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Ryan Patterson

Grants and Knowledge Mobilization Officer

Degrees:B.A. Hon. (Carleton), M.A. (York), Ph.D. (Exeter)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 7303
Office:3500 Carleton Technology and Training Centre

Dr. Ryan Patterson leads the identification, preparation, and submission of research proposals and funding grants at the Accessibility Institute at Carleton University. He contributes to the content editing of Institute publications and facilitates collaborations and partnerships with industry, non-profit, government, community, and academic organizations in disability, accessibility, and inclusion. He develops and implements the Institute’s Knowledge Mobilization Strategy and promotes the dissemination of research knowledge.

Coming to accessibility through his background in history, Ryan also publishes and teaches on modern disability history, Mad studies, British Imperialism, and 19th-century science, technology, and medicine. He has taught at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, and Carleton, and now lectures at the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Disability Studies.  

Ryan is also a Research Associate and Project Director with the Carleton University Disability Research Group, where he organizes seminar series in critical disability studies such as Disability Futurity and Access, Inclusion, and Disability. He mentors student researchers in accessibility practice, multi-media knowledge mobilization, and community-engaged disability research and advocacy.  


PhD History, University of Exeter (UK), 2016  

MA History, York University (Canada), 2009  

BA History, Carleton University, 2008  

BA Biology, Carleton University, 2005  

Select Publications:  

Patterson, Ryan, “The Mennonite Central Committee of Canada and the founding of Disabled Peoples’ International,” Journal of Mennonite Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1 (2022), pp. 207-223.  

“Living De-Institutionalized: The Founding of Canadian Independent Living Centers, 1981-85,” Carleton University Disability Research Group, open access, Forthcoming 2023.

Patterson, Ryan, “Comment From the Field: Disability Futurity Seminar Series, Carleton University Disability Research Group.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2022), pp. 115-119 

Partridge, Kevin, Tara Connolly, Jessica Gunnell, Boris Vukovic, Chantel Trudel, Adrian Chan, Maryam Souaid, and Ryan Patterson, Understanding the State of Accessible Taxi Vehicles and Shared Mobility Services in Atlantic Canada (Ottawa: Accessibility Institute at Carleton University, 2022).  

Patterson, Ryan, “The Third Anglo-Ashanti War, 1873-4,” in Queen Victoria’s Wars: British Military Campaigns, 1857-1902, ed. Stephen Miller (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021).  

Patterson, Ryan, “Transnational Representation: Canada and the founding of Disabled Peoples’ International, 1981,” Carleton University Disability Research Group, open access, February 2020.–/transnational-representation  

Patterson, Ryan, “‘To Form a Correct Estimate of Their Nothingness When Compared with It’: British Exhibitions of Military Technology in the Abyssinian and Ashanti Expeditions,” The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Vol. 44, No. 4 (Aug 2016), pp. 551-572. 

[Contributor] Jennissen, Therese and Dominique Marshall, Chris Trainor, and Beth Robertson, “Creating, Archiving and Exhibiting Disability History: The Oral Histories of Disability Activists of the Carleton University Disability Research Group,” First Monday, Vol. 28, No. 1-2 (Jan 2023).