Amanda Watson

Lecturer, Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology


Dr. Amanda D. Watson's research interests include care, labour, feelings, reproduction, disability, and media representation of maternal labour and identity. She teaches on global problems and the culture of capitalism, politics of family, the formation of self and identity in contemporary Western cultures, and power and conflict in Canadian society. Watson is an Associate Member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

Current projects include Politics of Birthstrike, the Imagine Kin Project: Daydreaming Family Formation and Climate Losses in Metro Vancouver, and the Parent Feelings Project.


PhD (Feminist and Gender Studies), University of Ottawa
MSW, Carleton University
BA (Sociology), University of British Columbia

Areas of Interest

Care; labour; feelings; reproduction; disability; media representation of maternal labour and identity; the culture of capitalism; politics of family; the formation of self and identity in contemporary Western cultures; and power and conflict in Canadian society.

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Watson, A. D. (2020). "Feminist Politics still needs motherhood." In L. Hall, L. Shepherd, A. Weissman (Eds.), Troubling Motherhood: (Re)Conceptualizing Maternity and the State in Global Politics, Past and Present and Future (181-196). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Orr, C. & Watson, A. D. (2018). “We changed her nappies, we saw that she was a girl:” Caster Semenya’s femininity and the power of maternal testimony. In J. Battaglia, R. J. Bromwich, and P. M. Redela (Eds.) Mothering, Mothers, and Sport: Experiences, Representations, Resistances (15-48). Toronto: Demeter Press.
  • Magnet, S. & Watson, A. D. (2017). How to get through the day with pain and sadness: An investigation of temporality and disability. In B. Kirkpatrick and E. Ellcessor (Eds.) Disability Media Studies: Media, Popular Culture, and the Meanings of Disability (247-271). New York: New York University Press.
  • Watson, A. D. (2016). Quelling anxiety as intimate work: Maternal responsibility to eliminate bad feelings emerging from precarity, Studies in Social Justice, 10(2). Brock University: Social Justice Research Institute.

Awards & Funding

  • 2021-23 Principal Investigator, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant, "Politics of Birthstrike"

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