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Queen's University

Scott F. de Groot

deGroot.jpg Ph.D. Candidate


Phone: 613-533-2150
Fax: 613-533-6298


M.A., Queen's University, 2008
BA Honours, University of Winnipeg, 2007


My general academic interests encompass the history of sexuality and gender in North America. More specifically, my dissertation focuses on the gay liberation movement as it emerged in Canada in the early 1970s. With the supervision of Karen Dubinsky and Ian McKay, I explore gay liberation during its earliest and most radical period, when the movement embarked on audacious projects of political and intellectual activism that challenged received sexual categories. In addition to historiographic methods, my work also employs geographic tools to examine how gay liberation pursued objectives across a range of scales, from the local and regional to the national and transnational.

Awards and Distinctions:

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship, 2008-2011
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Master's Scholarship, 2007-2008
University of Winnipeg Gold Medal in Honours History, 2007
Wilhelm Kristjanson Memorial Scholarship, 2006

Conference Presentations:

"Out of the Closet and Into the Library: Gay Liberation and the Politics of Knowledge." Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, Carlton University, May 2009.

"‘To Protect Children of Very Tender Years:' Sexual Deviancy, the Imperiled Child, and the Science of Moral Panic in Postwar North America." Instituting History: Graduate History Symposium, University of Toronto, February 2009.

"Liberating Wide Open Spaces: Constructing a Regional Geography of Gay Liberation from Winnipeg." Negotiating Histories: McGill-Queen's Graduate Conference in History, McGill University, March 2008.

"‘Freaks, Degenerates and Longhairs': Public Space and the Regulation of Transgression in 1960s Winnipeg." New World Coming: The 1960s and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, Queen's University, June 2007.



Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000