York Faculty appointed to the Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies
(Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Critical Disability Studies; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room 315, Stong Colleg
Dr. Rachel da Silveira Gorman is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Critical Disability Studies at York University, and an artist working in dance theatre, performance, and curating. Da Silveira Gorman’s research engages theory and method from fine arts, humanities, and sciences. Her writing has appeared in Auto|Biography Studies, American Quarterly, Somatechnics, thirdspace, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. Da Silveira Gorman has created and choreographed 14 dance-theatre and site-specific productions, ten of which have been remounted or screened at festivals.. Since 2009, she has been on the curatorial committee at A Space Gallery in Toronto, where she has curated four exhibitions. In 2017, she received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for a performance-based research-creation project Year Five of the Revolution. Da Silveira Gorman spent the nineties working in social services and as a feminist and union organizer; and the aughties in anti-occupation organizing and in disability and queer arts scenes.
Research interests: transnational social movements; anticolonial and revolutionary aesthetics; anti-racist disability theory; institutional ethnography and critiques of ideology in corrections, health, community, and social service sectors.
Dr. Christo El Morr is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics, the Health Informatics Certificate Coordinator, at the School of Health Policy and Management at York University; he is also a Research Scientist at North York General Hospital, Toronto. His cross-disciplinary research is community based. His research interests focus on Health Virtual Communities and e-collaboration for chronic diseases management.
El Morr is also a theologist and a poet. His poetry celebrates life and love and gives voice to the marginalized, oppressed, and forced migrant. His work in theology relates to love (Eros and Agape) and freedom and the need for resistance to power to protect both. His work in critical theology analyzes the link between social/economic structures, psychology, and contemporary religious thought-and-practices as they manifest among Christians in Arab society. He was one of a small group who exposed institutional child abuse in the church in Lebanon.
He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Mental Health (IJMH) and the International Journal of Extreme Automation and Connectivity in Healthcare (IJEACH), and the founding editor of the “Telos Magazine”, a theology magazine with a focus on West Asia and North Africa (launching date: November 1st, 2019).
Research Interests: Chronic diseases management; health virtual communities; decision support systems; readmission to hospitals; eHealth.
Dr. Sean Hillier is a queer Mi’kmaw scholar from the Qalipu First Nation. He is an assistant professor at the School of Health Policy & Management & Special Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Resurgence in the Faculty of Health of York University. He is the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Council at York. Additionally, Sean is a Board Member of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).
At York University, Sean earned his Honors Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Law and Society, as well as a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies. Following, he pursued his Doctorate in Policy Studies with a specialization in Social Policy at Ryerson University.
Sean is a former CIHR doctoral scholar in the area of Indigenous Peoples living with HIV. His research focuses on how policy shapes and impacts access to and utilisation of health care for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. He continues to work in the area of HIV research and is an Investigator with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trails Network ($15 million). Dr. Hillier is also a Principle Investigator and Executive Team member on the CIHR funded project entitled: One Health Network for the Global Governance of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance, where he leads the workplan related to equity and diversity. He is also an Investigator and Executive Team member for the SSHRC funded research project: Imagining Age-Friendly ’communities within communities’ ($2.5 million). Dr. Hillier’s research interests include Indigenous Health, Indigenous research ethics, Indigenous methodologies, 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights, and community-engaged research.
Research Interests: Indigenous health; Indigenous HIV; 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights; community-engaged research.
(Professor, PhD in Community Psychology, OISE/UT 1997)
Address: Room 314C, Stong College
Dr. Marina Morrow is the current Chair of the School of Health Policy and Management. She 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.
Research Interests: Critical health policy; mental health reform; service provision and access to health services; mental health and social inequity; mental health and citizen engagement and social justice; neoliberal reforms; gender and health; intersectional theory and approaches in mental health.
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).
Research Interests: Mad people's history, history of people with disabilities, medical history, psychiatric patients' labour history, archiving psychiatric survivor and disability histories, labels, terminology, activism and self-identity among psychiatric survivors/consumers, connecting the past with contemporary social justice struggles.
Dr. nancy viva davis halifax is Assistant Professor in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program. She 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.
(Assistant Professor; PhD in Critical Disability Studies, York University, 2017)
Address: Room 354A, Stong College
Dr. Vorstermans is an Assistant Professor in the Critical Disability Studies program in the School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health at York University. Her research makes critical interventions into the field of international experiential and service learning and global citizenship, engaging plural ideas of human rights, disability and equity in our current neoliberal world. She uses Critical Disability theory and the lens of intersectionality to complicate North-South encounters engaging impairment and disablement. Her ongoing work engages community-based research, centers the perspectives and desires of those in the South and takes up equity, critical care in community, disability & North/South relations.
Before this appointment, she held a Postdoctoral fellowship on a large multi-partner longitudinal study at Ryerson University, The Inclusive Early Childhood Services System Project. The project uses institutional ethnography to map the experiences of families of disabled children in the institutional system in Ontario.
Throughout her PhD and as Executive Director of a small international experiential learning organization that is partnered with 10 partners in the Global South, her research has focused on centering the desires and perspectives of those in the Global South who welcome and host Northern volunteers to their small NGOs working in the fields of rights, disability, health equity, the environment and community work. She has deep and long-lasting relationships with these organizations and has collaborated on research with them to understand their experiences. Over the past fifteen years, she has lived, worked and completed research in Ecuador, Cuba, Guatemala, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, and the Netherlands.
