kurasawa-headshotFuyuki Kurasawa


Fuyuki Kurasawa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University, where he holds a York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship. He is a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, a Faculty Fellow of Yale University’s Center for Cultural Sociology, as well as a former Fulbright Scholar and Co-Chair of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociological Theory. In addition, Kurasawa has been a Visiting Fellow at Cornell, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Harvard, New York University, and Yale. The Globe and Mail newspaper named him on its list of Canadian Young Leaders in 2000, and he regularly analyzes political, social, and technological questions for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Radio-Canada, amongst other media outlets. Kurasawa is the author of The Ethnological Imagination: A Cross-Cultural Critique of Modernity (Minnesota, 2004) The Work of Global Justice: Human Rights as Practices (Cambridge, 2007), and of Perilous Light: On the Visual Economy of Humanitarianism (Chicago, forthcoming), as well as the editor of Interrogating the Social: A Critical Sociology for the 21st Century (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).




Michael Christensen

Postdoctoral Fellow

Michael Christensen is a Postdoctoral Fellow at York University’s Global Digital Citizenship Lab (GDCL), previously having held positions at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, as well as a research fellowship with the Democratic Resource Center at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC. Christensen completed his Ph.D. in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University in 2014, with a dissertation that examined international democracy promotion within governmental and non-governmental organizations in the US and Canada. He has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Classical Sociology, the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, and International Political Sociology (forthcoming). His academic interests are in the fields of democracy and human rights, international aid organizations, and digital media, while his research at the GDCL focuses on emerging forms of expertise and democratic debate mediated through digital technologies.




Yikun Zhao

Graduate Fellow

Yikun Zhao is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. She holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration (Marketing option) from Concordia University and a B.A. in English Linguistics and Literature from Beijing International Studies University. Currently, her research interests include social theory, the intersection of economic and cultural sociology, and the substantive area of consumer culture in modern China from the early 20th century onward, in and beyond the digital media landscape.




Bojan Baća

Graduate Fellow

Bojan Baća is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. He received his B.Sc. in Political Science from University of Montenegro and his M.A. in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University. His doctoral research—based on extensive archival and ethnographic research in Montenegro—explores the relationship between socio-economic/political transformation and civic engagement in post-socialist societies and, more broadly, the role of activist citizenship and contentious politics in democratization processes. He spent the 2015-16 academic year as a Swedish Institute doctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg. Since 2009, he has also been working as a researcher and policy analyst in several non-governmental organizations in Montenegro. As a regular contributor to numerous popular media outlets in the former Yugoslav region, he is dedicated to critically engaged public sociology. His forthcoming book—a collection of 40 op-ed pieces published from 2011 to 2014—is scheduled to be published in 2017.


Christopher Walsh

Graduate Fellow

Christopher Walsh is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate Program in Sociology at York University. He has assisted on a number of academic projects, exploring urban travel planning, gender differences in work-life balance, collective bargaining, the social impact of deindustrialization, humanitarian visuality and, now, digital culture and global citizenship. Walsh has conducted research on emerging adult political complacency and the informal regulation of displaced manufacturing workers, and his current academic interests include social-psychology, cultural sociology, and the sociology of work.