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Malaya Alexander Sociology PhD candidate

Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Carolyn Brooks and Dr. Marie Lovrod, Co-Supervisors
  • Dr. Elizabeth Quinlan, Committee Member
  • Dr. Jordan Cummings, Cognate Member


Malaya received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Regina in Social Work. During her undergraduate studies she traveled and completed her practicums in Soshanguve, South Africa and Penang, Malaysia. Malaya’s masters’ research utilized a body mapping arts-based method to investigate sexual violence prevention in Tondo, Philippines, which was nominated for a Governor Generals Award.

Currently, Malaya is a doctoral student in Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her passion and dedication to academic excellence around the area of sexual violence is driven by   the individuals she has met who are deeply impacted by this issue. For her, sexual violence is not only a societal issue; it has a human face. Her greatest priority is conducting research in such a way that honours these faces while providing meaningful insight to create social change.

Research Interests

Sexual violence prevention, immigrants, human trafficking, gender-based violence, arts-based research, transnational feminism, international research, social work practice & human rights.

Ph.D Dissertation Topic

Sexual Violence Prevention in Marginalized Communities