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Erin Gallagher-Cohoon


My PhD research, supervised by Dr. Karen Dubinsky, explores the history of queer parenting and queer family formation in Canada. I am interested in legal histories of divorce, child custody/access, and adoption, queer oral histories, and medical and cultural histories of reproductive technologies. My thesis questions the cultural and legal constructions of the categories of ‘family’ and ‘parenthood.’

Selected Publications

"'Ultra Activists' in a 'Very Closeted Place': The Early Years of Edmonton's Gay Alliance Toward Equality, 1972-77." In Bucking Conservatism: Alternative Stories of Alberta from the 1960s and 1970s. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2021.

"Despite Being 'Known, Highly Promiscuous and Active': Presumed Heterosexuality in the USPHS' STD Inoculation Study, 1946-1948." Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 35, no. 2 (2018): 337-356.

Awards and recognition

2022 Honourable Mention, R. Roy McMurtry Fellowship in Legal History

2021 First Prize, Creative Non-Fiction Contest, Prairie Fire Magazine

2021-2022 Ontario Graduate Scholarship

2018-2021 SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship

2018 Faculty of Arts and Science Social Justice Award, Queen's University

2017 Graduate Thesis Award (MA) for Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Saskatchewan

2015-2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Graduate Scholarship - Master's

2014-2015 Canada Research Chair Master's Graduate Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan


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Department of History, Queen's University

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