Profile: Patrizia Gentile

Profile: Patrizia Gentile

Pat Gentile

Patrizia Gentile - Associate Professor

Patrizia Gentile holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University in the Department of History. Her dissertation was an historical study of beauty contests in Canada from the 1920s to the early 1990s. She co-authored The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation (UBC Press, 2010) with Dr. Gary Kinsman. Currently, Dr. Gentile is Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Research Interests: Cultural/gender history; history of sexuality; history and theory of the body; beauty contests; national security; October Crisis and immigrant communities; queer theory

Cross-appointments: Department of History (0-100); Department of Sociology (0-100); Sexuality Studies in IIS (60%); Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies (40%); School of Canadian Studies (0-100)


Books authored:
Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile. The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation. (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2010).

Books edited:
Patrizia Gentile and Jane Nicholas, eds. Contesting Bodies and Nation in Canadian History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming)

Chapters in Books:
Patrizia Gentile, “‘À Bas la répression contre les homosexuels!’ Résistance et surveillance des gais à Montréal, 1971-1976,” in Histoires de la sexualité au Québec, edited by Jean-Philippe Warren (VLB éditeur, forthcoming).

Jane Nicholas and Patrizia Gentile, “Introduction: Contesting Bodies, Nation, and Canadian History,” in Contesting Bodies and Nation in Canadian History, edited by Patrizia Gentile and Jane Nicholas (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming)

Patrizia Gentile, “Capital Queer: Social Memory and Queer Place(s) in Cold War Ottawa,” in Placing Memory, edited by James Opp and John Walsh (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010).

Patrizia Gentile, “‘Government Girls,’ ‘Ottawa Men’: Cold War Management of Gender Relations in the Civil Service”, in Dieter Buse, Gary Kinsman, and Mercedes Steedman (eds), Whose National Security? Canadian State Surveillance and The Creation of Enemies, eds. (Toronto: Between the Lines: 2000): 131-141.

Papers in refereed Journals:
Patrizia Gentile, “Restricted Access? National Security, Access to Information, and Queer (ing) Archives,” Archivaria 68 (December 2009): 137-158.

Patrizia Gentile and Gary Kinsman, ”Sûreté, risque et résistance: Le Programme canadien de surveillance des homosexuels durant la Guerre froide,” Bulletin d’histoire politique 16, no. 3 (2008): 43-58.

Related Activities

Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality- Co-ordinator (with Steven Maynard)

CUASA Internal Affairs Officer

CUASA Council Representative (PJIWGS and Canadian Studies)