MA Communications
Carleton University, 2020–present

  • 12.00 CGPA/4.00 GPA
  • Expected completion in April 2022

B. CoMS Honours Communication and Media Studies
Carleton University, 2017–2020

  • Minor in Digital Humanities
  • 12.00 CGPA/4.00 GPA
  • Honour’s Research Essay titled Natural Bodies, Natural Environments? Questioning Nature Through Hormonal Mediation won the 2020 Communications HRE Award

Online training course, The Fundamentals of OCAP®
First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC) & Algonquin College Corporate Training, 2020

Ontario College Diploma, Chemical Engineering Technician
Loyalist College, 2013–2014

  • Completed one year of course work

B. Des. Graphic Design
Ontario College of Art and Design University, 2011–2013

  • Minor in Illustration
  • Completed two years of course work

Selected awards & scholarships

Ontario Graduate Scholarship
Carleton University, 2021

Governor General’s Academic Medal – Silver (Undergraduate)
Carleton University, 2020

Communications Honours Research Essay Award
Carleton University, 2020

Dean’s Honour List
Carleton University, 2018, 2019, 2020

SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (CGS-M)
Carleton University, 2020

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined)
Carleton University, 2020

M. M. MacOdrum Scholarship
Carleton University, 2018, 2019

Research & teaching experience

Teaching Assistant
COMS 3109 Communication, Culture, & Identity, Fall 2020, Winter 2021

  • Assist instructor with online synchronous course delivery.
  • Grade student assignments promptly.
  • Answer student questions and arrange office hours by student appointment.

Research Assistant
Unnamed project on name choice among racialized trans youth, 2020–present

  • Research and write a journal article synthesizing transgender studies, critical race theory, and youth studies collaboratively, including a literature review and analysis of participant interviews.
  • Organize and maintain group bibliography through Zotero.

Research Assistant and Coordinator
Tracing COVID-19 Data, 2020–present

  • Coordinate team members and contributors by scheduling meetings, assigning tasks, tracking minutes, and setting up onboarding process.
  • Design project logo and visual assets.
  • Write informative blog posts on project findings and edit teammates’ posts.

Researcher and UI/UX Designer
Transgender Media Portal, 2020

  • Design database browsing functions, search interface, and contributor dashboard with consideration for usability and accessibility.
  • Combine and display information from multiple types of records in a concise and straightforward manner.
  • Help run and analyze usability test/community consultation.
  • Collaborate with the team to write and publish the Transgender Media Portal Usability Test Report 2020 published on Humanities Commons.

Researcher and Cartoonist
Carleton ALiGN Media Lab, 2018

  • Contribute to writing on the relationship between digital media and social movements on a voluntary basis.

Presentations & talks

The Material Life of Time International Conference, 2021
Hormones and the flows of water, time, and metabolic processes

16th Annual Communication Graduate Caucus Conference: “Transitioning,” 2021
Vital mediations: Following flows of hormonal mediations

16th Annual Communication Graduate Caucus Conference: “Transitioning,” 2021
Roundtable: [Citation Needed]

Internet Governance Lab TPRC48 Graduate Research Symposium, 2021
From queer utopia to queer apocalypse: A case for
platform regulation

Guest Speaker, COMS 3109 Communication, Culture, & Identity, Fall 2020
COVID-19 and intersectional data

Guest Speaker, COMS 4407 Communication and Critical Data Studies, Fall 2020
Visualizing COVID data critically

Guest, CBC’s Spark with Nora Young, 2020
Wayfinding and finding our way: The Isolation Museum

a graph, a lovely tree symposium, 2020
The Transgender Media Portal

Guest Speaker, FYSM 1217 Reading and Writing for Media Studies, Fall 2019
Tips for academic reading and writing in media studies

Annual Communication Graduate Caucus Graduate Conference: “Post-?”, 2018 (cancelled due to strike)
Healthcare, self-care, every(wear): Exploring the biopolitics of consumer activity trackers


Chokly, K., Cooper, J., Debney, O., & Horak, L. (2020). Transgender Media Portal Usability Test Report 2020. Humanities Commons.

Chokly, K., & Lauriault, T. (2020, July 14). Tracing COVID-19: Visualizing Intersectionality.

Other academic activities

First-year MA Representative
Communication Graduate Caucus at Carleton University, 2020–Present

Central Novice Debating Championships Participant
Carleton University Debate Society, 2017

Other relevant work experience

Graphic Designer
Freelance, 2015–Present

  • Work with private clients to produce logos, illustrations, posters, websites, documents, and other design needs.

Graphic & Web Designer
Lambda Foundation, 2019

  • Redesign and implement foundation website alongside collaborator.

Book and Web Designer
“Hands: Medium and Massage” by Dr. Merlyna Lim

  • Design the print and digital layout for Dr. Lim’s publication about digital media, technology, and social issues through pencil drawings.

Graphic Designer
Carleton University, 2018

  • Designed posters to advertise academic events on campus.

Junior Creative Director, Graphic Designer
Accurate Creative, 2015–2017

  • Collaborated with and managed a creative team on projects for private and public clients, including print and layout design, illustration, infographics, video editing, photography, and animation.
  • Managed client expectations and project timelines.

Graphic Designer, Print Shop Operator
Loudmouth Printhouse, 2015

  • Operated and maintained printing, binding, and cutting equipment.
  • Provided graphic design services for branding and print media.

Graphic Designer
Sandbanks Winery, 2014–2015

  • Designed and produced wine labels, store signage, and the company website.

Owner, Designer
Good Hands Sign Co., 2014–2015

  • Designed and produced custom signage, brand identities, and websites for local businesses.

Graphic Design Intern
Blackberry (Research in Motion), 2013

  • Collaborated in the design of the BB10 mobile operating system and forthcoming vehicular media systems.
  • Researched mobile trends and technologies.

Copy & Print Services Monitor
Ontario College of Art and Design University, 2012–2013

  • Provided printing services with staff, faculty, and students for fine art and design contents.

Volunteer experience

Community Outreach, Tabling & Promotions Assistant
OPIRG Carleton University, 2016

  • Designed posters for community events.

Relevant skills

  • Expertise in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator with working knowledge in Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Audition, and XD.
  • Basic knowledge of WordPress and Drupal content management systems.
  • Background in sound, photography, videography, and print and web design.
  • Experience in accessible PDF design to meet AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) compliance.
  • Specialized training on the fundamental concepts of OCAP®, information governance, and First Nations data sovereignty.
  • Fluent in English; working knowledge of French.