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Queen's University

Robin Grazley

Ph.D., Queen's University, 2010

Robin Grazley completed her PhD at Queen's University in Spring 2010. Her thesis, "Nothing 'Improper' Happened: Sex, Marriage, and Colonial Identity in Upper Canada, 1783-1850" (co-supervised by Jane Errington and Karen Dubinsky) explores the importance of heterosexual relationships, in theory and practice, to local and imperial politics and the formation of colonial identities in Upper Canada. In addition to revising her dissertation for submission to publishers, she has begun work on two interrelated post-doctoral projects which explore the ways sexual and familial intimacy linked Upper Canada with New York and with the rest of the British Empire, particularly the West Indies, through circuits of mobility involving the British Army and sex work.

Robin has published book reviews in Ontario History, left history, American Review of Canadian Studies, and Labour/Le Travail, and has presented her research at a number of conferences. She has taught courses at Queen's University and the University of Toronto. She can be reached at


Revised: July 2010






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