Faculty

York Faculty appointed to the Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies

GORMAN, Rachel

Rachel Gorman
(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
Extension: 30523
Email: gorman@yorku.ca
Address: Room 407, HNES Building
Political economies of disability; Disability Arts and Culture movements; postcolonial and dialectical materialist approaches to understanding the social organization of disability; disability in the context of nationalisms, transnational imperialism, and national liberation; internationalist and anti-capitalist approaches to global healthcare provision.

REAUME, Geoffrey

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Geoffrey Reaume
(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
Extension: 22058
Email: greaume@yorku.ca
Address: Room 416, HNES Building
Website: health.info.yorku.ca/health-profiles/index.php?dept=&mid=169450

Dr. Geoffrey Reaume has research interests in the following areas: mad people's history; history of people with disabilities; psychiatric consumer/survivor movement; class, labour and disability; archiving the history of psychiatric consumer/survivors; accessible history. His dissertation on the lives of psychiatric patients at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane was published in 2000 as "Remembrance of Patients Past: Patient Life at the Toronto Hospital for the Insane, 1870-1940" (Oxford University Press; reprinted University of Toronto Press, 2009, 2010). Part of this study was made into a play by a local theatre group involving psychiatric consumer/survivors in 1998-2000 and by a high school students' theatre group in 2016. His second book was published in 2007 "Lyndhurst: Canada's First Rehabilitation Centre for People with Spinal Cord Injuries, 1945-1998" (McGill-Queen's University Press). He is also a co-editor with Brenda LeFrancois and Robert Menzies of "Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies" (Canadian Scholars' Press, 2013).

RIOUX, Marcia

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(Professor, PhD, University of California at Berkeley, USA)
Extension: 22112;
Emailmrioux@yorku.ca;
Address: Room 410, HNES Building;
Website

Dr. Marcia Rioux is a legal scholar with extensive experience in community based participatory research in the areas of human rights, health and social justice, particularly around international disability rights.

Dr. Rioux is a University Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management and teaches Critical Disability Studies and Health Policy and Equity at York. She was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. She is co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International, a multi-year project to monitor disability rights nationally and internationally. She has been an advisor to federal and provincial commissions, parliamentary committees, and international NGO's as well as United Nations agencies. She has edited a number of collected volumes and more than 70 book chapters and articles on human rights. Her most recent book was published in November 2015, Disability, Rights Monitoring and Social Change: Building Power out of Evidence: (Eds. M.H. Rioux, P.Pinto, G. Parekh) Toronto, Canada: Canadian Scholars Press.

Dr. Rioux has lectured throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. She has been a visiting scholar and professor at a number of international institutions, including the University of Zagreb, Croatia and LaTrobe University in Australia. She teaches the full year PhD seminar GS/CDIS 6100, Doctoral Seminar in Critical Disability Studies, and supervises MA and PhD students.

viva davis halifax, nancy

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nancy viva davis halifax (Graduate Program Director)
(Assistant Professor; PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto, 2002)
Extension: 22653
Email: nhalifax@yorku.ca
Address: Room 408, HNES Building
Website

Dr. nancy viva davis halifax brings interdisciplinary and activist experience to her teaching and research which is located at the intersections of embodiment, difference, debility and disability, and intimate perspectives on violence and biomedicine. She has worked broadly in health research using the arts and documentary, participatory methods with economically displaced
persons in Canada. Her research uses the arts for sustaining and creating conversations around social change, self-determination, social auto/biographies, and for engaging communities in social development, and has been located in community and institutional settings; research has received funding from SSHRC as well as the arts councils. Her theoretical orientation uses the feminisms (new materialisms, crip, poststructural, affect) and experiments with the polyphonic. Her last book "hook" published by Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series, McGill Queen's Press was written to address the ongoing extremity of suffering within Canada, and the systemic violences sustained by those at the margins.

Research Interests:  arts-based research & research creation; crip arts praxis; critical auto/ethnography; body/s and embodiment/s; the more-than-human; theory/s in the feminisms (crip; poststructural; new materialism; affect); language and representation; imaginative ethnographies; social death and abandonment; intimate perspectives on biomedicine and psychiatry; polyphonic and lyrical theory/s

York faculty cross-appointed to Critical Disability Studies

AHMAD, Farah

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(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto)
Extension:  33898
Email:  farahmad@yorku.ca;
Address:  Room 414, HNES Building;
Website

Dr. Farah Ahmad is a health service researcher with a focus on primary care settings, psychosocial health, vulnerable communities and eHealth innovations. She applies health promotion and equity perspective in her research to understand and improve health and health care systems. Dr. Ahmad uses mixed-method research designs which range from randomized controlled trials to in-depth interviews, focus groups and concept mapping. Her doctoral students are examining the multi-layered complexities surrounding chronic issues of interpersonal violence, mental health, caregiving, and cancer screening especially in racialized communities. MA students have studied equity across primary care models; eHealth and privacy; cancer screening and risk construction; work and pregnancy among immigrant women; and refugee determination process.

