Campus Directory: Suzanne Lenon

University of Lethbridge

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


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


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.


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

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

"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

"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)

"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

"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

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)

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

"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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