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Valerie J. Korinek PhD (Toronto), MA (Toronto), B.A Hons. (University of Toronto at Mississauga)


Faculty Member in History

Arts 614

Research Area(s)

  • Canadian cultural history with a strong emphasis on popular culture, media, and print culture
  • gender and social history
  • food history
  • histories of sexuality
  • same sex marriage and transnational analysis of marriage legislation
  • queer histories, prairie gay and lesbian communities
  • western Canadian history

About me

Please note: To email Dr. Korinek in her capacity as Vice-Dean Faculty Relations, please email asvicedean.facultyrelations@usask.ca

Interview: Greg Marchildon, Champlain Society “Witness to History” Podcast Series:

Story: Falen Johnson for The Secret Life of Canada CBC Podcast: “Prairie Pride: How Winnipeg became a hub of queer history”:



V.J. Korinek, 2018.  Prairie Fairies: A History of Queer Communities and Peoples in Western Canada, 1930-1985. University of Toronto Press. Awarded 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 for Prairie Region Best Book Award (2019); Saskatchewan Book Awards, Jennifer Welsh Scholarly Writing Award (2019).

F. Iacovetta, V.J. Korinek & M. Epp, editors. 2012. Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History. University of Toronto Press.

Jarvis Brownlie & V.J. Korinek, editors. 2012.  Finding a Way to the Heart: Feminist Writings on Aboriginal and Women's History in Canada.  University of Manitoba Press.

V.J. Korinek, 2000. Roughing It in the Suburbs: Reading Chatelaine Magazine in the Fifties and Sixties. University of Toronto Press. Awarded the Laura Jamieson Prize, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, 2001, for "Best feminist book by a Canadian author."


Articles and Book Chapters:

V.J. Korinek, 2019. "'Bachelor Girl Farmers’ and the Queer Challenges to Western Heteronormativity” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Accepted June 14, 2019.

V.J. Korinek, 2018. “'Locating Lesbians, Finding ‘Gay Women’, Writing Queer Histories: Reflections on Oral Histories, Identity, and Community Memory” in K. Srigley, S. Zembrzycki & F. Iacovetta, eds. Beyond Women’s Words: Feminisms and the Practices of Oral History in the 21st Century (London: Routledge, 2018).

F. Iacovetta and V.J. Korinek, 2016.  “Jell-O Salads, One Stop Shopping and Maria the Homemaker: The Gender Politics of Food” in M. Epp and F. Iacovetta, eds. Sisters or Strangers: Immigrant, Ethnic and Racialized Women in Canadian History, 2nd edition.  Toronto: UTP.

F. Iacovetta & V.J. Korinek, 2015. Chapter 7: “Jell-O Salads, One Stop Shopping and Maria the Homemaker: The Gender Politics of Food” in James Opp and John Walsh, eds. Home, Work, and Play: Situation Canadian Social History, 3rd edition, Toronto: Oxford University Press, Canada.

V.J. Korinek, 2015. "'We're the girls of the pansy parade': Historicizing Winnipeg's Queer Subcultures, 1930s-1970s" in James Opp and John Walsh, eds. Home Work and Play: Situating Canadian Social History (Don Mills: Oxford University Press)

F. Iacovetta and VJ Korinek, 2015.  "Jell-O Salads, One Stop Shopping and Maria the Homemaker: The Gender Politics of Food" in Opp and Walsh, Home, Work and Play: Situating Canadian Social History

VJ Korinek, 2014 "Cooking Up Canadian History" The Recipes Project: Food, Magic, Art, Science and Medicine, Sept 23, 2014, http://recipes.hypotheses.org/4378

V.J. Korinek, 2012. "'We're the girls of the pansy parade': Historicizing Winnipeg's Queer Subcultures, 1930s-1970" Histoire Sociale/Social History, vol. xlv, n 89 (May 2012), pp. 117-155. Awarded the 2014 Best Article Prize from the Canadian Committee on the History of Sexuality

V.J. Korinek, 2012.  "'Meat Stinks/Eat Beef Dyke!': Coming out as a Vegetarian in the Prairies," in Iacovetta, Korinek & Epp, eds. Edible HIstories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 445-478 (available Dec 2012).

V.J. Korinek, 2012.  "Daring to Write a History of Western Canadian Women's Experiences: Assessing Sylvia Van Kirk's Feminist Scholarship" in R.J. Brownlie and V.J. Korinek, eds.  Finding A Way to the Heart Winnipeg: U of Manitoba Press, pp. 49-64.

V.J. Korinek, 2010.  "A Queer Eye View of the Prairies: Restoring Queer Histories to the West" in Alvin Finkel, Sarah Carter and Peter Fortna, eds. The West and Beyond: Historians, Past, Present, and Future.  Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, pp. 278-296.

V.J. Korinek, 2009.  "Mrs. Chatelaine' vs. 'Mrs. Slob': Contestants, Correspondants, and the Chatelaine Community in Action, 1961-1969" in Daniel J. Robinson, ed.  Communication History in Canada.  2nd edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

V.J. Korinek, 2008.  "Passion is Political: An Analysis of Martha Vicinus' Intimate Friends: Women Who Loved Women 1778-1928" Journal of Women's History (edited by Jean Allman and Antoinette Burton, Johns Hopkins University Press).  Volume 20 No. 4, 151-155.

V.J. Korinek, 2007.  "The Chatelaine Legacy" Canadian Women's Studies/les cahiers de la femme.  Guest editors: Michelle Landsberg, Sally Armstrong & Sherrill Cheda.  Volume 26 #2, pp. 14-21.

V.J. Korinek, 2005.  "Gay and Lesbian Activism" (pp. 375-377) & "Doug Wilson" (p. 1016) in The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan.  Regina: Great Plains Research Centre, 2005.

