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Athabasca University

Tobias Wiggins

Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies


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    1200, 10011 109 Street
    Edmonton, AB
    Athabasca, Alberta
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  • Ph.D. Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies, York University
  • M.A. Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies, York University
  • B.A. (Hons) Women’s Studies, Trent University


Tobias B.D. Wiggins is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Athabasca University (AU). His research centers transgender mental health, queer and trans visual culture, clinical transphobia, accessible community-based wellness, and psychoanalysis.

Broadly, Wiggins’ work aims to address the continued psychiatric pathologization of gender variance and to support the efficacy of trans-competent medical care. During his doctoral degree at York University in Toronto, Wiggins’ research made use of heterogenous psychoanalytic conceptualizations of “perversion” to better understand clinical relationships to transgender subjects. He is currently engaged in two active research projects: the first investigates how fatphobia and sizeism impacts the restriction of transgender healthcare; and the second explores parental anxieties that emerge in the face of gender creative youth. At AU, he coordinates the University Certificate in Counselling Women, an interdisciplinary program which applies contemporary feminist theory to the practice of counselling.

Wiggins is actively involved in the propagation of lively intersectional academic communities and regularly organizes scholarly events, while also attending conferences both locally and internationally. In 2017 he co-directed the inaugural Summer Institute for Sexuality Studies at York University on the theme of “Perversion at the Crossroads of Critical Race Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Queer Theory” which attracted distinguished international scholars. Presently, he is a guest member at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, a member of AUFA’s equity committee, and a board member at JusticeTrans, a not-for-profit that offers legal information about transgender rights across Canada.

Believing that the most effective research is grounded in community engagement, Wiggins has always been a strong organizer, counselor, and advocate for anti-oppressive mental health care for marginalized people. He currently sits on the Primed advisory committee, a group of service provides who address sexual health issues for trans men in Ontario. In Toronto, he ran peer-to-peer support groups for trans men and non-binary people at the Sherbourne Health Centre, and he was also long-time crisis line operator at the Trans Lifeline. Wiggins is a certified yoga teacher and he teaches accessible trauma-informed yoga to the 2SLGBTQ community.

He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards for both his activism and scholarship including the SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. He currently resides in Edmonton, Alberta.

Research Areas and Interests

  • transgender studies and gender
  • mental health and feminist psychology
  • psychoanalysis
  • sex, sexuality, and sexual difference
  • queer theory
  • queer and trans visual culture
  • race, whiteness, and racism
  • sex work and pornography
  • social justice
  • disability theory
  • trauma and violence
  • somatechnics/technologies of the body

Select Publications

Book Chapters and Peer-Reviewed Articles

Wiggins, T. & Woodams, E. (submitted). A Dialogue on Therapeutic Peer-to-Peer Models for Trans and Nonbinary Surgical Support. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking.

Wiggins, T. (forthcoming 2021). Non-Recognition and Healing Transgender Trauma with Yoga. In M. Klein (Ed). Embodied Resilience: 30 mindful essays about finding empowerment after addiction, trauma, grief, and loss. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications.

Wiggins, T. (forthcoming Feb 2020). A Perverse Solution to Misplaced Distress: Trans Subjects and Clinical Disavowal. Transgender Studies Quarterly. 7(1), 56-76.

Wiggins, T. (2020). The Pervert on Your Couch: Psychoanalysis and Trans/Sexual Health. In J. Niemira, G, Jacobson, & K. Violet (Eds.), Sex, Sexuality and Trans Identities: Clinical Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counselors (pp. 155-181). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Wiggins, T. (2020). Leave Britney Alone!: And Other Spectral Affects. In A. Mitchell & C. McKinney (Eds.), Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House (pp. 94-96). Vancouver, B.C.: UBC Press; Toronto, ON: Art Gallery of York University; Los Angeles: The ONE Archive.

Wiggins, T. (2017). Encountering Inheritance in Vivek Shraya’s I want to kill myself. Transgender Studies Quarterly. 4(3-4), 668-674.

Web & Public Education

Wiggins, T. (forthcoming 2021). Transgender Folks and Sexual Perversion. In L. Erickson- Schroth (Ed.) Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wiggins, T. (2018, January). Calpurnia fiercely tackles everyday racism with tact and humour. Nightwood Theatre. Retrieved from

Heagberg, Kat & Kyle Rebar. (2018, November). Gender and Consent in Yoga with Wiggins, T. Yoga International [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from

Wiggins, T. (Director). (2014). You Are Here: Exploring Yoga and the Impacts of Cultural Appropriation. Documentary, colour HD, 25:00. Open access digital release, retrieved from

Updated December 04 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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