Thanks to excellent mentorship from Windsor's Anthropology and Labour Studies Faculty, I graduated from the U of Windsor Honours program with Great Distinction and a desire to pursue a Master's Degree. I am currently studying at the Institute for Political Economy at Carleton University. In Ottawa, I am actively involved in the Teaching Assistant Union as a steward, the Ottawa Worker's Assembly and the Latin American scholars community. In the spring I will be teaching an enrichment course called "Just Food?" which will explore the problems and possibilities with localized food systems. This summer I will be commencing my first of two fieldwork trips to Cochabamba, Bolivia on a SSHRC funded research project where I hope to work with an environmental social movement to study the intersections of masculinity, nature and indigeneity under the ecosocialist government. My passion for anthropology has also motivated me to apply for my PhD in Anthropology for 2012 to further pursue this research.
Photo: Kirsten at a FAWG meeting in 2010.
My undergraduate degree was in Latin American Studies. Because it was an interdisciplinary program I had the opportunity to take courses in a variety of disciplines. My favourite was Anthropology which led me to do graduate work in that field. My training in Anthropology gave me analytical skills and research experience that have been very useful in my professional life. While I was a student I worked as a research assistant on several projects. Since leaving university I have also worked as a translator and consultant on documentaries for the BBC, CBC and the NFB and I have done fieldwork in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica and Ecuador on a variety of topics including labour migration, agriculture, gender, the United Nations and globalization. I am now the research coordinator at the Centre for Studies in Social Justice where my work involves the dissemination of research—a job that requires me to be up-to-date on the latest research and theoretical trends in the social sciences and humanities.
After graduating with a BA[H] in Anthropology from the UWindsor, I applied for an overseas position with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada. Upon being accepted I learned that I would be working in northern Ghana on a 12 month volunteer-work placement with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana. I’ve been placed at the district level (equivalent to municipal back home) and have been supporting Ministry staff regarding management systems and leadership while living with a family outside of the city in village called Korania. For more info on what I’m doing and experiencing in Ghana check out my blog at http://liveworklearnbrianinghana.wordpress.com I’ve also just been accepted into the MA program in Anthropology at University of Western Ontario, so I’ll be attending grad school in the fall of 2011.