About // Curriculum vitae



My name is Michelle La. I am a qualitative analyst and Master's anthropology candidate at Simon Fraser University. I love designing research projects/instruments, and innovative design. It doesn't matter what field it is, I enjoy the challenge of figuring out the best strategies to gain insights or to approach a problem.

Since 2013, I have been apart of interdisciplinary research projects with focuses on scholarly communication and open access; labour; human-rights; maternal and global health; Inuit housing policies; and in urban waterfront history and renewal. The wide range of these projects is reflective of my zeal for tackling complex issues through multidisciplinary critical inquiry.

Graduate research

My graduate research investigates the economic practices and spaces of sneaker reselling by focusing on risk and speculation amongst sneaker traders in Metro Vancouver. I am particularly passionate about this research because of its intersections with some of my interests: material culture, youth culture, informal markets, and behavioural economics.


In addition to research, I am passionate about post-secondary teaching. While I have experience teaching in topic-specific sociology and anthropology courses, research design in particular is one of my favourite topics because I believe when students learn research design and methodologies in the process they sharpen their critical thinking and data literacy skills.


My research interests include: consumption and value; fashion; open scholarship, scholarly communication; speculation and risk; urban spaces; cities; architecture; visual art; economic geography/anthropology; and digital currencies.

I am an advocate for non-traditional forms of research communication and open access. I believe that graduate students especially should not be sheepish about self-promotion: here’s my Q&A on the topic.

In my spare time I enjoy listening to podcasts and watching documentaries on history, science, and culture; fine-tuning this website; reading current affairs and non-fiction; and catching up on sleep or work. I am interested in opportunities where I am challenged with complex questions/problems and where I can apply my robust skill set. For inquiries and my full C.V. contact me through this form.


I was featured in this video by Simon Fraser University Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies to discuss the opportunities I have taken for professional development and community engagement, and my thesis research.

simon fraser university

  • Masters of Arts, Anthropology (2016 - in progress)

  • Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

  • Certificate for Instructional Skills Workshop

  • Bachelor's of Arts, Joint Honours, Sociology and Anthropology

    • The Effects of Automation, Mechanization, and Professionalism on fostering camaraderie within ILWU Local 502, from the 1960s to Present, SFU Sociology and Anthropology, Undergraduate Honours Essay (2014).

  • Certificate in Social justice

university of british columbia

Other completed courses taken through UBC Extended Learning

  • User experience strategy

  • Visual design

  • Strategies for effective intercultural communication

SKILLS // competencies


  • Qualitative and quantitative design/theory/methodologies

    • Conducting interviews and focus groups

    • Semi-structured survey creation and analysis

    • Discourse, thematic, and content analysis

    • Transcription and interview summarization

    • Ethnography; participant-observation

  • Data cleaning

  • Participant recruitment

  • Research communication: e.g. conference posters, flyers, online forms

  • Literature reviews

  • Content writing; summary/report writing

  • Ethics submissions


  • Stakeholders and partner engagement

  • Intercultural communication/awareness

  • Strong written and verbal communication; public speaking

  • Teaching and workshop facilitation

  • Negotiation of contracts

  • Familiar with user experience (UX) design strategy

  • Event- and project- management

  • Reconciliation of expenses; Budget projections


  • Nvivo

  • REDcap

  • Mailchimp

  • Hypothesis

  • Adobe/Adobe Experience Manager

  • SquareSpace/WordPress/Blogspot/Wix

  • Zoho Creator

  • Zotero/Mendeley

  • Slack/Basecamp

  • Google suite

  • Social media: Twitter; Facebook; LinkedIn; Instagram; Pinterest

  • Basic HTML


  • Fluent in English

  • Rudimentary German reading comprehension

  • Basic spoken proficiency and fluent conversational understanding in Vietnamese

Research Experience

BC Diabetes Research Network

Freelance communications specialist

2019 - Present

scholarly communications lab

Qualitative analyst
Publishing Program, Simon Fraser University

2018 - Present

Literature on INUIT HOUSING

Research assistant
Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

2017 - 2018


Research assistant
Department of Labour Studies, Simon Fraser University



Research assistant
Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, University of British Columbia

2015 - 2017


Research assistant
Department of Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University

2013 - 2015

Fore more details on my responsibilities in these roles, click here.



  • Violence in War & Peace

  • Quantitative Methods

  • Social Policy and Tourism

  • Processes of Development and Underdevelopment

  • Race, Immigration, and the Canadian State

  • Introduction to Research Design

    • Have also been a guest lecturer on the importance of research ethics

  • Introduction to Sociology

workshop facilitator, Simon fraser university


  • “Community health worker evaluation on the implementation of the PIERS on the Move mHealth application in rural Mozambique” poster with Helena Boene, Mai-Lei Woo Kinshella, Anifa Vala, Michelle La, Sumedha Sharma, Marianne Vidler, Peter von Dadelszen, Esperança Sevene, Khatia Munguambe, Beth Payne and the CLIP Working Group RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) World Congress 2019

  • “Health care worker evaluation of implementing the PIERS on the Move mHealth application with Lady Health Workers in rural Pakistan” poster with Mai-Lei Woo Kinshella, Sana Sheikh, Sohail Bawani, Michelle La, Sumedha Sharma, Marianne Vidler, Peter von Dadelszen, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Rahat Qureshi, Beth Payne, and the CLIP Working Group for RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) World Congress 2019

  • "Sneakerheads and Their Trading Places," paper for Trading Places I, 5th Global Conference on Economic Geography, Cologne, Germany. July 2018 (with Pamela Stern).

  • International Longshore Warehousemen (ILWU) Local 502 Committee, Peter Hall, Chris Madsen, Liam O’Flaherty, and Michelle La. Along the Fraser River: History and Stories from ILWU Local 502, Granville Island Publishing

  • “Who needs industrial heritage?: Global dreams/local histories at two Canadian sites,” Invited paper for Clashes Over Value: Tourism, Conservation and Natural Resource Extraction, annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, December 4, 2014 (with Pamela Stern and Peter V. Hall). 


Awards // honours

  • Laurine Harrison Graduate Thesis Award, Simon Fraser University

  • Travel Research Minor Awards, Simon Fraser University

  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition university finalist, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, Simon Fraser University, Spring 2018

  • Graduate Fellowship, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Simon Fraser University

  • Vice-President Research-Undergraduate Student Research Award (VPR-USR) three-time recipient, Simon Fraser University

Other contributions // Presentations

  • “Is making knowledge public a part of a professor’s job?,” 2019 - Confronting the Disinformation Age/Innovations in Research, Simon Fraser University, April 10, 2019 (with Juan Pablo Alperin and Esteban Morales)

  • Graduate student guest speaker on the importance of research communication at Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Photo Exhibition Reception, Simon Fraser University, January, 15, 2019. Read my Q&A about the talk with ScholCommLab here