a new strategy in the War on Drugs
  • Andrew Christopher Stanley:  Improving women’s wellbeing through a trans-sectoral approach: An NGO framework for development within the context of HIV/AIDS and WaSH
  • Evon Sworesho: Different Paths: Opportunities and Struggles Displaced Iraqi Christians Face
  • Natasha Vattikonda:  A Critique of Identity Politics as an Effective Political Strategy: The Anti-caste Movement, A Case Study
  • Diana Verkhovets:  Privatization of public utilities in Argentina Research Questions

2012-2013

  • Ryan Avola:  Resistance, Community and the Political: Street Art and the Post-Modern Dreamscape
  • Zeinab Bardan:  Security of the Middle East in Light of the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Dwitney Bethel:  Re-Framing Visibility Amidst the Spectacle of Disaster and Disposability: The Role of Actants, Artists and the Vibrancy of Things in Acts of Abject Resistance After Katrina
  • Kenneth Gibson:  Localizing Power: People, Place and Governance in the City
  • Emma Lister:  The Hegemony of the State Withing Regionalism: The Case of Latin America
  • Quan Liu:  TPP and RCEP: The Regional Political and Economic Power Struggle Among ASEAN, China, and the United States
  • Samantha Manley:  The Next Phase of Development: Creating Conditions for HIV/AIDS Education in South Africa
  • Ashley Manson:  A Comparative Overview of Canadian Citizenship: The Re-branding of Canada as a Conservative Country via Citizenship Testing
  • Josée Oliphant:  The Media, Melancholia and the Small Town: the Imagined Muslim Threat in Fictional Mercy and Real Hérouxville
  • Erin Rose:  There's No Place Called Home? Constructions of Home, Identity and Belonging in the Memoirs of Adult Third Culture Kids
  • Madeleine Streich:  The Impact of Virtual Water Trade on Food Sovereignty. With and Example from Egypt
  • Camila Trujillo:  Overcoming Stigma; Colombia's Battle Against its Reputation as a Drug Lord
  • Rachel Unterman:  Global Food Landscapes: Reimagining Governance Discourse
  • Robin Verrall:  Citizens of Greater China: Translocal Cultural Governmentality as an Alternative Form of Political Community
  • Victoria Zappia:  Water for People, Not for Profit: Exploring Resource Privatization and Water Accessibility

2011-2012

  • Rami Abu-Zeidan:  The Mental Health Effects of Flooding Events: An Investigation through Science and Policy
  • Khaoula Bengezi:  Acts of Citizenship by Bare Life: Detention Centres and Migrant Resistance in Libya and Italy
  • Mark Burgess:  'Experience Simulating Innocence': Globalization and the Foreign Reporter
  • Alexandra Crowder:  Environmental Revolution: The Cold War of the 21st Century
  • Abimbola Fajobi:  The construction of a protracted refugee situation: Dehumanization in Kenya's Refugee Camps
  • Doran Hoge:  Waterways: Constructivist Conceptualizations of Water and Human Action
  • Kashfah Mahmood Khan Chowdhury:  Challenges of Fair Trade movement in the face of neoliberal globalization and ethical consumerism
  • Gent Llukaj:  Packet Switching, the Origins of the Internet, and the Beginnings of Globalization
  • Layla Mashkoor:  Hamilton: the New Post-Industrial City Analysis of Disposability and Creativity in the New Urban Environment
  • Amber Merucci:  Cultivating Cosmopolitanism in a Post 9/11 Era: Challenging Islamphobia through Pragmatic Approaches
  • Sean Pittman:  Villagization in Gambella: the Biopolitics of Dispossession
  • Adnan Raja:  Challenging the Limits of Citizenship: Representations of Transnational Activism, Political Engagement and Global Intimacy through the Tamil-Canadian Protests
  • Nicole Rallis:  Re-imagining the city: A documentary project on the politics of space, place, and time
  • Gillian Round:  A Socio-Historical Approach to HIV/AIDS in South Africa: Race, Power and Apartheid
  • Mola Shahsavari:  Iranian Public Diplomacy and Representations of Apocalyptic Politics

