Graduate Researchers

Haleakala AngusHaleakala Angus (Master’s Student, Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph)

Haleakala Angus is a Master of Arts student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy program at the University of Guelph. She also completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Criminal Justice and Public Policy. Haleakala is currently working on a major research paper for her Master’s degree which looks at race and the criminal justice system. Specifically, she is interested in examining how drug legislation has disproportionately affected minority populations. Throughout her studies, Haleakala has also become extremely interested in the issue of violence against women and is currently volunteering for the UNSA Femicide Watch Platform.

 


 

Danielle BaderDanielle Bader (PhD Candidate, Sociology, University of Guelph)

Danielle Bader is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph. She completed her B.A. in Criminology at York University and her M.A. at the University of Guelph in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy. Danielle’s Master’s thesis was part of a larger community engaged evaluation research study of a sexual assault and domestic violence protocol implemented in Guelph-Wellington to improve the local response to violence against women from the perspective of service users. Her dissertation research employs a qualitative research design to understand the occurrence of intimate partner violence in non-urban communities in Ontario, specifically focusing on women’s fear and the corresponding strategies they employ to increase safety as well as barriers and challenges experienced by service providers responding to individuals and families affected by intimate partner violence in non-urban communities. Danielle is also a Statistical Assistant at the Guelph Branch Research Data Centre and has an interest in quantitative research methods. Danielle’s PhD research is being supervised by Dr. Myrna Dawson.

 


Ciara BoydCiara Boyd (Masters, Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph)

Ciara Boyd completed her Honors B.A. from Western University with a specialization in Criminology. She recently completed her M.A. in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on exploring and understanding different types of gender-based homicides, with a concentration on mass killings and familicides. With Myrna Dawson as her supervisor, Ciara’s M.A. thesis used a gendered theoretical framework to compare the characteristics of domestic and non-domestic mass killings in Ontario. She currently volunteers for the Femicide Watch Platform, a project coordinated by the United Nations Studies Association. Through this volunteer work, Ciara participates in various tasks that aim to evolve the understanding of feminicide, present key information, and address policy and decision-making at multiple levels. She is also volunteering for the Western Cold Case Society in London, Ontario, where she works collaboratively with students and faculty to analyze unsolved crimes that have occurred in both Canada and the U.S. Ciara is also currently working on various CSSLRV-research projects, including the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative (www.cdhpi.ca), a five-year SSHRC-funded research project.

 


Abby MitchellAbigail Mitchell (Master’s Student, Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph)

Abigail Mitchell is an MA student in Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy at the University of Guelph. Prior to coming to the University of Guelph, Abigail completed a BSc in Forensic Science from Laurentian University and a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research from Seneca College. Abigail's Master's thesis examines investigative decision-making in cases of sexual femicide. Her other research interests include gendered violence, LGBTQ+ victimization, and prostitution. Abigail currently spends her time volunteering with the United Nations Studies Association (UNSA) Femicide Watch Platform, reading, and playing boardgames.

 


Aa NizharadzeAna Nizharadze (JD Candidate, University of Ottawa)

Ana is a JD Candidate in the University of Ottawa Common Law program. Previously, she obtained her MA from University of Guelph, specializing in Political Science. Her MRP assessed application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms under s. 32(1). She also completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, received a double major in Criminal Justice, Public Policy (CJPP) and Political Science. Ana’s research interests focus generally on law and politics. Recently, she has expanded her research to understand how surrogacy regulation impacts surrogate mothers and commissioning parents. Ana is also very interested in analyzing trends of homicide across Canada and finding ways to prevent femicide and domestic violence. She has worked with Professor Dawson on numerous research projects, both as an undergraduate and graduate student.

 


Andie Rexdiemer (Master’s Student, Criminology & Criminal Justice Policy, University of Guelph)

Andie Rexdiemer is an MA student in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of Guelph. She graduated with distinction with a B.A.(Honours) from Queen's University in Global Development Studies. Under the supervision of Dr. Myrna Dawson and Dr. Ryan Broll, her research focuses on how digital media platforms facilitate 'femicide' within both intimate and non-intimate relationships, and the roles of social media corporations and law enforcement officials when policing 'cyber-misogyny.' Andie is currently volunteering with Femicide Watch Platform, United Nations Studies Association, to help update the content focused on education and awareness.

 


Angelika Zecha Angelika Zecha (Master of Public Health Student, University of Waterloo)

Angelika Zecha is currently a Master of Public Health student at the University of Waterloo. She studies topics relating to epidemiology, biostatistics, and risk communication, and their applications to gun violence and homicide prevention. Prior to this, Angelika completed her Honours B.A. and her M.A. in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy program at the University of Guelph. Angelika’s research work was funded by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and examined the role of firearms in Canadian homicides, with a focus on the contexts of rural intimate partner homicides. More specifically, she examined the effects of gender, victim-offender relationship, and geography on gun-related homicide victimization in Canada. Angelika volunteers for the UNSA’s Femicide Watch Team and works on the Global Femicide Watch Platform to increase education and awareness about the gender-related killings of women and girls. At the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence, Angelika is working with Dr. Myrna Dawson on various research projects relating to femicide and domestic homicide, including the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (www.cdhpi.ca), a five-year SSHRC-funded research project.