Dr. Ahmad has published extensively with nearly seventy publications. She is recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award; an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation, and was recognized as a York U Research Leader in 2015. In recognition of her mentorship activities, she also holds Kiran van Rijn Award of 2013 from the CIHR Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research (STIHR) in Health Care, Technology and Place.

Dr. Ahmad teaches GS/HLTH 5404/CDIS 5110 Research Methods Seminar to graduate students in the School of Health Policy and Management.

BALJKO, Melanie

Melanie Baljko
(Associate Professor, PhD, University of Toronto)
Extension:  33898
Email: mb@cse.yorku.ca
Address: Room 2028, Lassonde Building
Website

Dr.  Melanie Baljko leads a program of research and provides advanced training (via graduate student supervision) in the area of digital media: interaction and experience design (human-computer; human-human mediated by computer) and critical technical practice, with an emphasis on the domains of assistive and rehabilitation technologies. She teaches a number of different courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is involved in a number of activities within the university and research communities.

DALY, Tamara

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Tamara Daly
(Assistant Professor; PhD, Health Administration; University of Toronto)
Extension: 30522
Email: dalyt@yorku.ca
Address: Room 411, HNES Building
Website

Dr. Tamara Daly is a political economist and a health services
researcher, a CIHR Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health, an Associate
Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University,
and the Director of the York University Centre for Aging Research and
Education (YU-CARE). She holds a PhD from the Institute of Health Policy,
Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, an MA in political economy
from Carleton, and an undergraduate degree in political science, history and
economics from Trinity College, University of Toronto. Her scholarship
highlights paid and unpaid care; gender and health; health care working
conditions; and it promotes promising practices, principles and policies to
improve access and health equity for older adults and for those who provide
their care. She has authored numerous academic publications and policy
reports, is the recipient of several teaching, research and career awards, and
actively supervises graduate and postdoctoral students in research and
publication. Her ethnographic, survey and intervention research is tri-council
funded by SSHRC, CIHR as well as by ERA. As an expert in care work --
including paid, unpaid and voluntary care -- Dr. Daly is frequently invited to
speak at research and policy conferences held locally and internationally.

EL MORR, Christo

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(Assistant Professor, PhD, Compiègne University of Technology, France)
Extension: 22053;
Emailelmorr@yorku.ca;
Address: Room 424, HNES Building;
Website

Dr. Christo El Morr is an Assistant Professor of Health Informatics at the school of Health Policy and Management at York University. His cross-disciplinary research is community based. His research interests focus on Health Virtual Communities, Mobile Communities, e-collaboration, particularly in the domain of Chronic Disease Management and health promotion: Peripheral Arterial Disease, Kidney Diseases and Mental Health. He also has research interests in Hospital Patient Services and Patient Quality of Care (e.g. readmission patterns, radiation dose reduction), and Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). He has published books, chapters, and articles in these areas. Christo particularly enjoys working in applied research in partnerships with IT industry, he received funds from the Ontario Center of Excellence - Voucher for Innovation Program (OCE - VIP) and the Canadian Institute for Health Research - eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (CIHR-eHIPP).

GILMOUR, Joan

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Joan Gilmour
(Associate Professor; JSD, Stanford University)
Extension: 55561
Email: jgilmour@osgoode.yorku.ca
Address:Ignat Kaneff Building, 4039
Website

Dr. Joan Gilmour joined Osgoode Hall Law School’s faculty in 1990, after practising civil litigation and administrative law.  She teaches Health Law, Legal Governance of Health Care, Torts and Disability and the Law in the LLB program.  She developed and is Director of Osgoode’s part-time LLM program specializing in Health Law, and teaches graduate courses on Professional Governance, and Legal Frameworks of the Healthcare System.  She is past Director of Osgoode’s Institute for Feminist Legal Studies, and past Associate and Acting Director of York University’s Centre for Health Studies.  Professor Gilmour’s research and publications in health law span some of the most debated issues in contemporary society.  She recently completed a major study on the effects of tort law (negligence) on efforts to improve patient safety and reduce medical error.  Current research projects include an examination of legal and ethical issues in decision-making about health care for children, and a study of the interrelationship of disability, gender, law and inequality.  She has acted as a consultant to Health Canada, and completed a study for the Ontario Law Reform Commission on assisted suicide, euthanasia, and foregoing life-sustaining treatment.  She has also completed studies on health care restructuring and privatization, professional regulation of complementary and alternative medicine, and the interrelation of poverty, health and access to justice.

KILLORAN, Isabel

Isabel Killoran
(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Alabama, Birmingham)Isabel Killoran
Extension: 33898
Email: ikilloran@edu.yorku.ca
Address: Room 414, HNES Building
Website
Inclusive education, preschool inclusion, Teacher candidates' attitudes towards inclusion and how faculties of education can help shape them, curriculum analysis, parent advocacy in the education system, siblings of children with disabilities.

