Tracy Penny Light

Campus: Waterloo
Office: SJU 1013B
Email: tplight@uwaterloo.ca

Tracy Penny Light is Assistant Professor in History and the Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies program at St. Jerome’s University.

Tracy completed her BA (Hons.) at Nipissing University after completing two years at York University, and her MA at Laurentian University. She completed her Ph.D. in History at the University of Waterloo and was a student in the first cohort of the then newly created Tri-University Program. While a graduate student, she held various positions in Waterloo’s Department of History, Teaching Resource and Continuing Education (TRACE) office and the Centre for Learning and Teaching Through Technology (LT3). Just prior to accepting her position in History and SMF, Tracy was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History and worked for the Associate Vice-President, Learning Resources and Innovation at Waterloo managing strategic innovation projects for the UW campus.

Tracy brings a long history of teaching innovation to St. Jerome’s (she has been invited to share her work with colleagues internationally). Her research explores gender and sexuality in medical discourses and her expertise lies in modern Canadian and American history. She is currently working on projects that explore the medical discourse on abortion in Canada, the intersection of the medical and religious discourses on sexuality in mid-twentieth century Canada, the Canadian medical profession’s construction of masculinity in male illness, and the construction of gender in Cold-War American comics and films.

In addition to her history and sexuality research, Tracy looks forward to continuing her work in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Her SoTL research focuses on the use of electronic portfolios to promote deep learning and knowledge transfer (specifically in terms of developing historical thinking).