PhD students and Postdoctoral Researchers

PhD Students

Meet the current PhD in Information Studies students at the McGill School of Information Studies.


To view PhD graduates, visit the PhD theses page. Where are our PhD graduates working?

Malik H. Altakrori

malik.altakrori [at]

Degrees: BSc (Information Technology), Palestine Polytechnic University; MSc (Computing and Information Science), Masdar Institute.

Research areas: Text mining, authorship analysis, authorship attribution.

Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Fung


Hawa Al-Naki [at]

Degrees: BA (Political Science, minor in Mass Communication), Kuwait University, MLIS, Kuwait University. 

Research areas: Social networks, information behaviour.

Supervisor: Dr. Jamshid Beheshti


Jean Archambeault

jean.archambeault [at]

Degrees: BA (Philosophy), Université Laval; MIS, Université de Montréal; Cert. (Strategic Leadership) UBC; Cert (Strategic Foresight), Houston University.

Research areas: Anticipatory knowledge; information and knowledge in uncertainty contexts; future-oriented methodologies; socio-technological expectations; text and network analytics.

Supervisor: Dr. Max Evans

Jean Archambeault, SIS doctoral student

Banafsheh Asadi

banafsheh.asadi [at]

Degrees: BSc and MSc (Information Technology), Qazvin Islamic Azad University of Iran.

Research areas: Image retrieval; information retrieval; human-computer interaction.

Supervisor: Dr. Charles-Antoine Julien


Catalin Bidian

catalin.bidian [at]

Degrees: Licentiate (Economic Informatics), Bucharest University of Economic Studies; MISt (Information Systems), University of Toronto; Cert. Adv. Project Management, University of Toronto.

Research areas: Knowledge management, knowledge retention and continuity, knowledge management cycles, information and knowledge modelling, information systems analysis and design, variability and adaptability in information systems.

Supervisor: Dr. Max Evans

Catalin Bidian, SIS doctoral student

Aaron Bowen-Zeicheck

aaron.bowen-ziecheck [at]

Degrees: BA (Business Administration and Information Systems), Hood College; MSc (Information Technology, Management and Organizational Change), Lancaster Management School

Research areas: Healthcare Information Systems; Personal Health Information Management; Personal Health Records 

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett

Jiamin (Carrie) Dai

jiamin.dai [at]

Degrees: MISt, McGill University; BSc (Educational Technology), Shanghai International Studies University

Research Areas: Human-computer interaction with a focus on assistive technologies for older adults & individuals living with dementia 

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Moffatt

Steven H. H. Ding

steven.h.ding [at]

Degrees: BA (Computer Science) University of Shanghai for Science and Technology; BA (Computer Information Systems) University of the Fraser Valley; MASC (Information System Security) Concordia University.

Research areas: Data mining, cloud computing.

Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Fung

Abir Elkadi

abir.elkadi [at]

Degrees: M.Sc. In Information Technology, Alexandria University

Research Areas: Organizational learning, knowledge management in development projects, knowledge transfer in trans-cultural organizations.

Supervisor: Dr. Kimiz Dalkir


Reza Farhadi

reza.farhadi [at]

Degrees: BA (Computer Science), Shahid Beheshti University; MASC (Information Systems Security), Concordia University.

Research Areas: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Mining, Information Security, Data Privacy

Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Fung


Robert Douglas Ferguson

robert.ferguson2 [at]

Degrees: BA (Anthropology), York University; MA (Anthropology), York University.

Research areas: Personal information management, personal financial information, personal health records, anthropology of information, communication in hospice settings.

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier

Robert Douglas Ferguson, SIS doctoral student

Mauricio Fontana de Vargas

mauricio.fontanadevargas [at]

Degrees: BSc (Engineering), Universidade Estadual de Ponta; MSc (Electrical Engineering) Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul 

Research Areas: Assistive Technology, Ambient Assisted Living, Ubiquitous Computing, Semantic Technologies

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Moffatt


Manuel Gil

manuel.gil [at]

Degrees: HBSc (Mathematical Sciences), Western University; MSc (Mathematics), Queen's University; MASc (Engineering Physics), McMaster University.

Research areas: Data mining, data analysis, statistical methods.

Supervisor: Dr. Benjamin Fung

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Morgannis Graham

morgannis.graham [at]

Degrees: BA (History and English), McGill Unversity; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Digital preservation, archives, data integrity, metadata, acquisition policies.

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park


Vera Granikov

vera.granikov [at] 

Degrees: BA (English Literature), McGill University; MLIS (Knowledge Management), McGill University.

Research areas: Information monitoring behaviour, collaborative information seeking, assessing the value of information, information literacy, consumer health information.

SupervisorDr. France Bouthilier

Rebecca Katz

rebecca.katz2 [at]

Degrees: BCL/LLB, McGill University; LLM, University of Ottawa 

Research Areas: Information policy; information behaviour; public legal literacy; copyright

Supervisor:  Dr. Kimiz Dalkir


Svetlana Kochkina

svetlana.kochkina [at]

Degrees: BA, MA (French Language, Literature & Translation Studies), Saint Petersburg State University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: History of publishing, books, and reading in cultural and social context; history of institutional and private libraries.

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier

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Svetlana Kochkina, SIS doctoral student

Cynthia Henewaa Kumah

cynthia.kumah [at]

Degrees: BA (Information Studies and Linguistics), MA (Library Studies); University of Ghana, Legon.

