Gina Snooks

Crystal Gaudet
MGS (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Gender Studies, 2015)
(Memorial University of Newfoundland, Women's Studies and Folklore, 2013)

 Areas of Interest 

Decolonizing trauma, auto/biography studies, autoethnography, trauma and healing, storytelling and social justice, embodied life narratives.

Gina is a research assistant for the Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking (NORAHT) She sits on the Board of Directors for Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and HIV North Society in Fort McMurray, Alberta.


Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2017

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2016

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2015

Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2014


2018 - “Research as Allyship: Reflections on the Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance on Human Trafficking.” Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes (WGSRF), Gathering Diversities, Social Sciences and Humanities Congress, University of Regina, Regina, SK. Co-presented paper on behalf of the Northeastern Ontario Research Alliance with Dr. Rosemary Nagy (lead investigator) and Jylelle Carpenter-Boesch

Snooks, Gina and Sonja Boon. “Salt Fish and Molasses: Unsettling the Palate Between Two Continents.” European Journal of Life Writing 6 (2017): 218-241. DOI:

Snooks, Gina. “IABAGraduate Student and New Scholar Forum: Trauma, Testimony, and the Art of Therapeutic Portraiture.” What’s Next?: The Futures of Auto/Biography Studies, a special issue of  a/b: Auto/Biography Studies 32.2 (2017).

Snooks, Gina. “Enshrined in Flesh: Tattoos and Contemporary Women’s Spirituality.” The Tattoo Project: Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive. Ed. Deborah Davidson. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc., 2016. 


2017 “Trauma, Testimony and the Art of Healing Through Auto/biographical Photography.” The International Auto/Biography Association Chapter of the Americas Conference: Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas A Symposium in Honour of Marlene Kadar, York University; Toronto, ON.

2017 “Witnessing: Auto/Biographical Portraiture as Testimony.” WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES ET RECHERCHES FÉMINISTES Congress (2017): From Far and Wide, the Next 150, Ryerson University; Toronto, ON.

2017 “Bearing Witness: Autobiographical Portraiture as Testimony.” The SOGS Academic Committee 2017 Western Research Forum: Mosaic, Western University; London, ON. Poster.

2017 “Bearing Witness: Autobiographical Portraiture as Testimony.” Arts and Humanities Research Day, Western University; London, ON. Poster.

2015 “Truths are Written on Their Skin: Tattoo Stories in St. John’s,” The Blue Castle: Conversations on Women, Culture and the Spaces of Imagination and Department of Gender Studies, Memorial University. Invited.

2015 “Ink: Entangling Flesh and Spirit,” Talking Bodies: Identities, Sexuality and Representation; an international, interdisciplinary conference, University of Chester; Chester, UK.

2014 “Scripted Skins: Women’s Tattoos as Embodied Life Narratives,” Department of Gender Studies Speakers Series, Memorial University.


Courses Taught:WS4458F (special topic) Storytelling for Change: The Art of Decolonial Feminist Praxis, 2017

TA Assignments: WS 1020E Intro to Women’s Studies 2015-2017