Lisa Smith

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Research Interests

  • Gender, sex, sexual and reproductive health
  • Community-engaged and applied sociology
  • Sexual violence, consent, and post-secondary institutions
  • Gender, sex, and technology

Academic Introduction

Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Ottawa)
Ph.D. Sociology (Carleton University)
M.A. Sociology (Concordia University)
B.A. Criminology (Simon Fraser University)

Douglas College Faculty member since 2015.

Lisa Smith is an Instructor in the Department of Sociology at Douglas College. Her research interests include: sexual and reproductive health (with a focus on contraception and menstruation), gender-based violence, and gender, sex, and technology. Lisa is a devoted and passionate educator and scholar, who remains actively engaged within her community and many of her projects involve collaborations with community groups, government, and advocacy organizations. Her work has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed publications and edited collections, including Studies in the Maternal, Social Compass, and Girlhood Studies. She is a co-editor on two forthcoming publications, Gender, Sex, Tech! An Intersectional Feminist Guide (with Jill Fellows) and Northern Blood: The Politics of Menstruation in Canada (with Francesca Scala). In addition to publishing in academic venues, Lisa works on an ongoing basis to support knowledge dissemination and public engagement through collaborative events and outreach. Recent events include, SHIFT: Tracing the Social Impacts of COVID-19 and Menstrual Research Day.

Lisa is a co-investigator on a SSHRC partnership grant running out of McGill University entitled: iMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus. Her ongoing work with iMPACTS involves analyses of sexual violence policies within the post-secondary context, tracing the social impacts of COVID-19 on students, and understanding data gaps in technology-facilitated sexual violence. She is a co-investigator on a research project entitled, ‘Menstruate, Advocate, Repeat.’ This project examines the menstrual equity movement in Canada and explores the orientation and experience of advocates and activists. As part of this project, Lisa is also building an online archive that seeks to highlight menstruation activism and political advocacy in Canada, in the past and present. Lisa has many other active open research collaborations with her fellow colleagues, students, and members within the community sector.

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