William Campbell

William Campbell
Program

PhD candidate

Supervisor

Daromir Rudnyckyj

Themes

Culture, health and inequality
Space, place, knowledge and power

I am a doctoral student, working towards candidacy, under the supervision of Dr. Daromir Rudnyckyj. 

My interests broadly address the Latter-day Saint (LDS/Mormon) population of Southern Alberta. More specifically, I am interested in the experience of one LDS town, Cardston Alberta. The Temple in Cardston was, for several decades, the defacto pilgrimage site for domestic LDS faithful. However, since the mid-1990s the Church has constructed other centres of ritual worship across Canada, in much more metropolitan centres. I am interested in the way that the identity of the town has adapted to this religious shift of focus away from the town, and the effects that this shift may be having on the local economy.

My Master's thesis addressed inter-generational narratives of acculturation and transnational identity making as told by Latin American immigrants to the Greater Toronto Area. I pulled on themes of performative identity to highlight how perceived notions of what it meant to be Canadian vs. Mexican, for example, resulted in conflict as individuals and families attempted to perform these identities, which often were conceived of as being in opposition to each other. I received my MA from the University of Guelph.