Toronto, Ontario

Jillian Sunderland -PhD Student


I am a Sociology Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral scholar. My academic focus is on masculinities, power, and violence, but I frame these issues in relation to anti-black racism and settler colonialism in Canada. I am presently exploring the media framing of a sexual assault case at an elite boys’ high school in Toronto, ON, where dominant discourses of race, gender, and class framed perceptions of victimhood and violence. In my various projects, I employ qualitative methods: discourse and media analysis, interviews, ethnography, and visual analysis. I am also a published photographer and writer who employs sociological knowledge to explain complex social issues related to race, sexuality, and gender.


Ph.D. Sociology University of Toronto – In Progress

MA (Master of Arts) McMaster University 2019

BA Honours – University of Winnipeg 2018