Amanda D. Watson

Lecturer, Sociology
Chair of the Undergraduate Program

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Fellow


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


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 a SSHRC-funded exploration of the Politics of the BirthStrike Movement and Labour Bargains: Deals TV Moms Make.


Watson, A. D. 2020. The Juggling Mother: Coming Undone in the Age of AnxietyVancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Selected Publications

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.

FASS Teaching Fellow

Dr. Watson's role and FASS News article on FASS modernizes online learning (Sept 2019)