Research Interests: International experiential and service learning and global citizenship; Critical Disability Theory; Human Rights, Disability and Equity; Disability and North/South relations.
York Faculty cross-appointed to Critical Disability Studies
Dr. Nirupama is with the Disaster & Emergency Management Program since 2005. She has taught in many Canadian universities and has been actively teaching and researching in the areas that include disaster risk management; business continuity; physical dynamics of natural hazards; contemporary issues in disaster management; disaster management using GIS and remote sensing techniques; and multi-criteria decision making using fuzzy logic concept. She is also a certified (DRI Canada) Associate Business Continuity Professional.
Dr. Nirupama is also one of the founder faculty members of the Disaster & Emergency Management Program of York University since 2005. Prior to that she was a faculty member with the Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies program at Brandon University. She has taught in many Canadian universities and travelled extensively to present her work at conferences and meetings. Dr. Nirupama serves as an elected editorial board member for “Natural Hazards”, a Springer publication. She has 36 refereed publications, as well as 19 book chapters to her credit. She has co-edited one book on "Indian Ocean tsunami", published by Taylor & Francis in 2006. She is the lead author of "Tsunami Travel Time Atlas for the Atlantic Ocean", which is first of its kind publication for the Atlantic Ocean. The Tsunami Travel Time Atlas provides charts of tsunami travel times to 118 locations around the Atlantic Ocean, encompassing about 44 countries. Her broad research interests include natural hazards, disaster risk and vulnerability assessment and management, multi-criteria decision making using fuzzy concept, flood damage analysis including socio-economic impacts, GIS and remote sensing techniques, business continuity planning, and emergency management in Canada.
Research Areas of Interest: Emergency Management , Sustainability , Natural disasters, Disaster risk management, Business continuity planning
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.
Research Areas of Interest: Primary care settings; psychosocial health; vulnerable communities; eHealth innovations.
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.
Research Interests: Digital media, interaction and experience design (human-computer; human-human mediated by computer), domains of assistive and rehabilitation technologies.
Dr. Sylvia Bawa completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Queen's University and currently teaches in the department of Sociology at York University. She is a global sociologist whose research interests revolve around interconnections of globalization, structural inequality and discourses of culture and women’s rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. She researches, writes and teaches in areas of human rights, postcolonial and third world feminisms, critical development studies, and sociology of globalization and social change.
Research Interests: Human rights, postcolonial and third world feminisms, critical development studies, sociology and globalization, social change.
Dr. Mary Bunch is an Assistant Professor In Cinema and Media Arts and affiliated with Theatre Studies, and Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA). Dr. Bunch’s teaching and research interests include interdisciplinary and collaborative critical disability, feminist, queer studies and critical theory, research creation and arts-based methodologies. She works at the intersection of the political imagination and its visual / sensory expressions. Her current project on Ecstatic Freedom engages theoretical, activist, and arts epistemologies as these re-envision the forms that democratic participation, political belonging and justice take. She has published articles in the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies; Feminist Theory; Culture, Theory and Critique; and the Canadian Journal of Human Rights. Dr. Bunch has taught at McGill University, the University of Toronto and Western University.
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary and collaborative critical disability, feminist, queer studies and critical theory, research creation and arts-based methodologies
Dr. Chris Chapman is Associate Professor of Social Work at York University. They are co-editor of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada (Palgrave, 2014), author of various articles and book chapters relating to disability and mad studies through interlocking oppression analyses, including “Colonialism, disability, and possible lives: The residential treatment of children whose parents survived Indian Residential Schools” (2013), “Cultivating a troubled consciousness: Compulsory sound-mindedness and complicity in oppression” (2013), and “Becoming perpetrator: How I came to accept restraining and confining disabled Aboriginal children” (2014). With A.J. Withers, they are co-author of A Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working (University of Toronto Press, 2019). Their research is concerned with the moral denigrations and material violences of helping profession and state responses to people in distress and/or material need, as well as with how real people navigate these and other violences in attempts to live more ethically.
Research Interests: Imprisonment and disability, mad studies, oppression
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.
Research Interests: Paid and unpaid care; gender and health; health care working conditions; health equity for older adults and those who provide their care.
Dr. Iris Epstein focuses her research on the relationship between health, technology and place and the effectiveness of knowledge translation strategies for changing practicum placements (sites) outcomes. She is currently the principle investigator (PI) of the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) insight development grant that focus on exploring nursing students who identify with disabilities (SWD) experiences in nursing practicum placements. She also the PI of an interdisciplinary York University Academic and Innovation (AIF) grant that focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of a Smartphone Accommodation Resource Toolbox (SmART) a web-based interactive website for supporting the use of smartphone video app in teaching and learning practice-based skills. At York University, school of nursing, Dr. Epstein teaches graduate and undergraduate research, ethics and practicum based courses. She published both in national and international peer review journals on nursing education; e-learning; assisted technology and participatory design methodology.
Research Interests: students who identify with disabilities and practicum placements (sites); technology assisted learning (accommodation); knowledge translation; e-learning; participatory design; health technology and place; critical geography
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.
