My doctoral research explores cultural and historical dimensions of care/charity work through the work histories of past and present care/charity workers.

I am a Ph.D. student in Carleton University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology in Ottawa, Canada, and a recreational storyteller. I am also a research assistant with Changing Places and with the AIDS Activist History Project.

As a Ph.D. student, I am interested in the class politics of care/charity work, the complexity of ethical and political action, and the ways that framing care as a virtuous, moral practice pins some people (and not others) in place. As a storyteller, I dabble in creative nonfiction, and I am currently writing a collection of queer stories about care. As a member of Changing Places, I am exploring the everyday work that residents do to bring about the long-term care facilities where they live. As a member of the AAHP, I am tracing the social history of AIDS activism in Canada through the work of activist ethnographer George W. Smith. I also recently co-curated “Positive Sex: Eroticizing safer sex practices in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s.”

I hold an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa, ON), an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University Chicago (Chicago, IL), and a B.A. in Communication from Roberts Wesleyan College (Rochester, NY).

research interests

activism, aging, art, care work, class politics, critical literacy studies, cultural studies, disability, feminist theories of care, social organization, value production, visual/art-based methods, work histories, (academic) writing studies

jannaklostermann [at] gmail [dot] com