Jonathan A. Allan

Jonathan A. Allan is Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Department of English, Drama, and Creative Writing at Brandon University. Dr. Allan is an editor for Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities and Vice-President of the American Men’s Studies Association.

During his Canada Research Chair, Dr. Allan is working on the critical study of men and masculinities in a variety of spaces in the social sciences and the humanities. Dr. Allan is interested in the ways in which masculinity is lived, enacted, and embodied in everyday life.

His current research project is titled, Men, Masculinity, and the Procreative Realm, for which he received a SSHRC Insight Grant. One of the research outcomes from this project, Men, Masculinities, and Infertility (Routledge 2022), is a book-length study of cultural representations of men’s infertility. Drawing on ideas of storytelling, this book explores how stories of infertility are told across popular fiction, canonical fiction, men’s memoirs of infertility, and film and television. 

Dr. Allan is currently working on a second outcome from the SSHRC Insight Grant, Snip Snap (under contract with UBC Press), a book-length study of vasectomy. Over the course of this book he considers the history of vasectomy, including how it was punitive, then tied to eugenics, through to elective vasectomy, the mainstreaming of vasectomy, and the decline of vasectomy. The goal is to provide a comprehensive study of the vasectomy that enables readers to think about what the vasectomy means and why it matters. This book seeks to ask timely questions about the vasectomy, access to vasectomy, and the challenges to vasectomy. This book thus contributes to the overarching goal of his research, which considers the role and responsibilities men have in the procreative realm.

Dr. Allan continues to research a host of other topics coming out of earlier research projects, most especially masculinity and in/fertility; masculinity and circumcision, including a forthcoming monograph titled, Uncut: The Foreskin in Focus (University of Regina Press). In this book, Dr. Allan provides an interdisciplinary study of the foreskin and circumcision. Instead of focusing on circumcision, Dr. Allan considers the foreskin, drawing on a wide-range of sources (from sex manuals and pregnancy books to policy documents and scientific studies), to understand how it is discussed, represented, and understood.

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Research Funding: Canada Research Chairs (2014-2024), Brandon University Research Committee (2014-2016; 2016-2018; 2017-2019, 2019-2021), Romance Writers of America (2015-2016), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2016-2018; 2018-2020; 2019-2023), Research Manitoba (2018-2020).

Upcoming Lectures

“‘It’s OK…I’ve had a vasectomy, so you’ll still be a virgin!’ Vasectomy Cartoons in Playboy.” Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association. Philadelphia, USA. November 9-11, 2023.


Books and Edited Collections

Men, Masculinities, and Infertilities. London: Routledge, 2022. Link.

Men, Masculinities, and Popular Romance. London: Routledge, 2020.

Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2016; and, London: Zed Books, 2016. (Japanese translation appeared in 2018)

Virgin Envy: The (In)Significance of the Hymen. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2016; and, London: Zed Books, 2016. (with Cristina Santos and Adriana Spahr)

Inversions of Power and Paradox: Studies of Monstrosity. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2012. (with Elizabeth Nelson).

Forthcoming Publications

Select Publications (since 2020)