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Members of the Steering Committee 2015-16


sheilaSheila L. Cavanagh is Associate Professor in Sociology & former Sexuality  Studies Coordinator  at York University,  Toronto,  Canada. Her   research   is   in   the   area   of  gender   and   sexuality   with   a concentration       on      queer,       cultural,       and      psychoanalytic theories.   Cavanagh  recently  co-edited  a  collection  (with  Angela Failler  and  Rachel  A.  J.  Hurst)  titled  Skin,  Culture  and Psychoanalysis  (2013)  published  by  Palgrave  Macmillan.  Her  first sole-authored  book titled Sexing the Teacher: School Sex Scandals and Queer Pedagogies  (UBC, 2007) was given honorable  mention by the Canadian  Women’s  Studies  Association.   Her second  sole- authored  book  titled  Queering  Bathrooms  (UTP,  2010)  is a GLBT Indie   Book   Award   finalist   and   recipient   of   the   CWSA/ACEF Outstanding Scholarship Prize Honourable Mention (2012). Her performed  ethnography  titled Queer Bathroom  Stories premiered  at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, Canada (2014), as part of their  World  Pride  Program,  and won the Audience  Pick Award  at the Toronto  Fringe  Festival (2011). She has published in a wide range of international  refereed journals and writing a book titled Transgender and the Other Sexual Difference.  She can be reached at



2nathanNathan Rambukkana is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Canada. His work centers on the study of discourse, politics and identities, including  recent foci on digital intimacies,  hashtag  publics,  hybridity  & mixed-race identities,   and  non/monogamy.   Research   publications   can be found in Ada, The Fibreculture Journal, and Affinities. His book Fraught Intimacies: Non/Monogamy in the Public Sphere was published in 2015 by UBC Press.  His edited collection Hashtag Publics:   The   Power   and   Politics   of   Discursive   Networks   is forthcoming  with  Peter  Lang.  Email: Blog:




3melissaMelissa Autumn White is Assistant Professor of LGBT Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.  Prior to joining HWS she taught at McGill University and the University of British Columbia, following on a postdoctoral fellowship at Syracuse University and New York University’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.  Her SSHRC-funded research is situated in the field of queer migration studies, and has been published in WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Radical History Review, Sexualities, and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Her first book Mobile Desires: The Politics and Erotics of Mobility Justice was published with Palgrave PIvot in the fall of 2015 (co- edited with Liz Montegary). In addition to serving as Vice Chair and Acting Treasurer of the SSA, she is a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Gender, Women’s and Feminist Studies PhD Interest Group at the National Women’s Studies Association. She can be contacted at



reese  simpkins is  a  Visiting  Scholar  in  Sexuality  Studies  at  York University,  and is affiliated with York’s Centre for Feminist Research. He completed his PhD in Political Science at York in December 2012, and is in the process of finalizing  a book  manuscript  entitled  “trans* matters, trans* assemblages: becoming and politics,” based on his doctoral research.



Dan Irving is Associate Professor of Sexuality Studies and Human Rights in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University. His research areas include trans* un(der)employment, as well as masculinity during socio-economic crises. His book Trans Activism in Canada: A Reader (co-edited with Rupert Raj) was published with Canadian Scholars’ Press in 2014. His research has been published in Radical History Review, Sexualities, and Australian Feminist Studies.



Christopher Packard teaches in the Global Liberal Studies program at New York University, and is author of Queer Cowboys and Other Erotic Male Friendships in 19th Century American Literature (Palgrave 2005, St. Martin’s Press 2006).  He is currently working on self-representation by Native Americans, African-Americans, and Outsider Women in North American between 1730-1830.




Olga Marques is Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. Her research and teaching interests centers on the construction, policing, and regulation of gendered, sexed, as well as raced bodies. Research publications can be found in: Culture, Society and Masculinities; International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory; American Indian Culture and Research Journal; and First Peoples Child and Family Review.




Katrina Ackerman is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in History at the University of Regina (2015 – 17). Her research explores late twentieth century abortion politics in the Maritime Provinces. Ackerman currently serves the Sexuality Studies Association as Communications Officer (2014 – 16). She was previously Communications Coordinator (2012 – 14) under the guidance of Nathan Rambukkana.




Amy Verhaeghe is a PhD Student in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University. Her research draws on critical race theory, indigenous studies, and queer theory to critically investigate the emergence of settler homonationalism in Canada.






KelleyAnne  Malinen  holds  a PhD  in sociology  from  Université  Laval. She  specializes   in  gender   and  sexuality.   Her  primary   program   of research  focuses  on forms of sexualized  and intimate  partner  violence that occur outside heterosexual contexts. KelleyAnne teaches Gender Studies  at Memorial  University  and  Sociology  at Mount  Saint  Vincent University.

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