Bio and Publications


I’m Assistant Professor of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at UBC Okanagan, in Kelowna BC, on Syilx Okanagan territory. I teach undergraduate classes on reproductive politics, feminist epistemologies, and critical sexuality studies. I also supervise graduate students interested in reproduction, health humanities, fiction and film, or STS (science and technology studies).

In general, my research aims to understand and explain the history of reproductive politics by studying representations of reproduction, mostly in science fiction and film.

You can read more about me here, about UBC’s Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies program in this article, and about how I have been working to make my research more accesible through UBC’s Public Humanities Hub, here



Latimer, Heather. Reproductive Acts: Sexual Politics in North American Fiction and Film. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2013.

Articles and Book Chapters

Latimer, Heather. “Abortion Politics and the Dystopic Imagination,” in Rewriting the Abortion Narrative: The Power of Popular Culture, edited by Brenda Boudreau and Kelli Maloy, forthcoming in 2023 with Lexington/Roman & Littlefield.

Latimer, Heather. “Roe and our Dystopic Imagination,” from “Fifty Years since Roe v. Wade: Forum.” Feminist Studies, vol 48, no.3, 2022, pp. 824-849.

Latimer, Heather. ” Abortion Regulation as the Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Or, A Call to Make Abortion Natural Again.” Feminist Studies vol. 48, no.2, 2022, pp. 342-366

Latimer, Heather. “A Queer Pregnancy: Affective Kinship, Time Travel, and Reproductive Choice in Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival.” Feminist Theory vol. 22, no. 3, Aug. 2021, pp. 429-442.

Latimer, Heather. “All Politics are Reproductive: Abortion and Environment in Marianne Apostolides’ Deep Salt Water.” In Representing Abortion, edited by Rachel Hurst. Abingdon: Routledge, 2021, pp. 166-176.

Latimer, Heather. “Snapping: Feminist Pedagogy and Navigating the ‘New’ Right.Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice vol. 41, no. 1, 2020, pp. 72-81.

Latimer, Heather. “Queering Cosmopolitan Futurity: Sailing into the Unknown in Emanuele Crialese’s Terraferma.” Journal of Intercultural Studies vol. 40, no. 5, 2019, pp 534-546.

Latimer, Heather. “Reproductive Politics, the Negative Present, and Cosmopolitan Futurity.”  In Negative Cosmopolitanisms: Cultures and Politics of World Citizenship after Globalization, edited by Eddy Kent and Terri Tomsky. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017, pp. 195-213.

Boon, Sonja… Latimer, Heather (1/10)….“The Politics of Representation: Reading, Writing, Affect,” from “The Intro Course: A Pedagogical Toolkit.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice vol. 37, no. 2, 2016, pp. 54-67.

Latimer, Heather. “Pregnant Possibilities: Cosmopolitanism, Kinship and Reproductive Futurism in Maria Full of Grace and In America.” In Whose Cosmopolitanism? Critical Cosmopolitanism, Relationalities and Discontents, edited by Andrew Irving and Nina Glick Schiller. London: Berghahn Press, 2014, pp. 227-243.

Latimer, Heather. “The Straight Line: Sexuality, Futurity, and the Politics of Austerity.” English Studies in Canada vol. 39, no.4, 2013, pp. 21-24.

Latimer, Heather. “Bio-reproductive Futurism: The Pregnant Refugee in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men.” Social Text vol. 29, no. 3 (108), 2011, pp. 51-72.

Latimer Heather. “Reproductive Technologies, Fetal Icons, and Genetic Freaks: Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl and the Limits and Possibilities of Donna Haraway’s Cyborg.” Modern Fiction Studies vol. 57, no. 2, 2011, pp. 318-335.

Latimer, Heather. “Popular Culture and Reproductive Politics: JunoKnocked Up and the Enduring Legacy of The Handmaid’s Tale.” Feminist Theory vol. 10, no. 2, 2009, pp. 211-226.