Associate Members

The Associate Member program of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies aims to enhance collegiality and collaboration, deepen research connections and collaborations, and foster inter-disciplinary exchange through teaching and research.  An Associate Member of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies is someone who has been formally invited to participate in the academic activities of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.

Annmarie Adams

William C. Macdonald Professor, Department of Architecture
Tel: (514) 398-2915 | annmarie.adams [at] (Email)

Dr. Annmarie Adams is an architectural historian specializing in the intersections of medicine, gender, and the built environment. She holds the Stevenson Chair in the Philosophy and History of Science, including Medicine, at McGill University. Adams is jointly appointed in the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture and Department of Social Studies of Medicine (SSoM), where she also serves as department chair. Her books include Architecture in the Family Way (MQUP, 1996); Designing Women (UTP, 2000), and Medicine by Design (UMP, 2007). She is currently writing a “spatial biography” of cardiologist and museum curator Maude Abbott, funded by SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

Marguerite Deslauriers

Professor, Department of Philosophy
Tel: (514) 398-6215 | marguerite.deslauriers [at] (Email )

Marguerite Deslauriers works in ancient philosophy and the history of feminist philosophy.  She studied philosophy and classics at McGill (B.A. 1977) and the University of Toronto (Ph.D. 1987). In 1986 she was appointed to York University, before joining the Philosophy Department at McGill in 1988. In 1990 she received the H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching at McGill. She founded McGill's Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) in 2009, and was its first Director. She has two forthcoming books with OUP: Aristotle on Sexual Difference: Metaphysics, Biology, Politics, and Equality and Superiority: Texts from Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. Her current research focuses on pro-woman treatises from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries in Europe.

Robert Leckey 

Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, Faculty of Law
Tel: (514) 398-6604 |robert.leckey [at] ( Email)

Robert Leckey teaches family law and constitutional law in the McGill Faculty of Law, where since 2016 he has been dean and Samuel Gale Professor. He has received, among other awards, the Prix de la Fondation du Barreau du Québec, the Canada Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law, the John W. Durnford Award for Teaching Excellence (awarded by the McGill Law Students’ Association), the McGill Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and the McGill Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media (Change-maker category). His books include the collections After Legal Equality: Family, Sex, Kinship (Routledge, 2015) and Marital Rights (Routledge, 2017) and the monograph Bills of Rights in the Common Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Brian Lewis

Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies
Tel: (514) 398-4400 ext. 00684 | brian.lewis [at] (Email)

Brian Lewis is a historian of modern Britain. He is the author of three monographs: The Middlemost and the Milltowns: Bourgeois Culture and Politics in Early Industrial England (2001); 'So Clean': Lord Leverhulme, Soap and Civilization (2008); and Wolfenden's Witnesses: Homosexuality in Postwar Britain (2016). He is also the guest editor of a special queer edition of the Journal of British Studies (July 2012) and the editor of a collection of essays entitled British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives (2013). His current, SSHRC-funded project is entitled “Greek to the Soul: George Ives and Homosexuality in Britain from Wilde to Wolfenden.” It is an investigation of (homo)sexuality and criminality in Britain between the 1880s and the 1950s using Ives—pioneer “gay rights” campaigner and penal reformer—as its focus.

Carrie Rentschler

Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, Department of Art History and Communication Studies
Tel: (514) 398-4932 | //carrie.rentschler [at]">Email

Carrie Rentschler is Associate Professor, William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies, and former Director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. Professor Rentschler’s research examines the relationship between mass-mediated representations of suffering and models of citizenship, the gender politics of environmental security and its publicity, the diverse media activism practices of social movements, women’s self-defense as a form of feminist pedagogy, and the gendered politics of fear. Her first book, Second Wounds: Victims Rights and the Media in the U.S. (Duke University Press, 2011), retells the recent history of crime and disaster media from the perspective of victims’ rights reforms and publicity practices. She is currently writing a book on the 1964 Kitty Genovese murder (where 38 New Yorkers supposedly looked on and did nothing) and its cultural legacies of failed witnessing.

Hasana Sharp

Associate Professsor, Department of Philosophy
Tel: (514) 398-6146 | [at] (Email)

Hasana Sharp earned her PhD from the Pennsylvania State University (2005) and a diplôme (pensionnaire scientifique étranger) from the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Lettres et Sciences Humaines (2004). Her research is in the history of political philosophy and feminist theory with a focus on Spinoza. Her 2011 book examines the implications of Spinoza's denial of human exceptionalism for ethics and politics, with consideration of arguments in feminist thought and critical race theory. She is currently undertaking a SSHRC-funded research project on Spinoza and Servitude. She interested in how his analyses of human servitude, bondage, and slavery, central to both his ethics and politics, can be understood in relationship to other models. In particular, how do Spinoza's philosophical and political conceptions of servitude interact with the notions of his contemporaries objecting to the enslavement of African and Indigenous peoples or to the domination of women?

