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Athabasca University

Alexa DeGagne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies



  • B.Soc.Sci., Political Science, University of Ottawa
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Alberta
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Alberta

Academic Career and Research

I am an Associate Professor in Women’s & Gender Studies at Athabasca University.

My research examines the relationships between LGBTQ2S social movements seeking social justice, and the state. My current SSHRC-funded research project offers insights into the current state of LGBTQ2S political organizing in Canada in relation to various police organizations. My research engages with the tireless, passionate, exciting, dangerous and transformative work of LGBTQ2S activists in Canada who carve out queer publics; who put their bodies on the line to demand police accountability; and who raise their voices to call-out exclusions in their own communities, and to protect and lift up those who are marginalized.

I have published and forthcoming works on LGBTQ2S politics, specifically on the following topics: same-sex marriage activism in California; the history of LGBTQ2S politics in Alberta; LGBTQ2S refugees in the Canadian refugee system; homonationalism and the Canadian criminal justice system; the uses of anger as a tool in LGBTQ2S activism; and the politics of police in LGBTQ2S communities.

My research and teaching are informed by my work as a white settler queer activist in Edmonton (amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty 6) where I have contributed to various social justice projects as a community organizer and agitator, public educator, union member, columnist, queer arts festival co-chair, and radio producer and host.

Research Areas and Interests

  • activism and political resistance
  • gender, sexuality and politics
  • social movement theory
  • LGBTQ social movements
  • queer theory
  • social justice
  • police and criminalization

Select Publications

DeGagne, Alexa and Megan Gaucher. (forthcoming 2021). “The Thin Blue Line between Protection and Persecution: Policing LGBTQ2S Refugees in Canada,” Building Abolition: Decarceration and Social Justice. Chloe Taylor and Kelly Struthers Montford, Eds. Routledge.

DeGagne, Alexa. (forthcoming 2021). “Apologies and Raids: Public Sex, LGBT Communities and Neoliberalism in the Detention State,” Neoliberal Contentions. Catherine Kellogg, Steve Patten, Lois Harder, Eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

DeGagne, Alexa. 2021. “Protecting Cisnormative Private and Public Spheres: The Canadian Conservative Denunciation of Transgender Rights,” Studies in Social Justice 15(3): 497-517.

DeGagne, Alexa. 2020. “Pinkwashing Pride Parades: The Politics of Police in LGBTQ2S Spaces in Canada” in Turbulent Times, Transformational Possibilities? Gender and Politics Today and Tomorrow. Fiona MacDonald and Alexandra Dobrowolsky, Eds. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

DeGagne, Alexa. 2019. "A True Match? The Federal New Democratic Party and LGBTQ Communities and Politics." In Queering Representation: LGBTQ People and Electoral Politics in Canada. Manon Tremblay, Ed. Vancouver: UBC Press.

DeGagne, Alexa. 2018. “Defining Sexuality through the Courts in California's Proposition 8,” Journal of Homosexuality 65(14): 1957-1984.

DeGagne, Alexa. 2018. “On Anger and Its Uses for Activism.” In Contemporary Inequalities and Social Justice in Canada. Janine Brodie, Ed. University of Toronto Press.

DeGagne, Alexa. 2015. “’Severely Queer’ in Western Canada: LGBT2Q Activism in Alberta.” In Queer Mobilizations: Social Movement Activism and Canadian Public Policy.  Manon Tremblay, Ed. UBC Press.

Trevenen, Kathryn and Alexa DeGagne. 2015. “Homonationalism at the Border and in the Streets: Organizing against Exclusion and Incorporation.” In Disrupting Queer Inclusion: Canadian Homonationalisms and the Politics of Belonging. OmiSoore H. Dryden and Suzanne Lenon, Eds. UBC Press.

Gaucher, Megan and Alexa DeGagne. 2014. “Guilty Until Proven Prosecuted: The Canadian State’s Assessment of Sexual Minority Refugee Claimants and the Invisibility of the non-Western Sexual non-Citizen,” Social Politics:International Studies in Gender, State & Society.

DeGagne, Alexa. 2013. “Queer Bedfellows of Proposition 8: Adopting Social Conservative and Neoliberal Political Rationalities in California’s Same-Sex Marriage Fight.” Studies in Social Justice 7 (1): 107-124.

Brodie, Janine and Alexa DeGagne. 2013. “Chapter Five: Neo-Liberalism.” In Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics, Fifth Edition. Janine Brodie, Sandra Rein and Malinda Smith, Eds. Pearson Canada.

DeGagne, Alexa. 2012. “Queering the language of ‘sexual minorities’ in Canada.” In Beyond the Queer Alphabet: Conversations in Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality. M.S. Smith and F. Jaffer, Eds. Ottawa: Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Updated May 26 2021 by Student & Academic Services

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