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Theresa N. Kenney (she/her/siya)


Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Brophy

Area of Research: Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, Gender, Feminist, and/or (A)Sexuality Studies, 21st Century Literatures and Cultures, Asian North American Studies, Digital Media Studies

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Theresa’s interdisciplinary doctoral research analyzes queer Asian North American texts, artists, and activists in order to explore how queerly platonic relationalities are felt, imagined, and enacted within queer Asian North America. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Queerly Platonic: Intimate Relationalities in Asian North America,” engages in asexual, aromantic, and Asian North American theorizing. Her work considers how thinking platonically and thinking relationally may help us to theorize intimate queerly platonic relationalities as alternative political alliances to resist white coloniality and (re)imagine queer possibilities. Theresa’s latest work is forthcoming in Feminist Formations. Theresa holds a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She currently is the co-chair of the Asexuality Studies Interest Group (2019-2021) for the National Women’s Studies Association, the co-lead of McMaster’s RESIST: BIPOC Graduate Student Working Group, and an active organizer of anti-racism events at McMaster.

Selected Conference Presentations:

“Within the Colonizer’s Toolkit: Compulsory Sexuality, Compulsory Monogamy, and Legal Reification.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. Nov 2019.

“Asexual Assemblages: Assembling an Asexy Conceptual Tool.” Sexuality Studies Association’s Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC. June 2019.

“Reflections on Sapin-Sapin: Asexual Relationalities, Queer Pilipinx Diasporic Intimacies, and Assembling their Layers of Possibility.” Unthinking Sex, Imagining Asexuality: Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Vancouver, BC. April 2019.

Service Positions:

Co-Chair of Asexuality Studies Interest Group (2019-2021) for National Women’s Studies Association.