Reisa Klein, PhD, MA, BA

Senior Officer, Major Initiatives, Vice-President Research Innovation

Pronouns: She/Her


Senior Officer, Major Initiatives, Vice-President Research Innovation


Area of Study / Keywords

gender intersectionality media cultural studies research design partnership engagement


Experienced in academic research with a strong track record of competitive grants success, and peer-reviewed publications in both English and French. Strong experience in leading, developing, and coordinating large-scale, interdisciplinary Tri-Agency funding grant applications with expertise in research design, partnership engagement, EDI, and knowledge mobilization.


Recent research includes:  The emerging trend of commemorative Holocaust tattoos by descendants of Holocaust survivors, and the social significance of making Jewish identities more visible in a contemporary context of increased antisemitism (SSHRC Insight Development Grant); the healing role of tattooing practices in response to individual and collective trauma including in the contexts of self-harm, sexual assault, systemic racism, and colonization (SSHRC Insight Grant);  and the emerging practice of mastectomy tattoos by breast cancer patients in the cosmetic masking of post-operative mastectomy scars and their implications for a digital feminist body politics (FRQSC, Government of Quebéc).


Past teaching includes gender and science, representations of gender, communication and identity, body politics, visual culture.

Featured Publications

When the phallus is a “dick”: The cultural/material turn to breasts

Reisa Klein & Dorothy Woodman

The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality and Culture . 2022 September;

Reisa Klein, Gabrielle M. Siegers and Dorothy Woodman

Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. 2020 May;

Reisa Klein

Talking Bodies Vol. II. . 2020 May;

Reisa Klein

Catalyst: Feminism Theory, Technoscience. 2018 May;

Women’s war: Media representations of female civil work during WWI

Reisa Klein & Michèle Martin

Canadian Journal of Media Studies. 2016 May;

La tyrannie de la beauté en production alimentaire

Reisa Klein & Michèle Martin

Actes du colloque du GRICIS "Où (en) est la critique en communication?". 2012 November;