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Mary Hanlon has a PhD in sociology from the University of Edinburgh, where she researched fashion-related work and activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. She has published in the journal Fashion Theory and has presented research at academic and industry conferences and workshops in North America and Europe. She has a background in textiles and international development studies, and is the co-founder of Social Alterations (, an online education lab for responsible fashion.


  • 2018–present
    Instructor, Thompson Rivers University


  • 2019 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD, Sociology
  • 2009 
    Athabasca University, Master of Arts - Integrated Studies
  • 2005 
    Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Arts, International Development Studies
  • 2001 
    Capilano University, Diploma, Textile Arts


  • 2014
    Untangling fashion for development, Fashion Theory - Journal of Dress Body and Culture