Theresa N. Kenney (she/her/siya) is Pilipinx of mixed Kapampangan and white European descent from Mohkinstsis (Calgary, Alberta) in Treaty 7 Territory.

She is an ABD PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her research focuses on asexual, aromantic, and platonic intimacies within queer Asian North America.

Theresa’s background in intercultural activism and anti-oppression training influence her current work as an organizer of anti-racism coalitions for students of colour on her campus.


PhD English, McMaster University, expected 2023

MA Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, McMaster University, 2017

BA Honours English (First Class), University of Calgary, 2016

BA Political Science (With Distinction), University of Calgary, 2016


Graduate Diploma in Gender and Social Justice, McMaster University, expected 2023


Co-Chair, Asexuality Studies Interest Group for the National Women’s Studies Association, 2019-2021

Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member, Filipinos in Canada – Academics, Researchers, and Scholars (FiCARS), 2021


Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS)

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)

Sexuality Studies Association / Association d’Études de la Sexualité (SSA / AÉS)

Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherche Féministes (WGSRF)


Ontario Graduate Fellowship, 2022

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2019-2022

Don Goellnicht PhD Memorial Award, 2022

Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2018

Lyons Humanities Ontario Graduate Scholarship in New Media and Communication, 2018