Cameron Crookston

PhD Candidate

Working Dissertation


Yesterday’s News: Drag’s Performance of an Affective Queer Past


Stephen Johnson


Cameron Crookston is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies in collaboration with the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. He also holds an MA from the Drama Centre at the University of Toronto. His research examines drag performance as it engages cultural memory, queer temporality, and historiography. His doctoral thesis Living Legends: Drag Performance and Queer Cultural Memory examines five contemporary drag performers whose work touches on queer aspects of the past.

He has presented papers at CATR, PSi, and, and the Popular Culture Association National Conference. Recently his work has been published his article “Off the Clock: Is Drag ‘Just a Job’?” appeared in the journal Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture. He also contributed a chapter, “Passing the Torch song: Mothers, Daughters and Chosen Families in the Canadian Drag Community” to the edited volume Q2Q: Queer Theatre and Performance in Canada. Cameron has taught classes from CDTPS as well as the Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies including “Staging Gender: The History of Cross-Dressing in Theatre and Performance,” “History and Sexuality,” and “Social Scientific Approaches & Queer Methods.” He is currently working with Intellect Books to edit a collected volume on RuPaul’s Drag Race and its impact on local and global drag communities. For more information you can visit his professional website


MA, University of Toronto