2010-2011

  • Joshua Belick:  Moving Towards a Post-post 9/11 Discourse in Immigration and Security Studies -- Bill C-4; Anti-human Smuggling Legislation and the Detonation of Asylum Seeker Rights in Canada
  • Jillian Curtin:  Conundrum or Corruption: An Analysis of the Industry Fallout and the Regulatory Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
  • Kevin Edmonds:  The Power to Impoverish -- The World Trade Organization and the Demise of the St. Lucian Banana Trade
  • Charis Enns:  Neoliberalism Beneath Social Investment Discourses?: A Critical Analysis of the World Bank's Education Sector Strategy 2020
  • Dona Geagea:  The Tragedy of the Commons becomes a Tragedy for the Commoners: Globalization, Marginalization and Resistance in Rural Regions' Water Policies
  • Tegan Herchenrader:  Orienting the Sojourner: A Study on the Orientation and Reorientation of Exchange Students
  • Jan Korevaar:  Naked in the Camp, Resisting in the City: Coeval Spaces of the City-Camp
  • Sara Loureiro:  Painting the Revolution: A Study of Revolutionary Mural Production in Esteli, Nicaragua from 1979-1990
  • Maris Lush:  The Contemporary Social Corporation and New Constitutionalism: A Complementary Neoliberal Socio-Economic Hegemony
  • Lauren Murphy:  A Critical Comparison of the Canadian and European Regulatory System for GMOs: Examining the Canadian Shortcomings
  • Shabnam Nikfar:  The Glass Walls among Us: Internationalization of Borders through the Canadian Immigration Regime
  • Andrew Park:  The Politics of Food -- Risk Society and the Neurotic Citizen
  • Shubha Sandhill:  Living in the Shackles of Domestic Violence: The Subjugation of Female Identity in South Asian Communities
  • Zachary Stockhill:  Building Bridges: The Beatles' Impact on "India" in the Post Colonial Imagination
  • Andrew Weir:  Paid Crowdsourcing Microtasking: An Individualized Race to the Bottom

2009-2010

  • Franziska Buch: Visualizing the AGW-Battle: Climategate and the New Fronts of Adversarial Framing in the Online Media Discourse
  • Monique Chiotti: The Emergence of Surplus Necessity in the West and its Effect on the Cultural Production of Exploitation in Chinese Special Economic Zones
  • Diana Marina Cooper:  China's Increasing Economic Engagement in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards Common Development, or the 'New Scramble for Africa'?
  • Melissa Eberly:  The Politics of Humanitarianism in Haiti: Humanitarian Agencies, Neoliberalism and the Global Perspective
  • Dave Heidebrecht:  A Sacred Place: Capturing the Story of the Sacred Headwaters Social Movement
  • Ann Henley:  Examining the Feasibility of Immigrant Women Developing Micro Businesses and Accessing Micro Loans in Hamilton
  • Chris Knudson:  Recovery or Reorganization? Economic Globalisation's Mixed Effects on the Developing World's Vulnerability to Extreme Weather Events
  • Adam Malloy:  India's Experimental Autonomy: Shaping Modernity in "Gorkhaland"
  • Sheliza Merchant:  Manipulating US and International Law to Justify Torture Findings from Abu Ghraib
  • Andrew Munroe:  Metaphors of the Environment
  • Danielle Pacey:  The Cost of Doing Business: Corporatizing Global War
  • Laura Pin:  Indigenous Identity in Olympic-supporting and Olympic-resisting discourse concerning the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games
  • Eddy Thai:  The Undecidables and the Hybridity of Identity
  • Maja Tuta:  Needs and Gaps in Services Available to Women who have been Sex Trafficked
  • Catherine Twizere:  Thinking About History: Adopting Critical Thinking Methods in Post-Conflict History Classrooms
  • Jingxian Xu:  Migration and Development: A Preliminary Assessment of the "Deskilling" Situation Faced by Chinese Skilled Immigrants in Canada

