Welcome to my web site!  I am an associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  My research is broadly concerned with the relationships between embodiment, (visual) culture, and power, from the perspectives of psychoanalysis and decolonial thought.  I am the author of Surface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (MQUP, 2015), and co-editor of Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (Palgrave, 2013).  My teaching centres on my areas of expertise, including historical and contemporary feminist theories, embodiment, and cultural studies.  I serve the university and Antigonish communities, focusing on equity, creativity and collaboration.

I am available for media interviews, graduate supervision, consulting, and as an invited speaker related to my research on cosmetic surgery, colonial photography, and creative feminist pedagogy.  I can work with individuals and organizations to develop resources and workshops on integrating creative approaches into classroom teaching and curriculum planning; deliver guest lectures to university as well as broader, non-university audiences; and speak to the intensification of cosmetic surgery culture and the role of photography in how we imagine our bodies and the bodies of others currently and historically.  My CV is available upon request.

All three of my post-secondary degrees are in the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies, though all of these programmes have been renamed since I graduated.  I hold a PhD from York University, a Master’s of Arts from Simon Fraser University, and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Glendon College (York University).

I am always interested in connecting with new people, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.  I can be reached in the following ways:

(902) 867-4927 (phone)

rahurst [at] stfx.ca (email)

P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
B2G 2W5 (mailing address)

http://sites.stfx.ca/womens_and_gender_studies/Rachel_Hurst (faculty profile)

Last updated on 6 April 2016.


Dr. Rachel Alpha Johnston Hurst