Research Interests: Bioethics, disability and the law, health law, legal governance of health care, privatization and health care reform, legal regulation of alternative health care, professional regulation of health care practitioners, torts, civil procedure, equality rights & discrimination, feminist legal analysis.
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.
Research Interests: 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.
(Associate Professor, School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Faculty of LA&PS)
Address: Room 206A, Founders College
Dr. Frances Latchford does research with a specialization in feminist social and political philosophy. Her interests are interdisciplinary and encompass a strong knowledge of continental, post-structuralist, post-colonial, psychoanalytic, and queer theories of subjectivity, sexuality, race, and gender. Her publications focus on questions of queer identity, subjectivity, and rights, as well as questions concerning ethical knowledge. She is currently completing a book, Steeped In Blood, that examines how ‘family’ experiences are produced in the modern Western context. She uses feminist, continental, post-structural, and psychoanalytic theories to examine the social and political devaluation of adoptive ‘family’ experience through discourses and psychologies surrounding the family, adoption, sexuality and incest, all of which intersect. She is also working on a new anthology entitled, Adoption and Mothering, which will be published by Demeter Press.
Research Interests: Philosophy , Gender Issues , Feminist social and political philosophy, Queer theories, Queer identity.
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: Reproductive and genetic technologies; feminist bioethics; cultural and social implications of biotechnology; family law; children and the law; disability studies; feminist theory; epistemology; health and globalization; construction of the body and legal regulation.
Dr. Gillian Parekh is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and Adjunct faculty with the Faculty of Community Services, Early Childhood Education at Ryerson University. As a former special education teacher and research coordinator with the Toronto District School Board, Gillian's research interests include critical disability studies, critical analysis of special and inclusive education, structural barriers to education, academic streaming and structured pathways through school, and system-wide trends relating to the social and economic replication of privilege. Her work can be found in the Canadian Journal of Education, Disability and Society, Canadian Review of Sociology and Education Policy Analysis Archives.
Research Interests: Critical Disability studies, critical analysis of special and inclusive education, structural barriers to education, academic streaming and structured pathways through school, and system-wide trends relating to the social and economic replication of privilege.
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.
Research Interests: Disability law
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.
Research Interests: Human development; social determinants of health; the quality of life of communities and individuals, and the impact of government decisions on Canadians' health and well-being.
Dr. Dayna Nadine Scott was appointed as York Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice in the Green Economy in 2018. She is appointed with York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, with a teaching focus on environmental law and justice, risk regulation and international environmental governance. Professor Scott is a co-director of Osgoode’s Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic and a co-coordinator of the joint MES/JD program.
Professor Scott joined Osgoode’s faculty in 2006 after completing a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at McGill’s Faculty of Law and a Hauser Global Research Fellowship at NYU. Professor Scott’s research interests focus on contestation over extraction, the distribution of pollution burdens affecting marginalized communities and vulnerable populations, and the justice dimensions of the transition to a greener economy.
Professor Scott is the Primary Investigator on the current SSHRC-funded project, “Consent & Contract: Authorizing Extraction in Ontario’s Ring of Fire” with colleagues Andrée Boisselle, Deborah McGregor and Estair Van Wagner. She was also part of the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, “Reconciling Sovereignties: New Techniques for ‘Authorizing’ Extraction on Indigenous Territories” led by Professor Shiri Pasternak, in partnership with the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET) and MiningWatch Canada.
Past projects included SSHRC-funded research in partnership with environmental justice activists from the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, near Sarnia`s Chemical Valley, that applied a critical, feminist perspective to the examination of law’s treatment of the risks of long-term, low-dose exposures to pollutants, and another SSHRC-funded project with Professor Gus Van Harten (“Investigating Regulatory Chill”) that examined the contemporary constraints on regulation to protect the environment, with a focus on investor rights in the resource extraction context.
Professor Scott’s publications cover topics from environmental justice activism and experiential knowledge, to contested resource extraction, to the challenges posed for law and environmental health by the emerging endocrine disruption thesis. She is interested in questions of environmental regulation and governance from an interdisciplinary perspective, especially work that interrogates the interaction between local and global modes of governing and ways of knowing.
Professor Scott is the editor of Our Chemical Selves: Gender, Toxics and Environmental Health (UBC Press, 2015) and the past Director of the National Network on Environments and Women`s Health. Among other awards, Professor Scott has been a recipient of Fulbright and SSHRC Fellowships, and the Law Commission of Canada’s “Audacity of Imagination” Prize.
Professor Scott gave expert testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in June 2016 as part of their review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act:
Reforming the Canadian Environmental Protection Act: The assessment and regulation of toxic substances should be equitable, precautionary, and evidence-based. Brief to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, 3 June 2016.
Recent publications explore the dynamics of “sacrifice zones” in the context of the emerging green energy economy; the tactics of activists resisting tar sands extraction in Peace River Alberta (“‘We are the Monitors Now’: Experiential Knowledge, Transcorporeality and Environmental Justice” (2015) in Social & Legal Studies), and the Idle No More movement (“Comment: The Forces that Conspire to Keep Us ‘Idle’”, in the Canadian Journal of Law & Society).
