Graduate Profiles

Ghorbani Nejad, Ronak


Email:

  • ronakg@yorku.ca

  • Year Entered: 2012

    Student Info

    Comprehensive Areas

    • Diasporic theory, diasporic political formations, settler colonialism, Iranian diasporic studies
    • Life history methodologies, feminist life histories, Iranian studies
    • Media justice, environmental justice, critical pedagogy

    Committees

    Dr. Honor Ford-Smith, Dr. Liette Gilbert, Dr. Jinthana Haritaworn

    Previous Education

  • BA (Hons.) Journalism (major), Sociology (minor), Ryerson University
  • MA Communication & Culture, Ryerson University Joint Programme with York University
  • Publications

    Publications

    Services & Experience

    Services & Experience

    University Service

    2015-Present Co-Chair Accessibility, Community, Equity Committee, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Toronto. 
        
    2012-Present Co-Chair PhD Environmental Studies Students Association. Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Toronto.

    2015-Present PhD Representative on Faculty Executive Council, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto. 

    2015-Present PhD Representative on Faculty Council, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto.

    2012-2013 PhD Representative on the Undergraduate Program and Curriculum Committee, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. Toronto.

    Teaching Experience

    2014-Present Teaching Assistant, “Earth in our Hands: Introduction to Environmental Studies,” Fall and Winter Term, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.

    2015 Course Director, “Environment, Media, Culture and Communication,” Winter Term, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.

    2012-2013 Teaching Assistant, “Uncovering the Body,” Fall and Winter Term, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.

    2011 Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Sociology,” Fall Term, Sociology, Ryerson University.

    2011 Teaching Assistant, “Popular Culture,” Winter Term, Sociology, Ryerson University.

    2010 Teaching Assistant, “Introduction to Sociology,” Fall Term, Sociology, Ryerson University.

    Professional Development

    2014 Record of completion certificate presented by York University's Teaching Commons.
    •    Workshops attended to obtain certificate include: Creating a Positive and Engaging Learning Environment, Grading Revisited, Using Active Learning Strategies in your Teaching.

    2013 SEDA (Staff and Education Development UK) TA Certificate in Teaching presented by York University's Teaching Commons.
    •    Professional development course focusing on teaching and evaluation methods.

    Research Assistantship

    2011 Research Assistant. Principal Investigator: Dr. Carmen Schifellite,
    Ryerson University.

    2010 Research Assistant, “Premediation.” Principal Investigator: Dr. Abby A. Goodrum, Ryerson University.

     

    Awards

    2015-2016 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

    2012-2013 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

    2011-2012 SSHRC Joseph-Armand bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship 

    2010-2011 Ryerson Graduate Scholarship, Ryerson University 

    2010 Wanda Stankiewicz Memorial Scholarship for the student(s) who wrote extensively on women’s issues

    2010 Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award, Ryerson University

    2010 Undergraduate Research Opportunity, Ryerson University

    2007 Thomson Reuters Award for most promising newspaper journalist(s) in the first year of study
               

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference Organization

    2014-2015 Member of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference Organizing Committee, York University. Toronto. 

    2014 Co-organizer Research Matters PhD Students' Seminar, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto. 

    Conference Presentations

    2016 (Forthcoming)    Panellist, “Shahs of Sunset and current US-Iran geopolitical tensions: A critical reading of reality TV.” Centre for Media Studies Conference Bridging Gaps: What are the media, publicists, and celebrities selling? Barcelona, Spain.

    2015 Panellist, “Radical Print Media in the Digital Age.” Allied Media Conference. Detroit, Michigan, USA. 

    2014 Panellist, “Representations of the Iranian-American in Reality TV: The Case of Shahs of Sunset and the Disruptive Narrative of A$A Soltan.” Presented on the “Transnational Television” panel. Popular Culture           Association of Canada Conference. Calgary.

    2014 Panellist, “She ‘came from far away, farther than the furthest’: A life   history of immigration through poetry and zine-making.” Presented on the   “Exploring Lives Through Arts-Informed Research” panel. International       Society of Educational Biography Conference. Toronto.

    2014 Artist Talk, “She ‘came from faraway, farther than the furthest.’”         Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling, the York/Ryerson Communication       and Culture Joint Graduate Programme Conference. Toronto.

    2014 Art Installation, “She ‘came from faraway, farther than the furthest’: A life history of immigration through poetry and zine-making.” Cross Sections art exhibition at Intersections 2014: Thinking|Feeling, the York/Ryerson Communication and Culture Joint Graduate Programme Conference. Toronto.

    2012 Invited artist, “12 Hour Zine Machine” as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Art Festival, Toronto.

    2012 Panellist, “Occupying Occupied Land: A Critical Reflection on the Non  Inclusionary Discourse of the Occupy Wall Street Movement and Internet Activism.” Presented on the “Negotiating Space and Place: Postcolonial  and Indigenous Movements,” at the Intersections Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto. 

    2011 Invited panellist “Coverage of students in the media and innovations of students working in and with the media” at the First International World Views Conference on Media and Higher Education, Toronto. 

    2011 Invited speaker, “How does the media define what a man is?” 
    at the What Makes A Man Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto.

    2010 Invited panellist “Tweeting Feminists: Exploring feminism and social media.” Presented on the “Gender and Race” panel at the Making Media Public Conference, York University, Toronto.

    Other Activity

    2010-present Contributing Editor, Shameless Magazine

    • Current web-editor and Youth Advisory Board Editor
    • Previous arts editor; managed arts and culture section, assigned and edited articles, edits and writes articles
    • Shameless is a not-for-profit, nationally-distributed award-winning magazine for teen girls and transgender youth established in 2006

    Why FES?