2008-2009

  • Sarah L. Anstett:  The Limitations of Ethical Purchasing: Observations on Communication, Co-Ordination & Comprehension Drawn from the Canadian University No Sweat Initiative
  • Kyinzom Gyalpo:  A Study Examining the Impact of Migrant Remittance from a Women Perspective in Nepal
  • Sara Mahmood Hassan:  "Acts of Global Citizenship or Global Act(ion)s of Citizenship?" Exploring the Enactment of Global Citizenship in Canada
  • Erin Langs:  Environmental Justice: Contemporary Failures in Global Environmental Governance and Valuation
  • Branka Marijan:  (Re) Created Borders, Contested Citizenships: Politics of Identity, Belonging and Place
  • Caitlin Patterson:  Protection vs. Profits: The Conflict between the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Leah J. Percy:  The Construction of Female Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS in Kenya: Gender Mainstreaming or Gender Masking?
  • Veronica Rubio- Vega:  Fairtrade Coffee in Latin America: To What Extent does FLO Certification Benefit Small-Scale Farmers?
  • Aaron Saad:  Environmental Migrants/Refugees: Identifying Key Developments and Gaps in the Emerging Response to a Potential Crisis
  • Kat Scrivener:  Transnational Advocacy Networks and 'Policymaking from Below': The Impact on Trade and Integration in the Americas
  • Sarah Shulist:  Revitalizing Through Language: The Role of Language in Indigenous Peoples' Political Projects
  • Victoria Steele:  Cosmopolitan Landscapes in the People's Republic of China: Spectrality of Shijian Wenti and New Urban Identities
  • Leah Taylor:  A Farmer's Tale: Growing Globalization in Woodville's Fields
  • Huijing Yang:  Under the Same Blue Sky? A Preliminary Study of Left-behind Children in Rural China in the Context of Globalization
  • Mingwei Zhang:  The Social Networks of Chinese Elderly Immigrants in Canada: Implications for Public Service Utilization
  • Sonya Zikic:  Acts of Kidizenship: The Reception, Treatment, and Political Agency of Unaccompanied Minors and Undocumented Migrant Youth

2007-2008

  • Phil Abbott:  Beyond the Band-Aid: An Examination of the Expanding Role of Food Banks in Canadian Society
  • Jessica Marion Barr:  Fraught Perceptions, Fraught Representations: Global Conflict and Art
  • Sarah Batten:  Global Flows, Local Profits: Private Sector Involvement in 'Migrant Management'
  • Zainab Boxwala:  Practicing Global Yoga: A Reflective Asana and a Meditative Mindset Breathing Life into New Politics
  • Ana Candia:  Change the Channel: Latin American Third Film in the Contemporary World Order
  • Frank Castiglione:  The European Union and Turkey: Globalization with a Difference?*
  • Kasey Coholan:  Frictions in Being and Becoming: Expanding the Political through an Examination of Subaltern Groups and Indigenism
  • Christianne Collantes:  Bodies of Currency and Commodification in Cyberculture: Filipino Women's Oppression and Resistance Online
  • Erika Dickenson:  World Bank Support of Core Labour Standards: Changing the Direction of Economic Globalization?
  • Hala Hlaibeih:  The Misrepresentation of Muslim Women in the Global Mass Media: Case Study: "Submission", a Short Movie
  • Jennifer Ho-Ying Huang:  The Impact of Globalization on Intra-Ethnic Relations: The Case of Chinese Sub-communities in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Raghda Ismail:  The Identity of the First Generation of Palestinians Born in Canada
  • Daniela Kortan:  CSR as Rhetoric or Reality - Lessons Learnt from the Governance Paradigm
  • Todd Leskie:  No One Gets Out Alive: Representation of Cosmopolitanism in the Fiction of Rohinton Mistry
  • Eva Lukacsovics:  How is the Term 'Orphan' Defined in the Context of HIV/AIDS in 'Sub-Saharan Africa'?
  • Kuthula Matshazi:  Comparative Advantage, Liberalized Trade Rules in Agriculture and Developed Countries' Farm Subsidies: The Effects on African Farmers
  • Bryan Purcell:  Hard and Soft Food Security Pathways: An Ecological Analysis of the Global Food Crisis and its Policy Implications
  • Meaghan Ross:  Social Work Activism Amidst Neo-Liberal Policies: How are Social Workers Maintaining Resistance?
  • Alisha Ticku:  Negotiating Spaces of Exclusion: Interrogating Hierarchies of Entitlement through the Experiences of Female Migrant Domestic Workers
  • Kristian van der Lee:  Pursuing Social Justice through the Market: An Investigation of the WTO and Fair Trade Coffee Initiatives in Latin America
  • Renée Wetselaar:  Social Location, Mobilization and Globalization: The Role of Art in Creating Social Change in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Narges Valibeigi:  Media as an Anti-Peace Making Tool in the Context Globalization: How are Shiite Muslims Represented in Western Media?

