Alumni Profiles

Adrian de Leon

Adrian De Leon is Assistant Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. His research and creative practice investigate indigeneity, settlers of color, and labor politics in Scarborough and the Filipino diaspora across the Pacific. Adrian graduated from UTSC’s Specialist Program in English with a BA (Honours, with Distinction) in 2014.

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Kevin Connery

Kevin Connery

Kevin Connery is a writer and artist living in New York City, where he is completing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Columbia University.

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Aakriti Kapoor

Aakriti Kapoor

Aakriti Kapoor pursued a Double Major in English and Psychology, as well as a Minor in Studio Arts at UTSC. She graduated in 2016 with high distinction and is currently a Master of Teaching Candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). At OISE she is studying to become a licensed teacher while also conducting SSHRC funded research in education technology.

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Natasha Ramoutar

Natasha Ramoutar

Natasha graduated with High Distinction in 2016 with a double major in English and French. Blending her passion for creative writing and research, she was widely involved within the English department. She was published both at Scarborough campus and St. George campus in Scarborough Fair MagazineThe VarsityGoose Fiction, and The Spectatorial.

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Anna Sullivan

Anna Sullivan

Anna graduated from UTSC with a double major in English and Philosophy and pursued a Master’s degree in English Literature at York University where she focused on Victorian gothic literature.

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Alexandra Gater

Alexandra Gater graduated on Dean’s List with High Distinction for an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Journalism and minoring in Studio Arts in 2015. She was in the joint program with Centennial College and almost all of her electives were taken in English Literature, with a focus on creative writing.

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Christine Tran

Christine Tran

As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), Christine Tran double-majored in English and Media Studies with a minor in Economics. She also served as President for the UTSC chapter of Sigma Tau Delta. Christine is completing her MA in English at York University courtesy of a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master's Scholarship.

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Zahra Khosroshahi

Zahra Khosroshahi

A specialist degree in English Literature unleashed many possibilities for me. It’s taken me from the study of literature to cinema, and led me from Toronto to the UK.

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Niyosha Keyzad

Niyosha completed an Honours BSc (with Distinction) from UTSC in 2010, with a double major in Evolutionary Anthropology and English. She received a Masters of  Arts in American and Postcolonial Literatures from McGill University, where she taught a number of creative writing courses and worked as the Editorial Assistant for the McGill News Alumni Magazine.

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Leanne Simpson

Leanne Toshiko Simpson discovered her love of creative writing at UTSC, where she volunteered her time as senior editor of Scarborough Fair and shared her short fiction at many COW meetings.

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Chelsea Matson

Chelsea Matson

When I first entered UTSC’s halls I never thought I would find a place of belonging within the Department of English, but I am so grateful I did. My interests in the arts and sciences merged through my majors in English and human biology, and for a while I thought this would be the closest I would ever get to living the best of both worlds.

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Daniele Hopkins

Daniele Hopkins is a Toronto-based intermedia artist and founder and Executive Director of Electric Perfume, a community-oriented space focusing on experiential arts through exhibitions, events, workshops, socials, and development/playtesting.

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Noor Khan

Noor Khan

Based in Scarborough, born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with South Asian roots, Noor Khan is a community-engaged artist and art manager. She uses the mediums of still & motion picture, graphics, as well as written word to support artists, organizations, and brands within and around her community. Her personal artwork commemorates erased pasts and envisions ethical futures.

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Amy Tran

Amy Tran

Amy completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from UTSC in 2018 with a double major in English Literature and French. As an undergraduate student, Amy volunteered with the Students of English Literature and Film (SELF) for two years before serving as President in her fourth year.

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Ann Gagne

Ann first graduated from UTSC in physical inorganic chemistry and worked in the geo-chemical field for almost decade. However, her passion from a young age was always English literature and teaching so she returned to UTSC to complete her English degree before pursuing a Master’s degree in English at York University and PhD in Victorian literature at Western University.

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Chelsea La Vecchia

Chelsea La Vecchia graduated from UTSC with distinction in 2017 with a major in English literature and minors in creative writing and anthropology.

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Maha Arshad

Maha Arshad started her higher education at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus by completing her double major in English and Political Science. While achieving her Bachelors of Arts with Honours in 2016, she was intrigued by Gayatri Spivak's seminal paper "Can the Subaltern Speak?".

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Alysha Navarro

Alysha Navarro graduated in 2017, earning her Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction. With a double major in History and English, she studied to become a licensed teacher by earning her Bachelor of Education at York University. Currently, Alysha is currently pursuing her Master of Education, with special interests in anti-racist, feminist, and culturally-relevant pedagogies.

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