Hannah Dyer is an Associate Professor at Brock University in Child and Youth Studies. She is a cultural theorist of childhood with concentration in art/aesthetics, social conflict, queer theory, and settler-colonial studies. She is interested in how aesthetic and expressive cultures of childhood reframe relationships to political crises, historical traumas and social debates about belonging. While taking the child’s material vulnerabilities and pressing need for care into account, this work also emphasizes fantasy and futurity. Her book, The Queer Aesthetics of Childhood: Asymmetries of Innocence and the Cultural Politics of Child Development (2020, Rutgers University Press) extends these lines of analysis.
Dr. Dyer is currently working on multiple nationally funded research projects, including: “Drawing Queer and Trans Family: Understanding Kinship through Children’s Art” and "Triggering Education". She also has a history of employment working with marginalized children and youth.