BA Honours, Sociology and Sexual Diversity Studies, University of Toronto (2008)
MA Sociology, York University (2013)

TA: CSIS 300


A.J. is a third year PhD student with the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. In 2008, A.J. received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, in Sociology and Sexual Diversity Studies, graduating with distinction. In the summer of 2011, A.J. was invited to attend the Canadian Institutes for Health Research’s Institute for Gender and Health summer programme for graduate students. In 2013, A.J. received a Masters of Arts from York University in Sociology, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. A.J.’s research review paper was entitled “Trans-Feminisms and Trans-Inclusive Abortion Clinics: The tension between gender identity and corporeality,” which was inspired by their work at a small, not-for-profit pregnancy assessment and abortion clinic. In it, A.J. sought to develop a more nuanced understanding of how trans-inclusivity was being addressed by women-only abortion clinics. The longer term goal was to create knowledge that could facilitate increased access to inclusive abortion services for trans* people. A.J. has presented on the issue of trans-access to abortion services at the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health conference in 2010, as well as at graduate student symposiums and health equity panels at York University. Beyond the reproductive experiences and needs of trans* people, A.J.’s research interests include community-based participatory research, engaged scholarship, queer liberation theory and transfeminisms.

Selected Publications

Lowik, A. (2015). “The Ties that Bind are Broken: Trans* Breastfeeding Practices, Ungendering Body Parts and Unsexing Parenting Roles.” In F. Green & G. Pelletier (Eds.) Essential Breakthroughs: Conversations about Men, Mothers and Mothering, pp. 205-221. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.

Lowik, A. (2015, April 8). Transgender Citizenship in Canada, and Beyond. Women’s Suffrage and Beyond: Confronting the Democratic Deficit. Web. Retrieved from

Mule, N., Lowik, A., Teixeira, R., Hudler, R. & Hader, D. (2014). Engaged queer scholarship: Probing a new paradigm of knowledge creation. Scholarly Research and Communication 5(3)1-17.

Dlamini, S. N., Maticka-Tyndale, E., Omorodion, F., Anucha, U., Lowik, A. & the HP4RY Team. (2012). What does a decolonizing/decentralizing methodology in examining sexual lives entail?African Journal of Reproductive Health 16(2), 55-70.

Dlamini, S. N., Okoro, F., Ekhosuehi, U. O., Esiet, A., Lowik, A. & Metcalfe, K. (2012). Empowering teachers to change youth practices: Evaluating teacher delivery and responses to the FLHE programme in Edo State, Nigeria. African Journal of Reproductive Health 16(2), 87-102.

Lowik, A. (2006). Female-to-male transsexual identity formation. Undergraduate Journal of Sexual Diversity Studies 1(1)University of Toronto.


“Won’t Somebody Think of the Children: Situating Trans Sterilization Requirements as Eugenics.” Trans* Studies: An International Transdisciplinary Conference on Gender, Embodiment and Sexuality, University of Arizona, September 10th 2016.

“Trans Reproduction: Bio and Necropolitics and who is Deemed Worthy of Biological Parenthood.Sexualities Studies Association Conference, Congress 2016, University of Calgary, May 31, 2016.

Sterilization for Documents: Sex Reassignment Surgery as a Condition of Legal Sex Change.” Controlling Sexuality and Reproduction, Past and Present, University of Lethbridge, August 13, 2015.

Troubling Identity-Based Trans* Inclusion: How the reproductive experiences of trans* people prompt a rethinking of women-only spaces.” QueerU Sewing Seeds and Setting Roots, University of British Columbia, February 7th 2015

“Engaged Queer Scholarship: Probing a New Paradigm of Knowledge Creation” York Symposium on Engaged Scholarship, York University, October 2nd 2013.

“Toward a Corporeal Trans-Feminism: The case of the abortion clinic and trans-feminist theories of inclusion.”  York Institute for Health Research’s Graduate Student Symposium, York University, April 25th 2012.

“Toward a Corporeal Trans-Feminism: The case of the abortion clinic and trans-feminist theories of inclusion.” Annual Sociology Graduate Student Symposium, York University, March 16th 2012.

“FTM Access to Abortion Care: Results of a Survey with a Toronto Abortion Provider” Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health Conference, Montreal, PQ, April 30th 2010.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship