Natacha Kennedy joined Goldsmiths in 2007 as a lecturer and teaches on a range of programmes across the Department of Educational Studies. She is currently finishing a PhD in sociology at University College London.
Natacha’s background is in primary school teaching and teaching English as a foreign language, she has taught in primary schools in London and East Anglia, as well as in Denmark, Greece and in Further Education in the UK. Her first degree is in Languages and she speaks fluent French, Norwegian and Danish as well as good Swedish and German, with some Modern Greek and Japanese.
BA (Hons) Modern Languages University of East Anglia
PGCE Primary with a specialism in Modern Languages University of East Anglia
Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education Open University
MA in Education at University College London Institute of Education
PhD (Sociology) University College London. Supervisor: Prof Paul Dowling
Natacha has contributed to a number of national and international conferences about transgender people and young trans people in particular, including;
Transgender Studies at the University of Linköping, Sweden (between 2008-2018)
Conferences about transgender people at the University of Warwick (between 2010-2013)
Gender normativity and children: Conference at the University of Luxembourg - 2012
Conference on LGBT youth at the Centre Interfactuaire en Droits de L’Enfant at the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2013),
Keynote Speaker at Workplace Pride Amsterdam (2013)
Roundtable Education Conference at Waseda University, Tokyo (2014)
Conference on Cisnormativity at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2016).
Conference on Transgender, Intersex and Gender Non-Conforming People in Higher Education at City University, London (2017)
Kennedy, N (in press) Becoming: Discourses of Trans Emergence, Epiphanies and Oppositions. In Moon, I, Pearce, R & Steinberg, D (Eds) (in press) The Emergence of Trans Routledge London
Kennedy, N (2014) Gefangene der Lexika: Kulturelle Cis-Geschlectlichkeit und Trans*-Kinder. In Schneider, E & Balthes-Löhr, C (Eds) (2014) Normierte Kinder: Effekte der Geschlechternormativität auf Kindheit und Adoleszenz Transcript Verlag Bielefeld
Kennedy, N (2013) Cultural Cisgenderism: Consequences of the Imperceptible. British Psychological Association Psychology of Women Section Review 15.2
Her external work has included working as a volunteer trustee for a local LGBT Forum and as a volunteer for Trans Media Watch. During 2008 and 2009 she wrote for the Guardian about trans issues. She is a former International Officer for LGBT Labour and helped establish Rainbow Rose, the Europe-wide socialist/social democratic parties’ LGBT organization.
Publications and research outputs
Kennedy, Natacha. 2022. Deferral: The Sociology of Young Trans People’s Epiphanies and Coming Out. Journal of LGBT Youth, 19(1), pp. 53-75. ISSN 1936-1653
Kennedy, Natacha. 2021. Agentic learning: the pedagogical implications of young trans people’s online learning strategies. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 29(5), pp. 733-752. ISSN 1468-1366
Kennedy, Natacha. 2019. Becoming: Discourses of trans emergence, epiphanies and oppositions. In: Ruth Pearce; Igi Moon; Kat Gupta and Deborah Lynn Steinberg, eds. The Emergence of Trans: Cultures, Politics and Everyday Lives. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 46-59. ISBN 9781138504103