Humanities Graduate Student Association


Humanities Graduate Student Association


About the Humanities Graduate Student Association: The Humanities Graduate Student Association (HUGSA) is a student-run club that represents the Humanities Graduate students. HUGSA aims to provide a space for our students to engage in discussions regarding topics within humanities and other disciplines. We also hope to help create a friendly social space for you to meet others in the program.

How to Connect With Us:


Connect on Social Media: Facebook, Youtube

In Office Visits: Vanier College, room 029, Graduate Office Lounge.

Please feel free to connect with us through the information above. We look forward to meeting you here. For more information regarding our executive team, please see “Meet Your Executive Team.” If you are interested in helping out HUGSA, please see the Opportunities, as well as the Conference Tab for more information.


Meet Our Executive Team

Ryan Lee
Co-President (M.A)

Research Interests: Biblical Studies, Kant, Nietzsche, Descartes, Religious vs Secular, the relationship between the self and other; democracy and education, the use of listening skills in ethical and political discourses, education pedagogies.
Hobbies Include: restaurant hopping, doing logic derivations (something oddly satisfying doing derivations), reading, cooking, sleeping, watching movies.


Narayanamoorthy Nanditha
Co-President (PhD)

Research Interests: My research here is focused on the interrogation of digital communities in the Global South through the study of social media movements in India. I look at representation, access, embodiment, and participation of feminist and queer communities online.
Hobbies Include: I enjoy reading and traveling (I guess it's the same thing!).

Tina Benigno
CUPE 3903 Representative

Research Interests: girls, youth, neoliberalism and neoliberal feminism, qualitative research, speculative fiction, cinema and media studies, young people's views on socio-political issues and activism, care.
Hobbies Include: running, baking, reading, spending time with friends, watching TV, hanging out with pets

Niloofar Ghorashi

Research Interests: I am currently working on my research paper which is all about social media and the new era of unveiling "The Truth".

I am also the mom of a toddler who is super clever and keeps outsmarting me, and talks back! My husband says he gets that from his mom.

Hobbies Include: I am a lover of life, so narrowing down my interests is really hard. Having said that I am creative soul and anything that entails creating, designing, or using your imagination fascinates me. I am also a Reiki Master, I work with energy and can help you heal your energy blocks 🙂 I love spirituality and metaphysics (hence my area of study).

Rumor has it that I am a decent cook, and entertaining and taking care of others is also extremely satisfying to me. My greatest skill I would say is networking and public relations. I have had a natural gift in this area since I was a little girl and I hope to eventually be able to build a career out of it.

Recia Brown

Research Interests: My research is focused on power, its role in social injustice and human relations.
Hobbies Include: I love reading, writing poetry, painting and creating anything arts and crafts related.


HUGSA is currently looking for talented and knowledgeable individuals to help plan out our 2020 End of Year HUGSA Conference, as well as our academic and social events. If you want to develop your event planning, leadership and communication skills, take a look at some of your job postings below:

Job Posting - Sub-Committee Editor

Job Posting - Sub-Committee Editor in Chief

Don’t See A Position You’re Interested In?

We are always looking for strong candidates to fill our team! If you do not see your role in our job postings, do not let that discourage you from applying. Send us your resume, including a brief description on how you can help out, and we will consider your application.

Thank you for your interest in joining HUGSA!



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