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Ryan Patterson

Research and Development Proposal Coordinator

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 preparation and submission of research and funding proposals at Carleton’s READ Initiative. He works with internal and external stakeholders and funding agencies to secure research grants, promote partnerships, and help Carleton to expand its position as a national leader in accessibility.

Coming to accessibility through his background in history, Ryan also publishes and teaches on modern disability history, 19th-century science and medicine, and British imperialism and culture. 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 organises seminar series in critical disability studies such as Disability Futurity and the upcoming Access, Inclusion, and Disability.


“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.

“Comment From the Field: Disability Futurity Seminar Series, Carleton University Disability Research Group.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Volume 16, Issue 1 (2022), pp. 115-119.

“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).

“Transnational Representation: Canada and the founding of Disabled Peoples’ International, 1981,” Carleton University Disability Research Group, open access, Feb. 2020, Read article here.

“‘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, Volume 44, Issue 4 (Aug. 2016), pp. 551-572.

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).

[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).