Research Interests: Environmental Law & Justice, Gender and Environmental Health, Toxic Substances Regulation, Pollution, and Feminist Theory of the Body
(Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, York University; PhD, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia)
Address: Room 734, Ross Building South
Research Interests:Health and Medical Humanities, Critical Disability Studies, Feminist Queer Crip Cultural Studies, Research-Creation
Dr. Miriam Smith is a professor in the Law & Society Program in the Department of Social Science at York University. Previously, she held full-time faculty positions in political science at Carleton University (1989-2004) and Trent University (2004-2007). She received her B.A. in political science in 1982 from McGill University and her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 1990. Her research areas include Canadian and comparative politics, social movements, legal mobilization and public policy, especially, the LGBT movement in Canada in comparative perspective.
Research Interests: Politics and Government; Sexuality; LGBT Politics in Canada and the U.S.; public policy, political institutions & institutionalism; public law & federalism; social movements.
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.
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.
Research Interests: Pediatric mental health; 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; the relationship between oppression and mental health.
(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room S730A, Ross Building
Dr. Kimberley White is a criminal justice professor at the University of Toronto.
Research Interests: Madness representation; criminal justice; mental illness and the law.
(Professor; Director and Special Advisor to the Dean for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects; PhD, University of Toronto)
Address: Room 435, HNES Building
Dr. Mary Wiktorowicz is Professor of Health Policy, and Director and Special Advisor to the Dean for Global Health, Community Partnerships and Strategic Projects in the Faculty of Health. As Associate Dean, Community and Global from 2014 - 2017 she supported the launch of the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and served as its Interim Director (2016 - 2017). As Chair, School of Health Policy and Management from 2006 - 2014 she led the school through a period of growth including the development of the PhD Program in Health, Health Policy and Equity field, and guided the development of the interdisciplinary Global Health BA and BSc. She is a member of the Graduate Programs in Health (Health Policy and Equity) and Critical Disability Studies.
Professor Wiktorowicz adopts a comparative lens to study mental health, pharmaceutical and global health governance and policy. A recent study focused on mental health governance assessed the governance models ten local health networks used to coordinate mental health care across four provinces in Canada. The fragmented accountability underlying mental health policy and governance is a related research theme, including the legacy of the Canada Health Act in strengthening a prevailing institutional logic that limited the evolution of a system of comprehensive mental health care.
In her research on pharmacogovernance, Professor Wiktorowicz develops frameworks to enhance our understanding of the transnational governance models that guide the development of harmonized global standards for pharmaceutical safety and efficacy policy. Her research traces parallels in the governance framework of the International Council on Harmonization as a global medicines network to that of its member jurisdictions to clarify the nature of their distinctive governance approaches and the resulting dissonance they foster in post-market regulatory policy.
Professor Wiktorowicz's research in global health governance addresses the limitations inherent in the governance and accountability frameworks underlying global programs of financial aid, including social accountability frameworks. Her research on the governance in Indigenous communities in India and in the lake region of Benin assesses the systems of national and local governance and their limitations in supporting vulnerable women's and children's health.
She has advised governments on current policy including the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, the Ontario Local Health Integration Collaborative on Mental Health, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. She was a CIHR Best Brain advising on mental health policy.
Research Interests: Comparative health policy including mental health sector restructuring, the regulation of pharmaceuticals and the role of interest groups in shaping health policy.
(PhD in Management 2014, McGill University)
Dr. Fatou Bagayogo currently does research projects examining the organization of cancer care. One of them is about inter-professional collaboration and practice change in the care of older cancer patients. The other one is about explaining organizational and professional processes that influence healthcare utilization (specifically emergency room visits) by endometrial cancer patients. In her research, she mostly uses case studies involving semi-structured interviews with physicians and nurses, document analysis and administrative records. For theoretical bases, she draws from the literature on organization studies and sociology of professions. Her post-doctoral work involved collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare management researchers to rethink the way care processes can be optimized in a large urban hospital. She spent about 3 years collecting data in this hospital and participated in a number of invited presentations to its professional and administrative staff. She is a member of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research and the Quebec Network on Nursing Intervention Research (RRISIQ).
Research Interests: Cancer care; elderly cancer patients; emergency room visits.
(Research Coordinator; Toronto District School Board)
Research Interests: Demographic differences and socioeconomic challenges in Special Education; the time structures of schools and schooling; student cohort studies.
(Assistant Professor, University of Lisbon)
Tel: [+351] 21 361 94 30
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.
Research Interests: DRPI monitoring tools and methodologies, disability, inclusion, citizenship and human rights.
Adjunct Professor (Inclusive Design)
OCAD University, Toronto
Accessibility Program Manager
D2L Corporation, Toronto (ON)
Tel: +1 416 709 6270
Dr. Sambhavi (Sam) Chandrashekar is an inclusive design researcher and a certified professional in accessibility core competencies. Her passion is to promote access and inclusion in education through accessible technology and inclusive pedagogy. She holds an M.Sc. in Human-Computer Interaction from University College London, UK and a PhD in Information Systems from the iSchool, University of Toronto. She was a Mitacs Elevate post-doctoral fellow with the University of Toronto for two years.
