- Women & Gender Studies
- Office: C884
- Phone: (403) 380-1876
- Fax: (405) 329-2555
- Phone: (403) 380-1876
DegreesBA, 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
ExpertiseQueer Studies, Critical Race Studies, Socio-Legal Studies, Social Activisims, Marriage and Citizenship
Research AreasLaw, Gender & Sexuality, Critical Race Feminisms, Politics of Nationalism, Multiculturalism & Queer Rights
Office HoursTuesday 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
About MeMy 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.
BiographySuzanne 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.
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 InterestsRace, Sexuality & Law
Critical Race Feminisms
Politics of Nationalism, Multiculturalism & Queer Rights
Current Research and Creative Activity
|Title||Location||Grant Information||Principal Investigator||Co Researchers|
|Contesting Difference: Diversity & Anti-Racism in Queer Socialities||Alberta, Canada||
Internal SSHRC Grant, University of Lethbridge.
|Entangled Policy Knots: Polygamy, Biopolitics and the Desire for Gender Equality||Alberta, Canada||
Parkland Institute Faculty Research Award.
|Intimate Publics: A Socio-Legal Genealogy of Polygamy||Alberta, Canada||
University of Lethbridge Research Fund.
|The Intimate Publics of Polygamy: A Socio-Legal Genealogy of Polygamy & Property Relations||Alberta, Canada||
|Title||Grant Agency||Completion Date|
|Regulating Citizenship & Belonging: Sexuality, Race & Human Rights||University of Lethbridge Research Fund||2010|