Kathy Liddle

Kathy Liddle
Associate Professor – Teaching Stream, Special Advisor to the Dean on Access
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Professor Liddle joined the faculty at the University of Toronto in 2005. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Emory University. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of the fields of culture, organizations, and gender/sexuality.

Her research project on feminist bookstores explores the contexts of their emergence and decline; the challenges and opportunities presented by blending market and feminist logics of organizing; and how these stores contributed to fostering feminist thought in general and lesbian-feminist community in particular.  She has also been involved in research projects dealing with the orchestral music canon, mainstream female recording artists, and music festivals.

Professor Liddle also has a strong interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning. She was part of a research team that investigated undergraduate interdisciplinary science teaching and she has written about how to come out in the classroom as an LGBTQ professor.  She teaches courses on culture, media, and qualitative methods.


Ph.D., Emory University

Teaching Interests

  • Sociology of Culture
  • Media & Society
  • From Papyrus to Kobo: The Sociology of Books
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Introduction to Sociology

Research Interests

  • Culture
  • Organizations
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Qualitative Methods

Awards and Grants

2015: Teaching Enhancement Grant, University of Toronto Scarborough Centre for Teaching & Learning

2008: Connaught New Staff Matching Grant, University of Toronto

2005: Connaught Start-Up Grant, University of Toronto


Liddle, Kathleen. 2009. “Despite Our Differences: Coming Out in Conservative Classrooms. Feminism & Psychology 19(2):190-193.

Sales, Jessica, Dawn Comeau, Kathleen Liddle, Lisa Perrone, Katrina Palmer, and David Lynn. 2007. “Preparing Future Faculty: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Science Course Taught by Graduate and Postdoctoral Teacher-Scholars. Journal of College Science Teaching 36(1):24-30

Sales, Jessica, Dawn Comeau, Kathleen Liddle, Nikki Khanna, Lisa Perrone, Katrina Palmer, and David Lynn. 2006. “Bridging the Gap: A Research-Based Approach for Teaching Interdisciplinary Science to Undergraduate Freshman Students.” Journal of College Science Teaching 35(6):36-41.

Dowd, Timothy J., Kathleen Liddle, and Maureen Blyler. 2005. “Charting Gender: The Success of Female Acts in the U.S. Mainstream Recording Market, 1940 to 1990.” Transformations in Cultural Industries (Research in the Sociology of Organization) 23: 83-126.

Liddle, Kathleen. 2005. “More Than a Bookstore: The Continuing Relevance of Feminist Bookstores for the Lesbian Community.” Journal of Lesbian Studies 9:147-161.

Liddle, Kathleen and Becky J. Liddle. 2004. “In the Meantime: Same-Sex Ceremonies in the Absence of Legal Recognition.” Feminism and Psychology 14(1):52-56.

Dowd, Timothy J., Kathleen Liddle, and Jenna Nelson. 2004. “Festivals as Periodically  Recreated Scenes.” Pp. 149-167 in Music Scenes: Local, Translocal, and Virtual, edited by Andrew Bennett and Richard A. Peterson. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.

Dowd, Timothy J., Kathleen Liddle, Kim Lupo, and Anne Borden. 2002. “Organizing the Musical Canon: The Repertoires of Major U.S. Symphony Orchestras, 1842-1969.” Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, Media, and the Arts 30:35-61.