2006-2007

  • Duncan Butcher:  Who Made Who: The Enabling of Global Cities
  • Fabiola De Vierna:  The Impact of Economic Globalization in Case Study Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • Dan Grace Frame:  that Suffering: Manufacturing and Mediatizing the 'Cy-sufferer'
  • Matt Gravelle:  Globalization, Social Compacts, and the New "New Regionalism": Towards an ASEAN 2.0
  • Ahmed Ismail:  Options of Reconciliation in War-torn Societies: Case-study Darfur Conflict
  • Xiaoxin Ji:  The Integration of Chinese Immigrants in the Canadian Labour Market
  • Rob Joustra:  The Lullaby of Argus Panoptes: Towards a Conversation on Cosmology in Universal Human Rights
  • Afreen Khan:  A Comparative Perspective on the Working Conditions of Women in the Global Garment Industry
  • Xieqing Lin:  Constructed Globalization: How Media Functions as a Channel to Introduce the Concept of 'Globalization' into China
  • Aaida Mamuji:  Canada's Official Development Assistance: Policy Shortfalls and Possible Improvements
  • Dave Nolan:  Academic Impact: A Call for More Reflexive Scholarship in a Globalizing World
  • Heather Picotte:  Where the Olympics Meet the Inner City: Discourses of Globalization and Community in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver
  • Tanya Reimer:  Global Forms and Functions of Property: Towards a Concrete Understanding of Globalization
  • Natasha Sawh:  Negotiation on the Ground: Realizing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in South Africa, Nigeria and Peru
  • Anna Seifried:  Patently Ineffectual: Why Canada's Access to Medicines Regime has Failed to Meet its Objective
  • Alexandre Sheldon:  Seeing the World: A Critical Exploration of the Cartographic Nature of European Modernization and Globalization
  • Kelsey Wagner:  Reformasi: Race and Identity in Malaysian Politics in a Globalized Era
  • Meaghan Willis:  (In)Voluntary Return and 'the Refugee': Challenging Convention, (Re)Assigning Agency, and (Re)Defining the Terms of Return

2005-2006

  • Rosette Adera:  Gender Roles and Pedagogies of Mobilization in the Rwandan Genocide
  • Laura Bolton:  Globalization and Conscious Organization Perspective: The Need for a New Outlook on Organizational Change
  • Mark King:  Between Tears and Elation
  • Mauricio Martinez:  Global Marketing and its Implications for the Study of Ideology
  • John McCurdy:  Conflicting Interpretations of the Origin, Development and Character of Al Qaeda: An Historiographical Reading of the Ongoing Debate between Orientalists and Modernists
  • Genevieve Meisenheimer:  The Citizen and the Stranger: An Opportunity for Responsibility
  • Jill Mills:  Corporate Social Responsibility: A Global Momentum for Sustainable Business
  • Angie Zan:  Integration of Chinese Immigrants into Canadian Society
  • Amy Zhang:  Echoes of Memory: Visual Culture, History, and Resistance in Contemporary Chinese Photographic Practice

2004-2005

  • Alex Diceanu:  The Politics of Hegemony and Counter-hegemony within the Global Labour Standards Struggle
  • Bryn Gay:  Tragedy of Anti-Commons in Kalahari
  • Candida Hadley:  Astrobiology, Globalization and the Myth of Technological Utopianism
  • Max Haiven:  Creativity, Globalization and Empire
  • Julianna Hobbs:  Guatemalan Testimonios: Redefining Knowledge, Challenging 'Official' History and Destabilizing the Selective Permeability of Globalization
  • Heather Johnson:  The Borders of Asylum
  • Risa Mandzuk:  Local Narratives of Globalization: A Preliminary Exploration of the Imaginative Landscape of McMaster University