Fritz Pino, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Education Building, Room 448
Phone: (306) 337-2986
Fax: (306) 585-4872

Research interests
Queer and trans philosophies and theories; racialized LGBTQ immigrant communities; intersections of aging, sexuality, and spirituality; transnational feminist epistemologies; decolonial approaches to social work research; migration, diaspora, and international social work practice.

Dr. Pino’s research focuses on the lives and experiences of historically marginalized communities, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ, racialized immigrant, and older adult. She is interested in examining how they navigate the complexities and contradictions of everyday life in the margins as reflected through their bodily performances, affect and emotions, and personal desires. Theoretically, her work is informed by critical intersectionality approaches, particularly from a queer diasporic lens, which pays significant attention to the impact of transnational migration, nation-state of belonging, and normative discourses. Methodologically, she engages in decolonial qualitative research approaches to bring out the cultural nuances that historically marginalized groups embody and use to resist forms of colonialisms and neoliberalisms, structural violence, and normalcy. Her work aims to create culturally-grounded interventions and approaches by centering the cultural knowledge and practices of marginalized groups and communities.

Dr. Pino completed a PhD in Social Justice Education and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. Born and raised in Cebu, Philippines, she completed a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of San Jose Recoletos, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology (summa cum laude) at Southwestern University. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the lives and intimacies of older Filipino gay men in Canada.

Peer Reviewed Publications:


Diaz, R., Largo, M., Pino, F.L. (Eds.). (2017). Diasporic intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian imaginaries. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Book Chapters:

Pino, F. (2022). Queer and trans theory: Understanding "gender passing" among Filipino trans women. In S.S. Shaikh, B.A.M. LeFrançois, & T. Macías (Eds.), Critical social work praxis. (pp 413-423). Halifax & Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.

Pino, F.L. (2021). Torn apart: Racialized feelings and the ethics of doing research with one’s own community. In R.A. Torres, & D. Nyaga (Eds.), Critical research methodologies: Ethics and responsibilities. (pp 33-43). PA Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publisher, Studies in Critical Social Sciences Series.

Pino, F.L. (2019). Emotional contradictions: Queer Filipinos’ religious and spiritual engagements in the diaspora. In N. Wane, R.A. Torres, & D. Nyaga (Eds.), Transversing and translocating spiritualities: Epistemological and pedagogical conversations (pp.149-159). Ontario, Canada: Nsemia Inc. Publishers.

Pino, F.L. (2017). Older Filipino gay men in Canada: Bridging queer theory and gerontology in Filipino-Canadian studies. In R. Diaz, M. Largo, & F. Pino (Eds.), Diasporic intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian imaginaries (163-181). Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press.

Ocampo, M., & Pino, F.L. (2014). An anti-racist and anti-oppression framework in mental health             practice. In R. Moodley & M. Ocampo (Eds.), Critical psychiatry and mental health: Exploring the work of Suman Fernando in clinical practice (145-155). London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Journal Articles:

Allen, W.S., Gebhard, A., & Pino. F. (2021). Navigating the brick wall: School settlement workers’ responses to exacerbated inequities for newcomer students in COVID-19 Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work, Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice. Special Edition: Pandemic Social Work, Practice, Education and Activism in Time of COVID, 9(1), 55-74.

Coloma, R. S. & Pino, F. L. (2016). “There’s hardly anything left”: Poverty and the economic insecurity of elderly Filipinos in Toronto. Canadian Ethnic Studies 48(2), 71-97. 

Pino, F.L. (2014). Neoliberal happiness: Overseas Filipino workers and Coca-Cola’s Christmas commercial. Transnational Social Review, 4(2-3), 299-302.

Bejan, R., & Pino, F.L. (2014). Intersecting identities, marginalization processes, and multiculturalism: A commentary on the 6th annual ethnic and pluralism studies graduate research conference. McGill Sociological Review, 4, 127-133.