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Ms Natalie Donaldson


Lecturer in Psychology

Psychology I Course Co-ordinator

BSS Honours (Rhodes), PGDHE (Rhodes), MSS (Rhodes)

E-Maill: n.donaldson@ru.ac.za
Telephone: +27(0)46 603 7383

Teaching Areas

  • Constructions of race, gender, and sexualities
  • Critical Gender Psychology
  • Queer and Feminist Theories
  • LGBTIQ Psychology
  • Media representation
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Qualitative research in Psychology

Research Interests

  • Constructions of sexuality and gender
  • Media discourse, representation and audience reception
  • Power, identity and discourse around same-sexualities
  • Queer Theory and/or LGBTIQ Psychology
  • Critical Gender Psychology
  • Critical Discursive Psychology;
  • Foucauldian Discourse Analysis;
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis;
  • Narrative-Discursive Analysis;
  • Thematic Analysis

Book Chapters

 Donaldson, N., & Wilbraham, L. (2013). “Two women can’t make a baby”: South African lesbians’ negotiation with heteronormativity around issues of reproduction. In C. Lubbe-De Beer  & J. Marnell (Eds.), Home affairs: Rethinking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in contemporary South Africa. Johannesburg: Jacana Media.

Donaldson, N. (2015). What about the queers? The institutional culture of heteronormativity and its implications for queer staff and students. In P. A. Tabensky & S. Matthews (Eds.), Being at ‘home’: Race, institutional culture and transformation at South African higher education institutions (pp. 13--146). Durban: UKZN Press.  ISBN: 9781869142902

Journal Publications

 Marx, J., & Donaldson, N. (2015). Constructing sexualities: A collection of articles from Feminism & Psychology. Feminism & Psychology, 25(1), 1-13.

Conference Presentations

Donaldson, N. (2015). Transforming higher education: Thoughts on looking ahead. Paper presented at Teaching and Learning Showcase: Scholarly Teaching and Learning in the Context of Transforming Higher Education, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Donaldson, N. (2015). In a time of transformation, we cannot afford to be neutral. Paper presented at CHERTL: Curriculum Conversation, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.  

Donaldson, N., & Wilbraham, L. (2014). You’re like a proper hoodrat”: Responding to representations of black lesbian women on South African television. Paper presented at PsySSA, Durban, South Africa.

Donaldson, N. (2014). Gendered pasts and towards and an un-gendered future at Rhodes University. Paper presented at WASA Women’s Day event, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Donaldson, N. (2014). “But, that’s exactly how they are!” Responding to representations of black lesbian women in South African media. Paper presented at the African Same-sex Sexualities and Gender Diversity conference, Nairobi, Kenya.

Donaldson, N. (2013). Rhodes Policy & Praxis - Sexuality, Gender & the Family. Paper presented at the Rhodes University 2013 Gender Imbizo, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Donaldson, N. (2012). “We’re designed that way”: South African lesbian women’s negotiation with heteronormativity around issues of reproduction. Paper presented at a Psychology Department Staff Seminar, Grahamstown, South Africa.

 Donaldson, N. (2012). “Because we’re not straight!”: Interpretative Repertoires of the Compromising Lesbian Women. Paper presented at the 30th International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa.

Donaldson, N. (2011). “Like, like it’s hectic, but that's exactly how they are”: Negotiating subject positions in representations of black lesbians on South African television. Paper presented at PsySSA, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Donaldson, N. (2010). Free to be, just not on TV: Lesbian Representation and South African Television. Paper presented at Psychology Department Postgraduate Conference, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

Donaldson, N. (2010). Negotiating subject positions of lesbian representation in popular films and television programmes. Poster presented at the LGBT Summer Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

Donaldson, N. (2009). Lipstick and glamour: The heterosexualization of lesbian representation in the popular media. Paper presented at the Rhodes University Inter-disciplinary Post-graduate Conference, Grahamstown, South Africa.

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