Bianca Beauchemin

The Department of Gender Studies is pleased to announce Bianca Beauchemin as the new Black Studies Post-Doctoral Fellow in Black Feminist Thought!  

Bianca is joining this department after completing her PhD in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While completing her PhD, she was also awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship. In her book manuscript, Arousing Freedoms: Re-Imagining the Haitian Revolution through Sensuous Marronage, she re-narrates the Haitian Revolution through Black feminist and Black queer epistemologies and methodologies. Disrupting the authority of the colonial archive and of prevalent masculinist framings of insurgency discourses, she explores the ways in which embodiment, labour, sensuousness, spirituality, marronage, resistance and alternative sexualities and genders, re-imagine the edicts of freedom and Black liberation.  

Bianca holds a master's degree in Gender Studies from UCLA and a BA Hons., in Women’s Studies from York University where she graduated summa cum laude. After this fellowship year, she will begin her appointment as an Assistant Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. 

“I am incredibly excited to be the postdoctoral fellow in Black Feminist Thought at Queen’s University! Not only am I thrilled to be working again with Katherine McKittrick, an illustrious leader in the field, but I am also eager to meet and engage with some of the new Black Studies faculty members, as well as some of the Gender Studies professors that informed so much of my thinking during my Masters. To be part of the flourishing field of Black Studies in Canada is truly a dream come true, and I cannot wait to share my passion for Black Feminisms with my students, peers, and colleagues,” shares Beauchemin. 

"I am really happy to be working with Bianca again. Her work on black queer feminisms and the Haitian revolution beautifully illuminates how questions of queer movement help us better understand indispensability of women’s labour and sexuality in relation to the geographies of revolution. Bianca is a wonderful colleague and teacher, and we are jazzed for to be first postdoctoral fellow in Black Feminist Thought in Black,” adds Dr. McKittrick 

Bianca will be working alongside Dr. Katherine McKittrick to support a wider research program on Black creative methodologies and will be teaching GNDS 312: Black Feminisms – a core Black Studies course – in Winter 2023. 

As of July 1, you can reach Dr. Beauchemin at