My name is Joni Meenagh. Originally from Calgary, Canada, I was the Outreach and Research Officer for the Youth Coalition in 2003. What started out as a four month student internship quickly turned into one of the most important and exciting years of my life. Working for the YC taught me about passion, conviction, hard work, and dedication. I left the YC with the tools I needed to succeed academically.
While activism remains important to me, my main interest is my academic pursuits. I believe that activism and academia should intersect and support each other, and I try to uphold this in the research I do. My research often examines issues affecting young people’s sexual rights.
After leaving the YC, I graduated from the University of Calgary with a First Class Honours BA in Sociology minoring in Women’s Studies; I attended the University of Amsterdam as an exchange student and completed the Gender and Sexuality track program; I took part in the 2006 Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society, and Health hosted by the National Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State University; and I presented a paper at the 6th International Conference of the International Association for the Study of Sex, Culture and Society in Lima, Peru in June 2007.
Currently, I am living in Melbourne, Australia where I am a PhD Candidate at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University. My PhD research will be looking at the day-to-day use of new communications/electronic technologies (i.e. Internet, mobile phones) by young Australians, focusing on their sexual and romantic development.