Sam has cross-sector experience in accessibility practice across academic, non-profit, and commercial sectors for over 15 years. She is an Adjunct Professor with OCAD University, Toronto in their Master of Design program in Inclusive Design since 2012. As an award-winning inclusive educator, she has taught several courses and supervised around 25 student research projects. As a member of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, Toronto since 2005, she has engaged with the disability community in Ontario and participated in several multi-partner, government-funded research projects involving accessibility and technology. Since 2017, Sam leads the accessibility initiatives at D2L Corporation, an educational technology company, as their Accessibility Program Manager.
Sam is a member of the Ontario government’s Post-Secondary Education Standards Development Committee working on accessibility standards for education under the AODA. She completed the CPACC certification (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies) from the International Association of Accessibility Professional (IAAP) and is a member of IAAP’s Curriculum Development and Recommendation Committee. Sam was one of the expert evaluators of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 standards before its release in 2008. Currently, she is a member of the Silver Accessibility Guidelines Community working on W3C’s next generation accessibility guidelines.
Research Interests: Inclusive design of digital technologies; accessible user experience for people with disabilities; assistive technologies; inclusive pedagogy; universal design for learning; accessibility perspectives of people with disabilities; perception of online information credibility by people with vision impairments.
Dr. Jane Dryden is Associate Professor in Philosophy at Mount Allison University. Her dissertation worked to connect feminist work on relational autonomy with the ideas of freedom and interdependency found in German Idealism (Fichte and Hegel). Her current research interests include 19th century German philosophy, feminist philosophy, and disability theory. Teaching interests include these, and also aesthetics, biomedical ethics, and the history of philosophy in general. She co-edited the 2011 collection Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book for the Wiley-Blackwell Pop Culture & Philosophy series, and is always happy to chat about philosophy and superheroes or pop culture more broadly. She is currently working on a book about the relationship between vulnerability and autonomy; you can get a little bit of a sense of that project in this interview here.
Research Interests: German philosophy, feminist philosophy, disability theory.
(Professor; Educational Leadership and Foundations of Education, University of Alabama)
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, along with her book, Disability and Difference in Global Contexts: Towards a Transformative Body Politic.
Research Interests: Disability studies; critical race theory; transnational feminism; sociology of education; postcolonial studies.
(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
Address: University College London - 1-19 Torrington Place - London - WC1E 6BT
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).
Research Interests: 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.
Dr. Annicia Gayle-Geddes is a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a PhD in Social Policy. She is a public policy development, monitoring, and evaluation professional whose work has spanned the Caribbean for over 17 years. Her work as a Social Development Analyst at the Caribbean Development Bank includes strengthening the participation of marginalised groups in socioeconomic projects, including indigenous peoples, youth, children, women/girls and persons with disabilities. She also spearheads Technical Assistance to conduct groundbreaking Disability Assessments in four Caribbean countries: Grenada, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.
Annicia is the foremost scholar in disability and development in the English-Speaking Caribbean, with published papers, book and book chapters on the subject. She is the author of the seminal book on Disability and Inequality: Socioeconomic Imperatives and Public Policy in Jamaica, published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is a disability advocate and has served as Member of the Jamaica Society for the Blind Scholarship Committee; Member of Jamaica’s National Disability Advisory Board; Member of the Legislation Committee for a Disability Act; and Chairperson of the National Consultation Committee for a National Disability Act. A decade later, the Jamaican Government passed The Disabilities Act, 2014.
Annicia recognizes the need for rigorous academic scholarship to inform evidence-based public policies and programmes. She therefore provides the practical perspectives of developing countries into the global discourse of disability and development.
Research Interests:Critical disability studies; social protection; poverty; health; participatory community development; citizen security; gender and intersectionality analysis.
(Professor; Journalism/New Media in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University, Maryland)
Tel: (410) 704-2442
Address: Dept. of Mass Communication &
Communication Studies, Towson University
8000 York Rd., Towson, MD 21252-0001
Beth Haller is Professor of Journalism/New Media in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University in Maryland, where she has been a full-time faculty member since 1996. She is the author of Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media (Advocado Press, 2010) and the author of Byline of Hope: Collected Newspaper and Magazine Writing of Helen Keller (Advocado Press, 2015). She was formerly co-editor of the Society for Disability Studies’ scholarly journal, Disability Studies Quarterly, (2003-2006). She is adjunct faculty for the City University of New York’s Disability Studies master’s and undergraduate programs and for York University’s Critical Disability Studies graduate program in Toronto, Canada.
Beth Haller was a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Curtin University Australia in February 2015 for the project, “Disability, the Media, and Digital Technology: Issues, Challenges, and Future Research.” In 2013-14 Haller participated in the MIUSA Empower Partnerships for Inclusive Communities Professional Exchange Program, a state department-funded project to partner with a disability organization in Serbia, Centre LIVING UPRIGHT, and a journalism school in Serbia, Novi Sad School of Journalism (NSSJ). She has provided media and disability consulting to the Open Society Institute Disability Rights Initiative for media training for the African Youth with Disabilities Network, to the University of Russian Academy of Education, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia for its center training journalists to cover disability issues, to the media monitoring project of Disability Rights Promotion International, Toronto, Canada, and research support for the Center for an Accessible Society, San Diego, Calif., 1998-2003.
