Lauren McLean - PhD Student | College of Arts

Lauren McLean - PhD Student

School of English and Theatre Studies

Lauren (She/Her) is a PhD student in the Literary Studies/Theatre Studies program at the University of Guelph. She completed an Honours BA at McMaster University with majors in Cultural Studies & Critical Theory and Sociology. Lauren also completed her Master’s degree at McMaster University in Gender Studies and Feminist Research. Lauren’s research interests include gender, sexuality, homonormativity, media, trauma and experiential education. Her Independent Research Project titled, “A Traditional Family Sitcom: An Analysis of Homonormativity in the Television Show Modern Family” analyzed multiple episodes to investigate the presentation of lifestyle and use of the family sitcom genre. Her current work continues this analysis of homonormativity by examining the ways in which whiteness functions in mainstream homonormative Canadian television by problematically representing queer politics.

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.