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Karine Coen-Sanchez

PhD candidate, Sociological and Anthropological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

Karine Coen -Sanchez is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Ottawa. Her research examines systematic racism embedded in educational institutions and how this manifests in the experiences of racialized students and workers. She is particularly interested in deconstructing the concept of race and exploring how the term 'racialization' draws attention to how 'racial' identities are constructed and contested within relations of power. Her research interests emerged from her own experiences as a Black student where she observed a profound disconnect between the make-up of the student body and what was being taught in her graduate program’s curriculum. Her work bridges scholarly and public spaces, most recently through her organizing of a series of panels.

***She recently won the Mitacs Acceleration Grant, Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences 2021 Congress Graduate Merit Award and has been featured by the Canadian Sociology Association for her incredible research and community involvement. ****

Most Recent Awards and Recognition:

Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Graduate Merit Awards

Merit Award - OSG

Ann Denis Award - University of Ottawa

University of Ottawa Ottawa,
P.H.D Social Sciences 2024
Graduate Certificate in Spirituality and Couple Counseling 2013
Masters Degree in Sociology 2006
B.A Honours in Sociology 2005
B.A Concentration in Psychology 2004


  • 2019–present
    PhD candidate, University of Ottawa