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Patrizia Gentile

Associate Professor - Canadian history of sexuality and gender; history of the body; history of beauty contests; queer history; national security and sexual regulation

Degrees:B.A. (McGill); M.A. (Carleton); Ph.D. (Queen's)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1456
Office:1312 Dunton Tower

Research Interests:

Cultural/gender history (Canada); history of sexuality; history and theory of the body; history of beauty contests in Canada; national security; October Crisis 1970 (Quebec) and immigrant communities; queer theory


Department of History; Department of Sociology; School of Canadian Studies


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, Gary Kinsman, and L. Pauline Rankin, eds. We Still Demand! Redefining Resistance in Sex and Gender Struggles. (Vancouver: UBC Press, in press).
  • Patrizia Gentile and Jane Nicholas, eds. Contesting Bodies and Nation in Canadian History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014)

Referred Chapters:

  • Patrizia Gentile and Gary Kinsman, “National Security, Homonationalism, and the Making of the Neo-Liberal Queer,” in Queer Kaleidoscopes: Disturbing Canadian Homonationalisms, eds. OmiSoore H. Dryden & Suzanne Lenon, (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015).
  • 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, 2013).
  • 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, 2014).
  • 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, “Gli Italiani non hanno paura”: Italian-language Newspapers and the 1970 October Crisis,” Quebec Studies 55 (Summer 2013): 135-150.
  • 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).