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Dr. Fiona Nelson



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Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy Sociology, University of Alberta, 2005

M.A. Sociology, University of Calgary, 1992

B.A. Hons Sociology, University of Calgary, 1988


Areas of Research

Sex, Gender and Sexual Identities; Popular Culture of Childhood and Youth; Lesbian Motherhood/Lesbian Families; New Motherhood; Family Studies; Feminist Activism;

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
Soci 504/677 Seminar in Sociology of Gender Relations Winter 2023


  • Nomination - GSA Supervisory Excellence Award, 2013
  • placement on recognition wall, University of Calgary, 2011
  • Killam Resident Fellowship, 2006
  • U of C Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award, 2003


  • The Girl: Dead. Fiona Nelson. Girlhood Studies 10(3). 39-53. (2017)
  • Mother tongues: The discursive journeys of lesbian and heterosexual women into motherhood.. Fiona Nelson. Journal of GLBT Family Studies 3 (2/3). 223-265. (2007)
  • War in the Women’s Studies classroom: Feminist approaches to September 11. . Fiona Nelson. Across the Disciplines: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language, Learning, and Writing Across the Curriculum. Special Issue: Classrooms after September 11, 2001.. (2003)
  • Lesbian families: Achieving motherhood. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services 10 (1) . 27-46. (1999)
  • In the Other Room: Entering the Culture of Motherhood. Fiona Nelson. Fernwood Publishing. (2009)
  • Lesbian Motherhood: An Exploration of Lesbian Motherhood . Fiona Nelson. University of Toronto Press. (1996)
  • The Girl: Dead. Fiona Nelson. Berghan Books: The Girl in the Text. 45-59. (2019)
  • Becoming a Lesbian Mother. Fiona Nelson. Gendered Intersections: A Collection of Readings for Women's and Gender Studies; Fernwood Publishing. 334-338. (2011)
  • Motherhood as culture: Rituals and rites of passage on the journey into motherhood. Fiona Nelson. Motherlife; Pedagon Press. (2007)
  • Lesbian motherhood: Love and challenge.. Fiona Nelson. Motherlife: Pedagon Press. (2007)