Post-Doctorate Fellow

Against a black stucco wall background, LJ smiles broadly at the camera while wearing a blue floral collared shirt.

LJ Slovin received their PhD in Curriculum and Pedagogy from the University of British Columbia. Their dissertation, Trans Enough?, currently under contract with NYU Press, is based on a yearlong ethnography conducted with high school age trans and gender nonconforming youth. In the study, Slovin interrogates how dominant approaches to trans-inclusivity in schools reproduce constrained understandings of trans identity that are informed by and uphold structures of whiteness, settler colonialism, and ability. Slovin focuses on how this context demands significant labor from youth, including work they must perform daily to navigate relationships with teachers, peers, the curriculum, policy, the physical space of the school as well as to build worlds outside of adult surveillance to exist in their genders more capaciously. Before joining as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bonham Centre, Slovin was an instructor at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC and in the Women’s Studies Program at Langara College. Slovin was a Vanier Scholar, the 2020 recipient of the Pat Clifford Award, and the 2021 recipient of the Queer SIG Article of the Year Award at AERA. Their work has been published in Curriculum Inquiry, Sex Education, and RERM.

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows

2021-22Elif Sari

2019-21: Sara Shroff