Ada Sinacore

Associate Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
Tel: (514) 398-6968 | ada.sinacore [at] (Email)

Professor Sinacore's research program is comprised of several interrelated areas: Career Psychology, Consultation, Social Justice Theory and Pedagogy, Feminist/Multicultural Counselling Psychology and International Psychology. Within each of these areas, she examines issues related to social justice, oppression, and trauma with special attention given to diversity such as immigration, gender-based violence, bullying, nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, language, social class, and workplace harassment, bullying, and violence.

Jonathan Sterne

Professor and James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology, Department of Art History and Communication Studies
Tel: (514) 398-5852 | jonathan.sterne [at] (Email)

Jonathan Sterne’s work is concerned with the cultural dimensions of communication technologies, especially their form and role in large-scale societies. One of his major ongoing projects has involved developing the history and theory of sound in the modern west. Beyond the work on sound and music, he has published over fifty articles and book chapters that cover a wide range of topics in media history, new media, cultural theory and disability studies. He has also written on the politics of academic labor and maintains an interest in the future of the university. His new projects consider instruments and instrumentalities; histories of signal processing; and the intersections of disability, technology and perception.

Alanna Thain

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and World Cinemas, Department of English
Tel: (514) 398-4400 ext. 8327 | alanna.thain [at] (Email)

Alanna Thain is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and World Cinemas in the Department of English. She directs the Moving Image Research Laboratory (MIRL), devoted to the study of bodies in motion across forms of media. Through the MIRL she runs “Cinema Out of the Box!”, a research-creation project on new expanded cinema, consisting of a completely bicycle-powered, mobile cinema that holds guerrilla screenings in unexpected sites in the city. She is the author of Bodies in Time: Suspense, Affect, Cinema, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. Her work addresses questions of time, embodiment and media across contemporary cinema, dance and performance, including work by David Lynch, Tino Sehgal, Norman McLaren, Dave St-Pierre, William Kentridge and more, and has appeared in journals such as differences, Parallax, Dance Research Journal, and Intermédialités. Her essay, “Tendering the Flesh: The ABCs of Dave St. Pierre’s Contemporary Utopias”(TDR/ The Drama Review, May 2014) co-authored with Virginia Preston, won the Richard Plant Award for Best Essay in English from Canadian Association of Theatre Research. She is currently completing a book on Norman McLaren. Her SSHRC-funded major research project, “Anarchival Outbursts: Dance and the Practices of Post-Digital Cinema” (2014-18), considers dance movement in screen dance and other contemporary productions as a key site for negotiating new potentials of embodiment in the digital age. Her most recent publication in the Visual Anthropology Review is “A Bird’s Eye View of Leviathan”.

Lloyd Whitesell

Associate Professor, Schulich School of Music
Tel: (514) 398-4535 ext. 0552 | lloyd.whitesell [at] (Email)

Lloyd Whitesell is a leading figure in the field of queer musicology. He coedited the book Queer Episodes in Music and Modern Identity (2002), which won the Philip Brett Award for best LGBT musicology. His interpretive study of The Music of Joni Mitchell appeared in 2008. He has published articles on queer style and subjectivity in the music of Benjamin Britten and Maurice Ravel, as well as articles on whiteness, camp, film music, and modernist culture. His book entitled Wonderful Design: Glamour in the Hollywood Musical was published in 2018. A new research project explores a general theory of queer aesthetics in music. 

Katie Zien

Associate Professor, Department of English
Tel: (514) 398-4400 ext. 09343 | //katherine.zien [at]">Email

Katherine Zien is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at McGill University. Her pedagogy and research treat theatre and performance in the Americas, with emphasis on transnationalism, political economy, and frameworks of race, class, and gender. Her book, Sovereign Acts: Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone (Rutgers UP, 2017) investigates intersections of performances with legal constructions of imperialism, race, and national sovereignty in the Panama Canal Zone during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Sovereign Acts has been awarded prizes from the Caribbean Studies Association, the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the American Society for Theatre Research. Zien’s second project investigates intersections of militarization and theatre during Latin America’s Cold War. Additional research can be found in journals including Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Theatre Survey, e-misférica,, Global South, Identities, Women and Performance, and Latin American Theatre Review. She may be contacted at katherine.zien [at]

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