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Patricia Hamilton

      Research interests

      Neoliberal policiesMothering and motherhoodBlack feminist theoryAttachment parentingBreastfeedingBlack motherhood

      About

      I'm a PhD candidate in the department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research. My thesis examines black mothers' engagement with attachment parenting in a neoliberal context. Using data collected from interviews with black mothers living in the UK and Canada, I explore attachment parenting's emergence as a popular parenting philosophy and how its appearance reflects the raced, gendered and classed dimensions of 'good' motherhood.

      Professional experience

      Instructor

      University of Western Ontario Faculty of Social Science

      January 2017 - April 2017(3 months)

      Teaching Assistant

      University of Western Ontario Faculty of Social Science

      September 2013 - April 2016(3 years)

      Tutor/Teaching Assistant

      University of the Witwatersrand

      February 2013 - July 2013(5 months)

      Freelance researcher

      IANRA

      November 2012 - July 2013(8 months)

      Intern

      ActionAid International

      March 2011 - August 2011(5 months)

      Tutor/Teaching Assistant

      University of the Witwatersrand

      February 2010 - July 2011(a year)

      Education

      PhD Women's Studies and Feminist Research

      University of Western Ontario Faculty of Social Science

      September 2013 - November 2017(4 years)

      MA Gender Studies

      Sussex University - University of Sussex

      September 2011 - September 2012(a year)

      BA English and Sociology

      University of the Witwatersrand

      January 2007 - December 2010(4 years)