Margaret Robinson

Associate Professor


Related information

Phone: 902-494-1360
Mailing Address: 
Room 3102, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Critical health studies
  • Social justice and inequality
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Substance use
  • Food & food movements
  • Research methods

Cross appointment

  • Canadian Studies


  • BA, Saint Mary’s University
  • MA, PhD, University of Toronto

Research interests

Margaret Robinson is a bisexual and two-spirit scholar from Eski'kewaq, Nova Scotia, and a member of the Lennox Island First Nation. Her work examines the impact of intersecting oppressions and draws on critical, postcolonial, and queer theories, intersectionality, and third wave feminism.

She has been a community-based researcher since 2009, incorporating participatory, action-based, feminist, and Indigenous research methods. She has led studies on decolonizing research funding in Canada, two-spirit people’s understanding of mental health, and cannabis use among bisexual women. In 2016 she led a team that developed and validated a measure of microaggressions and microaffirmations experienced by bisexual women. She is currently a Co-Investigator on studies of the regulation of non-medical cannabis (Dr. Sergio Rueda & Elaine Elaine Hyshka, PI), LGBTQ poverty and health (Dr. Lori Ross, PI), decolonization in Canadian and Taiwanese animation (Shannon Brownlee, PI), and the Atlantic Indigenous Mentorship Network (Dr. Debbie Martin, PI).

She conducted her postdoctoral training at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health and was previously a Researcher in Residence in Indigenous Health at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network in Toronto.

Selected publications

  • Flanders C, LeBreton M, Robinson M (2018). Bisexual Women’s Experience of Microaggressions and Microaffirmations: A Community Engaged, Mixed-Methods Scale Development Project. Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 1-16.
  • Robinson M (2017). Two-Spirit And Bisexual People: Different Umbrella, Same Rain. Journal of Bisexuality, 17 (1), 7-29.
  • Robinson M (2017). Mi’kmaw Stories in Research. In Visioning a Mi’kmaw Humanities: Indigenizing the Academy, M Battiste (Ed.). Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press, 56-68. 
  • Robinson M, Sanches M, MacLeod M (2016). Prevalence and Mental Health Correlates of Cannabis Use Among a Networked Sample of Bisexual Women in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Bisexuality 16(2), 181-202.
  • Robinson M (2016). Is the Moose Still My Brother If We Don’t Eat Him? In: Critical Perspectives on Veganism. J Castricano & RR Simonsen (Ed.). New York, NY: Palgrave McMillan, 261-284.
  • Robinson M (2015). The Role of Anxiety in Bisexual Women’s Use of Cannabis. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity 2(2).