Cornel Grey

Assistant Professor 
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies 

Brief Bio

Dr. Cornel Grey’s research focuses primarily on the health of black queer men. More specifically, he is interested in the ways that black queer men mobilize skin-to-skin contact as a practice of care. He recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health where he examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the social and sexual lives of gay, bisexual, and queer men. His current projects include a qualitative study examining the impact of positive touch on the health of black queer men and an archival study examining black queer diasporic networks. Dr. Grey will also be a Visiting Fellow at the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (University of Sydney) during the 2024 Spring term.

Research Interests

Black Studies; Black Diaspora; Black Feminisms; Black Queer Studies; Queer Health; Queer Diaspora; Critical Health Studies; Critical Race Studies; Sexual Health; HIV/AIDS; Masculinities

Undergraduate Courses

GSWS 1021F Introduction to Sexuality Studies (Fall 2022 and 2023)
GSWS 2162B The Body (Winter 2023)
GSWS 2171B Gender and Sport (Winter 2024)
GSWS 2230F Introduction to Black/African Diaspora (Fall 2023)
GSWS 3315G Blood, Breath and the Black Body (Winter 2023)

Selected Publications

Book Chapter 

In press. Cornel Grey and Kareem K. M. Willis. “LGBTQ+, Race, and The Pursuit of Social Equity.” In Achieving Social Equity: From Problems to Solutions, edited by Mary E. Guy and Sean A. McCandless, 2nd ed: Melvin & Leigh.

Cornel Grey and Nikoli A. Attai. 2019. ‘LGBT Rights, Sexual Citizenship, and Blacklighting in the Anglophone Caribbean’. In The Oxford Handbook of Global LGBT and Sexual Diversity Politics, edited by Michael Bosia, Sandra M. McEvoy, and Momin Rahman. New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

Anthony W.H. Yuen, Jordan M. Sang, Lu Wang, Justin Barath, Nathan J. Lachowsky, Allan Lal, Julius Elefante, Trevor A. Hart, Shayna Skakoon-Sparling, Cornel Grey, Daniel Grace, Joseph Cox, Gilles Lambert, Syed W. Noor, Herak Apelian, Abbie Parlette, Kiffer G. Card, Mark W. Hull, Jody Jollimore and David M. Moore. 2023. “Attitudes of Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (GBM) toward Their Use of Amphetamine-Type Stimulants and Relation to Reducing Use in Three Canadian Cities.” Substance Use & Misuse 0 (0): 1–13.

Cornel Grey, Ian Liujia Tian, Shayna Skakoon-Sparling, Emerich Daroya, Ben Klassen, David Lessard, Mark Gaspar, Jad Sinno, Jordan M. Sang, Amaya Perez-Brumer, Nathan J. Lachowsky, David M. Moore, Jody Jollimore, Trevor A. Hart, Joseph Cox, Daniel Grace. 2023. “Unpacking racism amid intersecting epidemics of HIV and COVID-19: narratives from racialized Canadian gay, bisexual, and queer men.” International Journal for Equity in Health.

Cornel Grey, Jad Sinno, Haochuan Zhang, Emerich Daroya, Shayna Skakoon-Sparling, Ben Klassen, David Lessard, et al. 2023. ‘Queering Public Health: A Critical Examination of Healthcare Access and Gender Expression among Trans, Nonbinary, and Other Gender Nonconforming People during COVID-19’. Health & Social Care in the Community.

Emerich Daroya, Mark Gaspar, Cornel Grey, David Lessard, Ben Klassen, Shayna Skakoon-Sparling, Jad Sinno, et al. 2023. ‘“It’s Different for Heterosexuals”: Exploring Cis-Heteronormativity in COVID-19 Public Health Directives and Its Impacts on Canadian Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men’. Critical Public Health: 1–11.

Emerich Daroya, Cornel Grey, Ben Klassen, David Lessard, Shayna Skakoon-Sparling, Amaya Perez-Brumer, Barry Adam, et al. 2023. ‘“It’s Not as Good as the Face-to-Face Contact”: A Sociomaterialist Analysis of the Use of Virtual Care among Canadian Gay, Bisexual and Queer Men during the COVID-19 Pandemic’. Sociology of Health & Illness.

Emerich Daroya, Cornel Grey, David Lessard, Ben Klassen, Shayna Skakoon-Sparling, Mark Gaspar, Amaya Perez-Brumer, et al. 2022. ‘“I Did Not Have Sex Outside of Our Bubble”: Changes in Sexual Practices and Risk Reduction Strategies among Sexual Minority Men in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic’. Culture, Health & Sexuality.

Skakoon‐Sparling, Shayna, Kiffer G. Card, Jake R. Novick, Graham Berlin, Nathan J. Lachowsky, Barry Adam, David J. Brennan, Jordan M. Sang, Syed W. Noor, Joseph Cox, David M. Moore, Daniel Grace, Cornel Grey, Emerich Daroya, Trevor A. Hart. 2022. ‘The Relevance of Communal Altruism for Sexual Minority Men in Contemporary Contexts’. Journal of Community Psychology.

Shayna Skakoon-Sparling, Joseph Cox, Nathan J. Lachowsky, Allison L. Kirschbaum, Graham W. Berlin, Mark Gaspar, Barry D. Adam, David J. Brennan, David M. Moore, Herak Apelian, Jordan M. Sang, Jody Jollimore, Daniel Grace, Cornel Grey and Trevor A. Hart. 2022. ‘Minority Stressors and Connectedness among Urban Gay, Bisexual, and Queer Men’. Psychology of Men & Masculinities 23 (2): 245–56.

Mark Gaspar, Cornel Grey, Alex Wells, Mark Hull, Darrell H. S. Tan, Nathan Lachowsky, and Daniel Grace. 2022. ‘Public Health Morality, Sex, and COVID-19: Sexual Minority Men’s HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Decision-Making during Ontario’s First COVID-19 Lockdown’. Critical Public Health 32 (1): 116–26.

Book Review

Cornel Grey. 2018. ‘Letters in Black, Care of Christina Sharpe’. Critical Ethnic Studies 4 (1): 175–79.


Bidushy Sadika, M. Jawad Zawulistani, Caden Miguel Reyes, Heather Martin, Cornel Grey, Kaitlynn Mendes, and Emily G. Nielsen. 2023. “Understanding Hate in Ontario.” London: Mosaic Institute.

Popular Media

Cornel Grey, Ian Liujia Tian, and Daniel Grace. 2022. ‘Will You Take on the Challenge? Combatting Racism in Our Communities Will Require All Our Efforts.’ Engage (blog). 27 June 2022.

Cornel Grey. 2016. ‘Deportation, Nation and Incarceration: What Does It Mean to Be a Citizen?’ Stabroek News (blog). 19 September 2016.

Cornel Grey. 2016. ‘A Tale of Same/Safe Spaces: On the (Im)Possibilities of LGBT Life’. Stabroek News (blog). 24 October 2016.