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Rachel Loewen Walker Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights

Research Area(s)

  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Human Rights and Community-Based Advocacy
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy

Professional Education

  • PhD, Philosophy (University of Alberta)
  • MA (University of Saskatchewan)
  • BA (University of Saskatchewan)


Rachel Loewen Walker joins the College of Law as the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights for the 2020-2021 year. Prior to this, Rachel served as the executive director of OUTSaskatoon for nearly seven years, during which time, the organization grew from six to 15 employees, now reaching more than 12,000 people per year. While at OUTSaskatoon, Rachel worked with leaders across Canada to develop The Enchanté Network, a national organization that works to build the capacity and reach of Two Spirit and LGBTQ Centres. Rachel currently serves as the President of The Enchanté Network's board of directors, in addition to serving on the boards of the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership and the Saskatoon Housing Authority.

Rachel has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Alberta and was the recipient of a Joseph-Bombardier Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRC), the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, as well as a SSHRC Fellowship for her master’s research. Rachel spent more than 10 years as a sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan and has worked in a number of research capacities including with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, the Prairie Region Health Promotion Centre, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. While at OUTSaskatoon, Rachel developed the organization’s 2SLGBTQ research portfolio, securing more than $2 million from the Department of Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in order to conduct community-driven research and evaluation that supported effective and comprehensive programs and services for 2SLGBTQ people.

Throughout Rachel’s community and academic work she has developed expertise in non-profit organization management, facilitation, leadership, and policy analysis, while focusing on opening up spaces for social change, cultural diversity, and greater collaboration across non-profit, university, governmental, and other spheres.

Publications & Research Work

(2019). Loewen Walker, Rachel. OUTSaskatoon’s Recommendations to the Standing Committee on Health: LGBTQ2 Health in Canada. Presented to the Federal Government of Canada. Ottawa, ON.

(2019). Loewen Walker, Rachel. The Matter of Time: Stories from a Living Present. Unpublished PhD Dissertation, University of Alberta. Edmonton, AB.

(2018). Tait, Caroline, Henry, Bobby, Loewen Walker, Rachel. “Child Welfare: A Social Determinant of Health For Canadian First Nations and Métis Children?” Global Indigenous Health: Reconciling the Past, Engaging the Present, Animating the Future, ed. Robert Henry, Amanda LaVallee, Nancy Van Styvendale & Robert Alexander Innes. 151-173. Tuscon: University of Arizona Press.

(2016). Loewen Walker, Rachel, Peers, Danielle, and Eales, Lindsay. “New Constellations: Lived Diffractions of Dis/ability and Dance.” Bios: Feminist Philosophies of Life. Montreal: McGill-Queens Press.

(2015). Matthews, Chelle and Loewen Walker, Rachel. Policy Recommendation: Changing Saskatchewan’s Vital Statistics Act in order to Reduce the Discrimination of Transgender Persons. OUTSaskatoon. Saskatoon, SK

(2014). Avner, Zoe, Bridel, William, Eales, Lindsay, Glenn, Nicole, Loewen Walker, Rachel, and Peers, Danielle. “Moved to Messiness: Physical Activity, Feelings, and Transdisciplinarity.” Emotion, Space and Society 12, 55-62.

(2014). Loewen Walker, Rachel. The Living Present as a Materialist Feminist Temporality. Women: A Cultural Review 25 (1), 46-61.

(2014). Neimanis, Astrida and Loewen Walker, Rachel. “Weathering: Climate Change and the ‘Thick Time’ of Transcorporeality.” Hypatia 29 (3), 558-575.

(2014). Loewen Walker, Rachel. “A fair country?: A feminist and postcolonial reading of Canada’s colonial encounter.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 34 (1), 117-131.

(2013). Matthews, Chelle and Loewen Walker, Rachel. Policy Recommendation: Toward the Inclusion of Gender Identity and Expression as Protected Grounds in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. The Avenue Community Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity. Saskatoon, SK

(2013). Tait, Caroline, Henry, Bobby, Loewen Walker, Rachel. “Child Welfare: A Social Determinant of Health For Canadian First Nations and Métis Children?” Pimatisiwin, 11 (1), 45-60.

(2013). Loewen Walker, Rachel. Environment imagining otherwise. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, vol 10 (1), 34-37.

(2011). Loewen Walker, Rachel. “Toward a FIERCE nomadology: Contesting queer geographies on the Christopher Street Pier.” PhaenEx, 6 (1).

(2011). Loewen Walker, Rachel and Tait, Caroline. Medical morality and the local worlds of Indigenous peoples: Situating the ethical gaze across the broad spectrum of health care delivery. Indigenous Peoples Health Research Centre and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

(2010). Loewen Walker, Rachel and Tait, Caroline. An overview of Euro-North American theoretical and applied ethical models that influence Canadian health care. Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan.

(2010). Loewen Walker, Rachel. “Politically queer: Ellen Degeneres and the changing face of American television 1997-2007.” Queers in American popular culture, vol 1, ed. Jim Elledge. 1-24. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

(2008). Loewen Walker, Rachel. Becoming queer: From rhetoric to rhizomes and towards an ethics of accountability. Unpublished MA thesis, Department of Philosophy, University of Saskatchewan.

(2008). Loewen Walker, Rachel. “Becoming queer: Performance art and constructions of identity.” Gnosis, 9 (3), 1-25. http://alcor.concordia.ca/~gnosis/vol_ix_3/articles.html

(2004). Loewen Walker, Rachel. “‘Queer’ing identity/ies: Agency and subversion in Canadian education.” The Canadian Online Journal of Queer Studies in Education, 1(1). http://jqstudies.oise.utoronto.ca/journal/viewarticle.php?id=6&layout=html