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

TA: CSIS 300


A.J. Lowik is a SSHRC-funded PhD Candidate with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Their PhD dissertation is entitled “Gendered and Reproductive Becomings: Trans People, Reproductive Experiences and the B.C. health care system.” It explores trans people’s reproductive decision-making processes, and how the B.C. health care system acts as a centre of calculation where knowledges are circulated regarding trans reproduction.

A.J. completed an HBA in Sociology and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, and a Masters degree in Sociology at York University. Their Masters research identified access issues for trans people in abortion service settings, and A.J. has since authored a manual for La Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances on operationalizing trans-inclusivity in abortion settings.

A.J. has authored and co-authored articles in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, Scholarly Research and Communication and the African Journal of Reproductive Health. They authored a book chapter on trans breastfeeding practices in the collection Essential Breakthroughs: Conversations about Men, Mothers and Mothering. They helped create the Promoting Trans Literacies workshop series at UBC, and facilitated workshops with the Department of Sociology, CiUT’s Babe Waves, the GRSJ, the Faculty of Social Work, the Fword Conference, JumpStart and the Coordinated Arts Program.

Selected Publications

Lowik, A. (2017). Trans-Inclusive Abortion Services: A manual for providers operationalizing trans-inclusive policies and practices in an abortion setting. La Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances.  English: French:

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.


“QueerEdge: The development of an anti-assimilation politic and practice called Queer Liberation Theory.” QueerU Revelry and Resistance, University of British Columbia, January 13, 2018.

“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