Gabrielle Warner

I am an M.A. student in the Gender and Social Justice program in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta. I have a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies and Interpersonal and Organizational Communication from Purdue University. My research considers the current environment for individuals who participate in street-level sex work in Canada post bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. I am particularly interested in how methods of care for these imunkee_0204144118ndividuals are developed and manifested by researchers, governmental institutions, and outreach organizations. It is my hope to not only critically examine the practices of these methods and their outcomes, but to also make space for workers themselves to consider the care they wish to receive. More generally, I am interested in politics of representation, prison abolitionism, harm reduction approaches, feminist ethics of care, cultural studies, and anarcha-feminism.

During my M.A. degree I have volunteered and worked at Kindred House, a safe house for street-level sex workers in Edmonton, and I was a tutorial leader for WGS 101: Representations of Girls in Fall 2016, and for Women and WGS 102: Gender and Social Justice in Winter 2018. In addition, between May and December 2017 I helped to facilitate a Philosophy Club at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre, a medium-security prison outside of Edmonton. I also volunteered to co-organize the second annual graduate conference in Gender and Social Justice Studies, taking place in April 2018.

Conference Presentations

Gabrielle Warner (2018), “Critiquing ‘Carceral Feminism’: Exploring Criminalization and Sex Work,” presented at the Carceral Cultures conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Gabrielle Warner (2017), “Consequences of Care: A Retrospective look at Edmonton-Based Documentary Who Cares?,” presented at the Gender and Social Justice Graduate Student Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Corrie N. Fox and Gabrielle Warner (2015), “Readmitted Students: A Unique Population,” presented at the National Academic Advising Association Region 5 Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Gabrielle Warner (2015), “Live-Feed Cybersexuality: How Adult Cam Sites Construct and Support Sexual Identities,” presented at Indianapolis University Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference, Richmond, IN.


Honours and Awards

Graduate Citizenship Award, 2018

Dallas Cullen Memorial Graduate Scholarship, 2017

Outstanding Women’s Studies Major Award, Purdue University, 2016

Nominated Outstanding Women’s and Gender Studies Student, Purdue University, 2015

Dean’s Honor List, Purdue University, 2014 and 2015