Scott Morgensen

Scott Morgensen

Associate Professor

Gender Studies

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Research interests
Queer studies; anthropology; queer and feminist ethnography; histories and practices of anti-racist and anti-colonial activisms; white settler colonialism and Indigenous politics; activist research methods

Graduate Chair in the Gender Studies Department (2015-2019) and co-convener of the Queen’s Feminist Ethnography Network, Scott L. Morgensen holds a PhD in Anthropology (Women’s Studies) from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Grounded in the ethnography and history of queer/trans communities, his publications and applied research activities examine the politics of difference and the practice of anti-racist and anti-colonial transformation within social movements and the academy.  

His first research project responded to legacies of Indigenous activism, notably Two-Spirit and Indigenous women’s activism, by investigating the ways in which white settler colonialism shapes U.S. and Canadian queer/trans communities, and knowledge production in the fields of anthropology, sexuality studies, gender studies, American studies and health studies. Both his past and current publications address methodologies of knowledge production for social change: by examining how ethnography inherits and potentially transforms colonial thought; and by theorizing the possibilities and dilemmas of solidarity as a method for transforming social movements. Currently he is participating in three projects: a SSHRC-funded collaborative oral history with activists challenging racism, colonialism and gender and sexual oppression in the United States and Canada; an examination of the applications of ethnography within gender studies; and a queer ethnographic study of transnational labor migration and gentrification in Canada. He also serves internationally as a consultant on research projects addressing Indigenous women’s health activism and Indigenous activism in the academy.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of American Quarterly and Critical Ethnic Studies and on the American Ethnologist advisory board, among other editorial roles. He is past Co-Editor of Journal of Critical Race Inquiry (2014-17).

In the Queen’s University Department of Gender Studies he teaches courses on research methods, and on the politics of feminism, race, sexuality, indigeneity, hegemonic manhood, and HIV/AIDS in transnational perspective. In the Gender Studies Graduate Program his graduate instruction foregrounds the theory and practice of ethnography, community-based research, and activist research as modes of ethical and accountable knowledge production for social change. He welcomes graduate students who wish to participate in ethnography or other modes of social or activist research as methods for studying the cultural politics of sexuality, gender, race, indigeneity, and migration in Canada and internationally.

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.

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