Melissa is a PhD student at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto. She holds a Masters of Arts in Women & Gender Studies from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Human Rights and Women & Gender Studies from Carleton University. Melissa’s current research interests can be located at the intersections of Indigenous studies, (de)colonial aesthetics, collective memory studies, material culture studies, conflict/post-conflict studies, and feminist theory.
Melissa has been the recipient of several academic awards including the Clarence C. Gibson Scholarship, the Harriet Emma Empey Memorial Scholarship, the Hammed Shahidian Graduate Award in Women & Gender Studies, and the Vida Heydarian Gender Justice Award. She has also been awarded two Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) for her proposed research on (de)colonial aesthetics and collective memory.