Em Harvey

The Other Body: A Queer, Trans and Crip Theory Critique of Privacy, Privilege and Power


Supervisors: Dr Nicola Smith and Dr Karin Bottom

The aim of Em's research is to understand the interplay and intersections between queer, trans and crip/disability theory and resistance in relation to privacy, privilege and power regarding the concept of 'the body'. This will include examining examples of 'othering' and normalcy, the politics of sex and shame and disclosure/'coming out' among queer, trans and disabled folk. This research will be rooted in poststructuralist, feminist analyses.


Em first developed an interest in Queer and Feminist Theory while studying an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester. Their undergrad thesis looked to explain the rise of homophobia and transphobia in Russia and the recent ‘anti-gay’ laws of 2013, using Queer and Feminist Theories to examine this. Since then, Em has increasingly began researching a range of poststructuralist theories, including Trans and Crip/Disability Theory which have become an integral part of their current research.

Alongside their PhD, Em is a clumsy bartender in Birmingham City Centre, loves cheese, activism and glitter, and is the proud owner of three adorable pet rats called Pesto, Mozzarella and Basil.


  • 2012-2015, BA (Hons) History and Politics, University of Leicester
  • 2015-2021 PhD (Part-Time) POLSIS, University of Birmingham

Research interests

  • Feminist, Sexuality and Gender Theory and Studies
  • Social Movements, Resistance, Intersectionality and Grassroot Activism
  • Poststructuralist Theories and Analyses
  • Same-Sex Marriage Critiques

Other activities

Office Hours held in: Room 342, Muirhead Tower
Book my Office Hours at below:
WHM Global Political Theories
Left Parties and Protest Movements POLS 338

Contact details:

Email: EXH594@bham.ac.uk