Diane Dechief, University of Toronto

Ariane Ellerbrok, University of Alberta

Antonio Gamba, University of Toronto

Stuart Hargreaves, University of Toronto

Iryna Matiyenko, University of Victoria

Jeffrey Monaghan, Queen's University

Stephanie Perrin, University of Toronto

Sachil Singh, Queen's University

Harrison Smith, University of Toronto

Karen Louise Smith, University of Toronto

Ozgun Topak, Queen's University


Lauren Dimonte, University of Toronto

Jonathan Floyd, University of Toronto

Arndis Johnson, University of Toronto

Matt Zukowski, University of Toronto

Completed Students

Joseph Ferenbok, University of Toronto

Phil Boyle, University of Alberta

Martin French (completed February 2009)

Pablo Ouziel, University of Victoria (completed 2009)

Daniel Trottier (completed September 2010)

Adam Molnar (completed September 2013)

Chris Parsons (completed October 2013)


Diane Yvonne Dechief

Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto

My primary research interests include experiences of immigration and settlement for people who migrate to Canada, particularly interactions with state-led programs and institutions, and uses of the technological systems employed by the state. With the support of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship (2007-2010) I am currently examining the causes and implications of immigration-influenced personal name changes in Canada. My MA thesis,"Recent Immigrants as an 'Alternate Civic Core': Providing Internet Services, Gaining Canadian Experiences" (2006) examined volunteerism amongst recent immigrants as a means of integration.



Jeffrey Monaghan

Queen's University


Jeffrey Monaghan is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at Queen's University and a student member of the New Transparency Project. Areas of research interest include policing and surveillance, (in)security processes, and the internationalization of surveillance and security 'best practices.' He completed an MA in the Law department at Carleton University, under the supervision of Dawn Moore. His thesis used archival materials to explore the 1880s surveillance and policing strategies of the North-West Mounted Police. He has published in journals such as Policing and Society, Alternatives, Social Movement Studies, and Upping the Anti.


Sachil Singh

Department of Sociology, Queen’s University


Sachil Singh is a PhD candidate at Queen's University under the supervision of David Lyon. He received his Bachelor, Honours and Masters Degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. For these Degrees, he majored in Economics, Internet Studies, Economic History and Development Studies.  His interests in the relationship between technology and society began with his Masters research on the political economy of (South) Africa's cyberspace.  This has evolved to include interests in the globalization of information and communication technologies more generally, consumer risk, surveillance and social sorting.  His current PhD research examines the social effects of credit scoring in South Africa.  Sachil has published on digital surveillance, cybercrime and on the post-apartheid South African 'information society'.  He is currently co-editing a Special Issue for Surveillance & Society called ' 'Surveillance Studies and Methodology'.  Sachil is the organizer of the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) Seminar Series which is held bi-monthly. For a more detailed personal biography, please click here.

Email: sachil.singh[at]
Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 75602

Ozgun E. Topak
Department of Sociology, Queen’s University

Ozgun Topak is a PhD student at Queen’s University. He received his previous degrees from Istanbul University (BA in Business Administration) and Middle East Technical University (MA in Sociology) in Turkey. He is broadly interested in how new surveillance mechanisms (e.g. e-government, electronic ID cards, databases) are tied to a complex set of power-knowledge and political rationalities within different social contexts (e.g. Turkey, European Union). His PhD project focuses on the implementation of database technology in European Union border management strategies and the consequences of this process on European citizenship. Among others, his work is particularly inspired by Foucauldian and Deleuzian political philosophy.

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 75602

Karen Louise Smith

University of Toronto

Karen Louise Smith
Karen Smith
is a PhD student in the Faculty of Information and Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto. Karen is broadly interested in information communication technologies (ICTs), citizenship, social inclusion and policy. Karen has worked in roles ranging from a web design intern with a human rights organization in the Philippines to a research assistant on initiatives concerning technology in Canadian policy contexts.