KLASSEN, Thomas

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(Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
Extension: 88828;
Email: tklassen@yorku.ca;
Address: Room S636, Ross Building;
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Dr. Thomas Klassen is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, and School of Public Policy and Administration at York University.  His research interests include the politics of aging, age discrimination in the workplace, disabilities in the workplace and labour market, perceptions of people who stutter, treatment of stuttering, gambling policy.

Thomas is a political scientist and sociologist who teaches about, and writes on, retirement, pensions, unemployment, immigration, gambling, discrimination, and how to ensure students succeed.  His teaching is focused on public policy, particularly in labour market policy, income security and retirement.

Dr. Klassen’s has published widely in a number of fields. His most recent book is the co-edited Routledge Handbook of Global Public Policy and Administration published in 2017. He is co-author of How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job!): Mastering the Critical Skills You Need for School, Work and Life that was published in late 2015. Read the FREE ebook version HERE.

He has conducted extensive research for local, national and international agencies and governments. At various times he has been called to be an expert witness at tribunals, hearings and commissions. During 2014 to 2016 he was Visiting Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

LAM, Kenneth

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Kenneth Lam
(Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Toronto)
Extension: 22056;
Email: kennethl@yorku.ca
Address: Room 423, HNES Building
Website
Dr. Kenneth Lam has expertise that spans across various disciplines: Political Science, International Relations, Public Administration, Health Policy, and Law.  He teaches graduate courses for the Graduate Program in Health in health policy, health politics, health economics, and health research methodologies with dimensions in public health, health law, and global health.  His current research interest lies in high users/spenders of health care services.  Professor Lam has been active in academia having served (1) as a Senior Editor for the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, (2) as Sports and Entertainment Section Editor for Obiter Dicta: The Official Student Newspaper of Osgoode Hall Law School, (3) as a Junior Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy as well as the Journal of International Law and International Relations, (4) and as a peer-reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research, Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., Healthcare Policy, Oxford University Press Canada, as well as Women's Press.  He has also published in the Harvard Health Policy Review, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Palliative Care, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, The Spine Journal, and World Spine Journal as well as worked on reports that were commissioned by Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (OMHLTC) in addition to giving talks and lectures by invitation at the Toronto General Hospital, the University of British Columbia, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Toronto.  Beyond academia, his experience in the health care industry include consulting with the OMHLTC and other meaningful positions with the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (now renamed Public Health Ontario), The Change Foundation, and the Ontario Hospital Association.  Dr. Lam has also received media attention having been interviewed for stories that are published in both Humber Et Cetera and healthydebate.ca.

MORROW, Marina

Marina Morrow

(Professor, PhD in Community Psychology, OISE/UT 1997)
Extension: 30325;
Email: mmmorrow@yorku.ca
Address: Room 425, HNES Building;
Website

Dr. Marina Morrow has a research focus in critical health policy that explores the following themes: 1) Mental health reform, service provision and access to health services, 2) Mental health and social inequity, 3) Mental health, citizen engagement and social justice, 4) Neoliberal reforms, gender and health and, 5) Intersectional theory and approaches in mental health. Before joining the School of Health Policy and Management Marina was a charter faculty member in the Faculty of Health Sciences as Simon Fraser University in BC. Marina is the lead editor of Critical Inquiries for Social Justice in Mental Health, forthcoming University of Toronto Press. Marina’s research strongly supports public scholarship and collaborative research partnerships with community-based organizations, health care practitioners, advocates and policy decision makers.

MYKITIUK, Roxanne

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Roxanne Mykitiuk
(Assistant Professor, JSD, Columbia University)
Extension: 55204;
Email: mykitiuk@osgoode.yorku.ca 
Address: Ignat Kaneff Building, 4043
Website

Dr. Roxanne Mykitiuk is an Associate Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University where she teaches in the areas of Disability Law, Health Law, Bioethics and Family Law. She is the Director of the Disability Law Intensive clinical program. From 1990-1992 she was Senior Legal Researcher for the Canadian Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies. From 2002-2006 she was a member of the Ontario, Advisory Committee on Genetics and from 2005-2008, she was a member of the Ethics Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. In 2009 Professor Mykitiuk was scholar in residence at the Law Commission of Ontario working on the Disability and Law Project. She is currently on the Board of Directors of ARCH Disability Law Clinic. Professor Mykitiuk was the Chair of York University’s Senate from 2013-2015.

Professor Mykitiuk is an active, engaged and collaborative researcher. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles, book chapters and books investigating the legal, ethical and social implications of new reproductive technologies and the new genetics and the legal construction and regulation of embodiment and disability. More recently her research has begun to create and investigate arts-based methods – digital stories and drama-based narratives – a means of challenging and re-representing experiences, images and conceptions of disability and normalcy.

