Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Scott L. Morgensen

Scott Morgensen

Graduate Coordinator

Tel (613)533-6000 ext. 79301 Associate Professor in Gender Studies and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies, Graduate Coordinator for Gender Studies
(Queer studies; feminist and queer ethnography; anti-racism and anti-colonialism in LGBTQ and feminist politics; comparative histories of white settler colonialism; oral history; research methods in gender studies.)


I am an ethnographer and historian of social movements. After receiving my PhD in Anthropology (Women’s Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2001) I applied my career to the practice and study of anti-racist and anti-colonial research methods in feminist, gender and sexuality studies. My ethnographic and historical investigation of U.S. LGBTQ movements traced the formation of queer whiteness in relation to settler colonialism, which I examined in response to longstanding critiques of colonialism and racism by Two-Spirit / LGBTQ Indigenous activists and allied queer and trans activists of color. This research appeared in my book Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and in essays published in GLQ, Women and Performance, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal and in a variety of edited volumes. Currently I am completing two projects. With co-researchers Lisa Kahaleole Hall, A.W. Lee, and Dana Wesley and with a founding network of narrators, I am a coordinator of The Akin Project, a SSHRC-funded oral history collection gathering activist memories of alliance work against colonialism, racism, and gender and sexual oppression. I also am preparing a comparative study of queer and feminist ethnography as anti-colonial and anti-racist methodologies in interdisciplinary gender and sexuality studies. Essays related to these projects, and to methods more generally have appeared in American Quarterly, Cultural Anthropology, Frontiers, and TSQ, and multiple additional co-authored and single-authored essays are forthcoming.

I welcome the opportunity to advise graduate students who conduct ethnography of gender, sexuality, race, indigeneity, and migration. I am currently accepting new PhD and MA advisees in the Gender Studies graduate programs. I teach GNDS 903 – Applications of Gender Studies in support of the Gender Studies PhD Program, which trains students to develop doctoral research focused on its applications within work for social change.



GNDS 903 - Applications of Gender Studies
GNDS 801 - Theories in Gender Studies
GNDS 836 - Feminist and Queer Ethnography
GNDS 445 - Feminist and Queer Ethnography
GNDS 345 - Research Methods in Gender Studies


GNDS 120 - Women, Gender and Difference
GNDS 280 - Manhood, Politics and Social Change
GNDS 320 - HIV/AIDS Movements
GNDS 375 - Queer / Race Studies



A.W. Lee (PhD 2015, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University) Performing ManChyna: Unmapping Promissory Exaltation, Multicultural Eugenics and the New Whiteness. Co-supervised with Kip Pegley.

Karl Hardy (PhD 2015, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University) Unsettling Hope: Settler Colonialism and Utopianism

Postdoctoral Fellows

AW Lee (PhD 2015, Cultural Studies, Queen’s University) SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-16: “Reconnecting Histories of Community Work against Racism, Colonialism, and Gender and Sexual Oppression”

Cameron Greensmith (PhD 2014, Social Justice Education, University of Toronto SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-15: “Interrogating Whiteness within Canadian LGBTQ Politics”


Michelle Tam (MA 2018, Department of Gender Studies) Queer (and) Chinese: On Be(long)ing in Diaspora and Coming out of Queer Liberalism 

Brett Willes (MA 2017, Department of Gender Studies) Drag, Demons and Dirt: Centering Indigenous Thought in Critiques of Prairie Queer Settler Colonialism

Avery Everhart (MA 2016, Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s) Crises of In/Humanity: Posthumanism, Afrofuturism, and Science as/and Fiction

Monique Harvison (MA 2016, Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s) White Gatekeeping and the Promise of Shelter: Confronting Colonial Logics within Women’s Anti-Violence Services

Natasha Stirrett (MA 2015, Department of Gender Studies Department, Queen’s) Revisiting the Sixties Scoop: Relationality, Kinship and Honoring Indigenous Stories

Dana Wesley (MA 2015, Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s) Reimagining Two-Spirit Community: Critically Centering Narratives by Urban Two-Spirit Youth

Stephanie McColl (MA 2014, Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s) #surrogacy: Confronting the Coloniality of Twitter and Contemporary Transnational Surrogacy Practices in India

Auden Cody Neuman (MA 2012, Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s) Wounded Subjects: White Settler Nationals in Toronto G20 Resistance Narratives

Maya Thau-Eleff (MA 2012, Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s) Coming Home: Sovereign Bodies and Sovereign Land in Indigenous Poetry, 1990-2012

Emily MacGillivray (MA 2011, Department of Gender Studies, Queen’s) Red and Black Blood: Teaching the Logic of the Canadian Settler State

Major Research Papers

Markus Harwood-Jones (MA 2018, Department of Gender Studies) Revisiting Mosaic: Transformative Articulations within an Ethics-ography

