Chris Tatham is currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. As an avid researcher, academic and writer, Chris’ interests include sexuality, gender, relationships, law, HIV prevention and activism, qualitative methods and research ethics. His dissertation research, supervised by Dr. Adam Isaiah Green, focuses on sexuality, human rights, HIV prevention and the criminalization of non-disclosure of HIV in Canada. His other ongoing projects examine the performance and construction of masculinity and race among men on gay social media applications, the history of HIV prevention and activism in Toronto, as well as participation in community-based research for AIDS Service Organizations across the country.
Chris takes a leading role in knowledge sharing and peer mentorship. As a core organizer of the WorldPride Human Rights Conference 2014, Chris assisted in bringing 500 LGBTI activists and academics from 52 countries to Toronto, providing a platform for story sharing, strategy building, and engagement in a much needed dialogue about LGBTI rights. Chris also takes a leading role in the Sociology department and graduate student life, where he has assisted in recruiting and mentoring new students, as well as serving on the Graduate Sociology Student Association since 2011 (serving as President in 2013-2014). Additionally, at the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Chris has run a peer mentorship program since 2011 and has helped to organize multiple student colloquia for the program’s graduate and upper year undergraduate students.
Before joining to the University of Toronto, Chris completed graduate and undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph in the Sociology and Anthropology department (MA, BAH).