Esra Kazanbas

PhD Student


Areas of Interest

  • Body Politics
  • Biopower
  • Spatial Theory
  • Violence Against Women
  • Transnational Feminism 


Esra is a PhD student and a Connaught Scholar in Women & Gender Studies Institute. Before moving to Toronto, she completed her master’s degree in Gender and Social Justice Studies program at University of Alberta and bachelor’s degree in English at Bogazici University, Istanbul. Esra is interested in body politics, Foucauldian analysis, aesthetics of space and power, sexual violence, and, violence against women. 

Esra has been the recipient of numerous academic and non-academic awards including Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Studies, Hammed Shahidian Award, Khalida Quraishi Memorial Graduate Award in Islamic Studies and CFUW Margaret Brine Bursary 


Program: PhD 2019


MA, University of Alberta

BA, Bogazici University  


Supervisor: Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani