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Hélène Frohard-Dourlent
Liu Scholar; PhD Student, Sociology
Office: ANSO 2316

Hélène Frohard-Dourlent is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UBC. Her doctoral work focuses on anti-homophobia practices in secondary schools in British Columbia. She is interested in the practices and discourses of teachers who make the choice to implement forms of anti-homophobia education in their classroom. In particular, her project examines teachers’ reasoning for discussing homophobia and sexual diversity in their classroom, their ability to draw on outside resources (including provincial and school district policy), their choices of form and content for anti-homophobia material, and their experiences dealing with administrators, parents and students as they take on this work. She hopes that this research will help educators, scholars, and policy-makers better understand how anti-homophobia messages make their way into B.C. classrooms, so that we can more appropriately support teachers to do this kind of social justice work.

Hélène received her B.A. degree in Anglais – Langues, Litératures, et Civilisations Étrangères from Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris), and an M.A. in Sociology from The University of British Columbia.
Research interests: gender, sexuality, school cultures, queer and trans youth, anti-homophobia education, heteronormativity, processes of marginalization, discourse analysis, popular culture, cultural studies


  • (in press). Working to “increase respect and reduce stigma”: Thinking through the possibilities and limits of an anti-homophobia education program in Paris. Journal of LGBT Youth Studies, 8(3).
  • Lyon, K., Frohard-Dourlent, H., Fripp, P. & Guppy, N. (forthcoming) Canada. In Stevens, P. & Dworkin, G. (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnicity Inequalities in Education. New York: Palgrave.
  • Kenyon, K., Frohard-Dourlent, H. & Roth, W. (forthcoming) The ambiguities of international student status: American undergraduate students in Canada. Canadian Journal of Higher Education.
  • (conditional acceptance). When the heterosexual script goes flexible: How readers respond to female heteroflexibility in popular culture. Sexualities.
  • (2010). “Lesbian-faux” representations: Navigating the politics of female heteroflexibility in Buffy Season 8.” In Sexual Rhetorics in the Whedonverse (pp. 31-47), edited  by E. B. Waggoner. Jefferson, NC: MacFarland.
  • (2009). Why the school system fails to equalize: The influence of socio-economic background on children's achievement in school. Sojourners: Undergraduate Journal of Sociology, 1: 37-45.
  • (2009). Queering relationships: The intersection of sexual practices and sexual identities amongst trans folks and their partners. Ignite: Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Journal.

Other Interests: Hélène is currently serving her second term as the Co-President for the Graduate Student Council of Sociology, and serves on the student editorial board for Social Problems. She is also an active member of the Pride Education Network, Pride UBC, The Network: Queer Grads Students, and the Global Queer Research Group.


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