Our Success

Awards and Publications

The outstanding quality and diversity of our graduate students is one of our greatest strengths. Our students are successful in scholarship competitions and have won an impressive number of national and international awards for academic achievement. They are active participants in the political and cultural life of the campus and beyond and produce research that is engaged with contemporary issues faced by diverse communities, groups and organizations in local and international contexts.

  • Maxime Polleri PhD candidate in Social Anthropology) just had his article "Tracking Radioactive Contamination after Fukushima" published in Anthropology Now, 8:2, 90-103. 2016
  • Kristen Csenkey (PhD candidate in social anthropology) was selected as a “prominent young leader” and invited to contribute to the Young Bled Strategic Forum (YBSF) in Slovenia on Sept. 4 and 5, 2016.
  • Sarah Yusaf (PhD Candidate) is the 2016 recipient of the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Scholarship from CERLAC in support of her Phd research project.
  • Laura Waddell (PhD Candidate) is the 2016 recipient of the Vernon Oliver Stong Scholarship from the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies.
  • Wangui Kimari (PhD Candidate) is a 2016 recipient of a Dissertation Writing-Up Grant from the Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies, Oxford University Centre for the Environment.

Workshops, Conferences and Research

Graduate students participate in courses, workshops, and colloquia to develop research and professional skills and advanced knowledge in anthropological theories and methodologies. In addition, York University supports a number of Research Centres which draw faculty from multiple departments, including many faculty members of the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology. We encourage our students to join and participate in the activities of these Centres.

  • Ethnography in 3D Workshop
    On January 29, 2015 first year MA and PhD Students in Social Anthropology attended a workshop on 3D Printing as part of the Grad Seminar in Ethnography. The workshop is part of a collective and collaborative ethnography that students will produce over a 12 week period and present in the form of a blog.
  • Canadian Anthropological Association Conference

Graduation and Jobs

Our graduates have found employment in a range of rewarding professions. Of our graduated PhD students, 83 percent have gone on to take up academic positions. In addition to academic careers, we have alumni who work in policy and research positions for NGOs, governmental institutions, and consulting and marketing agencies; in curatorial positions in museums; and as filmmakers, artists, and writers. Our aim is to ensure that graduates of our Masters and Doctoral programs will be well placed to pursue their academic and professional career goals.