Deborah Stienstra

Deborah Stienstra
Department of Political Science
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x54553
MCKN 503
Education (doctoral degree): 
York University

Deborah Stienstra holds the Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work, is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Centre for Families, Work and Wellbeing at the University of Guelph. She is the author of About Canada: Disability Rights (Fernwood, 2012). Her research and publications explore the intersections of disabilities, gender, childhood, and Indigenousness, identifying barriers to, as well as possibilities for, engagement and transformative change. Her work also contributes to comparative and trans/international research and theory related to intersectional disability rights.

Over the past fifteen years, she has led or co-led multiple community-engaged research partnerships. Between 2010 and 2016, Jane Stinson, from the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), and Deborah Stienstra co-led FemNorthNet or the Feminist Northern Network. FemNorthNet included northern and southern community organizations, Indigenous and settler women, and researchers and community women. Its goals were to examine the consequences of economic restructuring for diverse women in Northern Canadian communities, support these women to engage in decision-making about the changes in their communities brought about by these developments and help to amplify and insert women’s voices into discussions, decision-making and planning processes.

Deborah Stienstra is engaged in several initiatives across Canada, in Vietnam and with partners in countries including Haiti, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Vietnam and Canada.

  • Stienstra, D. “DisAbling Women and Girls in Austere Times” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice 38,1 (2017), 154-167.
  • Stienstra, D. “Northern crises: Women’s relationships and resistances to resource extractions” International Feminist Journal of Politics 17, 4 (2015), 630-651.
  • Stienstra, D. “Trumping All? Disability and Girlhood” Girlhood Studies 8, 2 (Summer 2015), 54-70.
  • Stienstra, D. “For Michael Charlie: Including children with disabilities in the global South/North” Disability and the Global South 2, 2 (June 2015), 632-648.
  • Stienstra, D. About Canada: Disability Rights. Fernwood Publishing, 2012.