PhD thesis

A great deal has changed in my life since this site got broken in February. Back then I was dealing with work as a teaching assistant for two courses, as well as a great many difficult personal issues and situations. Now I am in the luxurious position of having the summer to work on my […]

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All holidays have limited importance for graduate students. Or, rather, holidays are the best opportunity to work on the independent research which is meant to be the reason for being in grad school, as teaching and other duties tend to somewhat abate. An ambitious aim would be to complete all the parts of the survey […]

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I have created a draft update to my research ethics proposal, based on the comments from the U of T research ethics board. I’ve circulated it to my supervisory committee and am waiting for any comments from them before checking it over again and sending it back to the board. I have two sets of […]

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On October 10th I submitted the proposed research ethics protocol for my PhD research to the University of Toronto’s Office of Research Ethics. My committee thought that the subject protection risks were minimal enough to make a delegated review adequate, but I learned today that the protocol has been escalated to the full-REB meeting on […]

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My two TA jobs are keeping me fairly busy, but I am also reading a diverse set of interesting books: Naoki Higashida’s Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism: the second book written by a young autistic man who can only communicate verbally to a very […]

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It’s rare to see an article on a news website speaking so directly to a current question of current scholarly interest. In 2012, Doug McAdam and Hilary Boudet published Putting Social Movements in their Place: Explaining Opposition to Energy Projects in the United States, 2000-2005, which generally encourages scholars of contentious politics and social movements […]

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I left Facebook a long time ago. I’m back now because I think many of my potential PhD interview subjects will check me out there. Transparency and consultation have been critical parts of this project from the beginning:

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Dr. Doug McAdam – Social Movements: Power from Above and Below (FSI 2010) (Darlings, I would normally embed the video, but something really weird is happening with YouTube’s embed tools ATM) Doug McAdam

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The University of Toronto Department of Political Science website lists the requirements for completing a PhD: Field 1 (Canadian Politics: 2012-13) Field 2 (Public Policy: 2013-14) Qualitative Methods Requirement (2014) Quantitative Methods Requirement (waived from undergrad and Oxford MPhil coursework) Field Examination in Field 1 and Field 2 (February 2014 and January 2016) Thesis Committee […]

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I just finished a new research proposal on campus fossil fuel divestment campaigns in Canada. I am in the middle of a series of meetings with faculty members, working both to refine it into something the department will approve and to establish a committee.

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