Dr. Wendy Peters

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Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Gender Equality and Social Justice, Religion and Cultures and Indigenous Studies - Gender Equality and Social Justice
Full-time Faculty
Wendy Peters works in the area of critical media studies and has research and teaching interests that include textual analysis, political economy and audience reception. Specifically, Peters explores how media are integral to the reproduction, negotiation and securing of privilege and marginalization along axes of sex, gender, race, class and sexuality. The author’s research primarily focuses on queerness and depictions of non-straight characters on television; relevant publications may be found in Canadian Woman Studies / les cahiers de la femme, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Flowtv: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Sexuality & Culture and Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture. An additional chapter on privilege, health and bodily normalcy is published in the anthology Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization. The author received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Cultural Studies and Critical Pedagogy.
Peters currently teaches courses on representations of sex, gender, race, class and sexuality in popular culture, including: Gender and the Media: Themes and Controversies; Queer Media; Race and Gender in Popular Culture; Reality TV and the Politics of Difference; and Women, Media and Representation.

BA, University of Winnipeg
MA, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto
Areas of Specialization:

​critical media studies; critical race theory; cultural studies; feminist theory; postmodernism; queer theory


Peters, W. (2018). Patient Stories: Re-narrating Illness and the Value of the Rejected Body (307-322). In Batacharya, S. & Wong, R. (Eds.) Sharing Breath: Embodied Learning and Decolonization. Athabasca University Press: Edmonton, AB. http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120269 

Peters, W. (2018). The Privilege of Knowing Better: Female Millennial Demographics and the Representation of Homophobia on Teen TV. Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, 3(2): 191-211.https://doi.org/ 10.1386/qsmpc.3.2.191_1

Peters, W. (2018). Review of Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: "Not Just a Phase." Feminist Media Studies, 18(2): 331-332.https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2018.1436906

Peters, W. (2016). Contours of the Closet: Conceptualizing Straight / Gay on Teen TV. FlowTV: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, 22(5). URL:http://www.flowjournal.org/2016/03/contours-of-the-closet/

Peters, W. (2016). Bullies and Blackmail: Finding Homophobia in the Closet on Teen TV. Sexuality & Culture (iFirst, February 5 2016). For those with university access this article is currently available online ahead of ​the print version athttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12119-016-9336-3

Peters, W. (2016) Victim + bully = love.FlowTV: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, 22 (3). URL:http://www.flowjournal.org/2016/01/victim-bully-love/

Peters, W. (2015). Teen TV’s post-closet and postracial fictions.FlowTV: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture, 22 (1). URL:http://flowtv.org/2015/10/teen-tvs-post-closet-and-postracial-fictions/

Peters, W. (2011). Pink dollars, White collars: Queer As Folk, valuable viewers, and the price of gay TV. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 28 (3): 193-212. (6% acceptance rate).For those with university access this article is online athttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15295036.2011.559478

Peters, W. (2009). “It feels more like a parody”: Canadian Queer As Folk viewers and the show they love to complain about. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13 (1): 15-24. For those with university access this article is online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07380560802314094

Above article was invited for reprint in S. E. Cooper (Ed.) (2010) Lesbian Images in International Popular Culture. Routledge: New York, NY.

Peters, W. (2005). Queer identities: Rupturing identity categories and negotiating meanings of queer. Canadian Woman Studies / les cahiers de la femme, 24 (2/3): 102-107.

Peters, W. (2003). Pretty, witty and White: Disrupting hetero-normalcy and reinventing privilege on Queer As Folk. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 22 (2): 135-137.

Peters, W. (1999). T.V.’s not evil, I am. broken pencil, 11 (Fall), 28.Independ​ent Publications / Zines

The following listings are independent publications made for small-scale distribution.

Women’s Studies Studies Union (Eds.) (2005). The Cut’n’Paste Yearbook. ASSU: Toronto, ON. Conceptualized, co-ordinated and created this independent publication on behalf of and together with members of the Women’s Studies Student Union.

Peters, W., Bourgeois, M., Odette, F. & L. Dolmage (Eds.). (2001). Dis’n’tangle. 72 pages. Rainbow Alliance: Toronto, ON. An independent publication concerning queerness and disability. This zine is presently required reading on the syllabi for two University of Toronto courses: Theorizing Deviant Bodies and Gender and Disability.

Peters, W. (2000). Foucault: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby. Beating Around the Bush, 1, (Fall). Publication funded by Pussy Willow Womyn’s Health Collective and OPIRG: Toronto, ON.

Peters, W. & Pearce, L. (Eds.). (1999) doubleshift: Ladies Home Journal of Feminist Activism. 52 pages. Becky Lives: Winnipeg, MB. This zine received an excellent review in broken pencil magazine (Fall 1999, issue 11, pg. 35).

Peters, W. (1998) I-Rate. 10 pages. A zine concerned with the struggles of applying to graduate schools.