Doug A. Graffeo
Doug is a Master of Arts student at the Department of Geography and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Originally hailing from Venezuela, Doug has been living in Toronto since 2010, where they acquired an interest for urban planning and geography as inspired by the city’s rapid growth during this time.
Doug’s thesis focuses on the spaces of socialization and community-building for non-binary people in Toronto, especially as these serve as sites of spatial reclamation and gender self-determination. Their research interests centre geographies of belonging and resistance, relating to the experiences of queer populations in challenging neoliberalism, normativity, and marginalization. Furthermore, they are also interested in bio/necropolitics, geographies of migration, and research pertaining to Venezuela’s social, political, and economic crisis in the 20th century.