Her current research projects are funded by CIHR, SSHRC, the Australian Research Council and the European Research Council. She is completing work exploring the reproductive health and intergenerational justice implications of exposures to ubiquitous household toxics, especially in relation to conceptions of harm using a debility and disability justice framework. In another project, she is exploring Article 12 of the CRPD as part of the VOICES project – collectively and collaboratively exploring the meaning of self-determination in health care decision making with a woman who calls herself a “schizophroenist”. In a recently funded SSHRC project, she is using legal research and digital story making to investigate episodic disability in the workplace and assist employers to adopt policies that are accommodating to the needs of variously positioned workers with episodic disabilities. Finally, in another recently funded SSHRC partnership grant, Roxanne will be the only legal researcher and co-investigator who is part of an interdisciplinary team of academic researchers and community partners carrying out a program of research that archives, incubates, exhibits, disseminates, studies and provides access to disability art produced by disabled, mad, fat and aging/ed people through research creation activities aimed at interrogating the central claim that access to art will provide disabled people with greater access to a fulfilled life beyond how full and equal access is imagined and protected under the law.

Research Interests: Health Law, Disability Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Family Law

POORAN, Brendon

Brendon Pooran

Brendon Pooran
(Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen`s University and a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University)
Email: bpooran@yorku.ca
Address:
Website

Brendon Pooran teaches Critical Disability Law at York University, is the Past-President of Community Living York South and is a founding director of PLAN Toronto.  He is also a lawyer member on the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board and provides performance management solutions to organizations in the human services arena.

Brendon D. Pooran is the founder of and a principal lawyer at PooranLaw.  He is involved in most areas of the firm’s practice and regularly provides advice to individuals, families, organizations and government in the areas of: wills & estates planning; disability law; and corporate law for not-for-profit and charitable organizations.

Brendon has been involved with various disability organizations as a member, volunteer, employee or director for most of his life.  His practice, which is primarily built around disability issues, is inspired by the challenges people with disabilities face throughout their lives.  He created Pooranlaw to provide support to this community and to serve as a resource for accessibility issues throughout Ontario.

Prior to founding PooranLaw, Brendon worked for a large multi-national law firm where he practiced labour and employment law and at a boutique law firm that specialized in accessibility issues.  Before entering the legal profession, Brendon spent several years as a management consultant where he regularly provided strategic advice to human services clients in the United States.

PUPO-BARKANS, Norene

Norene Pupo

Norene Pupo-Barkans
(Professor, Dept of Sociology, Faculty of LA&PS)
Extension: 33310
Email: npupo@yorku.ca
Address: Room 138, Founders College
Website: people.laps.yorku.ca/people.nsf/npupo

Sociology of work and labor; Canadian society; political sociology; technological change; formal organization; women's studies; social policy; globalization and power.

RAPHAEL, Dennis

Dennis Raphael
(Professor, PhD in Educational Theory, University of Toronto, 1975)Dennis Raphael
Extension: 22134
Email: draphael@yorku.ca
Address: Room 418, HNES Building
Website:

Dr. Dennis Raphael works in the area of public policy, political economy, and the social determinants of health  The most recent of his over 300 scientific publications have focused on the health effects of income inequality and poverty, the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on Canadians' health and well-being. Dr. Raphael is editor of Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences  and Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada: Essential Readings, co-editor of Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care and author of Poverty in Canada: Implications for Health and Quality of Life, all published by Canadian Scholars' Press.  Two new books: Immigration and the Modern Welfare State and the 2nd edition of Health and Illness are being published this Fall. He is also co-author of Social Determinants of  Health: The Canadian Facts which is a primer for the Canadian public that has been downloaded over 300,000 times from http://thecanadianfacts.org.

WHITE, Kimberley

(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
Extension: 20430
Email: kjwhite@yorku.ca
Address: S730A, Ross Building

van DAALEN-SMITH, Cheryl

Cheryl van Daalen-Smith
(Assistant Professor; PhD, University of Toronto, OISE)
Extension: 66691
Email: cvandaal@yorku.ca
Address: Room 340, HNES Building
Website

Dr. van Daalen-Smith teaches community nursing, women's health and child-centred nursing for the school of nursing. She is cross-appointed to the school of women's studies where she "viscerally enjoys" teaching mature students in the evening as they return to school. She's also created electives in girls' studies and women and madness. There, she is also the founder of a hub focusing on girlhood studies. Recently, she's been appointed to the Children's Studies program within the division of Humanities, and brings her unique rights-based lens to children's health and quality of life.

A well-known feminist nurse whose practice is rooted in social justice, her agenda is always emancipatory. For example, her work regarding children's rights in health care settings is cutting edge. Her research exploring girls' anger broke down barriers between service providers and the girls and young women they serve. One of her professional goals is to transform how children and youth are viewed and believes that they should be viewed as citizens worthy of both voice and choice.

