Hi, I’m Kit. I’m a PhD student in Communication Studies at McGill University. I study (mostly) digital trans media.

Slides, alt-text, and sources for some of my recent presentations.

My research background and experiences.

Select design work.

My early research expands on my Master’s thesis Trans*mediation: Exploring Trans Experience Beyond the Mirror of Representation, to explore trans uses of media (including AI image generators, Twitterbots, and film) to create worlds where gender and transition are ongoing, expansive, and always in relation to others. These works often highlight joy and ambiguity, challenging normative representations of trans experiences.

Over the past year, I have also been experimenting with note-taking practices as an academic method. I’ve written a bit about this exploration in my paper Networked note-taking as feminist research method, which was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Essay Prize by the Canadian Communication Association in 2023.

I am currently a researcher with the Transgender Media Lab at Carleton University and the Humanities Data Lab at uOttawa. Part of this work is my role as a user interface and experience designer (UI/UX) with the Transgender Media Portal, a project working to create an accessible digital database of trans, Two Spirit, nonbinary, intersex, & gender-nonconforming filmmakers.

My previous experience as a graphic designer continues to be valuable to me today in both the process of research and its mobilization to broader audiences. I have also helped other researchers develop visuals for conferences, podcasts, and social media across a variety of fields in the humanities and social sciences.