Kristen Bass is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Kristen’s sociological research interests reside broadly at the intersection of social movements, labour and work, inequality, and culture.

Kristen currently has an article manuscript in preparation with the working title “Étudiants en grève: Cultural Repertoires of Labour Organizing in the 2012 Quebec Student Strikes.” Using discourse analysis of student newspapers, the paper analyzes movement organizing among Quebec students who went on strike against proposed tuition increases for over six months in 2012. Kristen’s research examines the cultural discursive repertories student protesters developed to facilitate their collective strike action and assert its legitimacy. Her paper won the Best Student Paper Award from the Political Sociology and Social Movements Research Cluster at the 2021 Canadian Sociological Association annual conference.

Born and raised in rural Alberta, Kristen spent many years living in Edmonton, then Toronto, with a brief stint in Montreal.

In Fall 2021, Kristen started a direct-entry PhD in Sociology at the University of Toronto. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies, also at the University of Toronto, in Spring 2021. Before that, Kristen worked for six years as a commercial photographer. She continues to do freelance photography for contemporary art documentation and enjoys shooting 35mm film on her own time.

All photos by Kristen.

Department of Sociology
University of Toronto