D. Kyle Sutherland

Examining how the role of structural stigma produces health inequalities among marginalized communities
Faculty of Arts
Amin Ghaziani

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

After completing my master’s degree in criminology at Simon Fraser University, I worked as a research coordinator at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. In collaboration with a team of investigators, we examined social determinants of health among vulnerable youth populations. Here, I developed a keen interest in how the role of structural stigma produces health inequalities among marginalized communities. In turn, this experience became an impetus to pursuing my Ph.D. in the area of Medical Sociology.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

The University of British Columbia offered me the opportunity to pursue my education at a top-ranked university in one of the most scenic places in Canada

What is it specifically, that your program offers, that attracted you?

I chose UBC to work with my senior supervisor, Dr. Amin Ghaziani, a Canada Research Chair in Sexuality and Urban Studies and a leading expert in LGBT issues. Moreover, as a top internationally ranked program, UBC’s Department of Sociology offers its’ students the ability to connect with top scholars in the field as well as engage with other very talented graduate students from across the world.

What was the best surprise about UBC or life in Vancouver?

Vancouver, British Columbia, is an extremely beautiful place to live. I love the fact that you are never too far away from the ocean and the mountains

What aspects of your life or career before now have best prepared you for your UBC graduate program?

Between my degrees, I took time to work and travel. I found this to be beneficial as a means of obtaining practical experience, developing new skill sets, and recharging myself to tackle my next degree.

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Imposter syndrome is a hurdle that MANY new and current graduate students contend with throughout their degree. It is totally normal to feel this way, so keep your head up.