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Hord named university’s 23rd Rhodes Scholar


Levi Hord, a fourth-year Sexuality Studies, School for Advanced Studies in Arts & Humanities (SASAH) and Scholar’s Electives student, was named a recipient of the esteemed 2018 Rhodes Scholarship, an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. It is widely considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships.

Eleven Rhodes scholarships are awarded annually in Canada, two of which are designated for Ontario. Hord is the 23rd Western scholar to receive the award.

While studying as an undergraduate, Hord has undertaken extensive research on the use of gender-neutral language in transgender communities, and how linguistic identity expression varies based on grammatical gender systems. This project is part of a larger mission to raise awareness of, and enhance research into, transgender identities and how they are embodied and experienced in society. Hord hopes to play an integral part in breaking through the social and intellectual barriers that remain for those who subvert the binary gender system.

At Oxford, Hord plans on doing a double master’s – two one-year degrees, the first in women’s studies and the second either in political theory or with the Internet Institute at the university, looking at how embodiment and identity are negotiated in a digital age.

This article appeared in the Winter 2018 edition of Alumni Gazette
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