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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 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)