|Degrees:||B.A. (Concordia), M.A., LL.B. (York), LL.M. (Michigan), S.J.D. (Toronto), of the Bar of Ontario|
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My broad research interests focus on the overlapping ways that sexuality, gender and the racialized body are constructed, policed and put into discourse in law and society. In particular, I have scrutinized the socio-legal construction of sexual deviancy, transgendered subjects, the emotive underpinnings of law, the racial logic of law, and media and pop cultural representations of law. I am also interested in theories of punishment and justice and how such approaches are expressed in socio-legal and cultural texts.
2013 Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight Development grant holder. Project title: “Sex Buyer Beware: Constructions and Representations of Sex Trade Clients and their Impact on Law”
- Lauren Menzie, MA thesis: “Consent Discourse in Social, Legal and Virtual Realms”
- Jean Ketterling, MA thesis: “Kill-Screen / Death-Drive: User Experience, Violence, and the Erotics of Death in Video Games”
- Meg Lonergan, PhD thesis: “‘Porn is art but people just can’t see that’: Horror movies, torture porn and obscenity”
In the Media
(Op-ed) Khan, Ummni. “Why we (still) can’t get enough of Ghomeshi”, Ottawa Citizen. March 20, 2016. http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/khan-why-we-still-cant-get-enough-of-ghomeshi
(Quotes) Beejoli Shah, “Inside the sexy, subversive world of cum tributes,” Fusion. February 12, 2016. http://fusion.net/story/268103/the-sexy-subversive-world-of-cum-tributes/
(Quotes) Brigitte Noël, “‘John Shaming’ Is Actually Putting Sex Workers at Risk,” Vice News. September 29, 2015 http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/john-shaming-is-actually-putting-sex-workers-at-risk
(Quotes) Avery Zingel, “Sex experts condemn Joy Smith’s criticism of Fifty Shades of Grey,” CBC News. February 17, 2015. http://www.cbc.ca/1.2960258
(Interview) Panelist, ”Fifty Shades’ Of Misrepresentation’, HuffPost Live. Aired February 10, 2015. http://on.aol.ca/video/-fifty-shades–of-misrepresentation-518644596
(Quotes) Mélanie Berliet, “Your Dominatrix Is So Bored by ’50 Shades”, The Daily Beast. February 6, 2015. http://thebea.st/16yoffV
2018. “From Average Joe to Deviant John: The Changing Construction of Sex Trade Clients in Canada” in Red Light Labour: Sex Work Regulation, Agency, and Resistance Edited by Elya M. Durisin, Emily van der Meulen, and Chris Bruckert
2018. All Joking Aside? Taking Stock of Sexual Humour at Work Centre for Free Expression blog (January 2018). Ryerson University
2017. “Fifty shades of ambivalence: BDSM representation in pop culture” in Smith, Clarissa, Feona Attwood, and Brian McNair, eds. The Routledge Companion to Media, Sex and Sexuality. Routledge.
2017. “Fetishizing Music as Rape Culture.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality 18.1: 19-30.Available from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15240657.2017.1276782?journalCode=hsgs20
2016. “Let’s Get It on: Some Reflections on Sex-Positive Feminism.” Women’s Rts. L. Rep. 38 (2016): 346.
2016. “Take My Breath Away: Competing Contexts Between Domestic Violence, Kink and The Criminal Justice System in R. v. J.A. OñatiSocio-legal Series [online], 6 (6), 1405-1425. Available from: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2891048
2016. “An Incitement to Rapey Discourse: Blurred Lines and the Erotics of Protest” in Marusek, Sarah, ed. Synesthetic Legalities: Sensory Dimensions of Law and Jurisprudence. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Synesthetic-Legalities-Sensory-Dimensions-of-Law-and-Jurisprudence/Marusek/p/book/9781472482952
2016 “The Rhetoric of Rape Culture,” Centre for Free Expression blog. Ryerson University.
2016 “Hot For Kink, Bothered By The Law: BDSM And The Right To Autonomy“, Law Matters. Alberta Branch, Canadian Bar Association.
2015 “Antiprostitution Feminism and the Surveillance of Sex Industry Clients” in Dubrofsky, Rachel E., and Shoshana Amielle Magnet, eds. Feminist Surveillance Studies. Duke University Press. https://www.dukeupress.edu/feminist-surveillance-studies
2015 “Sadomasochism in Sickness and in Health: Competing Claims from Science, Social Science, and Culture.” Current Sexual Health Reports(2015): 1-10. http://rdcu.be/mRcx http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11930-014-0039-1
2015 “Johns” in the Spotlight: Anti-prostitution Efforts and the Surveillance of Clients. Canadian Journal of Law and Society 30, pp 9-29 doi:10.1017/cls.2014.27
2014 “Slipping Between Danger, Pleasure and the Law: Thoughts on Three Recent Books Addressing Sexuality“, Dalhousie Law Journal. Vol. 37 No. 1 (Spring 2014). Read it here: https://carleton-ca.academia.edu/UmmniKhan
2014 “Grappling with Ghomeshi: Human Rights, BDSM identification & representation; employment law; edgy kink; sexual assault law”, University of Toronto Press Publishing Blog (Nov. 11). Read it here: http://utpblog.utpress.utoronto.ca/2014/11/11/grappling-with-ghomeshi/
2014 Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences ASPP highlight on Vicarious Kinks: “Are some topics too taboo to tackle for a researcher?” Read Ummni’s response here: http://www.ideas-idees.ca/blog/aspp-highlight-vicarious-kinks-ummni-khan
2014 “My Own Private Sex Wars” in Feral Feminisms, Issue 2. http://feralfeminisms.com/my-own-private-sex-wars/
2013 Kissing Cousins: Racism, homophobia and compulsory able-bodiedness in the controversy over Inter-Cousin Marriage, Jindal Global Law Review, Special Double Issue — Part II: Law Culture and Queer Politics in Neoliberal Times (Volume 4, Issue 2, August 2013)
2012 Book review of Framing Crime for Social and Legal Studies
2012 “Holding the Law in Contempt” in Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers (ATB Publishing )
2012 “Bordering on Identity: How English Canadian Television Differentiates American and Canadian Styles of Justice” in ed. Jessica Silbey and Peter Robson, Law and Justice on the Small Screen (Hart Publishing)
2011 “Prostituted Girls and the Grownup Gaze”, Global Studies of Childhood [ Vol 1: 4] pages 302-312
2011 “Running in(to) the Family: 8 Short Stories About Sex Workers, Clients, Husbands, And Wives” in Journal Of Gender, Social Policy & The Law [Vol. 19:2]
2009 “A Woman’s Right to be Spanked: Testing the Limits of Tolerance of S/M in the Socio-Legal Imaginary”. The Journal of Sexuality and the Law, Volume 18.
2009 “Putting a Dominatrix in Her Place”. The Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, Volume 21.
2009 “Having your Porn and Condemning it Too: A Case Study of a ‘Kiddie Porn’ Expose”. Law, Culture and the Humanities, Volume 5(3).
2007 “Perpetuating the Cycle of Abuse: Feminist (Mis)Use of the Public/Private Dichotomy in the case of Nixon v. Rape Relief”. Windsor Review of Law and Social Issues, Volume 23.