Layla Cameron (they/she) is an academic, filmmaker and journalist living on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) Nations.
Layla is currently a PhD Candidate (ABD) in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, with research interests in queer feminist cultural studies. Layla has taught a range of undergraduate courses on topics such as new information technologies, introduction to communications, and technologies of gender and sexuality. They have published and presented work in the disciplines of communication and media studies, women and gender studies, fat studies, disability studies and the sociology of sport, including contributions in Intersectional Media (2021, Eds. J. Campbell & T. Carilli), Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, BIG: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies (2020, Ed. Christina Myers), and Xtra.
In October 2018, Layla won the Nora & Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy for their work in academia and filmmaking. Their first short documentary film, Fat Hiking Club, has screened at festivals, conferences, and in classrooms around the world. Layla is currently working on a second documentary film, Baby Weight, as well as their first podcast project supported by Telus STORYHIVE’s Voices Program.
In their spare time, Layla enjoys letterpress printmaking, live music, road trips and exploring the outdoors with their adorable rescue dog, Millie.