Profiles

 Ghorbani Nejad_Ronak

Ghorbani Nejad, Ronak

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


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

Advisory Comittee

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

Teaching Experience

2017-Present Teaching Assistant, “Introdcution to the Social Economy." Fall and Winter Term, Department of Social Sciences, York University.

2017 Course Director, “Environment, Media, Culture and Communication,” Winter Term, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.

2014-2016 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.

 

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. 

Paper Presentations

2016 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.

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.

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
           

Invited Talks

2014 Invited speaker, “Presentations/Insights from the 2014 Stuart Hall International Conference.” Articulating Inspiration, Remembering Stuart Hall, Department of Sociology York University. Toronto.
 
2014 Guest lecturer and workshop facilitator, “Zines.” Presented in the course Uncovering the Body: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Faculty of Environmental Studies York University. Toronto.

2014 Guest speaker, “Alternative Media: Shameless Magazine.” Presented in  the course Communities of Practice. Institute of Communication, Culture & Information Technology University of Toronto. Mississauga.

2013 Invited Speaker “MA Thesis, MRP and Project options.” Panel presented in the course Communication and Culture Master’s Pro-Seminar. Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, 

2013 Guest Speaker, “Approaching your Master’s Research Paper.” Presented in the course Research Methods. Graduate Program in Communication and Culture, Ryerson University. Toronto. 

2013 Guest speaker, “Alternative Media: Shameless Magazine.” Presented in the course Media and Society. Faculty of Information and Media Studies University of Western Ontario. London, Ontario. 

2013 Invited speaker, “‘'We speak for ourselves!’– Youth Media redefining the Body.” Art, Community & Environment Lunch-Time Series hosted by Community Arts Practice at York University. Toronto.

2012 Invited speaker, “Youth in Revolt: Reflections on International Women’s Day” CFRC Community Radio, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Other Activities

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