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Rhea Ashley Hoskin
Rhea Ashley Hoskin
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies / Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo


PhD, Queen's University (Kingston)

MA, Queen's University (Kingston)

BA, Trent University (Peterborough)


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I am an interdisciplinary feminist sociologist whose work focuses on Critical Femininities, Femme Theory, and femmephobia. My work examines perceptions of femininity and sources of prejudice rooted in the devaluation or regulation of femininity. I am an Ontario Women’s Health Scholar, an AMTD Global Talent Postdoctoral Fellow and recipient of the 2019 Governor General’s Gold Medal from Queen’s University.


Selected publications. For a full list visit https://www.ashleyhoskin.ca/publications


Hoskin, R.A., ed. (2021). Feminizing Theory: Making Space for Femme Theory. Routledge, 2021


Hoskin, R.A. (2020). “Femininity? It’s the aesthetic of subordination”: Examining femmephobia, the gender binary, and experiences of oppression among sexual and gender minorities. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 49(7), 2319-2339.


 Hoskin, R.A. (2019). Can femme be theory? Exploring the epistemological and methodological possibilities of femme. Journal of Lesbian studies. Online First.


 Hoskin, R.A., & Taylor, A. (2019). Femme resistance: The fem(me)inine art of failure.  Psychology & Sexuality, 10(4), 281-300.


 Hoskin, R.A. (2019). Femmephobia: The role of anti-femininity and gender policing in LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of discrimination. Sex Roles, 81, 686-703.


Selected Grants, Fellowships, and Awards. For a full list visit https://www.ashleyhoskin.ca/rahcv


AMTD Global Talent Postdoctoral Award

Ontario Women’s Health Postdoctoral Award

Governor General’s Gold Medal

SSHRC Connection Grant

Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition Fund

Canadian Soroptimist Grants for Women

SSHRC CGS Doctoral Award



Sociology of gender, Critical Femininities, Femme Theory, intersectional analyses, sexual and gender diversity, gender and power, violence, prejudice and discrimination, feminist theory, queer theory, transgender studies, social inequality, femininities, femme, femmephobia, anti-femininity, fashion and aesthetics.


Selected Professional, Administrative, and Community Services. For full list see https://www.ashleyhoskin.ca/rahcv


Co-Founder, LGBTQ Psychology Canada, a non-profit organization supporting LGBTQ scholarship.

Co-Founder & Co-chair, Preaching to the choir: An international LGBTQ conference

Treasurer, Section for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Issues, Canadian Psychological Association

Secretary, Section for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Issues, Canadian Psychological Association 

Editorial Board Member, Psychology & Sexuality

Editorial Board MemberJournal of Lesbian Studies

Editorial Board MemberFat studies: An International Journal of Body Weight & Society