Cy-Thea Sand

Women's & Gender Studies

Cy-Thea Sand

Academic Biography

Cy-Thea Sand joined the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg after several years at the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (the former MCRTW) where she taught and was involved with curriculum and program development. Her current scholarly interests include ekphrasis (poems on paintings); 20th century literature and art by women, especially the modernist period; class, gender and sexuality.

BA, English Literature, Concordia University, Montreal

MA (with Distinction), English Literature, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand



“Curious Artifact” poem on Thérèse Joyce-Gagnon’s Les demoiselles de Banff (The Girls of Banff) (1990). Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme (CWS/cf) Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer and Transexual/Transgender Sexualities (Winter 2005, Vol. 24, No. 2): 153.

‘Image, Text and Spirit: Kate Braid and the Paintings of Emily Carr.’ Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature Vol. 35 No.2 June 2002: 145-166.


“‘Under the Promise of Bark’: Erotic Power in Emily Carr’s Self-Portrait (1938-39)” Literary Texts and the Arts. Limits, Borders, Frames. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2005: 165-184.

‘The Writing on the Wall, or Where Did That Dead Head Come From?’ Janet Zandy (ed.) What We Hold in Common: An Introduction to Working-Class Studies. New York: The Feminist Press, 2001:101-111; and in Janet Zandy (ed.), ‘Working-Class Studies’ Women's Studies Quarterly, Vol. 23, No.1 & 2 New York: The Feminist Press, 1995: 107-120. 

‘A Question of Identity’ Janet Zandy (ed.), Calling Home, an Anthology of Working-Class Women's Writing, London: Rutgers University Press, 1990:29-36.


Elsa Gidlow, in John C. Hawley, (ed.) LGBTQ America Today, An Encyclopedia.  Greenwood Press, 2008.


Guest Editor, Fireweed; Canadian Women’s Studies/les cahiers de la femme (CWS/cf); Book Reviewer, Herizons, Kinesis 

Co-founding Editor & Publisher, The Radical Reviewer

Consulting Editor and Writer for academic, legal and healthcare publications


Introduction to Women’s Studies (McGill University, UNBC)

Beauvoir to Butler: Contemporary Feminist Theories (UNBC)

Introduction to Women’ and Gender Studies (UW)

Feminisms: History, Perspectives and Practices (UW)

Women, Gender and Politics (UW)

Gender, Race and Nation in Canada (UW)


2000-2001    University of Otago Master’s Scholarship, $10,000


2001-2008   Member, Women’s Studies Advisory Committee, McGill University

2004-2008   Member, McGill Senate Subcommittee on Queer Equity 

2004-2008   Workshop Facilitator, Safe Space Program, McGill University