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Valerie J. Korinek

Professor and Vice Dean Faculty Relations

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Arts 232

Biography

Valerie J Korinek is a Professor of Modern Canadian history at the University of Saskatchewan, and Vice Dean Faculty Relations in the College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan. Originally from Toronto, she holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Canadian cultural and gendered histories. She is an award-winning teacher and scholar, recognized with the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teacher, College of Arts and Science (2017). A specialist in gendered, sexualities and cultural histories, she has published widely on feminist media and activism, oral history methodologies, food history and urban/regional histories of sexuality. Her most recent publication, Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada, 1930-1985 (UTP, 2018) has received numerous honours, including the Saskatchewan Book Awards Jennifer Walsh Scholarly Writing Award (2019), the Clio Prize for Prairie History, Canadian Historical Association (2019), the Canadian Studies Network Best Book Prize (2019), and the CCWH English Language Book Prize in Women's and Gender History (2020). Previously, her work on Chatelaine magazine Roughing it in the Suburbs: Reading Chatelaine Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties (UTP, 2000) was awarded the Laura Jamieson Prize for the Best Feminist Book from the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (2001). She is the co-editor of Edible Histories, Cultural Politics (UTP, 2012) and Finding a Way to the Heart (University of Manitoba Press, 2012).

Her current SSHRC funded research project, Love + Litigation = Marriage: Canadian Same-Sex Marriage and Its International Implications explores the legal, social and cultural implications of changing family and marriage laws that extended marriage rights to queer couples. In particular, Korinek’s research seeks to historicize how changing Canadian laws contributed to a succession of international same-sex marriage acquisition lawsuits and advocacy in a variety of different national contexts, including: England, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United States.

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Education

  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA, 4Y with distinction, University of Toronto at Mississauga

Work Experience

  • Vice Dean, Faculty Relations, College of Arts and Science, 2018-
  • Professor, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, 2005-
  • Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, 2000-2005
  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, 1996-2000

Awards

  • Awarded Fellowship, Academy of Arts and Humanities, Royal Society of Canada, 2020
  • Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and People in Western Canada, 1930-1985
    • CCWH English Language Book Prize in Women’s and Gender History, 2020
    • Canadian Studies Network Best Book in Canadian Studies, 2019
    • Canadian Historical Association Clio Prize, Prairie Region Best Book Award, 2019
    • Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards, 2019
  • Oral History Association Book Award, Beyond Women’s Words: Feminism and the Practices of Oral History in the 21st Century, 2019
  • Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction Nominees (Category: Educator), 2019
  • Provost’s College Awards for Outstanding Teacher: College of Arts and Science: 2017
  • Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality Best Article Prize, 2014
  • Laura Jamieson Book Prize, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, 2001

Research Interests

  • Same-sex marriage, activism, legal and human rights histories, international LGBTQ social justice
  • Queer activism and community formation in western Canada, 1930-2000
  • Popular Culture, particularly feminist media, Chatelaine magazine, activist journals
  • Food history
  • Oral history

Vice-Dean Faculty Relations position profile

Curriculum Vitae