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I am a creative activist, dynamic speaker, consultant & emerging sociologist
I am regularly booked for speaking engagements to share my unique perspective on sexual violence. I am able to tailor my presentation to meet the learning objectives and education of the audience. I have been invited to speak in university, law school, and high school classrooms, academic, government and not-for-profit conferences. I blend personal experience with my academic research.
I am available for media commentary about sexual and gendered violence. Areas of expertise include defamation lawsuits against people who have reported sexual violence, criminal sexual assault legal reform, campus sexual assault and prevention.
Consulting and Research
I have consulted on a number of projects including art projects, films, TV scripts, apps, and academic and community based research. I have also assisted with research proposals, conducting research, literature reviews, and project design.
My areas of expertise include: legal responses to sexual violence, sexual assault on campus, ethnography and qualitative research methods.
I write for both academic and non-academic audiences.
I have published in academic journals including Studies in Social Justice and Annual Review of Interdisciplinary Justice Research.
Select Published Writing:
Select Published Writing:
Quoted or Covered:
(Video) - Huffpost.ca
Why Mandi Gray Documented Her Sexual Assault Case (2018) VICE Magazine
Sexual Assault: The Roadshow Takes Art and Activism Across Ontario (2016) Canadian Art Magazine.
Who is Mandi Gray?
I am in the final stages of my doctoral degree in sociology. My PhD dissertation, supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Fellowship, is titled Cease/Desist or Cease/Resist: Sexual Violence and Civil Suits. My areas of expertise are socio-legal studies and critical sexuality studies. I have published in a number of peer reviewed journals and have presented my work at numerous national and international academic conferences. You can view select publications here.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Winnipeg with a double major in Criminal Justice Studies and Sociology. I completed a Master's at York University in the Department of Sociology
My own experience of sexual violence and subsequent activism is highlighted in the feature length documentary film Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial. (Director: Kelly Showker, Hot Docs 2018 Official selection). I was also involved with the documentary as a writer and impact producer. The film is currently available on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.
I am currently working on two book proposals right now. One is a creative non-fiction and one is an academic book examining digital sexual violence activism.
In 2016, I collected images of tattoos commemorating sexual assault, for 'Sexual Assault: The Roadshow' in partnership with Jane Doe and Dr. Deborah Davidson (York U)