V.J. Korinek, 2005.  "Mrs. Slob's Manifesto: A Case Study in Critical Reading of Chatelaine Magazine" in C. Lesley Biggs & P. Downe, eds. Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies.  Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, pp. 73-78.

V.J. Korinek, 2004. "Activism=Public Education: The History of Public Discourses of Homosexuality in Saskatchewan, 1971-1993" in James McNinch & Mary Cronin, eds. I Could Not Speak My Heart: Education and Social Justice for Gay Youth, Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre, pp. 109-137,

V.J. Korinek, 2004. "'It's a tough time to be in love': The Darker Side of Chatelaine During the Cold War" in Richard Cavell, ed. Love, Hate and Fear in Canada's Cold War Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 159-182

Franca Iacovetta and Valerie J. Korinek, 2004. “Jello-Salads, One-Stop Shopping, and Maria the Homemaker: The Gendered Politics of Food” in Marlene Epp, Franca Iacovetta, Frances Swyripa eds. Sisters or Strangers?: Immigrant, Ethnic, and Racialized Women in Canadian History, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 190-230.

V.J. Korinek, 2003. "'The most openly gay person for at least a thousand miles': Doug Wilson and the Politicization of a Province, 1975-1983," Canadian Historical Review, 84 (4) December 2003: 517-550.

V.J. Korinek, 2002. “‘Don’t Let Your Girlfriends Ruin Your Marriage’: Lesbian Imagery in Chatelaine Magazine, 1950-1969,” In Veronica Strong-Boag, Mona Gleason and Adele Perry, eds. Rethinking Canada, The Promise of Women’s History, 4th Edition. Oxford University Press, 2002.

V.J. Korinek, 2001. “Playing House: Constructing Gender Roles in Chatelaine’s Ranch Bungalow” in Bob Hesketh and Chris Hackett, eds. Canada, Confederation to the Present. Chinook Multimedia, 2001.

V.J. Korinek, 1998. “‘Don’t Let Your Girlfriends Ruin Your Marriage’: Lesbian Imagery in Chatelaine Magazine, 1950-1969,” Journal of Canadian Studies (Volume 33, No. 3), Fall 1998: 83-109.

V.J. Korinek, 1996. “'Mrs Chatelaine' vs. 'Mrs. Slob': Contestants, Correspondents, and the Chatelaine Community in Action, 1961-1969," Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, New Series #7, 1996: 251-275.

V.J. Korinek, 1996. "And the Winner is ...," Borderlines December/January 1996/7.

V.J. Korinek, 1993. "No Women Need Apply: The Ordination of Women in the United Church, 1918-1965," Canadian Historical Review, 74 (4) December 1993: 473-509.



K. Mitchell, PhD Candidate, Thesis Title: “A Legal history of marriage evolution in Canada: 1950-2000”. In progress.

C. Klein, PhD Candidate, Thesis Title: “’Lacking a Lady, One Makes Do’: The History of Sexuality in the Canadian Prairies, 1890-1945”. In progress.



K. Mitchell, M.A. “Fertile Clay:  Beth Hone, Spiritual Feminism, and Women’s Transnational Activism in SK, 1970-2000”. 2020

K. Gibbons, MA. ‘Even the Youngest Can Help’: The First World War, Girls and the Junior Red Cross in Western Canada. 2020

M. Brandsma, MA. "A Honoured Place": A Farm Woman's Experience of the Western Canadian Home Front During World War One. 2017

J. Campbell, MA. Gendered Environments in Canada: An Analysis of Women and Environments, 1976-1997. 2017

F. Reilly, PhD. Controlling Contagion: Policing and Prescribing Sexual and Political Normalcy in Cold War Canada. 2016

V. Lamb Drover, PhD.  ParticipACTION: A Legacy in Motion (1971-2000). 2016

A. Stevenson, Ph.D. Intimate Integration: A Study of Aboriginal Transracial Adoption in Saskatchewan, 1944-1984. 2015

H. Stanley, Ph.D. The Double Bed: Sex, Heterosexual Marriage and the Body in Postwar English Canada, 1946-1966. 2013

S. Crosson. PhD. Searching for May Maxwell: Baha'i Millenial Feminism, Transformative Identity and Globalism in the New World Order, 1898-1940. 2013

P. Aikenhead, MA.  Man-Sized Inside: A History of the Construction of Masculinity in the Tragically Hip's Album Fully Completely.  2010

V. Lamb Drover, MA.  A Place for Everyone, But Everyone in Their Place: The Inclusion of Female Students, Staff, and Faculty at the University of Saskatchewan, 1907-1922.  2009

G. Staniec, MA. Cossacks and Wallflowers: Ukrainian Canadian Art, Ethnicity, and Gender in Postwar Saskatchewan. 2007

E.J. Millions. MA. Ties Undone: A Gendered and Racial Analysis of the Impact of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion in the Saskatchewan District. 2004

D.M. Stahl. MA. Marvellous Times: The Indian Homemaking Program and its Effects on Extension Instructors at the Extension Division, U of S, 1967-1972. 2002

N.M. Lucas. MA. Womonspace: Building a Lesbian Community in Edmonton, Alberta 1970-1992. 2002

C. Pryor. MA. The Wintego of our Discontent: Environment and Environmentalism on the Churchill River. 2001

E. Dyck, MA. From the Ivory Tower to the Supermarket: Financing Canadian Universities in the 1960s. 2000


Canadian culture food studies gender popular culture prairie sexuality social justice


My 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, my 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.

I currently supervise these doctoral reading fields: Canadian history since 1700; post-Confederation Canada; and Comparative Gender and Sexuality.