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Sylvia Grills

PhD Candidate
Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall D419 

Areas of Interests

Social inequality studies; social movements; feminist, queer and anti-racism theories; intersectionality; post-structuralism; gender; sexuality; race; pedagogy; arts-based activism; and social change.


  • PhD student, Sociology (ongoing) | Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  • M.A., Sociology, Memorial University
  • B.A. 4 Year Honours, Greatest Distinction, Sociology (major) and Gender Studies (minor), Brandon University 

Current Research

I am currently studying how queerness and anti-racism intersect in queer-focused organizations in Toronto and how these intersections are viewed by those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit, asexual, and/or allies (LGBTQQIP2SAA). Particularly, I focus on tensions related to being queer in Toronto and the potential for coalition and shared goals in relation to queer and anti-racism social issues. My research is related to events that have brought attention to anti-racism and queer intersections such as Black Lives Matter halting Pride Toronto's parade in 2016 in an effort to have space and funding needs met, the introduction of a new pride flag in Philadelphia that includes black and brown stripes in recognition of queer people of color, and increased violence against people or color and queer people that is linked to rising fascist sentiments in North America. 

Awards and Honours

  • 2017 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2016 - Ontario Graduate Scholarship       
  • 2015 - Graduate Entrance Tuition Award, Queen’s University
  • 2015 - Queen's Graduate Award
  • 2013 - Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2013 - Brandon University Gold Medal 


Ricciardelli, R., Grills, S., & Craig, A. (2016). Constructions and Negotiations of Sexuality in Canadian Federal Men’s Prisons. Journal of homosexuality, 63(12), 1660-1684.

Academic Service and Volunteering

  • 2016-present - Editor of Equity Talk, a biannual newsletter produced by the Sociology Equity Committee
  • 2016-present - Treasurer for Reelout Arts Project Inc., a non-profit charity that programs material focused of issues related to gender, race, sexuality, age, class, and ability. Reelout also organizes an annual queer film festival that is currently in its 20th year.
  • 2016 - Co-facilitator for Preparing your First Tutorial for Teaching Development Day, Queen’s University
  • 2016 - SafeTALK mental health awareness training