Randi Nixon

randi-with-sophieUPDATE! Randi defended her PhD in September 2017 and worked as a full-time instructor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta in 2017 through April 2019. In May 2019 she began a full-time position with Norquest College in Edmonton teaching incarcerated individuals. Congratulations Randi!!

Randi Nixon completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. She has a BA in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Alberta and a M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa, where she wrote a thesis on “Queer Trauma and Affect: Rethinking the Liberal Humanist Subject.” Randi’s dissertation, Pride Politics: A Socio-Affective Analysis, uses pride as an entry point into thinking through the relationship between the bodily intensities of gendered and raced embodiments, the sense-making capacities of collectives, and transformative politics.

Randi is an award-winning teacher who has taught courses such as Sociology of Gender; Contemporary Feminist Theory; Feminism and Sexual Assault; Race, Class, and Gender; and Sexualities. She is currently teaching Contemporary Feminist Theory; Feminism and Sexual Assault; and a seminar on Queer Feminisms.

Randi also works as a client support worker at Kindred House, a safe house and resource centre for street-level sex workers in the inner city of Edmonton.


Nixon, Randi (in submission). “Disruptive Pride: Beyoncé and Affective Political Strategy.”

Nixon, Randi. 2017. “‘You beat ’em, we feed ’em!’: Enfolding laughter and pride.” Emotion, Space and Society 23: 33-29.”

Nixon, Randi and Katie MacDonald (forthcoming). “Being Moved to Action: Micropolitics, Affect and Embodied Understanding”, Sheila Batacharya & Roxana Ng eds. Embodiment, Pedagogy and Decolonization: Critical and Materialist Considerations. Athabasca University Press.

Nixon, Randi. 2013.  “I don’t know how else to put it…I’ve just got a feeling”: A commentary on Alexis Shotwell’s Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit UnderstandingPhaenEx 8 (1): 251-258.

 Nixon, Randi. 2013. “Machinic Assemblage” in The Delezue Dictionary.  Red Quill Publications.

Nixon, Randi, Michelle Meagher and Kristen Rodier.  2012.  “Cultivating a Critical Classroom for Viewing Gendered Violence in Music Video.” Feminist Teacher 23(1): 63-70.

Nixon, Randi. (2011, September 25). Political Affect [Review of book Political Affect: Connection the Social and Somatic, by John Protevi, University of Minnesota Press]. Space and Culture. Retrieved from http://www.spaceandculture.org


Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship – 2015

Graduate Student Principal Instructor Teaching Award (GSA) – 2015

Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award – 2015

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship – 2014

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship – 2013

Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship – 2011

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Dean’s Scholarship – 2009

Jason Lang Scholarship – 2008