Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, 1992, Ph.D., Sociology of Education
Queen’s University, 1984, MA, Physical and Health Education


Since 1995, Dr. Becki Ross has held a joint appointment in the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice and the Department of Sociology. She teaches and researches in the areas of the history of sexuality, ‘the family’, gender relations, qualitative methods, anti-racist studies, critical sport studies, and queer culture. Becki is the recipient of two teaching awards (2005 & 2008). She has supervised/co-supervised graduate students on diverse topics: the history of sexual education in BC, representations of gender and ‘race’ in video games and mainstream advertising, queer spaces on Canadian university campuses, contemporary butch/femme relations, bi-racial South Asian women’s heterosexuality, inter-racial white/Asian gay male relationships, and queer courtship & marriage in Vancouver. Dr. Ross’s publications appear the Journal of Historical SociologySexualities, Journal of Women’s History, Labour/le travailCanadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality. With Sharon Lebenkoff she completed a 35-page chapter (online) for McGraw Hill Ryerson on themes of dating, marriage, cohabitation, and same-sex relations. With Oralia Gomez-Ramirez, Dr. Ross contributed an article on the state regulation of recruiters in the adult entertainment industry (exotic dancing, specifically) for a special issue on “Burlesque” by the Canadian Theatre Review. Becki is completing a manuscript titled, Expelled: The Neo-Colonial Rule of Unruly Sexual Subjects in Vancouver, 1975-1985.  On the administrative front, Dr. Ross was the co-chair of Critical Studies in Sexuality (2004-2007). From 2009-2012 she served as the Chair of the (then) undergraduate program in Women’s and Gender Studies.  In 2012-2013, Dr. Ross was a consultant on the exhibit, “Sex Talk in the City: the classroom, the bedroom, the street” for the Museum of Vancouver (MOV). She coordinated the first ‘all sex worker’ panel at the MOV in April 2013, and co-led, with Jamie Lee Hamilton, “Strolling the Stroll,” a commemorative tour of 10 landmarks along what was once the Davie Street stroll in Vancouver’s West End.


SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 2007-2011 ($79,000) “The Expulsion of Sex Workers from Vancouver’s West End, 1975-1985”

Hampton Fund, University of British Columbia, 2003-2006 ($20,000),  “Carnival Girlie Shows: Staging Burlesque under the Big Tent, 1910-1970”

SSHRC Standard Research Grant, 1999-2003 ($51,000) “Cabarets, Nightclubs, and Burlesque in Postwar Vancouver, 1945-1980”

UBC-HSS (SSHRC) Small Grants, University of British Columbia, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005

Hampton Fund, University of British Columbia, 2000-2002 ($20,000), “Bodies of Memory, War Memorial Gymnasium, UBC,” [with 3 colleagues]

Selected Publications

Reprint (with revisions): “Outdoor Brothel Culture: Trans Sex Work in Vancouver’s West End, 1975-1985,” revised for Queer Sex Work, eds. Mary Laing, Katy Picher, and Nicola Smith. London: Taylor & Francis, 2014, pp. 189-199.

Review of Aaron Chapman’s Liquor, Lust, and the Law: The Story of Vancouver’s Legendary Penthouse Nightclub, in The Canadian Historical Review, 95:4 (December 2014): 661-663.

Becki Ross and Oralia Gomez-Ramirez,“Extinguishing the Temptation of ‘Monetary Inducements’:  The State Regulation and Stigmatization of Adult Entertainment Recruiters at Job Fairs in British Columbia,” Canadian Theatre Review, forthcoming, Fall, 2013.

Becki Ross and Sharon Lebenkoff, “Marriage, Cohabitation, and Same-Sex Relations,” in the Sociology Series, Canadian Families, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Ltd. CREATE website, September, 2013, pp. 1-35.

Becki Ross and Rachael Sullivan, “Tracing Lines of Horizontal Hostility: How Sex Workers and Gay Liberation Activists Battled for Space, Voice, and Belonging in Vancouver, 1975-1985,” Sexualities 15:5/6 (September 2012): 604-621.

Becki Ross, “Outdoor Brothel Culture: The Un/Making of a Transsexual Stroll in Vancouver’s West End, 1975-1984,” Journal of Historical Sociology (March 2012): 126-150.

Becki Ross, “Sex and (Evacuation from) the City:  The Moral and Legal Regulation of Sex Workers in Vancouver’s West End, 1975-1985,” Sexualities 13:2 (April, 2010): 197-218.

Becki Ross, Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

Becki Ross and Kim Greenwell, “Spectacular Striptease: Performing the Sexual and Racial Other in Postwar Vancouver, 1945-1975.” Journal of Women’s History 17:1 (Spring 2005): 137-164.

Becki Ross, ““Entertaining Femininities: Embodied Exhibitions of Striptease and Sport, 1950-1975,” in Physical Culture, Power and the Body, Patricia Vertinsky and Jennifer Hargreaves, London and New York: Routledge, Fall 2006, 121-141.

Becki Ross and Erin Bentley, “Gold-Plated Footballs and Orchids for Girls, A ‘Palace of Sweat for Men’,” in Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium: Memory, Monument, and Modernism, Patricia Vertinsky and Sherry McKay eds. London and New York: Routledge, 2004: 99-116.


Recipient, “Harry Lyman Hooker Fellowship,” McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, September 23-27th, 2013

Finalist, Vancouver Pride Society Legacy Awards, “Lifetime Achievement,” July 2013

Recipient, Clio Book Prize for Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver (2009), from Canadian Historical Association, 2010

Recipient, Teaching Prize, awarded by the Undergraduate Sociology Students’ Association, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia, 2008.

Recipient, Killam Teaching Prize, University of British Columbia, 2005

Recipient, “Best Journal Article” Award, May 2002, Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality, Canadian Historical Association, “Bumping and Grinding on the Line,” Labour/le travail (Fall 2000).