She is a respected community health and pediatric mental health nurse. As founder the Ontario and Canadian Pediatric Nursing Associations, van Daalen-Smith's dedication to collaborative leadership is evident. Her goal was to root pediatric nursing practice in the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the child so as to ensure children's voices were listened to, valued and acted upon. A belief that children have rights has always been central in her many consultancies, invited leadership roles and nursing practice.

van Daalen-Smith speaks of bearing witness to children and youth during her years as a public health nurse and has taken those "privileged experiences" into her classrooms, feminist research with children and youth and her appointment as a special advisor on the Canadian coalition for the rights of children. Her master's work explored women's self esteem, feminist research, feminist pedagogy and girls experiences with physical education. Her doctoral work explored the lived experience of anger in the lives of diverse girls and young women- the first and only study of its kind in Canadian nursing.

Her areas of interest and scholarship include women's self esteem, young women and anger, girl's experiences with shame in physical education, children's rights in health care, electroshock, the rights of psychiatric survivors, Animal-Human Bonding and the healing of spirit injuries, understanding homelessness from a critical social theory perspective, feminist nursing practice, feminist pedagogy, eco-therapy, and the relationship between oppression and mental health.

She has volunteered as a street nurse in Toronto, visited isolated seniors in Halton Region for a decade and now accompanies her welsh corgi 'Gigi' in her role as a therapy dog. Ever socially minded, she is part of the 2010 inaugural group founding an Environmental Action group for Ontario's Registered Nurses. She speaks fondly of her years in partnership with students in their journey to become socially active professionals at York University in Toronto, Canada.

WIKTOROWICZ, Mary

Mary Wiktorowicz
(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
Extension: 22124
Email: mwiktor@yorku.ca
Address: Room 425, HNES Building
Website: health.info.yorku.ca/health-profiles/index.php?mid=162283
Comparative health policy including mental health sector restructuring, the regulation of pharmaceuticals and the role of interest groups in shaping health policy.

Adjunct Faculty

BASSER-MARKS, Lee Anne

Lee Ann Basser-Marks
(Associate Professor, La Trobe University, Australia)Lee Ann Basser
Tel: (03)9479 2171
Email: l.basser@latrobe.edu.au
Address:
Children’s rights; Disability law; Family law; Health law.

EREVELLES, Nirmala

Nirmala Erevelles

Nirmala, Erevelles
(Professor; Educational Leadership and Foundations of Education, University of Alabama)
Tel: 205-348-1179
Email: nerevell@ua.edu
Address:
Website

Nirmala Erevelles is Professor of Social and Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Alabama.  Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of disability studies, critical race theory, transnational feminism, sociology of education, and postcolonial studies. Specifically, her research focuses on the unruly, messy, unpredictable and taboo body – a habitual outcast in educational (and social) contexts. Erevelles asks: Why do some bodies matter more than others? In raising this question “why,” the tenor of her scholarship shifts from description to explanation to highlight the implications exploitative social/economic arrangements have for making bodies matter (or not) in particular historical and material contexts. Erevelles argues that disability as a central critical analytic can have transformative potential in addressing issues as varied as inclusive schooling, critical/radical pedagogies/curricula, HIV/AIDS education, facilitated communication, school violence, multicultural education, and the sex curriculum. Her insistence on an intersectional analysis foregrounds the dialectical relationship between disability and the other constructs of difference, namely race, class, gender, and sexuality and its brutal implications for (disabled) students in U. S. public schools and (disabled) citizens in transnational contexts. Additionally, transforming her theoretical leanings to committed praxis, she deploys the lens of disability studies to urge her students to think harder, deeper, and more courageously outside the confines of normative modes of education and social theory that only seek to discipline bodies rather than  empower them

Erevelles has published articles in the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Theory, Studies in Education and Philosophy, the Journal of Curriculum Studies, Teachers College Record, Disability & Society, Disability Studies Quarterly, & the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, among others.  Her book, Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Towards a Transformative Body Politic was published by Palgrave in November 2012.

GROCE, Nora

Nora Groce

Nora Groce
(Professor; Chair of Leonard Cheshire and Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre,  Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University
College London, England)
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3177
Email: nora.groce@ucl.ac.uk
Address: University College London - 1-19 Torrington Place - London - WC1E 6BT
Website

Dr. Nora Groce is a medical anthropologist, working in the area of global health and international development with particular emphasis on cross-cultural systems of health care and health as a human rights issue. Her research interests include issues of disability in international health and development, violence as a global public health problem, equity in access to health care in ethnic, minority and rural communities and the integration of western and traditional health care systems.

Professor Groce regularly serves as an advisor to United Nations (UN) agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, UNFPA and a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and disabled people’s organizations (DPOs). She has published widely on both research and policy initiatives and has serves as editor and reviewer for a number of leading journals.