Research areas: Information retrieval, technology use in information access and service delivery.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett

Cynthia Henewaa Kumah, SIS doctoral student

Isabelle Lamoureux

isabelle.lamoureux1 [at]

Degrees: BA (Women’s Studies), Concordia University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: The research called "Resistance to Information Literacy!" is an exploratory study working towards a model of information literacy for undergraduate students. The purpose of this research is to investigate factors and their relationships that may impact information literacy instruction of university students.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


Sunghoon Lee

sunghoon.lee [at]

Degrees: BSc (Educ. Tech.) Hanyang University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Electronic records management in international organizations, especially legal courts, from initiatives to systems implementation and analysis; records as evidence, records and knowledge sharing, archival purposes of records. 

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park


Peymon Montazeri

peymon.montazeri [at] 

Education: B.Comm (Marketing), Ryerson University; MI (Knowledge Management), University of Toronto

Research areas: Knowledge Management, Knowledge Transfer

​Supervisor: Dr. Max Evans


Patrick Molicard-Chartier

patrick.molicard-chartier [at]

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Education: Diploma (Early Childhood Education), Sheridan College; BA (Early Childhood Education), Ryerson University; BEd, University of Toronto - OISE; MI, University of Toronto.

Research areas: Information Behaviour; Information Use Environments of French as a Second Language Teachers (FSL) in Public English-Language School Boards.

Supervisor: Dr. France Bouthillier


Daniele Nascimento

daniele.nascimento [at]

Degrees: BA (International Relations), UniCeub; MBA (Strategic Marketing Management), Fundação Getúlio Vargas; MSc (Urban Informatics - Information Infrastructure), Osaka City University.

Research areas: Technology mediated participation, knowledge management, community informatics, urban informatics, open data and technology foresight 


Supervisor: kimiz.dalkir [at] (Dr. Kimiz Dalkir)

Daniele Nascimento, SIS doctoral student

Johannes Scherzer

johannes.scherzer [at]

Degrees: Diploma in film sound, Film University Potsdam-Babelsberg "Konrad Wolf"

Research Areas: Sound Design in Spatial Media, Scenography, VR and AR

Supervisor: Dr. Ilja Frissen


Dan Scott

daniel.b.scott [at]

Degrees:  BA (English & Philosophy), Laurentian University; MISt (Information Systems), University of Toronto

Research Areas: Knowledge organization, linked data, library systems

Supervisor: Dr. Charles Antoine Julien

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Afroza Sultana

afroza.sultana [at]

Degrees: BSc (Computer Science), North South University; MSc (Computer Science), University of Manitoba.

Research areas: Accessible interfaces for older adults, human-computer interaction, machine learning.

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Moffatt

PDF icon Afroza Sultana Academic CV

Cynthia Tarlao

cynthia.tarlao [at]

Degrees: B.Sc. (Biology and Physiology), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1; M.Sc. (Neuroscience and Sensory Evaluation), Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 Research areas (required for new profiles): Spatial sound, Soundscapes

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Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Guastavino


Courtenay Telford

courtenay.telford [at]   

Degrees: HBA (History, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations), University of Toronto; MI (LIS Concentration), University of Toronto.  

Research areas: Information behaviour, information seeking and use, Aboriginal people.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


Amanda Watson

amanda.watson [at]

Degrees: BA (English Literature, Minor Humanities), Simon Fraser University; MLIS (Librarianship), McGill University.

Research areas: History of academic and public libraries; social value of libraries; the ‘common good’ and libraries; ‘the commons’: physical and intellectual commons; history of books, publishing, and reading; libraries in political change, conflict and natural disaster; information policy, ethics, access, and literacy; government documents; innovation and future of information studies.

Supervisor: Dr. Joan Bartlett


Trudi Wright

trudi.wright [at]

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Degrees: MLIS (Archival Studies), McGill University; MA (History), University of Guelph; BA (English and History), Brock University.

Research areas: Organization and information culture, information use behaviour, electronic records systems, information and records management, content management, business transformation/technology implementation. Proposed thesis title: "From paper to digital records: Examining the impacts of organizational culture on transitioning records management environments.

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park

Trudi Wright, SIS doctoral student

Xiaofeng (Allan) Yong

Xiaofeng.yong [at]

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Degrees: BIT (Interactive Multimedia & Design), Carleton University; MASc (Human Computer Interaction Engineering).

Research areas: Human computer interaction, ambient assisted living, data visualization.

Supervisor: Dr. Karyn Moffatt

Qing Zou

qing.zou2 [at]

Degrees: BSc, N. Jiaotong University; MLIS, McGill University.

Research areas: Metadata, ontology, knowledge organization systems, archival description, and knowledge representation.  

Supervisor: Dr. Eun Park


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Postdoctoral Researchers

Alexandre Fortier

alexandre.fortier [at]

Dr Alexandre Fortier is a Postdoctoral Trainee under the supervision of Dr Elaine Ménard within the context of DOLMEN, a project investigating the use of linked open data to catalogue museum artefacts. His contributions to DOLMEN will be to help modelize the description of museum artefacts and to study users’ perception of the developed model. During his postdoctoral training, he looks forward to merging his keen interests for information organization and information behaviour.

Dr Fortier received his doctorate from the University of Western Ontario in 2016. His doctoral dissertation focused on the influence of Need for Cognition and Need for Cognitive Closure on information behaviour. He also holds a master’s degree in information science from the Université de Montréal.