Tommy Mayberry completed their undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and English (Honours) thesis under the supervision of SJU associate professor Tristanne Connolly. They completed a Master of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, are are now finishing a PhD in English Language and Literature at UWaterloo, Mayberry is also the manager of recruitment at St. Jerome’s University. Their PhD project was where Mayberry indicated that the “Gender Pronouns and Cultures of Respect” presentation “seeded and grew”.
Mayberry’s work and research has been presented across Canada and internationally in Oxford, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Honolulu. Mayberry has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and grants supporting their research on queer and transgender theory, and has co-edited the forthcoming book, RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Teaching and Learning (McFarland, 2021). Mayberry’s gender pronoun presentation on April 28th will be the twenty-first time that the lecture has been delivered.
“We’ve all made the mistake of addressing someone with a pronoun that clearly does not resonate with who they identify themself as,” stated Mayberry. “I now understand how important my work is in educating people about the impact those words have.”