Master of Arts,
Film Studies, Department of Theatre & Film, The University of British Columbia
Thesis: Queer Japanese Cinema: A Rich and Diverse Cultural History’s Challenge to Hegemonic Ideologies of Gender and Sexuality

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Specialization,
Film Studies and Minor in Gender, Sexuality and Culture Studies, Department of Film, The University of Western Ontario
Thesis:  The Exclusionary Production of Transgendered Bodies in Transnational Cinema

Ontario College Certificate with Honours,
General Arts and Sciences – One Year, Algonquin College


Dr. Joshua M. Ferguson (Ph.D) is a non-binary trans (they/them) filmmaker, writer and activist born in Brantford, Canada and raised in Napanee, Canada.

Joshua has harnessed their formal academic research, previous experience as an advocate and their passion, to make a difference to fight for legal recognition for non-binary people in Canada and beyond. They have been public with their applications, and subsequent human rights complaints, for a non-binary birth certificate in Ontario and an X gender designation (short form of non-binary) on their health card and driver’s license in British Columbia. They have also advocated for X gender designations on Canadian Passports, publicly receiving an X observation.

Joshua believes in making cultural interventions with their creative work. Some of Joshua’s literary work has been featured in Teen VogueHuffPost, BuzzFeedOUT Magazine and VICE. Joshua’s first book entitled Me, Myself, They: The Future is Non-Binary is forthcoming in 2019 with House of Anansi. And, their story will be the focus of a feature-length documentary entitled Non-Binary to be released in late 2018.

With their producing and life partner, Florian Halbedl, Joshua’s films have been screened internationally at over forty film festivals. The award-winning Whispers of Life (2013) is a short fiction film about the power of imagination and communication in relation to challenging anti-LGBT bullying and promoting suicide prevention. Limina (2016) was screened at festivals around the world, and was hailed for making history for trans inclusivity in the film and TV history. Joshua is producing and writing the feature-length documentary Non-Binary, which focuses on their life as a non-binary person and their fight for legal recognition in Canada. They are also producing and directing a new short fiction film entitled Henry’s Heart, set to film in the early summer of 2018.

Joshua aims to discover innovative, unique and marginalized stories that seek to represent the rich diversity of humanity. Joshua believes that “film can act as a beacon of hope for those struggling with being marginalized while simultaneously deploying new ways to expand awareness in a changing global landscape that typically participates in exclusionary and reductive forms of cinematic representation.” Joshua and Florian are also developing their first feature-length fiction film. Joshua’s filmic and written work serves to tell underrepresented and marginalized stories.

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Research Interests

Cultural studies, diaspora studies, film studies, trans cinema, queer methodologies, Japan’s cultural history of genders, Japanese queer cinema, ideology and gender(s), female superheroes in comic books (cinema), documentary cinema, autoethnography

Selected Publications

November 2017 “What It Means To Transition When You’re Non-Binary”Teen Vogue.

October 2017 “I’ll Keep Fighting Until I’m Legally Recognized as a Non-Binary Canadian” HuffPost.

August 2017 “We Should No Longer Be Erased” VICE News

May 2017 “Why I’m Applying for a Non-Binary Sex Designation on my Canadian Birth Certificate” OUT Magazine.

March 2017 “I Imagine a Time When You See Me” BuzzFeed.

January 2017 “Living With Depression And Empathy As A Non-Binary Trans Person” The Huffington Post.

November 2016 “My Grandmother Recognized me as Trans the Day We Said Goodbye.” The Huffington Post

October 2016 “We are Non-Binary Trans People And Yes, We Exist.”
The Huffington Post

Ferguson, Joshua Mark. Non-binary trans subjects: exiting the attachment to the transgender metanarrative of man/woman. Dissertation. The University of British Columbia, 2016.

Ferguson, Joshua Mark. “Queering Methodologies: Challenging Scientific Constraint in the Appreciation of Queer and Trans Subjects.” The Qualitative Report. 18:25. 1-13. 2013.

Ferguson, Joshua Mark. “The Haunting of Cronenberg’s Cinema: Queer Monsters, Colonized Bodies and Repressed Desire in M. Butterfly and Eastern Promises.” Cinephile. 2010.

Ferguson, Joshua Mark. Queer japanese cinema: a rich and diverse cultural history’s challenge to hegemonic ideologies of gender and sexuality. Thesis. The University of British Columbia, 2010.