Prior to teaching at UCL, Professor Groce was a Research Scientist at Harvard University (1986-1990) and Associate Professor in Global Health at Yale University and Director of the Yale/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre (1991-2008).

HICKEY, Huhana

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Huhana Hickey
(Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Maori Health, School of Public Health & Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology)
Tel: +64 9-921 9999 ext. 7982
Email: huhana@gmail.com
Address: Auckland University of Technology, North Shore Campus, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Website

Dr Huhana Hickey (Ngāti Tahinga, Tainui, Ngai Tai) is a research fellow in Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research at AUT University. Huhana has a long standing interest in the human rights of people from marginal backgrounds and the consequences of discrimination and social oppression. She is a scholar of disabilities research and legal theory and is noted for the breadth of her published cross-disciplinary research. Her work with the United Nations Adhoc group prior to the signing of the UNCRPD has led to indigenous people with disabilities being included within the preamble of the convention in that one of Huhana goal’s is to increase the knowledge of indigenous peoples with disabilities along with increasing their profile and inclusion in all levels of society. Huhana currently sits on the NZ human rights review tribunal as well as the UNITEC ethics committee and is the Chair of the Auckland Council Disability Strategic Advisory Panel.

IGRIC, Ljiljana

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Ljiljana Igric
(Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Tel: (385) 98 410 528
Email: igricljiljana@gmail.com

Ljiljana Igrić works in the field of the rights of children and persons with disabilities, which includes research, development of support programmes for children and persons with disabilities, and an active role in the policy of educational inclusion. As a professor at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, in over 40 years and the founder of the Inclusive support centre IDEM she is the expert or lieder in international EU-funded projects in Croatia and other countries South-East Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia).

Her special field of research interest includes social determinants of educational inclusion focusing on family, school, and peers. She developed the Counselling Centre for Parents of Children with Disabilities that conducts individual and group counselling with parents using integrative gestalt therapy. In the last 10 years, she introduced new forms of support in educational inclusion, mobile expert teams, teaching assistants, and supervision of inclusion participants with the purpose of improving this process in Croatia. With her associates, she researches and evaluates the effects of such forms of support on the inclusion of students with disabilities in schools. Results of this research are depicted in numerous research articles and many international congresses.

Ljiljana Igrić works in the field of inclusive policy. She participates in the making of national strategies for persons with disabilities, national plans for the rights of children, and national standards in education. She was a member of the Committee of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for Persons with Disability.

Her last published books are Student with Special Educational Needs Between School and Family (publisher: Inclusive Support Centre IDEM) and Introduction to Educational Inclusion – School for Every Child (publisher: University of Zagreb and Školska knjiga).

Research Areas: Mental Illness; Special education; Rehabilitation.

  1. Igrić,Lj.(2015) (ed). Osnove edukacijskog uključivanja – Škola po mjeri svakog djeteta je moguća.(Introduction to Educational Inclusion – School for Every Child). Zagreb: Edukacijsko-rehabilitacijski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu and Školska knjiga. http://bib.irb.hr/prikazi-rad?&rad=762494
  2. Igrić,Lj,Fulgosi – Masnjak,R., Wagner Jakab,A.(2014) (eds).Učenik s teškoćama između škole i obitelji. (Student with Special Educational Needs Between School and Family). Zagreb : Centar Inkluzivne potpore IDEM

http://bib.irb.hr/prikazi-rad?&rad=762658

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KAYESS, Rosemary

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Rosemary Kayess
(Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), UNSW)
Tel: +61 2 9385 2224
Email: r.kayess@unsw.edu.au
Address: Room 248, Law Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia NSW 2052
Website

Rosemary Kayess has extensive disability policy experience. She has held ministerial advisory roles with both the state and federal government on disability and carer issues and was the external expert on the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations negotiations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Rosemary has had extensive research experience working and advising on a variety of social research projects including access to justice, human rights and disability, guardianship, young people in nursing homes.

A human rights lawyer, Rosemary currently teaches in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. Convening international law and human rights subjects, focusing on the equality provisions within international instruments and their translation into domestic law and policy.

LAWSON, Anna

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Anna Lawson
(Professor, University of Leeds)
Tel: 0113 343 5054
Email: a.m.m.lawson@leeds.ac.uk
Address: G.14, The Liberty Building, University of Leeds, U.K. LS2 9JT
Website

Dr. Anna Lawson is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds. She works in the Disability Law Hub (whose home is in the Centre for Law and Social Justice). Professor Lawson has played lead roles in a range of interdisciplinary national and multinational research projects, including for NHS England, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and the European commission. She has delivered papers in over 30 countries and regularly advises national and international organizations on disability issues.

Outside academia, she currently works with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (as a member of the statutory Disability Committee for England, Scotland and Wales), China Vision (to which she is an advisor) and Justice (of which she is a Council member).

