Dr. Rebecca Godderis
Program Coordinator, Society, Culture, and Environment (formerly Contemporary Studies); Associate Professor, Society, Culture, and Environment & Health Studies
Contact InformationEmail: rgodderis[at]wlu[dot]ca
Phone: 519.756.8228 ext.5933
Office Location: RCW 305
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:30-12:00
I am excited to be a member of the vibrant, interdisciplinary community of Laurier Brantford. Prior to starting my position at Laurier, I lived in Western Canada. I was raised in Calgary and moved to Vancouver to start my undergraduate education at Simon Fraser University. I stayed in Vancouver for ten years, completing two degrees and working with a research unit at the University of British Columbia before moving back to Calgary to undertake my PhD.
Ph.D., University of Calgary, Sociology, 2005-2009
M.A., Simon Fraser University, Criminology, 2000-2002
B.A., Simon Fraser University, Criminology and Psychology, 1995-2000
Teaching - 2015
CT/HR370 - Gender Theories and Culture
SJ602 - Social Justice Research Methods
Research and Teaching Interests
I am interested in the intersections between gender, sexuality, well-being, health and medicine. To date, the majority of my research focuses on how norms and expectations about gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced through medical and health-based knowledge. Previously my work focused on how psychiatric knowledge about postpartum depression was created. This work has expanded to include a number of new avenues of research including a critical examination of government-based information about alcohol consumption during pregnancy and sexual assualt on university campuses.
Godderis, Rebecca. 2013. A tricky object to classify: Evidence, postpartum depression and the DSM-IV. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 49(2), 123-141.
Godderis, Rebecca and Rossiter, Kate. 2013. 'If you have a soul, you will volunteer at once': Gendered expectations of duty to care during pandemics. Sociology of Health and Illness, 35(2), 304-308.
Godderis, Rebecca. 2011. Iterative generation of diagnostic categories through production and practice: The case of postpartum depression. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 35(4), 484-500.
Godderis, Rebecca. 2011. From talk to action: Mapping the diagnostic process in psychiatry. In PJ McGann, David J. Hutson (eds), Sociology of Diagnosis, pp. 133-152. Cambridge, MA: Emerald Publishing Group Ltd.
Rossiter, Kate and Godderis, Rebecca. 2011. Finding the necessary distance: Theorizing ethnographic research-based theatre. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 40(6), 648-677.
Sears, Camilla and Godderis, Rebecca. 2011. Roar like a tiger on TV? Constructions of women and childbirth in reality TV. Feminist Media Studies, 11(2), 181-195.
Godderis, Rebecca. 2010. Precarious beginnings: Gendered risk discourses in psychiatric research literature about postpartum depression. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 14(5), 451-466.
Recent Conference Papers
Godderis, Rebecca and Stephenson, Zipparah. June 2013. Preventing tragedy: Constructions of risk and responsibility in government documents about alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Canadian Sociological Associaiton in Victoria, British Columbia.
Godderis, Rebecca. May 2011. Grabbing the media spotlight: Stories of postpartum depression during the 1980s and 1990s. Qualitatives Annual Conference in Brantford, Ontario.
Godderis, Rebecca and Rossiter, Kate. October 2010. Waiting for the pandemic: Theatre, embodiment and knowledge generation. Qualitative Health Research Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Godderis, Rebecca. October 2009. Difficult decisions: Officially classifying postpartum depression in the DSM. Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) in Washington, D.C.
Godderis, Rebecca. June 2008. Risky moms: Psychiatric discourse about postpartum depression. Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice: A Human Rights Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.