Margaret Ross is an upper year PhD candidate in the Department of History at Queen's University. Her research interests include the history of gender and sexuality in Canada and legal regulation over women’s bodies. Her research has been supported by federal and provincial funding, as well as the W. C. Good fellowship. This winter, Margaret is teaching a fourth-year undergraduate course on the global history of sex work.
Margaret's dissertation, co-supervised by Karen Dubinsky and Steven Maynard, examines the history of sex work in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Ontario. It explores how women navigated sexual labour across the province and how regional communities developed distinctive methods of regulating and profiting from the existence of local sex trades.