Randi Nixon

randi-with-sophieUPDATE! Randi defended her PhD in September 2017 and is now a full-time instructor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta.

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