Teaching Assistants



Here are posted short bios of Dr. Kislenko’s teaching and marking assistants. If you are interested in applying for work as an assistant please contact Dr. Kislenko for further instructions and criteria. In general, all assistants must meet the following conditions:

1) have a minimum Honours BA in History, International Relations, or similar field. Ideally be enrolled in a graduate programme (Masters or PhD level) at an accredited institution, preferably in History or International Relations, although other programmes may be acceptable

2) be able and willing to work in accordance with the class timetables Dr. Kislenko has in the given term

3) be able and willing to work as part of a team and to have an interactive approach to teaching and learning

4) be genuinely committed to teaching with an obvious enthusiasm and desire to learn.


TAs Winter 2016:

Susana Gomez Baez

Susana Gomez Baez is a Ryerson journalism graduate currently pursuing her masters in Public Policy and Administration. She also works as a television broadcast writer at the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). Her keen interest in history led her to branch out and write an extracurricular thesis in the last year of her degree. Outside the classroom, Susana is a member of the International Issues Discussion (IID) series and participated in a semester-long exchange program to The Netherlands in 2014, both of which gave her the opportunity to meet people or visit places that have or are currently shaping history. Her email is

Lindsey Quan Oliveira

Lindsey Oliveira graduated from McMaster University, with a degree in History in Political Science, and is currently completing her masters in Ryerson’s Immigration and Settlement Studies program. She is especially interested in research surrounding Canada’s multiculturalism policy, and its effects on the economic and social integration of new immigrants. Lindsey currently volunteers with Ryerson’s Lifeline Syria Challenge, which helps to sponsor and resettle Syrian refugee families in the GTA. Her main responsibility is working with the children of these families, and ensuring that they are able to attend school and learn English. Her email is

Nicholas Vani

Nick Vani is a University of Toronto graduate student at the Munk School of Global Affairs, where he is currently pursing his Master’s of Global Affairs. He holds a Master’s of History from Queen’s University, conducting research on Canadian internationalism and foreign affairs, and the League of Nations. He has been fortunate enough to travel the world presenting the findings of his thesis to academics from Canada, the U.S., Germany, and England. Outside of school Nick works for a boutique consulting firm, Peace and Conflict Planners Canada, where he does work for the Canadian Armed Forces. Nick is also the Associate Editor at the Journal of International Law and International Relations, and the NPSIA Paterson Review. After briefly being away from history, Nick is thrilled to be back teaching the subject he loves. Email:

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