CRRAR Student Fellows

CRRAR is pleased to announce this year's Student Fellows are Michael Yong-Set, Harmony Peach and Sophia Lutfallah!

Michael Andrew Yong-Set is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Windsor's Argumentation Studies program. He completed an MA in Philosophy at the University of Windsor after pursuing his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology with a specialization in Law and Social Thought at Glendon - York University's bilingual liberal arts campus.

As a philosopher, his fields of interests lie in exploring the inter-relations between epistemology, the analytic philosophy of language and metalogic.

His current research projects in Argumentation involve pursuing ludology - the academic and critical study of games qua games, especially in terms of design, player experience and social dynamics. It is his ambit to leverage the insights and resources from this field to develop a new 'ludological perspective on argument.' It is his hope that this new approach will be of interest to philosophers, theorists and those involved in critical thinking pedagogy.

In his leisure time, he enjoys playing video games, cooking, music, creating terrible fiction and writing profiles about himself since they provide him the rare opportunity to refer to himself in the third person.

Harmony Peach

Currently, I am a PhD student in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor in the Cluster of Feminism and Social Justice.  I have a Master’s Degree in Communication and Social Justice and I hold an Honour’s equivalent Bachelor of Arts in Communication Media and Film. My extensive background as a broadcast and print journalist has helped to shape my research interests which include social power dynamics, institutional and public discourse, bias, ideology, informed consent and ethics. I tend to take a social constructionist view of reality, and am especially interested in how discourse shapes our meaning and understanding. As such, I tend to favour methodological approaches, like Critical Discourse Analysis, and theory which can help to highlight problematic discourse.  

My Master’s research addressed discourse utilized in online organ and tissue donor recruitment and registration, and whether it meets the threshold for informed consent. Moving forward, I will continue to research informed consent in the practice of organ and tissue donation

Sophia Lutfallah is currently a third-year undergraduate student studying Political Science with a specialization in Law and Politics at the University of Windsor.  Sophia has an extensive background in areas such as government work and elections, as well as a great interest in argumentation studies. 
Since high school, Sophia has been involved in many mock trials and debates, which led to a piqued interest in rhetorical argumentation and extremism in legal arguments. She has explored the types of arguments made by politicians in past debates and has examined how these different types of arguments might influence a voter. Sophia is particularly interested in mastering the art of rhetoric, as she is planning to continue her academic studies in law school.