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
(Ethnography of social movements; anti-racism and anti-colonialism within queer and feminist politics; white settler colonialism; transnational HIV/AIDS activism)


I am an ethnographer and historian of social movements. My research within U.S. queer politics sought to examine how white queer cultures and politics form in relationship to settler colonialism. My first book examined these themes in response to longstanding and enduring critiques of colonialism and racism by Two-Spirit / queer / trans Indigenous activists and by queer/trans activists of color. A current SSHRC-funded research collaboration with Lisa Kahaleole Hall (Wells College) and AW Lee (University of Toronto, Mississauga) is recording memories of activist challenges to racism, colonialism, and gender and sexual oppression crossing Canada and the United States.

My training in and commitments to feminist and queer ethnography inform my scholarship and teaching on critical methodologies. I have written essays and book chapters on such topics as white gay racism; gender, sexuality and colonialism; Indigenous HIV/AIDS movements; and methodologies in gender studies.

I received my PhD in Anthropology (Women’s Studies) from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2001. I am past co-Chair of the Association for Queer Anthropology (2010-2012).

With Leela Viswanathan I am Co-Editor of Journal of Critical Race Inquiry.  

In the Gender Studies MA Program and the Cultural Studies PhD and MA Programs at Queen’s University, I advise students who use ethnographic or historical methods to make contributions to feminist, queer, trans, Indigenous, critical race and transnational studies.


GNDS 120 - Women, Gender and Difference
GNDS 320 - HIV/AIDS Movements
GNDS 375 - Queer / Race Studies
GNDS 445 - Feminist and Queer Ethnography
GNDS 801 - Theories in Gender Studies
GNDS 840 - Feminist and Queer Ethnography



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”


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

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 Issue

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


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.