Research Assistants

faye-chisholm-guentherDr. Faye Chisholm Guenther
Research Fellow

Faye holds a PhD in English from York University, specializing in modern and contemporary American literature with an intersectional focus on queer literature and critical theories of sexuality, gender, race, and class. Faye’s current research considers how histories of counterpublic experience are represented in American and transnational queer fiction and memoir written over the last fifty years since Stonewall. As a Visiting Scholar at the City Institute, Faye’s project, Urban Transformations and Queer Counterpublic Histories, looks specifically at queer literary texts that are situated in urban areas where changes in physical and cultural geographies have altered queer spaces. Her research analyzes literary representations of the impact of these alterations on queer counterpublic life and on the material and cultural traces of queer counterpublic histories. Her project also examines how literary modes of remembrance resist and challenge the erasure of material and cultural traces of counterpublic queer histories in urban spaces.


 K. Murat Guney

Postdoctoral Researcher

K. Murat Guney is a postdoctoral researcher at the City Institute at York University providing research and editorial support to prepare the edited publication Massive Suburbanization: (Re)Building the Global Periphery One Large Scale Housing Project at a Time for the MCRI Global Suburbanisms book series with University of Toronto Press. His research interests include urban anthropology, anthropology of development, and political economy with a particular focus on the suburbs in the Global South. He conducted his dissertation research on the negative side effects of the rapid yet uneven economic development in Turkey through an ethnographic study on the chronic work accidents in Istanbul’s industrial suburb Tuzla. In addition to being the co-editor of Massive Suburbanization: (Re)Building the Global Periphery One Large Scale Housing Project at a Time, he is currently preparing for a new comparative research project on massive suburbanization in Istanbul and Toronto. Guney is also the editor of the books Baska Dunyalar Mumkun (Other Worlds are Possible – Varlik, 2007) and Turkiye’de Iktidar’i Yeniden Dusunmek (Rethinking Power in Turkey, Varlik, 2009) and the political and cultural criticism journal, Davetsiz Misafir (the Uninvited Guest)

Christopher Little 

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017)

Christopher little is an anthropologist with research interests in cities, education, gender, and youth and children. His long-term ethnographic research has been conducted in the Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG). His dissertation research was a study of young, uneducated men attempting to make their lives in urban PNG through activities such as crime, sports, and informal street selling. PNG remains one of the least urbanized countries in the world, yet cities have taken on a great importance to many, and as a result, urban areas are rapidly expanding. Presently, he is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at York, supervised by Dr. Shubhra Gururani. His project considers the growing importance of the capital of PNG, Port Moresby, and the conflicts over access to the city and urban public space. 


photo 1Frederick Peters
Research Fellow

Frederick's research pursues the political economy and political ecology of urban infrastructure building and maintenance in the 21st century. He holds PhD  in Political Science from York University, having successfully defended the thesis “Schmutz in the Baltic: Urban Water Infrastructure, Global Finance, Environmental Outcomes in Post Communist Europe”. He has also turned his attentions from the EU and public-private partnerships to Canadian examples and has become more focused on campaigns around urban politics in Toronto to look at multinational business investment and municipal politics.


Dr. Will Poppe
Research Fellow
Will has a PhD in Geography from the University at Buffalo (SUNY).  His areas of interest encompass urban, social and cultural geography.  His research at the CITY Institute focuses on governance in the context of the Tower Renewal project in Toronto.  Will is interested in resident needs assessment, resident participation in the planning process and outcome measurements.  Another area of interest for Will is the settlement process of refugees in North America, in particular access to affordable housing and home-ownership.  Will is also a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University.