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Athabasca University

Tobias Wiggins

Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies

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Education

  • 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

Biography

Dr. Tobias B.D. Wiggins (he/him) 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. At AU, he coordinates the University Certificate in Counselling Women, an interdisciplinary program which applies contemporary feminist theory to the practice of counselling. His recent publications appear in the Transgender Studies Quarterly, Studies in Gender and Sexuality (forthcoming 2021), The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child (forthcoming 2021), and the anthology Sex, Sexuality and Trans Identities: Clinical Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counselors.

He is currently engaged in two active research projects. The first is a community-based qualitative research project that aims to trace the effects of COVID-19 on transgender communities’ mental health in Alberta, as well as their use of digital worlds for survival and resistance. Second, Wiggins is presenting and publishing on the implications of cisgender adult’s anxious and defensive response to gender non-conforming youth.

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. He is the director of the newly launched Center for Trans Research, and a co-director of AU’s Justice Webinar and Speaker Series (J-Series). In 2017 he co-directed the inaugural Summer Institute for Sexuality Studies at York University.

Believing that the most efficacious research is grounded in community engagement, Wiggins has always been a strong organizer and advocate for anti-oppressive mental health care for marginalized people. He is a current member of the Alberta Trans Health Network, a collaborative group of healthcare providers, researchers, and community-based organizations interested and actively working in trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit health in Alberta. He was a board member for JusticeTrans, a not-for-profit that offers legal information about trans rights across Canada. In Toronto, he ran peer-to-peer support groups for trans men 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 Treaty 7, Mohkinstsis, colonially known as Calgary.

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. (forthcoming 2021). Do Psychoanalysts Dream of Polymorphous Sleep: Clinical Desiring with Transgender Subjects. 23(2). Journal of Gender and Sexuality.

Wiggins, T. (forthcoming 2021). Listening for Trans Childism in Discursive Concern. Psychoanalytic Study of the Child.

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. & Woodams, E. (2020). A Dialogue on Therapeutic Peer-to-Peer Models for Trans and Nonbinary Surgical Support. QED: A Journal In GLBTQ Worldmaking, 7(3) 39-52.

Wiggins, T. (2020). 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, pp. 157 – 166.

Wiggins, T. (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. (2020, September). Creating a Safer Space for Transgender and Non-Binary People: 11 Questions that Yoga Teachers Should Ask Themselves. Yoga International. Retrieved from https://yogainternational.com/article/view/creating-safer-yoga-spaces-for-transgender-and-non-binary-people

Wiggins, T. (2020, May). Yoga, Healing, and Social Justice During a Pandemic. Yoga International. Retrieved from https://yogainternational.com/article/view/yoga-healing-and-social-justice-during-a-pandemic

Wiggins, T. (2018, January). Calpurnia fiercely tackles everyday racism with tact and humour. Nightwood Theatre. Retrieved from https://www.nightwoodtheatre.net/blog/calpurnia _fiercely _tackles _everyday _racism _with _tact _and _humour _review _by _t Find a PDF copy here.

Heagberg, Kat & Kyle Rebar. (2018, November). Gender and Consent in Yoga with Tobias Wiggins. Yoga International [Audio Podcast]. Retrieved from https://yogainternational.com/ecourse/yoga-talk

Wiggins, T. (2017, August). Creating a Culture of Consent through Yoga Practice. Union Yoga and Wellness. Retrieved from http://www.unionyogastudio.ca/creating-a-culture-of-consent-through-yoga/ Find a PDF copy here.

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OoBaDt9cvQ

Updated December 04 2019 by Student & Academic Services

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