Jasmine Rault

Prof. Jasmine Rault's profile photoJasmine Rault joined the faculty at University of Toronto in 2017, after working as Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at The New School in New York City. Cross-appointed with ICCIT and Sociology, Rault’s research focuses on sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity as axes of power, cultural change and aesthetic potentiality. Her work takes queer feminist approaches to architecture and design, decolonizing digital research ethics and economies, and the affective politics of sexuality in transnational arts and social movements.

Rault’s first book is Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In (Ashgate 2011; re-issued with Routledge 2016), which considers the shifting codes of early twentieth century sexual modernity as critical elements of Gray’s interventions in modernist architecture, design and communication theory. She is currently working on the techno-social and cultural history of ‘openness’ since the late nineteenth century for a book provisionally entitled, Codes, Screens, Filters: Infrastructures of Intimacy from Sapphic Modernity to Digital Futurity. Rault is also working on “A Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory for Minor(itized) Materials,” with T.L. Cowan, to reimagine online research, publishing and archiving habits and protocols that prioritize decolonizing, trans- feminist, queer, Indigenous and Black methodologies, relationships to risk, care, desire, accountability and reciprocity (funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant). Rault and Cowan are co-authoring the book, Checking In: Feminist Data in Networked Publics.    

Areas of Specialization
Gender & Sexuality, Cultural Studies, Critical Race Studies, Digital Research Ethics, Queer Archives, Architectural and Digital Design Histories, Feminist Data


Rault, Jasmine, “White Noise, White Affects: Filtering the Sameness of Queer Suffering,” Feminist Media Studies, 17.4, 2017: 1-15

Rault, Jasmine, “Ridiculizing Power: Relajo and the Affects of Queer Activism in Mexico,” Scholar & Feminist Online, 14.3, (Summer) 2017

Rault, Jasmine & T.L. Cowan, “Haven’t you ever heard of Tumblr? FemTechNet’s Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC), Pedagogical Publics, and Classroom Incivility,” MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education, Elizabeth Losh, ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017: 161-176

Rault, Jasmine, “Housing Foreclosure: Theaster Gates’ Queer Architectural Practice,” Entry Points: The Vera List Center Manual on Art and Social Justice, Carin Kuoni & Chelsea Haines, eds. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2016: 266-268

Behrmann, Erica M. CL Cole, T.L. Cowan, Radhika Gajjala, Liz Losh, Jasmine Rault, Laura Wexler, “Feminist Alternatives to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): The Inception of the Distributed Open Collaborative Course (DOCC),” MOOCs and Open Education Around the World, Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, eds. New York: Routledge Press, 2015: 190-202

Rault, Jasmine & T.L. Cowan, “Trading Credit for Debt: Queer History-Making and Debt Culture”, Women’s Studies Quarterly, 42.1-2, Spring-Summer 2014: 294-310

Rault, Jasmine & T.L. Cowan (co-author), “The Labour of Being Studied in a Free Love Economy,” ephemera: theory & politics in organization, 14.3, 2014: 471-488


Rault, Jasmine, T.L. Cowan and Dayna McLeod, “Speculative Praxis Toward a Queer Feminist Digital Archive,” Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, 4, July 2014  http://adanewmedia.org/2014/07/issue5-cowanetal/

Rault, Jasmine, Eileen Gray and the Design of Sapphic Modernity: Staying In (Ashgate, 2011; Routledge, 2016)

Rault, Jasmine & T.L. Cowan, “Feminist Mediations,” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, special section on Feminist Mediations, 25, Spring 2011: 177-182

Rault, Jasmine, “Positive Affect in the Queer Americas,” Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, special section on Feminist Mediations, 25, Spring 2011: 239-249

Rault, Jasmine, “Fashioning Sapphic Architecture: Eileen Gray and Radclyffe Hall,” Cultures of Femininity in Modern Fashion, Ilya Parkins and Elizabeth Sheehan, eds. New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 2011: 19-44

Rault, Jasmine, “Designing Sapphic Modernity, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture (Berg), 1.1, July 2010: 29-43

Rault, Jasmine, “Designing Sapphic Modernity: Fashioning Interior Spaces and Subjects,”Fashion and Interior Design: Embodied Practices, John Potvin and Alla Myzelev, eds. Burlington: Ashgate, 2010: 185-203

Rault, Jasmine, “Losing Feelings: Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux and An Affective Archive of Sapphic Modernity,” Archives of American Art Journal (Smithsonian Institution), 48.1-2, Spring 2009: 56-65