Patty Douglas

Assistant Professor
M.A., University of Toronto, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Office: Faculty of Education 109
Phone: 204-727-7486

I am an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University and teach and research in inclusive education,  disability studies, histories of science and care. I came to Brandon University after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice at the University of Guelph where I am now a Research Affiliate. My research and teaching engages critical theory, community-engaged research and the arts to speak back to exclusionary systems, open space for difference and transform deficit models of disability in care and education systems. This means understanding disability as a matter of political and social justice rather than as an individual problem in need of individual solutions. I am a former special education teacher and mother of two sons, one of whom attracted the label autism. I am currently working on several book projects including Autism and Mothering: Ethical Disruptions and Care Pedagogies.

Recent Publications

Douglas, P. & Klar, E. (Forthcoming). Beyond disordered brains and mother blame: Critical issues in autism and mothering. In L. O. Hallstein, A. O’Reilly and M. Vandenbeld Giles (Eds.). Routledge Motherhood Companion. London: Routledge.

Douglas, P. Rice, C. & Siddiqui, A. (Forthcoming). Living dys/artfully with and in illness. Journal of Medical Humanities.

Douglas, P., Rice, C., Runswick-Cole, K., Easton, A., Gibson, M., Gruson-Wood, J., Klar, E., & Shields, R. (Advance online publication January 4, 2019). Re-storying autism: A body becoming disability studies in education approach. International Journal of Inclusive Education.

Gibson, M. & Douglas, P. (2018). Disturbing behaviours: O Ivar Lovaas and the queer history of autism science. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, 4(2).  

Rice, C., LaMarre, A., Changfoot, N. & Douglas, P. (2018, 27th March, online advance publication). Making spaces: Multimedia storytelling as reflexive, creative praxis. Qualitative Research in Psychology.

Douglas, P., Rice, C. & Kelly, C. (2017). Cripping care: Care pedagogies and practices (Editorial). Review of Disability Studies, 13(4), 1-12.

Current research projects

Enacting Critical Disability Communities in Education (Principal investigator), a project engaging multimedia storytelling to explore autistic people’s, family’s and inclusive educator’s experiences of inclusion within education systems. This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Disability Studies, Inclusion and Education (Principal Investigator), a project making disability studies interventions into inclusive and special education teacher education programs. This project is funded by the Brandon University Research Committee New Faculty Research Grant.

Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project: A longitudinal study of familial viewpoints of early childhood disability services (Co-investigator), a multi-phase project in partnership with the Brandon Friendship Centre investigating family experiences with early childhood disability services. This project is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology and Access to Life (Co-investigator),, a project exploring disability art, Deaf art, Mad art, aging and e/Elder art, fat art, and Indigenous art, and access to life. We, the researchers, artists, curators, practitioners, and community members on this grant, explore the relationship between cultivating activist art and achieving social and political justice.