Kevin Walby, a doctoral student in sociology at Carleton University, has been awarded CAUT’s Stewart Reid fellowship.
Walby graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of arts (Hons), earned a post-graduate sociology degree from the University of Victoria, and in 2006 went to the European Consortium for Political Research summer school, otherwise known as the “research methods summer camp.”
Contributing to the sociology of sexuality, his doctoral dissertation research explores the working lives of 30 male-for-male internet escorts in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto (Canada), Houston and New York (USA), as well as London (England). His ambition is to have his research papers published as a book with a Canadian university press.
His current research interests include surveillance and urban governance and he has published 30 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and review essays, as well as authored numerous other papers, reports and book reviews.
In addition to his contributions to Canadian sociology, Walby serves as the prisoners’ struggles editor as well as the outreach/advocacy coordinator for the Ottawa-based Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, a peer-reviewed, nonprofit publication about prison issues that is mostly written by prisoners. He is also a member of Books2Prisoners Ottawa.
He has received a number of scholarships, awards and honours over his student years, including the Queen’s Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and hopes to take up a career at a Canadian university.
Walby was selected for the fellowship by a three-member application review committee, which this year included Françoise Naudillon, a professor with the French department at Concordia University, Queen’s University biology professor Ken Ko and Chris Ferns, a professor of English at Mount Saint Vincent University.
CAUT established the annual J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship more than 40 years ago to honour the memory of its first executive secretary. The program invites applications from students of exceptional academic standing in doctoral programs at Canadian universities. Stewart Reid Fellows receive $5,000 for one academic year of study.