Dr. Cameron Greensmith has come to Kennesaw State University from Ontario, Canada. His research and writing is interdisciplinary in nature and is informed by post-structural theories on queerness, whiteness, and settler colonialism to examine the ways service provision (policy, organizations, and practice) can engage in meaningful social change. Critical race feminist, indigenous feminist and queer of colour perspectives influence his book, which is under peer review with University of Toronto Press, by making queer institutions the object of study while talking to LGBTQ-identified service providers in Toronto about their work to support Indigenous people.
For the 2019-2020 term, Dr. Greensmith is working on the project "Understanding Health Care Providers’ Knowledge of LGBTQ Health in the American South." During the 2018-2019 term, Dr Greensmith was awarded the LGBTQ Faculty Fellowship with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion where he conducted 23 in-depth interviews with students, staff, and faculty regarding their perceptions surrounding: "what does it mean to be queer in the 'American South?'" This project provided preliminary insight into the specific and unique challenges LGBTQ peoples face in the "American South." Moreover, many research participants shared that regardless of services (on vs off university campus), LGBTQ peoples face inequality (e.g., having their preferred gender be disregarded by university professors, or being assumed to experience heterosexual attraction on the part of bisexual, pansexual, and queer people).
Dr. Greensmith is also interested in working within the fields of cultural studies, child and youth studies, and social work to think about the ways young people are resisting interlocking inequalities that make their lives increasingly unlivable. His recent work on the documentary Twelve, the novel and television show 13 Reasons Why, and the graphic novel Skim works to understand the ways (queer) children and youth of color are resilient in the face of inequality. Moreover, this work asks how current institutions (education, social work) imagine particular subjects are deserving of care and help: leaving many youth of color vulnerable.
Dr. Greensmith's research interests include interdisciplinary social science, critical race studies, settler colonial studies, queer and trans studies, disability studies, critical social work, sociology of education, sociology of childhood, critical youth studies, applied qualitative research methods, and community-based research methods.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Sakal Froese, J., & Greensmith, C. (2019). Que(e)rying Youth Suicide: Sexism, Racism, and Violence in Skimand Thirteen Reasons Why. Cultural Studies Review. 25(2), 31-51.
Greensmith, C., & Rodriguez, D. X. (2018). Practicing Storytelling and Learning from Migrant Youth. NEOS, 10(2), 14-15.
Greensmith, C., SakalFroese, J. (2018). Glorifying Suicide?: Radical Encounters with Difficult Texts, Radical Approaches to Youth Care. CYC-Online, 235, 70-78.
Greensmith, C. (2018). (Unsettling) White Queer Complicities: Toward a Practice of Decolonization in Queer
Organizations. Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and
Practice, 6(1), 16-36.
Greensmith, C. (2018). Desiring Diversity: The Limits of White Settler Multiculturalism in Queer Organizations. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 18(1), 57-77.
Greensmith, C., & Sheppard, L. (2017). At the Age of Twelve: Migrant Children and the Disruption of Multicultural Belonging. Children & Society, 32(4), 255-265.
Greensmith, C. (2016). The Management of Indigenous Difference in Toronto’s Queer Service Sector. Settler Colonial Studies. 6(3), 252–264.
Greensmith, C., & Giwa, S. (2013). Challenging Settler Colonialism in Contemporary Queer Politics: Settler Homonationalism, Pride Toronto, and Two-Spirit Subjectivities. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 37(2), 129–148.
Greensmith, C. (2012). Pathologizing Indigeneity in the Caledonia “Crisis.” Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 1(2), 18–42.
Giwa, S., & C, Greensmith. (2012). Race Relations and Racism in the LGBTQ Community of Toronto: Perceptions of Gay and Queer Social Service Providers of Color. Journal of Homosexuality, 59(2), 149–185.
Peer Reviewed Book Chapters
Greensmith, C. (under review). Thinking With and Across Queer and Trans Theories. In Shaikh, S. S., & LeFrançois, B. A., (Eds.), Social Work Theory ↔ Critical Praxis. Canadian Scholars Press.
Greensmith, C., & Davies, A. (2017). Queer and Trans at School: Gay–Straight Alliances and the Politics of Inclusion. In Chen, X., Raby, R., & Albanese, P (Eds.), The Sociology of Childhood and Youth Studies in Canada: Categories, Inequalities, Engagement. (pp. 314 – 331). Canadian Scholars Press.
Greensmith, C. (2015). Bathhouse encounters: Settler colonialism, volunteerism and Indigenous misrecognition. In C. Janzen, D. Jeffery & K. Smith (Eds.), Unraveling Encounters: Ethics, Knowledge, and Resistance under Neoliberalism. (p. 95–125). Wilfrid Laurier Press.
Greensmith, C. (2015). Book Review, Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in American Renaissance. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 39(2), 158–159.