Dr. Aoife Emily Heart is a lecturer in the English Department at the University of British Columbia, with research specializations in comparative literature, trans/gender theory, and human rights issues. She is interested in feminist philosophy, queer studies, transgender awareness, and education.
She is inspired by the multitude of women authors, poets, and scholars who wrote their lives against and despite whatever opposition tried to stop them.
She believes that the best form of activism is education. As such has adopted an ethics of honesty about herself and her experiences as a trans-woman who has lived on three different continents.
She is passionate about an intersectional, inclusive feminism that challenges the assumptions, prescriptions, and definitions of who women are and what we must be. She champions diversity not reduction, information not antagonism, and most of all dialogue and collaboration.