Haller currently maintains a blog on disability issues in the news, Media dis&dat. She has been researching media images of disability since 1991, when she did a master’s thesis at the University of Maryland-College Park on the coverage of Deaf persons in The Washington Post and New York Times. Her Ph.D. dissertation at Temple University investigated elite news media coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Her media and disability research has been published in Disability Studies Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Disability & Society, Journalism Studies, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Research in Social Science and Disability, Journal of Comic Art, Journal of Magazine and New Media Research, Mass Comm Review, and Journalism History. Haller is a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Baylor University.
Research Interests: Media images of disability and disability issues; alternative press, ethnic press, disability press (historical and modern); copyright issues in cyberspace; freedom of expression.
(Post Doctoral Research Fellow - Maori Health, School of Public Health & Psychosocial Studies, Auckland University of Technology)
Tel: +64 9-921 9999 ext. 7982
Address: Auckland University of Technology, North Shore Campus, Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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.
Research Interests: Indigenous peoples with disabilities.
(Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia)
Tel: (385) 98 410 528
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 Interests: Mental illness; special education; rehabilitation.
(Manager, Knowledge Mobilization Unit, York University)
Tel: (416)736-2100 x 88876
Address: Kaneff Tower, 2nd Floor, Knowledge Mobilization Unit, York University
Michael Johnny is the Manager of the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University. His role is to connect York researchers with community, industry and government for collaborative research on complex social issues. Knowledge mobilization is a key way to make the work done at universities relevant to greater society by helping shape policies and practices and by driving social and technological development through academic and industry collaborations.
Research Interests: Knowledge Mobilization; knowledge brokering.
(Bachelor of Laws, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Bachelor of Social Science (Honours), UNSW)
Tel: +61 2 9385 2224
Address: Room 248, Law Building, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia NSW 2052
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.
Research Interests: Access to justice; human rights and disability; guardianship; young people in nursing homes.
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.
Research Interests: Disability equality and human rights.
(Associate Professor, University of Ottawa)
Tel: 613-562-5800 ext. 2917
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.
Research Interests: Labour and employment law; human rights; globalization and disability rights law.
(Professor, Concordia University, Montreal)
Tel: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5852
Erin Manning is Professor in the Department of Studio Arts in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, and Interdisciplinary PhD in Humanities Graduate Program Director at Concordia University in Montreal. Dr. Manning directs the SenseLab at Concordia (www.senselab.ca), a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. Her current art practice is centred on large-scale textile installations that facilitate emergent collectivities. She presented Stitching Time at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012, will present Stitching Time - Traces at the 5th Moscow Biennale in 2013 and is preparing a work entitled The Knots of Time for the opening of the new Flax Museum in Kortrijk, Belgium. Publications include Always More Than One: Individuation's Dance (Duke UP, 2013), Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009), Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2007) and Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home and Identity in Canada (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2003). Her forthcoming co-written manuscript (with Brian Massumi) is entitled Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (Minnesota UP).
Research Interests: Relational movement.
Lee Maracle is a Sto:Loh nation; grandmother of four, mother of four who was born in North Vancouver, BC. Her works include: the novels, Ravensong, Bobbi Lee, Sundogs, short story collection, Sojourner’s Truth, poetry collection, Bentbox, and non-fiction work I Am Woman. She is Co-editor of My Home As I Remember and Telling It: Women and Language Across Cultures, editor of a number of poetry works, Gatherings journals and has published in dozens of anthologies in Canada and America. Ms. Maracle is a both an award winning author and teacher. She currently is Mentor for Aboriginal Students at University of Toronto where she also is a teacher and also the Traditional Cultural Director for the Indigenous Theatre School, where she is a part-time cultural instructor.
Research Interests: Women and language across cultures; poetry; gathering journals; aboriginal and indigenous studies.
Robert McRuer does work focusing on queer and crip cultural studies and critical theory. He is the author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability and The Queer Renaissance: Contemporary American Literature and the Reinvention of Lesbian and Gay Identities (both also available from NYU Press). With Anna Mollow, he co-edited the anthology Sex and Disability. He also wrote Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance, considering locations of disability within contemporary political economies and the roles that disabled movements and representations play in countering hegemonic forms of globalization. His first book centered on contemporary lgbt writers, particularly lgbt writers of color, and his most recent book attends to cultural sites where critical queerness and disability contest heteronormativity and compulsory able-bodiedness.
Research Interests: Queer and crip cultural studies and critical theory; sex and disability.
(Director/Curator; A Space Gallery)
Vicky Moufawad-Paul is a Toronto based curator and writer. She is the Director/Curator at A Space Gallery. She has curated exhibitions at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Carlton University Art Gallery, Gallery 101, MAI: Montréal arts interculturels, Latitude 53, Museum London, McIntosh Gallery, Contact Photography Festival, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, A Space Gallery, and 16 Beaver.
She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MFA in Film and Video from York University. She was a member of the Board of Directors at Trinity Square Video, and the Advisory Board of AluCine Media Arts Festival and the Toronto Palestine Film Festival. She was the founding director of the Toronto Arab Film Festival and has worked at the Toronto International Film Festival. She served a three year term on the Visual & Media Arts Advisory Committee at the Toronto Arts Council and has been invited to adjudicate grants for arts funding bodies as well as arts organizations.
Vicky has published texts on several artists including Harun Farocki, James Luna, Emily Jacir, Wafaa Bilal, Paul Dennis Miller, Deirdre Logue, Mohammed Mohsen, Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Basil AlZeri, Erica Lord, John Halak, Rehab Nazzal, Jorge Lozano, Mike Hoolboom, Taysir Batniji, Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin, Akram Zaatari, and Yto Barrada.
