EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Defense expected spring 2019. English Literature, University of Toronto                              

Certificate in Sexual Diversity Studies, the Mark S. Bonham Centre

(2016) Certification of Conflict Resolution, University of Toronto 

(2015) Certificate of Community-Engaged Learning, University of Toronto  

(2011) M.A. English Literature, York University, Toronto, ON    

(2010) Specialized B.A. (Honours) English, York University, Toronto, ON

dissertation abstract:

My dissertation, “Touch Me, I’m Sick: Hysterical Intimacies, Sick Theories,” traces the legacy of hysteria into our contemporary moment by focusing on the figure of the “sick girl.” I offer a much-needed intervention into the field of disability studies, which has tended to focus on visible disabilities, by proposing what I call “sick theories.” Drawing on the fields of disability justice, the radical health movement, affect theory, queer theory, critical race studies, and feminist theory, I argue that “sickness” denotes that which is endemic, chronic, and pathological. My dissertation reimagines how we think about mental health and care by attending to the ways in which the desires of girls and women have been and continue to be pathologized.

Beginning with the treatment of hysterical women by Jean-Martin Charcot and Sigmund Freud in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, I turn to three interdisciplinary case studies to elucidate how this history is alive and well today. I begin with the treatment of teen moms of colour who live in the American South, drawing on a rich archive of cultural objects, including television, literature, and interviews I conducted with those at the forefront of sex education in Louisiana and Mississippi. In the next chapter, I look at the criticism lobbed at women who engage in sex that is less than empowering and then write about it. In the final case study, I turn to the recent rise in chronic illness memoirs to discuss the mistreatment and dismissal of women living with autoimmune diseases. Running throughout each of these chapters is an analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder and the ways in which trauma shapes the desires of these girls and women. While those working in the fields of trauma theory and research tend to focus on the negative outcomes of life after trauma, my dissertation uses a disability justice lens to argue that trauma can help us imagine crip queer modes of intimacy and sexuality rooted in a model of resiliency that shifts the focus from individual care and onto the power of collective care.

peer-reviewed publications:

Forthcoming

“Femme Pedagogy, or Towards Trauma-Informed Classrooms.” Co-authored with Morgan Bimm. MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture; (December 2019)

In-Progress

“Hysteria’s Ghost: Sick-Girl Selfies, Chronic Illness, and Community Care.” ASAP Journal Special Issue: Autotheory.

Published

(2016) “Undutiful daughters: growing up in feminism and psychoanalysis.” Psychoanalysis Culture, and Society.

awards & recognitions:                                                                                                         

(2019) David Rayside Graduate Students Award, The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto

(2018) Jack Hallam UC’52 Graduate Scholarship in Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto

(2018) Jack Hallam UC’52 Graduate Scholarship in Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto; For Sick Theories: A Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Sickness and Sexuality

(2018) Hart House Good Ideas Fund, University of Toronto; For Sick Theories: A Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Sickness and Sexuality

(2018) Student Initiative Fund Top-Tier, Student Life, University of Toronto, 2018; For Sick Theories: A Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Sickness and Sexuality

(2018) Viola Whitney Pratt Memorial OSOTF Scholarship in English, University of Toronto

(2018) Faculty of Arts and Science Teaching Stream Pedagogical Grant, University of Toronto; For Teaching Queerly: 3-Part Workshop Series; grant co-authored with Dr. Scott Rayter

(2017) David Rayside Graduate Students Award, The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto

(2017) Doctoral Completion Award, Department of English, University of Toronto

(2017) Graduate Student Travel Award, Department of English, University of Toronto; For research trip for dissertation.

(2017) Summer Institute Study Award, Department of English, University of Toronto; For participation in the Summer Institute for Sexuality Studies: Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory at York University

(2012-17) University of Toronto Fellowship, Department of English

(2016) University of Toronto Award, Department of English, University of Toronto

(2015) Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Department of English, University of Toronto; Nominated by Dr. Denise Cruz for work in Literature for Our Time

(2014) Religion and Literature Travel Award, University of Toronto and Lancaster University, UK; For research exchange and paper presentation

(2014) Conference Travel Grant: The Department of English and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Toronto; For participation in LACK: Inaugural Conference

(2013) Conference Grant, Student Graduate Services, University of Toronto; For participation in South Atlantic MLA Annual Conference

(2013) George Mills Harper Fund Travel Grant: South Atlantic MLA

(2010) Social Sciences Humanities Research Council: Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship

(2010) Graduate Scholarship. Department of English, York University

(2009) York University Continuing Student Scholarship

“This is perhaps Margeaux’s most abiding quality as a teacher: the dedication she gives to truly caring about student learning and the student experience. She structures her classes along clear principles of sympathy, empathy, and justice, and she works hard for those entrusted to her pedagogical care”
— Dr. Sonja Nikkila, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream - University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus
This was one of the most incredible, important, and exciting courses I have ever taken. Not only that, but I really feel like being taught by Margeaux changed my life - in fact I felt that way after each lecture. Everything she has taught me (explicitly and by setting an example) about social justice, critical thinking, and framing arguments in a way that makes sense to the academic world and is always in relation to the bigger picture, will stay with me forever. I am so grateful to have been her student.
— Anonymous Student Feedback, Queer Writing (2016)

teaching:

Course Instructor

(2019) Queer Writing, University of Toronto (Mississauga); Second year lecture course; 45 students; solely responsible for curriculum development

(2017) Feminist Approaches to Literature, University of Toronto (Mississauga); Second year lecture course; 45 students; solely responsible for curriculum development

(2016) Queer Writing, University of Toronto (St. George); Second year lecture course; 45 students; solely responsible for curriculum development

Guest Lectures

(2017 & 2018) “Guest lecture on Nella Larsen’s Passing.” Twentieth-Century American Literature, University of Toronto, St George Campus

(2017) “Guest lecture on Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl.Literature for Our Time, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

(2016) “Guest lecture on Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality Volume 1 and Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble.” Concepts in Literary Criticism, University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus

(2014) “Guest lecture on Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.” Literature for Our Time, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

(2013) “Guest lecture on Jacques Lacan’s ‘The Mirror Stage.’” Contemporary Literary Theory, University of Toronto, St. George Campus

Tutorial Leader

(2014-18) Literature for Our Time, University of Toronto (St. George); First year lecture class; 400 students

(2014-16) American Literature, University of Toronto (St. George); Second year lecture class; 250 students

(2014) Critical Thinking About Narrative, University of Toronto (Scarborough); First year lecture class; 150 students

Select conferences:

(2019) Workshop Co-Facilitator. “Building Self-Awareness and Strengthening Boundaries,” Minds Redefined: Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto

(2019) Invited Panellist. “Failing Excellently.” Minds Redefined: Mental Health & Wellness Conference, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto

(2019) Co-Organizer, Fugitive Spaces: A Teaching & Learning Symposium, University of Toronto

(2019) Co-Presenter. “All the Feelings: Navigating Emotional Responses to Student Evaluations.” Co-written and presented with Lex Konnelly. Fugitive Spaces: A Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Toronto

(2018) Co-Organizer, Sick Theories: A Trans-Disciplinary Conference on Sickness and Sexuality, University of Toronto

(2018) Invited Speaker, “Living With Chronic Illness in Graduate School.” Grad Minds Mental Health Conference, University of Toronto

(2018) Seminar Organizer, “The Rise of Auto-theory, Inside and Outside of the Academy.”American Comparative Literature Association, UCLA, Los Angeles

(2017) Invited Panellist, “Choosing to Leave the Room: Institutional Walls & Self-Care.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Ryerson University

(2017) Panellist, “Queering Pedagogy.” Annual Research Symposium. The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University of Toronto

(2016) Presenter, “There’s No Crying in Academia: The Role of Emotional Labour within the Academy.” Graduate English Association Health and Wellness Symposium, University of Toronto

academic service:

University of Toronto

(2017-19) Member, Grad Life Student Advisory Committee, Student Life

(2017-18) Co-organizer & Co-facilitator, Queer(ing) Pedagogy, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

(2016-17) Committee Member, The Sex Salon, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

(2016) Chair, Sex Salon, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

(2016) Volunteer, Visitor’s Day, Department of English

(2015-16) ABD Representative, Graduate English Association, Department of English

(2014-15) President, Graduate English Association, Department of English

(2014) Head Organizer, English Graduate Conference, Department of English

(2013-16) Co-facilitator, Theory & Psychoanalysis Reading Group, Department of English

(2014) Volunteer, Graduate English Association Sibling Program, Department of English

(2013-15) Organizer, Academics Read Things They Wrote as Kids, Department of English

(2013) Head Co-ordinator, English Graduate Conference, Department of English

(2012-15) Representative, Graduate English Council, Department of English

(2012-13) Member, Graduate English Association Social Committee, Department of English

York University

(2011) Ambassador, Fall Campus Day and Spring Gala, Department of English

(2005-6) Programming Chair, Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Alliance at York University

(2005 & 2006) Member, Hiring Committee, Trans Bisexual Lesbian Gay Alliance at York University, 2006