Nadia Guidotto, a student working towards a PhD in political science at York University, has been awarded CAUT’s J.H. Stewart Reid fellowship.
Nadia studies gender identity and sexual orientation. She has an honours
bachelor of arts degree from Queen’s University, a master of laws from Osgoode
Hall Law School and a master of arts from York University. Her current research
analyzes intersex and how authoritative discourses like medicine and law support
one another in maintaining a hierarchy of bodies to the exclusion of some bodies
and to the benefit of others. Her goal is to shed light on how gender has been —
and continues to be — constructed and regulated, and help explain why bodies
that exist outside the binary gender system create anxiety and elicit violence
as a result.
In 2008, she won an internship working on gender equality issues at the U.N.,
and while in New York took on an additional internship at the International Gay
and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. In 2009, she was simultaneously accepted
for the Summer Course on Human Rights held jointly in The Hague and Leuven
(Belgium), the inaugural Canadian Institutes of Health Research summer institute
on gender and health at the University of British Columbia, and the
international summer school program, Interfacing the Sciences and Humanities, at
the University of Bologna’s branch centre in Rimini, Italy. Also in 2009, she
won a visiting research fellowship at the Centre of Gender Excellence at the
University of Linköping, Sweden. This summer she enrolled in the one-week
intensive CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination
Against Women) for Change session held within the Women’s Human Rights Institute
at the University of Toronto.
She has presented at numerous conferences and published articles on a variety of
topics throughout her graduate career. Among her academic honours are a
Chancellor’s Scholarship from Queen’s University, the high-profile Abella
Scholarship for Studies in Equity from York University, and Canada Graduate
Scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for both
her masters and doctoral work.
Nadia was selected for CAUT’s fellowship by a three-member application review
committee, which this year included Queen’s University biology professor Ken Ko,
Chris Ferns, a professor of English at Mount Saint Vincent University, and
retired Bishop’s University sociology professor and former president of CAUT