Professor and Associate Vice-President Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion

Diana ParryContact information

Office: Commissary (COM) 105A

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 43468 


Prononous: she/her

Research interests

As a feminist scholar, I use my research intentionally to advance a social justice agenda by advocating for a holistic understanding and conceptualization of health for women. In short, I study the personal and political links between women’s leisure and women’s health. In so doing, my research interrogates the medicalization of women’s health and the prevailing assumption that health experiences can be understood solely through the documentation of physiological causes and technological solutions, the dominant focus of most research on women’s health. By contrast, I attempt to demonstrate, through my research, that women’s health is personal and political, dynamic, complex, and multidimensional with important links to leisure. By challenging the medical model, my work seeks to shift attention toward a full range of quality of life issues, including social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and sexual dimensions of women’s health. My research has introduced unique and innovative substantive areas to leisure studies including women’s consumption of sexually explicit material, women’s use of erotic capital, women’s encounters with menopause, infertility, pregnancy, midwifery, cancer, and motherhood.

    Graduate supervision

    I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:

    • Gender
    • Feminist theories
    • Women's health
    • Leisure
    • Qualitative research/creative analytic practice

    Graduate studies application details

    Teaching interests

    • Gender
    • Feminist theories
    • Women’s health
    • Leisure
    • Qualitative methodologies 


    BA (Brock)

    MA (Waterloo)

    PhD (Illinois)

    Selected publications

    Parry, D.C. (2016). Skankalicious: Erotic capital in women’s flat track roller derby. Leisure Sciences.

    Valtchanov, B., Parry, D.C., Glover, T.D., & Mulcahy, C.M. (2016). “A whole new world”: Mothers’ technologically-mediated leisure. Leisure Sciences.

    Parry, D. C., & Penny Light, T. (2014). Fifty Shades of Complexity: Exploring Technologically Mediated Leisure and Women’s Sexuality, Journal of Leisure Research, 46(1), 38-57.

    Parry, D. C. (2014). My transformative desires: Enacting feminist social justice leisure research, Leisure Sciences, 36(4), 1-16.

    Valtchanov, B., Parry, D.C., Glover, T.D., & Mulcahy, C.M. (2014). your fingertips”: Transforming community online through a social networking site for mothers, Gender Technology and Development, 18(2), 187-217.

    Parry, D.C., & Fullagar, S. (2013). Feminist Research in the Contemporary Era. Journal of Leisure Research, 45(5), 571-582.

    Parry, D.C., Glover, T.D., & Mulcah y, C.M. (2013). From “stroller-stalker” to “momancer”: Courting friends through a Social Networking Site for Mothers. Journal of Leisure Research, 45(1), 22-45.

    Parry, D. C., Johnson, C. W., & Stewart, W. (2013). Leisure Research for Social Justice: A Response to Henderson. Leisure Sciences, 35(1), 81-87.

    University of Waterloo