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Xuan Thuy Nguyen

Assistant Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. (McGill University), M.Ed. (McGill University)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 5042
Office:1317 Dunton Tower

Research interests

  • Critical disability studies
  • Critical policy studies
  • Inclusive education
  • Critical theory
  • Human rights and post-colonial studies
  • Visual methodologies

Current Research

My research examines the ways girls and women with disabilities in the global South participate in research to claim their rights. This project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) [2016-20], aims to challenge gaps of knowledge on girls with disabilities within existing research on disability studies, inclusive education, human rights, and girlhood studies by connecting knowledge, research, and activism for their inclusion. We provide opportunities for graduate students, academics, and activists in Canada to engage in transnational work for social justice with disabled girls and women in the global South. This research builds on my work on inclusion in the context of disability rights. My new book, The journey to inclusion, published by Sense Publishers, critically engages with the politics of inclusion and exclusion through the emergence of disability rights, development, and inclusive education discourses at the global, national, and local levels. Focusing on the context of Vietnam, the book offers critical insight into contemporary debates on inclusion for people with disabilities in the face of neo-liberal, neo-imperialist, and neo-colonial ideologies. It challenges academics and activists to engage more deeply with the meanings and politics of inclusion in the intersection between global and local histories.


•      Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Grant [2016-20] (435-2016-1177, Principal Investigator).
•      Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant [2013-15] (430-2013-0979, Principal Investigator).
•      Post-doctoral fellowship, Fonds de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC) [2012-14].

Selected publications



Nguyen, X. T. (2015a). The journey to inclusion. Rotterdam, the Netherland: Sense Publishers. (published within the Studies in Inclusive Education Series STIE, Volume 29)

Refereed articles

Nguyen, X. T. (2016). Girls with Disabilities in the Global South: Rethinking the politics of engagement, Girlhood Studies, 9(1), special issue on Disability and Girlhood: Transnational Perspectives, 53-71.

Nguyen, X. T. (2015b). Genealogies of disability in global governance: A Foucauldian critique of disability and development. Foucault Studies, special issue on New work on Foucault and Disability, 19, 67-83. Available at

Nguyen, X. T., & Mitchell, C. (2014). Inclusion in Vietnam: An intersectionality perspective on girls with disabilities and education. Childhood, 21(3), 324-338.

Nguyen, X. T., Mitchell, C., De Lange, N., & Fritsch, K. (2015). Engaging girls with disabilities in Vietnam: Making their Voices Count. Disability and Society, special issue on Disability: Who counts? What count?, 30(5), 773-787.

Erevelles, N., & Nguyen, X. T. (2016). Disability, girlhood, and vulnerability in transnational contexts. Girlhood Studies, 9(1), special issue on Disability and Girlhood: Transnational Perspectives, 3-20.

Mitchell, C., De Lange, N., & Nguyen, X. T. (2016). The participation of girls with disabilities in Vietnam in a photovoice project. In J. Coffey, S. Budgeon, & H. Cahill (Eds). Learning bodies- the body in youth and childhood studies (pp. 241-257). Singapore: Springer.

Creative outputs

De Lange, Nguyen, X. T., Mitchell, C., Nguyen, L.A. (2015). Our voices, our hopes: Girls with disabilities and participatory visual methodologies. Hanoi, Vietnam: MRGD project (book catalogue on the visual work of girls with disabilities in Vietnam).

Mitchell, C., Nguyen, X. T., & Nghiem, T. T. (2015). Picturing inclusion: Voices of girls with disabilities. Hanoi, Vietnam: MRGD project. Available at (video clip on the voices of girls with disabilities in Vietnam through the MRGD project).

Graduate supervisions

Bernasky, T. (2014). Towards anti-colonial inclusion: An analysis of Australian and British disability inclusive development work, York University (MRP Advisor, completed).

Hilda, C. (ongoing). Knowledge Mobilization, Human Rights, and Social Justice:  How do they intersect?, York University (Supervisor, PhD comps paper).