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Dr. Nancy Hansen

Phone: 474-6458

Dr. Nancy Hansen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director since of the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba. Nancy obtained a PhD (Human Geography) from the University of Glasgow. Her research interests in disability studies are varied including; disability in spaces of culture education, literacy, social policy, employment healthcare access and experiences of disabled and LGBTQ communities in post-conflict areas. Nancy is a former member of the Member CAUT Working Group Academics with Disabilities and Equity Committee, former President and founding member of the Canadian Disability Studies Association. Nancy received an Einstein research fellowship examining Disability Studies and the Legacy of Nazi Eugenics. Nancy received the ICUF Sprott Asset Management Scholarship examining disability history. She has assisted with the development of Disability studies academic programs nationally and internationally. She has lectured on numerous occasions at University of Winnipeg Global College Summer Institute She was chosen as the 2019 Stapleford lecturer. She has recently received a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship. She is co-editor of the Routledge History of Disability Untold Stories: A Canadian Disability History Reader. In addition, Nancy has written numerous book chapters and contributed to various international academic journals.

Research Interests:

  • Disability history (eugenics and bioethics)
  • Geography of disability
  • Disabled women’s issues
  • Disabled People’s access to primary health care
  • Disability and the media  

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Dr. Diane Driedger

Phone: (204) 474-9971

Diane Driedger is currently assistant Professor, Disability Studies. Diane Driedger has published eight books, including The Last Civil Rights Movement: Disabled Peoples' International (Hurst, St. Matins, 1989). Her most recent book is an edited reader: Living the Edges: A Disabled Women's Reader (Innana, 2010). She is also a poet and visual artist.

Diane was the Provincial Coordinator of the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, 2010-13. She has been involved in the disability rights movement for over 30 years, which included working with Disabled Peoples’ international, Council of Canadians with Disabilities and DisAbled Women’s Network Canada. Diane has also worked with the disability movement in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago through CUSO and CESO. Her PhD is in Education from the University of Manitoba.

Research Interests

  • Disabled Women
  • Chronic Illness
  • International Issues
  • The Disability Rights Movement
  • Empowerment Through Writing/Storytelling
  • Access to Health Care
  • Art and Disability

Current Adjunct Professor's

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Dr. Deborah McPhail

Phone: (204) 480-1352

Deborah McPhail is an Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences, nil-appointed in Environment & Geography, and adjunct in Disability Studies. A critical health scholar who studies the social aspects of “obesity,” Dr. McPhail's interdisciplinary work has been published in such journals as Health and Place and Social Science & Medicine. Dr. McPhail obtained a PhD in Women’s Studies from York University in 2010. Her doctoral dissertation, a feminist history of obesity discourse in twentieth-century Canada, is In Press with the University of Toronto Press. Dr. McPhail's current work focuses on the interplay among obesity discourse, social inequalities and women’s and transpeople’s reproductive health, with particular emphases on issues of health equity and healthcare access. Other areas of interest include: food justice and food politics; critical theories of health and the body; feminist and qualitative research methods; gender studies; anti-racist and postcolonial studies; theories of class distinction and structural oppression; globalization and health inequity; intersectional experiences of health and illness.

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