More about me

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Zaren Healey White 

I'm a St. John’s, Newfoundland based communications advisor, recent graduate, blogger, and feminist activist.

I worked for three years as a broadcast journalist, reporter, and web and social media editor before returning to work at Memorial University in 2015.

I completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and Women’s Studies from Memorial University in St. John’s (2010), a Master of Arts in English from McGill University in Montreal (2012), and recently earned a Master of Gender Studies degree at Memorial (2016).

My MA research examines nineteenth-century American porno-gothic fiction. My major research paper is entitled "A Morbid and Depraved Appetite": Criminal Female Sexuality and the Porno-Gothic in George Thompson's Venus in Boston and City Crimes.  

My MGS research examines the work of Canadian transgender performer and artist Nina Arsenault and her autobiographical one-woman play The Silicone Diaries (2012).

I really, really, really love animals.

I’ve spent most of my life introducing myself as "Karen with a Z."

Publications and Public Speaking

Academically, I've has been published in Theatre Research in Canada (2013) and the Memorial University journal At The Edge (2012).

In online magazines and newspapers, I've been published in Role Reboot, The Washington Post, and Mamamia. 

I've presented my work at academic conferences at the University of Victoria (2011), McGill University (2012), Memorial University (2013, 2014, 2015), the University of Winnipeg (2014), the University of Lisbon, Portugal (2014), and the University of Ottawa (2015). 


I critiqued the position that universities have become "politically correct" intellectual dead zones on the CBC radio program The 180 in June 2015. Listen here.

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