Team Members

Dr. Emmanuelle Richez – Principal Investigator

Website PicDr. Emmanuelle Richez’s research examines law and politics in Canada and other advanced liberal democracies, with a particular focus on ethno-cultural minority rights. Her doctoral dissertation measured the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on cultural rights and policies, notably in the areas of Multiculturalism, language, and Indigenous affairs. It received McGill University’s Joseph and Sandra Rotman Prize for having made a distinctive contribution to the understanding and conduct of public policy in Canada. Dr. Richez is currently involved in several research initiatives. She is conducting a comparative analysis of the effects of bills of rights on Indigenous Peoples in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Her other research projects pertain to the Supreme Court of Canada’s role in promoting access to justice and to Canada’s compliance with international law. Finally, she is collaborating with international partners on a study of the uses of social media for cultural minorities interests accommodation in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Vincent Raynauld – Co-Investigator

VincentRaynauld.ProfilePic.2014Dr. Vincent Raynauld is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College. He is also serving as a research fellow in the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, as a research associate in the Recherche en Communication Politique (GRCP) based in Laval University (Quebec City, Canada), as a member of the Réseau Démocratie Électronique, and as an academic adviser for the non-profit research organization Samara in Toronto, Canada. His areas of research interest and publication include political communication and campaigning, protest politics, social media, research methods, e-politics, and journalism. He earned his doctorate in Communication at Carleton University under the supervision of Dr. André Turcotte in October 2013.

A native of Montreal (Quebec, Canada), Dr. Raynauld holds a Masters degree in Public Communication from Université Laval and a Double-Major Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication from the Université de Montréal where his name was added to the Dean’s list of exceptional students. 

Arief Kartolo – Research Assistant

Arief Kartolo is a PhD student in the Department of Psychology, specializing in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, at the University of Windsor. His research interest revolves around the effects of intergroup and intercultural conflicts for both minority and non-minority individuals. His master’s thesis, for example, focused on the impact of perceived discrimination on psychological well-being and turnover intention in the workplace. In addition to organizational research, he is also interested in cultural studies in the societal contexts; specifically, in areas related to social justice and equality.

Former Members:

Abby Medina – Research Assistant

Researcher PhotographAbby Medina completed her BA in Psychology at York University and is in her second year of the University of Windsor’s Applied Social Psychology PhD program. She is currently working on her MA thesis, and is interested in how racialization and acculturation relate to racial identity development, self-esteem, academic achievement/aspirations, and psychological well-being. She has had a range of teaching, leadership, and counseling experiences, from teaching math in Nigeria to providing telephone support through Distress Centres and Crisis Link. She has a strong interest in social activism and equity, and seeks to help improve marginalized communities through participatory research.

Elissa Chojnicki – Research Assistant and Webmaster

Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 6.48.15 PMElissa Chojnicki is a first year Graduate student at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.  She is enrolled in the Communication Management Master’s program focusing on Political Communication.  Elissa also received her BA in Marketing Communication and minor in History from Emerson College.  This past summer she served as a campaign fellow in New Hampshire for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.  Her interests include crisis communication, political marketing and branding, and campaign management.

Katie Boudreau – Pre-Doctorate Fellow

2015-10-20 16.00.10Katie Boudreau is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Carleton University, where she is working on the topic of Indigenous transnational anti-colonial solidarity between activists from Turtle Island-Canada and Palestine-Israel, under the supervision of Dr Nahla Abdo. She is a recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Katie holds an MA in Women and Gender Studies from Saint Mary’s University. Her thesis, based on a feminist anti-oppression ethnographic project she conducted in the West Bank and Israel, explored Palestinian women’s grassroots liberation organizing, including online activism, in the period following the Al-Aqsa Intifada. She holds an HonBA from the University of Toronto with majors in International Relations and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.

Katie is from Sipekne’katik district, Mi’kmaki/Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, and is a member of the Acadian-Métis community. Her previous professional work, largely community-based, was in the fields of sexual health, youth, and women issues.


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