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. Congratulations to:

  • Nayrouz Abu Hatoum (PhD), winner of the Ibrahim Abu–Lughod Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University.
  • Maxime Polleri PhD candidate winner of the 2018-19 MacArthur Nuclear Security pre-doctoral fellowship at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Stanford University.
  • Effrosyni Rantou PhD Candidate winner of a prestigious Onassis Foundation Scholarship.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.