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

About Me

My research is located in the inter-disciplinary fields of socio-legal studies and critical race feminisms, with a focus on the complex and myriad ways race and sexuality interlock in both law and culture. Specifically, I have been interested in the historical, material and discursive realms of marriage law and its relationships to gendered, classed and racialized nation building. My more recent research trajectory examines these problematics but from the (related) topic of inheritance.

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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 OmiSoore H. Dryden and Suzanne Lenon, eds. Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. Vancouver: UBC Press

2019 S. Lenon. The Governmentality of Gay Rights: Queer Love in Neoliberal Times. In Governing the Social in Neoliberal Times, ed. Deborah Brock. Vancouver: UBC Press.

2015 S. Lenon and O.H. Dryden, Introduction: Interventions, Iterations, Interrogations: Disturbing the (Homo)Nation. In Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. Vancouver: UBC Press

S. Lenon. Monogamy, Marriage and Making of Nation. In Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. Vancouver: UBC Press

Notes in the Margins: A Conversation about Minnie Bruce Pratt's 'Identity: Skin Blood Heart'. Feminist Formations, 32(1), 227-237 (with Serena Visser and Jaisie Walker)

Studying With, Without Guarantees: Reflections on the Risks of Taking Learning from the Classroom to the Land. Critical Education, 11(5), 1-15 (with Kara Granzow & Emily Kirbyson)

'Making It Right', Keeping it White: Race and the Demand for Queer Redress. Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 30(3), 543-566

Inheritance's Intimacies and Social Change. Canadian Review of Sociology, 54(3), 366-368

'Wrongful' Inheritance: Race, Disability and Sexuality in Cramblett v. Midwest Sperm Bank. Feminist Legal Studies (with Danielle Peers) doi: 10.1007/s10691-017-9347-y

Intervening in the Context of White Settler Colonialism: West Coast LEAF, Gender Equality and the Polygamy Reference, Oņati Socio-Legal Series, 6(6), 1324-1347

Unpacking Inclusion & Building Queer(er) Alliances: An Interview with OmiSoore H. Dryden and Suzanne Lenon, Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action, 18, 34-46

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

Hidden hegemonies of the rainbow: The racialized scaffolding of forced marriage & 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

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 and the Law, 17(2), 405-421

Nicola Barker and Suzanne Lenon, eds. "Radically Rethinking Marriage." Oņati Socio-Legal Series, 6(6)

Suzanne Lenon, Susanne Luhmann & Nathan Rambukkana, eds. "Intimacies/Affects." Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice, 37(1)

Stacy Douglas and Suzanne Lenon, eds. "Law and Decolonization." Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Law and Society, vol. 29(2)

Carastathis, A., E. Haque, S. Lenon, A. Medovarski, C. Steenbergen and J. Wayne, eds. "Women and Canadian Multiculturalism". Canadian Woman Studies, 27(2/3)

Research Interests

Inheritance as Socio-Legal Concept, Practice, Meaning(s)
Intersections of Race & Sexuality in Law and/or Culture
Queer Rights n contexts of settler colonialism & multiculturalism
Gender, Sexuality & Human 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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