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Research Assistants

We gratefully acknowledge our research assistants.

A photograph of Menar al Najjar, wearing a blue head covering and green and white striped shirt, with arms crossed

Menar al-Najjar

Honours Arts and Business Co-op, Legal Studies and Sociology, University of Waterloo, 2024

Menar Al-Najjar is a final year Arts and Business candidate at the University of Waterloo, and she is planning on pursuing a JD and a career in the legal field. Menar has worked at the University of Waterloo since 2021 within various positions and departments, including the School of Accounting and Finance, Human Resources, and Legal and Immigration Services. Menar is dedicated to her community and volunteers wherever she can at various not-for-profit organizations, such as the Ray of Hope, the Islamic Humanitarian Service, and Muslim Social Services. Additionally, Menar sits on the Board of the Al-Zahra Youth Committee, who are dedicated to developing a platform where Muslim youth can be involved in social, cultural, spiritual, and academic activities.

Jeremy Andriano

Jeremy Andriano is a Master's candidate in the Joint Communication and Culture program at Toronto Metropolitan University and York University. His research interests center around electronic literature and the digital humanities, particularly as they relate to critical game studies and the creation of branching narratives and dynamic texts. He is the author of the 2022 open-source online textbook  Creating Playable Stories with Ink and Inky.

Jeremy Andriano in front of a green door
Anna Ajtony

Anna Atjony

MMSt, University of Toronto, Museum Studies, 2024

BA, University of Groningen, Arts, Culture and Media, 2020

Anna Ajtony is a Hungarian emerging museum professional and a final-year Master of Museum Studies candidate at the University of Toronto. Her main research interests lie in public programming, questions of access, and museums’ adaptability in the 21st century.

Kevin Ghouchandra

MA Literatures of Modernity, Toronto Metropolitan University

Kevin Ghouchandra is an educator and researcher interested in interactivity and the impact of form on texts, game-player interactions, and LGBTQ+ storytelling. His work focuses on community engagement and anti-oppressive practice.

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Alevtina Lapiy

Alevtina Lapiy

MA Literatures of Modernity 2021, Toronto Metropolitan University

Alevtina supported the work of Decameron 2.0 in 2021, when she was a master’s student in the first “pandemic cohort” of the Literatures of Modernity program @ TMU. In a time reality seemed spun off-axis, working with Dr. Tschofen provided a way of seeing both through and beyond — an ability as useful to the analysis of philosophy/film/literature as it is to the development of health policy, which she does now.

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