University of Calgary

Jay Cavanagh

  • Doctoral Student


Jay is a first year graduate student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Calgary. He completed both his undergraduate degree and his master’s degree in history, the first at the University of Leicester and the other, the University of Toronto. During his studies, Jay has conducted research on HIV/AIDS, activism, and national approaches to the epidemic in the UK, US and Canada. While at the University of Toronto, Jay was also a resident Junior Fellow of Massey College. Prior to joining the University of Calgary, Jay was living in Brazil where he worked as a teacher for the International Baccaluarate at an international school and then as an English teacher at a language school for roughly two years. 


In the graduate progeamme, Jay will be working towards a qualitative study of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), through disability and ethnographic lenses, examining how inadequate and stigmatised healthcare services impact patients’ recoveries and lives.

Photograph of Jay Cavanagh


Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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