Kim Khanh Tran (MA 2018, Department of Gender Studies) Hetalia and the Intimacies of Online Identity Roleplay on Facebook

Kathryn Gibbons (MA 2017, Department of Gender Studies) Unsettling National Narratives of Canadianness: Producing Subaltern Subjects Through the Bordering of Canadian Citizenship

Stephanie Jonsson (MA 2017, Department of Gender Studies; co-supervised with Trish Salah) Examining Aged Care: An In-Depth Analysis of the Suppression of Gender and Sexuality in North American Assisted Living Facilities

Shelby Loft (MA 2016, Department of Gender Studies) Rethinking Blood: The Political Tension of Indigenous Cultural Belonging

Selected Publications


Spaces between Us: Queer Settler Colonialism and Indigenous Decolonization, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (2011).

Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. Qwo-Li Driskill, Chris Finley, Brian Joseph Gilley, Scott Morgensen, ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2011).

Edited Journal Issues

Contested Histories of Racialization and the Legacies of Sir John A. Macdonald. Scott L. Morgensen, Leela Viswanathan, eds. Journal of Critical Race Inquiry 3(1), 2016.

Karangatia: Calling Out Gender and Sexuality in Settler Societies. Michelle Erai and Scott Morgensen, ed. Settler Colonial Studies 2:2 (2012).


Encountering Indeterminacy: Colonial Contexts and Queer Imagining. Cultural Anthropology 31(4): 608-617 (2016).

Conditions of Critique: Responding to Indigenous Resurgence within Gender Studies. TSQ 3(1-2): 192-201 (2016).

Hokulani Aikau, Maile Arvin, Mishuana Goeman, Scott L. Morgensen (co-authors). Indigenous Feminisms Roundtable. Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 36(3): 84-106 (2015).

Cutting to the Roots of Colonial Masculinity. In Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration, Anderson and Innes, Ed. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

A Politics Not Yet Known: Imagining Relationality within Solidarity. American Quarterly 67(2): 309-315 (2015).

Indigenous Transnationalism and the AIDS Pandemic: Challenging Settler Colonialism and Global Health Governance. In Theorizing Native Studies, Simpson and Smith, Ed. Durham: Duke University Press, 2014.

White Settlers and Indigenous Solidarity: Challenging White Supremacy, Answering Decolonial Alliances. Decolonization May 26, 2014.

Margaret Little, Katherine McKittrick, Scott Morgensen, Beverley Mullings, Sarita Srivastava, Jane Tolmie. What Does it Mean to Be a Feminist in 2014? Kingston Whig-Standard, April 2

Settler Colonialism and Alliance: Comparative Challenges to Pinkwashing and Homonationalism. Jadaliyya April 03 2013.

Fearlessly Engaging Complicity. In Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America, Craven and Davis, Eds. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2013).

The Representability and Responsibility of Cisgender Queer Men in Women’s Studies. Women’s Studies: An International Journal 42:1 (2013), 534-558.

Identity (Politics). In Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies. Orr, Braithwaite and Lichtenstein, ed. New York: Routledge (2012).

Destabilizing the Settler Academy: The Decolonial Effects of Indigenous Methodologies.  American Quarterly 64(4): 805-8 (2012).

Queer Settler Colonialism in Canada and Israel: Articulating Two-Spirit and Palestinian Queer Critiques. Settler Colonial Studies 2(2): 167-190 (2012).

Theorising Gender, Sexuality and Settler Colonialism: An Introduction. Settler Colonial Studies 2(2): 2-22 (2012).

Activist Media in Indigenous AIDS Organizing: Theorizing the Colonial Conditions of AIDS. Comparative Indigeneities in the Americas. Castellanos, Gutierrez and Aldama, ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2012).

The Biopolitics of Settler Colonialism. Settler Colonial Studies 1(1): 52-76 (2011).

Unsettling Queer Politics: What Can Non-Natives Learn from Two-Spirit Organizing? In Queer Indigenous Studies. Driskill, Finley, Gilley and Morgensen, ed. Tucson: University of Arizona Press (2011).

Settler Homonationalism: Theorizing Settler Colonialism within Queer Modernities. GLQ 16 (1-2): 105-131 (2010).

Arrival at Home: Radical Faerie Configurations of Sexuality and Place. GLQ 15:1 (2009): 67-96.

Back and Forth to the Land: Negotiating Rural and Urban Sexuality among Radical Faeries. In Out in Public: Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World. Lewin and Leap, ed. New York: Wiley (2009).

Activist Media in Native AIDS Organizing: Theorizing the Colonial Conditions of AIDS. American Indian Culture and Research Journal 32:1 (2008): 35-56.

Rooting for Queers: A Politics of Primitivity. Women and Performance 15:1 (2005): 251-289.