Campus Directory: Suzanne Lenon

University of Lethbridge

Suzanne Lenon
Faculty
Women & Gender Studies
Office: C884 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 380-1876
Fax: (405) 329-2555
Email:

Degrees

BA, Hons (1993), University of Calgary, Women's Studies, Development Studies;
MA (1999), Carleton University, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs;
PhD (2008), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto + Graduate Collaborative Program in Women's Studies/University of Toronto

Expertise

Queer Studies, Critical Race Studies, Socio-Legal Studies, Social Activisims, Marriage and Citizenship

Research Areas

Law, Gender & Sexuality, Critical Race Feminisms, Politics of Nationalism, Multiculturalism & Queer Rights

Office Hours

Tuesday 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM

About Me

My research is located at the intersection of socio-legal studies and critical race feminisms, with a particular focus on the complex ways race and sexuality interlock in law and culture. My research is organized around two key thematic areas: Marriage; and Law, Culture & Intimacies.

I have a co-edited book, with OmiSoore H. Dryden entitled "Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalism & the Politics of Belonging" (UBC Press, 2015). This collection foregrounds critical race/queer diasporic/Indigenous scholarship to critically examine the deepening relationships between homosexuality, nationalism, multiculturalism and belonging and hence to offer a contrapuntal reading of normative Canadian gay politics, scholarship and activisms.

My work has been published in Social Identities: Journal for the Sudy of Race, Nation and Culture; darkmatter; Journal of Intercultural Studies; Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice; and Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.

I am co-editor of three special issues: "Law and Decolonization" (Canadian Journal of Law & Society); "Women and Canadian Multiculturalism" (Canadian Woman Studies); and "Intimacies/Affects" (Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice').

In July 2015, I co-organized and hosted a workshop at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oņati, Spain) on the topic of "Radically Rethinking Marriage". A special issue of Oņati Socio-Legal Series is in process, arising out of this workshop. I was also the co-chair for the international conference "Controlling Sexuality & Reproduction, Past and Present" held at the University of Lethbridge in August 2015.




Biography

Suzanne Lenon joined the department of Women & Gender Studies in July 2008. She received her PhD in Sociology & Equity Studies in Education from OISE/UT.

In the years between her academic degrees, Suzanne worked as a Public Education Coordinator and Crisis Line Coordinator for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, and also as a researcher for the National Anti-Poverty Organization.

Selected Publications

2015
Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. UBC Press. Co-edited manuscript, with OmiSoore H. Dryden.

"Monogamy, Marriage and Making of Nation" In Disrupting Queer Inclusion (book chapter in Disrupting Queer Inclusion)

"Intimacies/Affects" Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice 37(1), with S. Luhmann and N. Rambukkana

2014
"Law and Decolonization." Special issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 29(2). Co-edited with Stacy Douglas

Review of "Family Money: Property, Race, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century" (Oxford University Press) for Feminist Legal Studies, 22(2), 221-223

2013
"White as Milk: Proposition 8 and the Cultural Politics of Gay Rights", Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice, 36(1), 44-54

Review of "About Canada: Queer Rights" (Fernwood Press) for Sexualities, 16(5/6)

2012
"Hidden hegemonies of the rainbow: The racialised scaffolding of
forced marriage and civil partnership in the UK", Journal of Intercultural Studies, 33(3), 275-287

2011
"Why is our love an issue? Same-sex marriage and the racial politics of the ordinary", Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 17(3), 351-372

2009
Review of "The Importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation Building in Western Canada to 1915" (University of Alberta Press), for Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal, 34(1)

2008
"What's So Civil about Marriage? The Racial Pedagogy of Same-Sex Marriage in Canada", Darkmatter, Issue 3, 26-36

2005
"Marrying citizens! Raced subjects? Re-thinking the terrain of equal marriage discourse", Canadian Journal of Women & the Law, 17(2), 405-421

Research Interests

Race, Sexuality & Law
Critical Race Feminisms
Politics of Nationalism, Multiculturalism & Queer Rights

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Contesting Difference: Diversity & Anti-Racism in Queer Socialities Alberta, Canada Internal SSHRC Grant, University of Lethbridge.

Suzanne Lenon
Entangled Policy Knots: Polygamy, Biopolitics and the Desire for Gender Equality Alberta, Canada Parkland Institute Faculty Research Award.

Suzanne Lenon
Intimate Publics: A Socio-Legal Genealogy of Polygamy Alberta, Canada University of Lethbridge Research Fund.

Suzanne Lenon
The Intimate Publics of Polygamy: A Socio-Legal Genealogy of Polygamy & Property Relations Alberta, Canada CREDO Grant.

Suzanne Lenon

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Regulating Citizenship & Belonging: Sexuality, Race & Human Rights University of Lethbridge Research Fund 2010


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