Professor Lawson's research focuses on disability equality and human rights at the UN, European and domestic level. She is particularly interested in the opportunities for change created by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in accessibility, reasonable accommodation and equality, in access to justice and  the disabling and enabling potential of law.

MALHOTRA, Ravi

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Ravi Malhotra
(Associate Professor, University of Ottawa)
Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 2917
Email: Ravi.Malhotra@uOttawa.ca
Address:
Website

Ravi Malhotra joined the Critical Disability Studies program as adjunct faculty in 2016. He obtained an LL.M. from Harvard in 2002, and completed his S.J.D. at the University of Toronto in 2007, having been awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. His doctoral dissertation dealt with the implications of globalization for labour law in the context of workers with disabilities. While he was an S.J.D. candidate in residency at the University of Toronto, Professor Malhotra was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law where he taught International Human Rights.  His primary research interests are in the areas of Labour and Employment Law, Human Rights, Globalization and Disability Rights Law.

Professor Malhotra is a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Education Committee of the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies.

MUNFORD, Robyn

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(Professor, Massey University, New Zealand)
Email: r.munford@massey.ac.nz
Website

Robyn is the Professor of Social Work in the School of Social Work, College of Health, Massey University, New Zealand. She is the Director of the Practice Research and Professional Development Hub which offers learning opportunities for practitioners and supports practitioners to work alongside researchers to investigate practice in a range of community settings and social service agencies. Robyn has qualifications in social work, disability studies and sociology. She is the co-leader of the New Zealand site of an international, longitudinal study on young people's pathways to resilience and transitions funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. In 2002 Robyn was awarded an ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to research and education in social work. She undertakes research on family and community wellbeing; children and young people; social work theory and practice; disability and citizenship approaches; and community development. She has published nationally and internationally on this research. Her particular interest is working with practitioners to translate research findings into practice in statutory, NGOs and community settings.

NGUYEN, Xuan Thuy

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Xuan Thuy Nguyen
(Assistant Professor, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University)
Tel: 613-520-2600 ext. 5042
Email: xuanthuy.nguyen@carleton.ca
Address: 1317 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa Ontario K1S 5B6
Website

Dr. Xuan Thuy Nguyen examines the ways girls and women with disabilities in the global South participate in research to claim their rights. Her research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) [2016-20], aims to challenge gaps of knowledge on girls with disabilities within existing research on disability studies, inclusive education, human rights, and girlhood studies by connecting knowledge, research, and activism for their inclusion. Dr. Nguyen’s work provides opportunities for graduate students, academics, and activists in Canada to engage in transnational work for social justice with disabled girls and women in the global South. This research builds on her work on inclusion in the context of disability rights. Dr. Nguyen’s new book, The journey to inclusion, published by Sense Publishers, critically engages with the politics of inclusion and exclusion through the emergence of disability rights, development, and inclusive education discourses at the global, national, and local levels. Focusing on the context of Vietnam, the book offers critical insight into contemporary debates on inclusion for people with disabilities in the face of neo-liberal, neo-imperialist, and neo-colonial ideologies. It challenges academics and activists to engage more deeply with the meanings and politics of inclusion in the intersection between global and local histories.

Research Areas: Critical disability studies, critical policy studies, inclusive education, critical theory, human rights and post-colonial studies, visual methodologies

PINTO, Paula

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Paula Campos Pinto
(Assistant Professor, University of Lisbon)
Tel: [+351] 21 361 94 30
Email: ppinto@iscsp.utl.pt
Address:
Website:

Dr. Paula Campos Pinto is an assistant professor at the School for Social  and Political Sciences, University of Lisbon where she also coordinates the Observatory on Disability and Human rights. She holds a PhD in Sociology from York University, Canada, and a Master’s degree  in Family Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Paula Pinto has been working in the disability field for over 25 years, as an activist, a researcher and an academic, both in Portugal and internationally. She joined the DRPI team in 2004 as a research associate, having contributed to the development and field-testing of  DRPI monitoring tools and methodologies, and acting as support person to local monitoring teams in data collection and analyses. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters on disability, inclusion, citizenship and human rights, published in Portugal and  abroad.

RICE, Carla

Carla Rice
(Associate Professor, Trent University, Canada)Carla Rice
Tel: 519-824-4120 ext. 53921
Email: carlar@uoguelph.ca
Website
Narratives of body, identity, and difference in the passage to womanhood;  Arts-based inquiry into everyday experiences of women with disabilities and physical differences in social and health care encounters; Qualitative research into girls’ accounts of body image as an equity issue within educational settings.

SHOTWELL, Alexis

Alexis Shotwell

Alexis Shotwell
(Associate Professor, Carleton University Department of Sociology and Anthropology)
Tel: 613-520-2600 ext. 3082
Email: alexis_shotwell@carleton.ca
Address:
Website

Dr. Alexis Shotwell works in social and political theory, with a current focus on complicity and complexity as a ground for ethical and political action. She is also engaged in a SSHRC-funded research project on the history of AIDS activism in the Canadian context.

