Mark S. Bonham Centre for
Sexual Diversity Studies

Saralyn Russell

Saralyn is a PhD student at the Women and Gender Studies Institute and in the Collaborative Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. Saralyn holds a MA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research from the University of Western Ontario, where she also completed a Honors BA double major in Sexuality Studies and Psychology.

Saralyn’s research is located at the intersection of queer theory, critical disability studies, and feminist cultural studies. She spends her time thinking about questions of belonging, identity and access within sexual (sub)cultures. Her MA research explored autobiographical writings of blind women through queer and crip theory. For her PhD research Saralyn will be archiving and learning from the first person narratives and oral histories of blind/low vision LGBTQ Canadians. Saralyn is particularly interested in how the concept of “allyship” is (or is not) mobilized between and within disabled and queer communities. She is also interested in theories of embodiment, affect, and poststructural approaches to life narratives.

Saralyn currently holds a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship and volunteers as a Vision Mate with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In the past, she received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for her MA and a Governor General’s gold medal for her undergraduate major in Sexuality Studies. She served as co-editor for the Western Women’s Studies Annual Journal, as main editor for the Western Undergraduate Psychology Journal, and as a student representative for the Western Women’s Studies Collective.