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Post-Doctoral Fellows


Stu Marvel, MA, LLM 
Doctoral Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School

Gender, Sexuality and the Law Syllabus, Spring 2012

Scholarship: Bioethics, Biotechnology and Reproductive Rights • Gender and Sexuality in Health Law • Critical Indigenous Studies • Queer Theory and Kinship • Comparative and International Law

Stu Marvel will be taking up the 2012-2014 Feminism and Legal Theory Project postdoctoral fellowship with the Vulnerability & Human Condition Initiative at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Marvel will be working with Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, and housed in the Emory School of Law where she will conduct research, teach courses and continue the development of an ongoing speaker series. The Vulnerability & Human Condition Initiative is an interdisciplinary community of scholars and students interested in the concepts of vulnerability and resilience. Now beginning its sixth year, the postdoctoral fellowship program allows the fellow opportunities to focus on research and writing as well as teaching courses throughout the university.

Marvel is currently a Visiting Scholar with the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory as she completes her PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. While at Emory she has been teaching an upper-year law course on gender and sexuality that offers students a comparative transnational perspective on rights, identity and justice. Marvel's doctoral research relies upon an empirical study of LGBTQ families across Ontario and their use of assisted reproductive technologies, and seeks to develop new legal frameworks for queer kinship and reproductive rights. Her postdoctoral research will expand on these conceptual models while exploring the role of vulnerability and resilience in a comparative legal analysis of queer family-making projects.

Marvel served as Chair of the Osgoode Graduate Law Student Association from 2009-2010 and was invited as a PECANS visiting scholar to the Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality at Kent Law School in Canterbury, England in 2011. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in gender analysis for international development before receiving her LLM at Osgoode Hall. Previously, Marvel worked as communications liaison at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO in South Korea and served as gender advisor to the Ministry of Women in The Gambia. Her work is funded by a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship and York Graduate Scholarships, as well as a Michael Smith Foreign Studies Supplement award to support her residency in Atlanta.

Interview with Stu Marvel on Tracking Queer Kinships: Reproductive Exceptionalism and the Law

Emory Law 2011