T.L. Cowan

Headshot of T.L. Cowan in black and white.
Associate Professor (On Leave July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024)
Telephone number
Building HW 411A
Media Studies


T.L. Cowan is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies (Digital Media Cultures) in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) and the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto. Before moving to the University of Toronto in 2017, T.L. was a Presidential Visiting Professor in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Yale University, and Chair of Experimental Pedagogies in the School of Media Studies at The New School.  T.L.’s research focuses on cultural and intellectual economies and networks of trans- feminist and queer (TFQ) and other minoritized digital media and performance practices. This work includes a monograph, entitled Transmedial Drag and Other Cross-Platform Cabaret Methods, nearing completion. T.L. is also a co-author of the Feminist Data Manifest-No.

T.L. frequently collaborates with Jasmine Rault. Together, they hold a SSHRC Insight Grant (2019-2024), entitled “Networked Intimate Publics: Feminist and Queer Practices of Scale, Safety and Access,” and a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2017-2020), entitled “Building a Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory for Minor(itized) Materials.” Cowan and Raul are co-directors of two online research sites: the Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory (DREC) and the Cabaret Commons. They are also co-editors of a “Metaphors as Meaning and Method in Technoculture,” a special section of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. T.L. is also a co-director of the Critical Digital Methods Institute (CDMI) in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at UTSC. The CDMI is supported by the UTSC Departmental Research Fund (2019-2021).