People

Laura Hurd

Dr. Laura Hurd

Education:
BA, Sociology, Queen’s University, 1992

MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1994

PhD, Sociology, McMaster University, 2000

Research interests: Aging, ageism, anti-aging health and beauty culture, assistive technology, body image, disability, gender, health and illness, physical activity, and media representations of later life

My research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR).

You can find my UBC profile here.

For a list of my publications, please see here.

 

Jessica Liang

Jessica Liang

Hometown: Burnaby, B.C.

Education:
BKIN, School of Kinesiology, UBC, 2018

MA (in progress), School of Kinesiology, UBC

Research Interests: Gender and fashion in sport, exercise, and physical activity

I am a Master of Arts graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Laura Hurd. For my master’s thesis I will be exploring the social construction of gender through fashion in the context of sport, exercise, and physical activity. As a research assistant, my roles include assisting with data management, coding, and analysis for the LGBTQ Aging study.

 

 

Raveena Mahal

Raveena Mahal

Hometown: Burnaby, BC

Education:
BA, Sociology, The University of British Columbia, 2017

Research interests: Aging, body image, social gerontology, gender studies, social inequalities

I completed an undergraduate degree in sociology in 2017. I have been working as a research assistant with Dr. Laura Hurd’s team since 2015. Currently, I am involved in the SSHRC-funded project examining older men’s experiences of aging and having an older body. Specifically, we are examining older men’s body image, embodiment, and body management practices.

 

 

Zoe Tomaskova-Redfield

Zoe Tomaskova-Redfield

Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Education:
BA, Sociology (in progress), UBC

Research interests: Aging, gender, social inequality, demography, population and public policy

I am a fifth year Bachelor of Arts student studying sociology at UBC. As a research assistant on the LGBTQ Aging Study, my roles include assisting with data management, coding, and analysis.

 

 

Danni Zhang

Danni Zhang

Hometown: Toronto, ON

Education:
BKIN, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Toronto, 2018

MA (in progress), School of Kinesiology, UBC

Research interests: Mental health and illness, social inequalities, acculturation

I am a Master of Arts graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Laura Hurd. My interests are in understanding the experiences of international students with acculturation, social inequalities, and mental health and illness. Currently, I am a research assistant for Dr. Laura Hurd on the LGBTQ Aging project.