Research Interests: Video and Disability; Photography and Citizenship; Arab Art; Archival Recovery; Intersectional Curating.
Robyn Munford 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 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.
Research Interests: Family support services; disability policy and service provision; community development; social service organizations; feminist frameworks and social/community work practice; research methods; social/community work service and practice.
(Assistant Professor, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University)
Tel: 613-520-2600 ext. 5042
Address: 1317 Dunton Tower, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa Ontario K1S 5B6
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; historiography.
Dr. Michael Orsini is a Professor and currently Vice-Dean in the Office of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Orsini was Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Vanderbilt University's Centre for Medicine, Health and Society. His main areas of research interest are in health politics and policy, and the role of social movements in policy processes. His substantive areas of interest include autism, HIV/AIDS and illnesses that affect marginalized people. Professor Orsini is currently working on a project that explores the roles of emotions and stigma in three key policy fields, as well as a CIHR-funded project on the impact of criminalization discourse on HIV/AIDS advocacy.
Research Interests: Autism; Critical Disability Studies; affect and emotions in politics; health policy; interest groups; gender and public policy; social movements; HIV/AIDS; qualitative research; interpretive policy analysis; autism politics and policy; contested illnesses; critical obesity studies.
Research Interests: 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.
Candida Rifkind has an Honours BA from Dalhousie University (Halifax), an MA from Concordia University (Montreal), and a PhD from York University (Toronto). She specializes in alternative comics and graphic narratives, Canadian popular and political writing, and life writing and auto/biography theory. Her co-edited scholarly collection, Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016), won the 2016 Gabrielle Roy Prize for the best book in English Canadian literary criticism. Her scholarly monograph, Comrades and Critics: Women, Literature, and the Left in 1930s Canada(University of Toronto Press, 2009), received the 2009 Ann Saddlemyer Award for the best book published on a Canadian theatre topic. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles on: the public memorialization of Norman Bethune; photography and Civil Rights in Lisa Quintero Weaver’s Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White, Mountie serial fiction and kitsch; the biotopographies of Seth’s “picture novella” George Sprott; metabiography and black visuality in Ho Che Anderson’s comics biography King; scientific graphic biographies of Robert Oppenheimer; and visual nostalgias of the Canadian company town. She is currently writing a book about transnational graphic biographies with the support of a three-year Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, researching migrant and refugee comics, and coordinating a bibliographic project on Indigenous comics. She is Second Vice President of the Comics Studies Society 2017-18 (President Elect 2019-20), serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal INKS, the Advisory Board of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics/La Sociéte canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée, and regularly reviews comics and graphic narratives for the Winnipeg Free Press.
Research Interests: Comics and graphic narratives; Canadian literature and culture; Life Writing/Autobiography; Screen and Cultural Studies; Women writers
Dr. Margrit Shildrick has a PhD from Warwick University in Coventry, U.K. and an MSc from Liverpool University in the U.K. She worked at Tema Genus, the unit for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the larger Tema Institute, since 2011 when she left her post in Gender Studies at Queen’s University Belfast to work at Linköping University in Sweden. Dr. Shildrick is involved in teaching in the unit and supervising her own students, while participating in some in-house research projects, and continuing with a long-term research project in Canada around organ transplantation. She is also a member of the executive board of GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies based at Linköping and Orebrö universities.
Given varied academic qualifications in literature, bioethics, and poststructuralist philosophy, she is excited by the challenges and potentials of interdisciplinary critical cultural studies and advanced feminist theory. She has held academic posts in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA and Australia, and currently is Adjunct Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, and Honorary Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Liverpool. Over the years she has taught extensively– and internationally - in gender studies, and in critical disability theory, which has a growing recognition within Sweden.
Research Interests: Notion of the anomalous body; gender studies; feminist theory; postmodernist cultural theory; theories of the body; bioethics; feminist theory and gender relations; critical cultural theory - esp. concerning identity and difference; postmodernist bioethics; theories of the body (including: post-conventional theories of disability; disability and sexuality; the concept of the monstrous).
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.
Research Interests: Social and political theory; complicity and complexity as a ground for ethical and political action; history of AIDS activism in the Canadian context.
(Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, Carleton University)
Address: Sch of Linguistics & Appl Language, 254 Paterson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa Ontario K1S 5B6
Dr. Kristin Snoddon is an Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. Dr. Snoddon's research interests are in applied sign language linguistics and sign language planning and policy. Her research and professional experience includes collaborative work with deaf communities in developing sign language and early literacy programming for deaf children and parents. Her most recent research has focused on developing a parent ASL curriculum that is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Research Interests: Sign language planning and policy; plurilingualism and translingual practice; ethnography of language and literacy; critical disability studies and discourse analysis.
(Senior Research Fellow, Western Sydney University)
Tel: (02) 9685 9533
Address: EM.G.28, Parramatta, Western Sydney University, Penrith, New South Wales 2751
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.
Research Interests: Disability income reform; indigenous experience; global welfare regimes.
Dr. Carol Thomas is Professor of Sociology, specializing in disability studies and the sociology of health and illness.
Research Interests: Disability studies; sociology of health and illness; nature of care; public health and health promotion; domestic labour and health; women's health.
(Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; PhD, Adult Education, Community Development, and Gender Studies)
Dr. Roberta Timothy is Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Timothy’s program of teaching and research broadly addresses local and transnational dimensions of community health promotion; the unequal impact of social determinants of health across diverse communities in local and global context; and anti-oppression and community-informed interventions into health policy and equity.
She specializes in the areas of intersectionality and ethics in health; health and race; transnational African/Black and Indigenous health; and anti-oppression/anti-colonial approaches to mental health. With extensive teaching experience in universities, colleges, and in social service organizations and community settings, she has particular expertise in critical health theory and social justice health policy development and implementation.
Dr. Timothy prioritizes critical and creative approaches to knowledge production that reflect the experiences and aspirations of migrant, refugee, African/Black diasporic, and transnational Indigenous communities. Her scholarship contributes to critical race theory by examining how factors such as indigeneity, gender, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, transgenerational connections, and historical and contemporary intersectional violence impact African/Black communities health, and by centering community resistance through innovative decolonizing health practices.
Research Interests: Anti-Oppression Psychotherapy; critical expressive arts therapy; trauma and transgenerational violence; work culture and organizational change; Anti-Opression/colonial political economy; Resistance Education, and Creative Resistance.
Dr. Emile Tompa is a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He holds appointments as associate professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University, assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, Adjunct Member in Critical Disability Studies at York University, and mentor with the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Work Disability Prevention, also at the University of Toronto. He is co-director of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP), an intiative funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a period of seven year. Tompa is on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. He has an MBA from the University of British Columbia, an MA in economics from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in economics from McMaster University.
Research Interests: Labour-market experiences and their health and human development consequences; policy analysis of occupational health and safety and work disability prevention systems; and the evaluation of workplace interventions directed at improving the health of workers.
Dr. Jutta Treviranus is Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto. With its origins in the ATRC, which she launched in 1993, Jutta has established the IDRC as an international center of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging digital systems, networks and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise. Jutta founded and directs an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University. Together with Gregg Vanderheiden, she is the co-director of the Raising the Floor Consortium that coordinates the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure project. She leads many international multi-partner open source research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support inclusion e.g., Fluid Project, and Floe Project. Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain with projects such as Web4All, TILE and FLOE. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines, as well as the IMS AccessForAll and ISO 24751 standards implemented in the GPII).
Research Interests: Inclusive design of emerging digital systems; networks and practices; accessibility in the digital domain; accessibility legislation.
(Associate Professor, PhD in Medical Anthropology, York University, Canada)
Address: Room 005, HNES
Dr. Michelle Wyndham-West is a critically applied medical anthropologist specializing in gender, health and public policy. These thematic areas have been explored through ethnographic research concerning emerging medical technologies, including correlated gendered policy making processes and lay take-up of these policies. She pays particular attention to the convergence of, and friction between, culture, power relations and gender conceptualizations in policy processes and the everyday experiences of individuals negotiating their decision-making vis-a-vis health policy and programming. Currently, Dr. Wyndham-West is researching gender-based analyses (including intersectional frameworks), public health policy processes and healthy aging through the case studies of dementia strategy development and seniors living with HIV.
Research Areas of Interest: Anthropology; gender, health, public policy; emerging medical technologies; culture, power and gender conceptualizations in policy; healthy aging; seniors living with HIV.
Research Interests: 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.
(Professor Emeriti, University of London, England)
Tel: 44 (0)20 7612 6750
Research Interests: Disability studies; sociology of education; inclusive education; cross-cultural issues relating to policy and practice in terms of disability and inclusive education.
(Professor Emeriti; EdD, University of British Columbia)
Address: Room 265, Winters College
Research Interests: Education of persons with disabilities in inclusive settings; child development; learning styles; representation of persons with disability in the media; the community of researchers’ model and action research and collaboration with community groups.
(Professor Emerita, Ryerson RBC Institute for Disability Studies Research and Education; Disability Rights Scholar, Consultant and Researcher, Canada)
Tel: (416) 979-5000 ext. 4591
Research Interests: Disability rights; identity; culture and the disability experience.
Research Interests: Identity construction of hard of hearing adolescents; transition and adjustment issues for postsecondary students with disabilities.
(Associate Professor; PhD, University of Alabama, Birmingham)
Address: Room 414, HNES Building
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.
Research Interests: 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.
(Member Emeriti, MD, University of Toronto)
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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.
Research Interests: Health policy; physician prescribing behavior; pharmaceutical promotion and the drug approval process; globalization.
Research Interests: Medical anthropology; cross-cultural mental health issues; collective violence & resilience; stress & coping; culture and disability issues; refugee health issues; qualitative health research; advocacy.
(Professor Emeriti; PhD, Clark University)
Address: Ross Building, S404C
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Research Interests: Spatial and environmental aspects of disability with emphasis on the cultural and social geography of disability and integration issues: especially planning issues and residential satisfaction of people with disability.
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.
She is currently compiling, as Executive Editor, an encyclopedia on Critical Disability Studies (Springer). Dr. Rioux was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2014.
Research Interests: International human rights and monitoring, the social and legal construction of inequality, theory of critical disability, education for all, globalization, social welfare and social justice, health equity, social policy and diversity.