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Mandi Gray


I am regularly booked for speaking engagements on gendered violence. I am able to tailor my presentation to meet the learning objectives and education level of the audience. 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 academic and community based research projects including art projects, films, TV scripts and apps. I have also assisted with research proposals, conducting research, literature reviews, manuscript preparation and project design. 

My areas of expertise include: legal responses to sexual violence, sexual assault on campus, policy analysis, 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. 

Who is Mandi Gray? 

In September 2021, I was awarded a two-year Health System Impact Fellowship jointly funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research and Alberta Health Services. 

I received my PhD in October 2021. My doctoral dissertation, supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Fellowship, is titled Cease/Desist or Cease/Resist: Sexual Violence and Civil Suits. My dissertation has been nominated for two awards (results pending). I am in the process of translating this research into an academic book. 


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. 

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.  

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)