Our program contributes to emerging research examining the systemic barriers to the full societal inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies offers courses, research and professional training leading to an MA and PhD.

The MA program takes an interdisciplinary approach informed by various academic fields including law, anthropology, health studies, history, geography, economics, education, labour studies, political science, social work, sociology, identity politics, gender studies, and refugee and immigration studies. Theories of human rights form the basis for understanding how existing legal, economic and social rationales for inclusion relate to systemic barriers and oppression.

The program is offered full or part-time to students from a variety of backgrounds, including persons with disabilities engaged in the disability rights movement, government bureaucrats, professionals in the field of disability and people working in non-governmental organizations such as community organizations and advocacy groups.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend refereed conferences, publish in refereed journals and produce op-ed pieces right from your first year.

The PhD, a pioneering program in Canada, offers a comprehensive curriculum covering major scholarly perspectives. It is offered on a full-time basis only.

The program structure and environment encourages advanced research, new scholarship and other opportunities to contribute to the field, enabling a multi-disciplinary group of students to explore disability from a critical perspective in relation to social policy, social justice, human rights issues, and social movements in Canada and internationally.

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Important Dates, Deadlines & Upcoming Events

The Faculty of Graduate Studies will be hosting a Graduate Student Social.

Date: Tuesday, 4th September 2018

Time: 12pm to 2pm (pizza lunch will be served)

Location: Scott Libary, 2nd Floor, Collaboratory

CFP:  Disability Studies, PCA (Washington, DC, 17-20 April 2019)



 Wardman Park Marriot

Washington DC

17-20 April 2019

For information on PCA/ACA and the conference, please go to http://pcaaca.org


Current News & Announcements

Congratulations to Dr. Rachel da Silva Gorman who is the new Graduate Program Director for Critical Disability Studies.

Critical Disability Studies graduate students, Sukaina DadaAlexandra JeanFallon BurnsBephyer Parey (PhD exchange student), Anne JacksonMichelle Shelley, and Laura Girardo took part in an unforgettable experience at NUI Galway International Disability Law Summer School in June 2018.

Congratulations to PhD student in Critical Disability Studies, Michelle Shelley who attended, as a Canadian delegate, the 2nd International Correctional Research Symposium in Prague, Czech Republic last month. A Summary of the Symposium by Michelle, titled What is Good Prison Research? was recently published on the EuroPris website.

Congratulations to Eve Pervin who defended her Major Research Paper (MRP) My Brother, My Self: An Autoethnography of Siblinghood and Disability.

Recent Publications & Awards

OCGS Review Results

We are pleased to announce that the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS) has approved the recommendation of the Appraisal Committee that our MA/PhD program be classified as Good Quality - the best possible rating bestowed by OCGS!

Congratulations to Associate Professor and former Graduate Program Director in Critical Disability Studies, nancy viva davis halifax, and previous graduate student in Critical Disability Studies, Jen Rinaldi (PhD 2013), along with co-authors David Fancy, Kate Rossiter and Alex Tigchelaar for their publication Recounting Huronia Faithfully: Attenuating Our Methodology to the "Fabulation" of Truths-Telling


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