SOLDATIC, Karen

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Karen Soldatic
(Senior Research Fellow, Western Sydney University)
Tel: (02) 9685 9533
Email: K.Soldatic@westernsydney.edu.au
Address: EM.G.28, Parramatta, Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales 2751
Website

Karen Soldatic is an Australian Research Council DECRA (Discovery Early Career Researcher Award) Fellow (2016-2019) who prior to joining the Institute, worked at University New South Wales. Karen's DECRA, entitled 'Disability Income Reform and Regional Australia: The Indigenous Experience', draws upon two previous fellowships: British Academy International Visiting Fellowship (2012) and The Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University (2011-2012) where she remains an Adjunct Fellow.

Karen's research on global welfare regimes builds upon her 20 years' experience as an international, national and state based senior policy analyst and practitioner

THOMAS, Carol

Carol Thomas
(Professor, Centre for Disability Research (CeDR), Lancaster University, England)Carol Thomas
Tel: +44 (0)1524 594092
Email: c.thomas@lancaster.ac.uk
Address:
Website:www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/centres/cedr/profiles/Carol-Thomas
Feminist theory and gender relations; critical cultural theory - esp. concerning identity and difference; postmodernist bioethics; theories of the body (including: postconventional theories of disability; disability and sexuality; the concept of the monstrous); and any combination of the above.

 

Emeritus Faculty

BUNCH, Gary

Gary Bunch
(Professor Emeriti; EdD, University of British Columbia)Gary Bunch
Extension: 22810
Email: gbunch@edu.yorku.ca
Address: Room 265, Winters College
Education of persons with disabilities in inclusive settings, child development, learning styles, representation of persons with disability in the media, and the community of researchers’ model and action research and collaboration with community groups.

BARNES, Colin

Colin Barnes
(Professor Emeriti, Leeds University, England)Colin Barnes
Tel: 0113-343-4414
Email: c.barnes@leeds.ac.uk
Address:
Website: www.sociology.leeds.ac.uk/about/staff/barnes
Theories of disability; Social policy and disabled people; Disability politics and culture; Inclusive education; Disability and the majority world; Emacipatory/participatory research methodologies and practice; Cultural studies; Popular culture; Sociology of deviance.

BARTON, Len

Len Barton
(Professor Emeriti, University of London, England)Len Barton
Tel: 44 (0)20 7612 6750
Email: l.barton@ioe.ac.uk
Disability Studies; Sociology of Education; Inclusive Education; Cross-cultural issues relating to policy and practice in terms of disability and inclusive education.

FRAZEE, Catherine

Catherine Frazee
(Professor Emerita, Ryerson RBC Institute for Disability Studies Research and Education; Disability Rights Scholar, Consultant and Researcher, Canada)Catherine Frazee
Tel: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4591
Email: cfrazee@ryerson.ca
Address:
Website: www.ryerson.ca/ds/for-faculty/index.html
Disability rights; Identity; Culture and the disability experience.

ISRAELITE, Neita

Neita Israelite
(Professor Emerita; PhD, University of Pittsburgh)Neita Israelite
Extension: 20913
Email: nisrael@edu.yorku.ca
Address: Room 259, Winters College
Website: edu.yorku.ca/edu-profiles/index.php?mid=2183
Identity construction of hard of hearing adolescents; transition and adjustment issues for postsecondary students with disabilities.

LEXCHIN, Joel

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(Member Emeriti, MD, University of Toronto, 1977)
Retired: 2016

Telephone: (not available)
Email: jlexchin@yorku.ca
 Address: (not available)
Website  (not available)

Dr. Joel Lexchin received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1977 and has worked for the past 28 years as an emergency physician at The University Health Network. He was a full Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. From 1992-94 he was a member of the Ontario Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee and he was the chair of the Drugs and Pharmacotherapy Committee of the Ontario Medical Association from 1997-99. He has been a consultant for the province of Ontario, various arms of the Canadian federal government, the World Health Organization, the government of New Zealand and the Australian National Prescribing Service. He is the author or co-author of over 150 peer-reviewed articles on virtually all areas of pharmaceutical policy both in Canada and internationally. His book Private Profits versus Public Policy: the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Canadian State was published by University of Toronto Press in October 2016.

LUMSDEN, David

David Lumsden
(Professor Emeriti; PhD, University of Cambridge)
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Email: lumsden@yorku.ca
Address: Room 2054, Vari Hall
Website:  www.yorku.ca/laps/anth/faculty/lumsden
Medical anthropology, cross-cultural mental health issues, collective violence & resilience, stress & coping, culture and disability issues, refugee health issues, qualitative health research, advocacy.

RADFORD, John

John Radford
(Professor Emeriti; PhD, Clark University)
Extension: 33648
Email: johnrad@yorku.ca
Address: Ross Building, S404C
Website: