MA GNDS 2013
“I had the privilege of being mentored by the incredible faculty of Queen’s department of Gender Studies during my formative graduate years. The faculty who supported my masters work, including Drs. Annette Burfoot, Margaret Little, Jane Tolmie, Scott Morgensen, and Katherine McKittrick, struck the perfect balance of guidance and freedom that allowed me to forge my own path, and gave me the confidence to do so.
My research focuses on femininities, femme theory, femme identities, critical femininities and femmephobia. In particular, I apply Femme Theory to understand psychosocial and cultural phenomenon, perceptions of femininity, and sources of prejudice rooted in the devaluating or regulation of femininity. My masters in Gender Studies gave me the theoretical backbone necessary to bolster these nascent fields of Femme Theory & Critical Femininities. I continued with my graduate work to receive a PhD from Queen’s department of Sociology, for which I was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal.
I am currently an Ontario Women’s Health Scholar and an AMTD Global Talent postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo where I am cross appointed to the departments of Sociology & Legal Studies and Sexuality, and Marriage & Family Studies.”