Concordia University

Donald L. Boisvert, PhD

Affiliate Professor, Religions and Cultures

Donald L. Boisvert has been teaching in the Department of Religion since 2003. Prior to that, he occupied a variety of senior administrative positions at Concordia, most notably as Dean of Students. From 2000 to 2007, he was co-chair of the Gay Men's Issues in Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. From 2000 to 2009, he also served as a guide and board member of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and Museum. He currently sits on the editorial board of the online Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality. In addition to several articles, Dr. Boisvert has published a number of books (see listing below).

Dr. Boisvert's current research interests and activities are focused on two broad themes: the construction of sexual pedagogies within religious communities, and masculinities and same-sex desire. He is working on a collection of essays which examines the ways in which the Roman Catholic Church has used adolescent saints as a privileged means of elaborating a sexual pedagogy for Catholic young people. Parallel with this, he is looking at religious cultures of childhood, particularly as these relate to incidents of abuse. A second area of research is concerned with furthering explorations of issues of same-sex desire, more specifically how masculinity is understood and lived out within religious communities. He is currently looking at this experience within the Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions.


PhD (University of Ottawa)

Research interests

History of Christianity
Religion, Gender and Sexuality
Religions of Canada
Sociology of Religion
Religion and Same-Sex Relations



Field areas

Contemporary Religions and Popular Culture
Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Theory, Ethics, and Philosophy

Selected publications

Donald L. Boisvert and Jay Emerson Johnson, eds., Queer Religion (2 volumes). Santa Barbara: Praeger Publishers, 2012.

Donald L. Boisvert and Robert E. Goss, eds., Gay Catholic Priests and Clerical Sexual Misconduct: Breaking the Silence. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press, 2005.

Donald L. Boisvert, Sanctity and Male Desire: A Gay Reading of Saints. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 2004.

Donald L. Boisvert, Out on Holy Ground: Meditations on Gay Men's Spirituality. Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 2000.

Recent graduate seminars and reading courses

Contemporary Roman Catholicism (2013-14)

Christian Saints (2011-12)

Christianity & Same-Sex Relations (2011-12)

Masculinities & Religion: The Abrahamic Traditions (2010-11)

Christian Reformations (2010-11)

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