Kathleen O'Grady is a writer, editor and political and media strategist living in Ottawa, Canada. She is a Research Associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University and the author and editor of numerous books and articles on health policy, women's and cultural issues.
She is also the Founding Director of QUOI Media Group, specializing in political, policy and media research and strategy consulting. She has written and edited speeches, Op-Eds, policy briefs, strategy documents, literature reviews and research papers for politicians, think tanks, academics and artists. Her client list includes the Senate of Canada, a number of Ottawa-based think tanks, universities in Canada and the U.S., politicians and non-profit organizations.
Her book publications include, Why We Need More Canadian Health Policy in the Media (CIHR); Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy (CIHR); Canadian Health Policy in the News (CIHR); French Feminism and Religion (Routledge Press); Religion in French Feminist Thought (Routledge Press) and Bodies, Lives, Voices (Sheffield/Bloomsbury Press).
She has also authored children's fiction, including First Words: Patti Kay's Dreamworks (Bayeux Press) and a book for girls, Sweet Secrets: Stories of Menstruation (Sumach/Canadian Press).
Her writings on health, sexuality and women's and cultural issues have appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers in North America, including: The Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Seattle Times, The Montreal Gazette, BUST magazine and more.
Kathleen has been educated in the field of religion and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo and the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. She lectured in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary and Wilfrid Laurier University.
She was a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholar; a former Bank of Montréal Visiting Scholar at the University of Ottawa and a former SSHRC recipient.
She is also a volunteer editor with Wikipedia on the Canada Project and previously on the board of directors for Girls Action Foundation/Fondation filles d'action. She is on the parent advisory committee for Strongest Families, part of Child Bright (a National Centre of Excellence on neurodevelopmental disabilities).
She is the mother of two sons, one with autism.