Adam Davies

Adam Davies
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
Phone number: 
519-824-4120, ext. 52421
Room 326, Macdonald Stewart Hall (MACS)

Research interests: early childhood education & care, queer theory, critical disability studies, masculinities studies, poststructural theory, inclusion, feminist theory, LGBTQ+ identity, sexuality education, K-12 schooling, queer and trans theory, sociology of childhood and youth. 

Description of research: I am a queer, feminist, and interdisciplinary critical scholar, Registered Early Childhood Educator, and Ontario Certified Teacher (K-6), who holds a diverse research platform and interests. Much of my work utilizes queer and poststructural theories to analyze systems of gender and sexuality as it pertains to experiences of children and youth within early years and K-12 school settings. My doctoral research focuses on the construction and regulation of queer intimacies and masculinities within queer men's online spaces. I also conduct research on inclusion within various theoretical frameworks as it relates to both disability and gender and sexuality in K-12 schooling and early years settings. Further research interests include the sociology of childhood and youth studies and socio-cultural constructions of childhood and adolescence. 

Accepting graduate students: Fall 2021 (MSc)

As a queer and feminist qualitative researcher, I hold a few unique and distinguishable research interests, with my research being situated within early childhood education, K-12 schooling, and queer intimacies and social media. Much of my research utilizes queer, feminist, and poststructural lenses to address issues of gender policing as it pertains to children and youth, as well as queer men. My doctoral dissertation research focuses upon the politics of emotional connections and intimacies and queer masculinities within gay social networking applications and technologies. My other work is related to the experiences of LGBTQ+ children and youth in the early years and K-12 schooling; inclusion for children with disabilities; and, sexuality education. I am an Ontario Certified Teacher (K-6) and Registered Early Childhood Educator. 

While much of my research is related to the early years and K-12 schooling, I am also interested in questions of masculinities studies and queer intimacies, particularly as it pertains to gay, bisexual, and queer men, as well as accessibility and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. I would welcome students who are interested in LGBTQ+ and disability-related issues largely as much of work employs the theoretical frameworks of queer theory and critical disability studies. I am passionate about inspiring students to explore unique research questions through critical theory and socio-cultural lenses.

PhD in Curriculum Studies & Teacher Development & Sexual Diversity Studies - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 2016 - present

MA in Child Study and Education - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 2014-2016

Davies, A. W., & Kenneally, N. (2020). Cripping the controversies: Ontario rights-based debates in sexuality education. Sex Education, 20(4), 366-382.

Davies, A. W. (2020). " Authentically" Effeminate? Bialystok's Theorization of Authenticity, Gay Male Femmephobia, and Personal Identity. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth/Le Journal Canadien de Famille et de la Jeunesse, 12(1), 104-123.

Davies, A. W., Souleymanov, R., & Brennan, D. J. (2019). Imagining Online Sexual Health Outreach: A Critical Investigation into AIDS Service Organizations Workers’ Notions of ‘Gay Community’. Social Work in Public Health, 34(4), 353-369.

Maich, K., Davies, A. W., Penney, S. C., Butler, E., Young, G., & Philpott, D. F. (2019). Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Early Education and Care: The Earlier We Begin Together, The Better. Exceptionality Education International, 29(3), 77-91.

Davies, A. W., Vipond, E., & King, A. (2019). Gender binary washrooms as a means of gender policing in schools: A Canadian perspective. Gender and Education, 31(7), 866-885.

Maich, K., Davies, A. W., & Sohrabi, T. (2019). Autism spectrum disorder and maternal employment barriers: A comprehensive gender-based inquiry. Canadian Journal of Family and Youth, 11(1), 104-135.

McKie, R. M., Davies, A. W., Nixon, K. D., & Lachowsky, N. L. (2019). A theoretical examination using governmentality to understand gay men’s risk and sexual behaviours. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 28(3), 343-354.

Maich, K., Davies, A. W., & van Rhijn, T. (2019). A relaxation station in every location. Intervention in School and Clinic, 54(3), 160-165.

Balter, A. S., van Rhijn, T., & Davies, A. W. (2018). Equipping early childhood educators to support the development of sexuality in childhood: Identification of pre-and post-service training needs. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 27(1), 33-42.

Balter, A. S., van Rhijn, T. M., & Davies, A. W. (2016). The development of sexuality in childhood in early learning settings: An exploration of early childhood educators' perceptions. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 25(1), 30-40.